Norm Wakefield has spoken at Homeschool Conferences as a keynote and featured speaker since 1992. Having been a pastor for 10 years, he has a shepherd’s heart and a vision to be an instrument in God’s hands to turn the hearts of men to Him and to their wives and children. Norm’s messages build up the body of Christ by giving practical, biblical teaching in how to apply the gospel to the most important relationships and the circumstances of life that all home educators face. You’ll find Norm’s messages to be powerfully life-changing because all are based soundly on the gospel with a reliance on the Holy Spirit to give understanding and application to his listeners, whether men, women, or young people.
On the personal side, Norm and Alma have been married for 45 years, have four children, and seventeen grandchildren. They have experience with children with special needs as well since their daughter, Amanda, was born with Down Syndrome.
Norm started the Spirit of Elijah Ministries International in 1997 and is the Executive Director. He has served the homeschooling community faithfully and brings experience, inspiration, spiritual depth, and practical, simple, profound insight into the Scriptures to his audiences.
Daniel and Donna Campbell live in Inverell, but will be moving the family to Deception Bay (Brisbane) with their 3, and a half dozen kids. They have always homeschooled, and their eldest Ceitlin is a homeschool graduate, having only attended a preschool briefly. Daniel is a teacher who enjoys teaching others to read. He also has a passion for teaching design and technology, especially when it connects others to the Designer. Daniel is keen to see fathers develop multi-generational faithfulness, through connecting their hearts and faith with the hearts of their children. This world throws an onslaught of challenges, and even the mundane, ordinary walk through life can be one of these. Our response to these challenges is the core of the families educational curriculum. How does your response to the challenges of life teach your children? Does that response lean on the Creator or the created?
Clare and Alice Farrelly are homeschool graduate sisters who, along with their mum, Sally, will be sharing about Bright Lights. The BRIGHT in Bright Lights stands for Being Radiant in Godliness, Holiness, and Testimony. It is about older women/girls encouraging younger girls to stand out as radiant witnesses for the Lord in their youth.
Many underestimate the ability of young people to take a mighty stand for Jesus Christ in this generation of darkness. But the Bible tells us:
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12)
They will share their journey in starting a Bright Lights discipleship group and more about how we can be strong for the Lord in our youth. They want to encourage more women and girls to disciple younger girls. They want to share what they have learned because God wants bright lights! There is a great need for that kind of witness in this generation of darkness.
Adam & Paula Vidilini of Kiama, have been together since they were 15 and 17 years old. They are now 21 years married, and have been blessed with a 16 year old son, Bradley, a 14 year old daughter, Jade, and a 12 year old son, Jack.
They have always homeschooled, except for 3 months in 2011 when their children attended a tiny on-site school for the children of volunteers who worked for an aid agency in Hong Kong. As first-generation Christians, they have been on a steep learning curve since their late teens, with an ever-increasing interest in the sufficiency of scripture in every realm.
Primary interests include economics, money management, and the family economy, and for Adam, politics. Learning through travel, and plenty of time away as a family, have been a consistent element of our homeschool, with an 8-month caravan trip around Australia in 2008, and a 10-month RV trip around America in 2014.
Paul Farrelly lives in Singleton with his beautiful wife Sally and their 6 kids. They have been homeschooling for over a decade, and Paul juggles family, full-time work as a control system engineer and being an elder at Singleton Baptist Church. He encourages his kids to develop their individual skills and hobbies. He has a heart for God and is passionate about raising a generation of strong Christians.
We all need encouragement. The person that ultimately grants encouragement is “the God of endurance and encouragement” and the place to find hope is in the scriptures.
Because we are aliens and exiles, this life has many discouragements, but the scriptures call us “to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Will you join us at TMPC 2016 as we come together for mutual encouragement, reminding each other of the promises of God and being spurred on by those promises?
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.