I’ve got a clunky self-employed engine in my life that I’ve done quite a bit of work lately. If you subscribe to my blog, you keep up with changes as they happen. This post opens the hood a bit and gives you a decent look at some changes I’ve made to help make the engine run a big nicer.
So, what exactly CAN you do on this street?
Today the National Christian Forensics & Communications Association (NCFCA) National Tournament begins. I just finished our National Intensive Training Camp (NITC) for a handful of qualified students. That’s a mouthful of acronyms for you!
I answered the phone one morning to an East Coast mom who wanted to know more about how to get her son involved in speech and debate. She referenced the book she was reading, Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate, at the beginning of our conversation. “Yeah, I wrote that book,” and there was silence.
My friend, Howie, and his wife, Carrie, babysat my kids the other night. He took this picture and posted it on his Facebook stating, “What it’s like to be Chris Jeub at dinner.” (Taken by Howie Whitcomb)
Andrew Pudewa gave a great shout-out to a room packed with homeschool parents last week in Virginia. I stripped the audio below for you to listen to. It’s one minute long, and then I’d like to invite you to take advantage of one of three opportunities—all ending at the end of this month.
Isn’t that great? I sure am grateful for friends like Andrew. He reaches a much larger audience than my little niche of speakers and debaters (see www.IEW.com), but you can tell he wants my little niche to grow big.
This was the view off my back deck yesterday. The fire has spread significantly today, threatening evacuations of friends at the top of the ridge in this picture. This is one horrific fire that has displaced thousands of families.
I believe we’re safe, for now. Everyone in the area has felt a bit helpless. See the YouTube video I took just moments ago (Wednesday, 2:55pm). There’s not much we can do when the wind blows like that. Besides pray.
We were in a very similar situation one year ago with the Waldo Canyon Fire. This fire was the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history, and my family even evacuated at one point. We did just as much praying—probably more—as we packed up our trailer with treasured items and took photos throughout the house with our phones in case we needed to make insurance claims.
This article is an unfettered appeal to you for prayer. Those families suffering the loss of their homes and livelihood need you. The firefighters, law enforcement, civil servants and everyone involved in fighting the Black Forest Fire do too. I believe prayer works.
I’m reminded of an article I posted on our family blog last year. Shortly after the fire’s worst day when the community was extremely thankful for the time being over, a noted atheist in the community posted an article slamming Christians for praying. He made the audacious, offensive and unwarranted claim that “the evidence” showed prayer had nothing to do with anything.
Well, I took issue with the claim. I hope this article—republished from July 5, 2012—encourages you to make an appeal to God:
If you had leukemia, and someone granted you the wish of a fully-funded trip of your choice, where would you go? Fulfilling such wishes is what the Make-a-Wish Foundation does. They contacted me to let me know that a 17-year-old from Missouri has made her wish to attend my Training Minds Camp this summer.
This is incredible. What a privilege and honor this is. Most young people would opt for Disneyland or meeting Justin Bieber, but this young lady is choosing debate camp. Now that’s WOW for you!
There’s quite a bit to this story. I’d like to focus on three specifics that are certain to inspire you as much as they have inspired me.
Here’s a peak under the hood of my 2014 plans: Wendy and I plan to take an extended trip around the country and do a bunch of speaking engagements. Here’s what we have planned so far, and I’d appreciate your feedback.
Wendy and I attended a huge homeschool conference last weekend. We intend to make a run through several conferences in 2014.
Speech and debate camp is totally awesome. Those who take advantage of the summer months to fit a camp into their schedule don’t ever go away dissatisfied. If you have the opportunity, take it.
We do things differently at camp, making first debate rounds an educational experience rather than a competitive one.
Some coaches and I started the Training Minds Camps in 2001. We’ve grown quite the program with dozens of the best coaches in the world involved. We used to be the only outfit out there, but today, there are quite a few debate camps available to students.
Most camps do a small tournament at the end of their training. It has some value, particularly apply what you learned. On its surface, that’s a good idea, but my coaches and I have decided not to do this. I believe for good reason.