|Generation Joshua Community Impact||Vol. 91, Prg. 16–20|
August 3–7, 2009
Homeschoolers often have an unfair reputation of being culturally removed and isolated. Generation Joshua aims to change that by leading students into meaningful civic involvement and into positions where they can make a positive impact on their communities. This week on the program, hear how several students have made a difference!
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A lifelong homeschooled student and eldest of seven, 17-year-old Grace Tate is founder of the Tidewater’s Active Conservative Teens (TACT) GenJ club, located in southeast Virginia. Grace realized the need for GenJ clubs after serving as the official regional rally coordinator for a presidential grassroots campaign in 2007–2008, between the ages of 15 and 16. Grace had participated in GenJ Student Actions Teams before, but serving a campaign as a coordinator made her realize the desperate need for political and social awareness among American citizens, and furthermore, a willingness to be actively involved in the political process. As secretary for the TACT GenJ club, Grace now strives to inspire her peers to serve their community and country by actively participating in the political arena as well as engaging the culture with the message of America’s Founders—a message of life and liberty, infused with hope, faith, and responsibility
Lynn Hopkins is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate from Oklahoma. Homeschooled all his life, he has benefited greatly from his parents’ teaching. Lynn has a great interest in art, world history, and science; he also has been blessed with a hunger for the Word. Saved at the age of 7, Lynn has sensed the Lord’s guiding hand on his life. Lynn leads the congregation in music and teaches the children’s class at Grace Community Church of Pawhuska. Lynn was part of two homeschool choirs from Texas and Oklahoma as well as the Bartlesville Homeschool Band. He was very active in the Oklahoma 4-H program, serving as recreation leader, president, and vice president on both club and county level. The spring of his senior year, he represented Osage County 4-H at Oklahoma City to his state legislators. During his last year of high school, Lynn joined the U.S. Navy. He will receive training at the Navy’s RTC in Great Lakes, Illinois, as a hospital corpsman.
Sarah Elizabeth Byrum is a 19-year-old Christian homeschool graduate, an award-winning writer, and a songwriter and lead singer with her sisters in the rising band, Sarabeth. She has tutored online and local students since 2005 in the art of writing and has an active passion for drama. Sarah is very involved with grassroots politics and hopes to always be so, even as she branches into the different paths God leads her in. Having a burden for home educated students and parents alike, Sarah is the founder of Covenant Homeschoolers, a budding homeschool network with the vision of uniting homeschoolers on a domestic level. Sarah loves the past, studies the present, and embraces the future, while residing at home with her family in north Idaho.