THSC loves to celebrate the amazing leadership of THSC Partner Group Leaders, especially leaders who overcome a challenging homeschool journey to inspire other families!
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, THSC named Melissa Johns of T.E.A.C.H. (Texarkana Educators Association of Christian Homeschoolers) the 2017 North Texas Leader of the Year.
We enjoyed a wonderful time at the Texas Leaders’ Conference and truly enjoyed meeting Melissa. In her own words, here is our 2017 North Texas Leader of the Year!
A Story of Homeschooling Redemption
By Melissa Johns
My husband and I married April 21, 1990. Early in our marriage, we moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we were introduced to homeschooling. At that time, God used a special family in our church congregation to give us the desire to homeschool our children.
However, years passed and we did not have children. Questions and doubts filled our minds:
- Why would God give us such a strong desire to homeschool and not bless us with children?
- Could it be that He simply wants us to encourage homeschooling families instead of actually homeschooling?
Finally, after eight years of much prayer, God blessed us through adoption with our son, Nathaniel. Nate truly is a “gift of God,” which is the meaning of his name.
My husband and I consider homeschool to be a way of life. So, we consider ourselves to have been homeschooling our son the past 17 years.
In the beginning, I remember wanting to learn all that I could about homeschooling. I joined a local homeschool support group and immediately became active.
My personality is such that I have lots of ideas. And, that inclination naturally led me into various positions of leadership within our support group. As president of Texarkana Educators Association of Christian Homeschoolers, I believed that my role was to encourage families in their homeschooling journey.
I felt that it was important for me to be transparent and real to the families within our group. My prayer was for God to use me to encourage families to see God’s calling to homeschool their children. I also prayed that He would guide fellow homeschoolers through all that He called them to do.
Reflections on the Homeschool Journey
As I look back on my 15-plus years of leadership within a support group, I see that God has taught me and continues to teach me a lot!
First, homeschooling is not a magic pill. It will not fix everything. Only God can fix everything. (Ephesians 2:4-7)
Second, trust God for the outcome in your life and homeschool journey. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Finally, God continues to teach me that everything He has planned will happen. (Isaiah 14:24) And for that truth, I am most thankful.
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Supporting group leaders like yourself is how THSC continues Keeping Texas Families Free!