Dear homeschooling friends, I want to let you know about an exciting and historic change which is taking place this year for Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE). After many months of discussion, constant prayer, and seeking wise counsel from other state homeschool organizations, AFHE is in the process of changing our organization structure from a working board to a governing board with an executive director.

This change will better equip us for the future in order to continue serving the homeschooling community with excellence. AFHE has operated under the volunteer working board model for more than three decades, and it has served us very well. However, in recent years, we have realized that the working board structure limits our resources because it puts the burden of the vast workload on the five to six couples serving on the board.

Making this transition to a governing board with an executive director will position us to be more effective in executing our mission to inspire, promote, and preserve homeschooling in our great state. This will free the governing board to focus on AFHE’s mission, vision, and dealing with issues affecting homeschooling freedom, while empowering and releasing more people to use their talents and time to get involved in this great work.

Our first act under this new structure is to hire an executive director. I am pleased to announce that we have selected Nancy Manos to fill this position. Nancy’s level of commitment, experience, many years of service, and passion for the homeschooling community made her the clear choice. Her role will be to help lead the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as recruit and oversee volunteers and support staff in all areas of our work and ministry. The AFHE Board of Directors is very excited about this new role for Nancy as we continue to grow and expand our effectiveness in executing our mission.

It is important to note that this is only the beginning and there is still an incredible amount of work before us. We need your support in three simple ways: prayer, finances, and serving.

While AFHE has 33 years of making Arizona a free state for homeschooling, there are still those who are opposed to the work we are doing. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to protect the freedom we all currently enjoy. Also, there are many financial obligations we need to meet in order to accommodate these positive changes taking place. We are working on raising funds to be able to pay our executive director and any additional support staff and we need your assistance. Please prayerfully consider helping us financially as we seek to grow our influence and effectiveness. Finally, there are positions that will need to be filled over the next year, both volunteer and paid staff. In coming months, you will see these postings on our website and in our enewsletter. We will need skilled, committed people with a heart to serve our community to help us meet the growth and demand of homeschooling within Arizona.

Homeschooling comes as a sacrifice. You have answered this great calling to train up your children in the way they should go. That simply makes you our hero! You are never alone in this journey. AFHE is here for you and if you are not already involved in a good support group, I encourage you to plug into one in your area and draw upon the strength of those answering that same calling. As you begin this new 2016-2017 school year, may “the Lord bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Scott McKown
AFHE President
Fall 2016

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