I don’t spend much time on our family website explaining the ministry which I lead. It is quite an exciting ministry, one that promotes the Kingdom of God in a profound way, and one that depends largely on donations from good people who want to be a part of it. Please read the following and consider making a donation…
Training Minds Ministry hosts debate camps to train young people and their parents in the art of persuasion. Specifically, TMM has successfully trained students competing in the National Christian Forensics & Communications Association (NCFCA), the only nationally recognized home-school extracurricular activity. Our key verse is 1 Peter 1:13: “Train the mind for action,” a mandate for Christians to strengthen the muscle of the mind. I believe there is no better academic activity than debate to train young people how to think, speak and persuade. If you ever have the chance to see the outcome of our training camps, you would see that we are raising up a generation of the sharpest thinkers in the world. Visit our Debate Camp Website to see what we’re up to!
Last year the ministry hosted five debate camps (Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas and North Carolina). A total of 234 students and 100 parents went through five days of rigorous training. Our 2006 camps led 1/4 of our attendees to Nationals and, once they got there, another 1/4 made it to outrounds. We have yet to see the outcome of our 2007 camps, but I expect another successful year. Why so confident? Because I truly believe in the training we are delivering, and I have a burning desire to keep the ministry going.
There are two ways for which you can help. First, you can participate in training your own children for action. Training Minds Ministry’s website has some downloads and articles that explain how to compete in the NCFCA. Our camps are being planned right now for the 2008-2009 school year. I know, that seems a long way off, but to pull off these national camps, we need to bring things together now. Our main camp in Estes Park, Colorado, is over Labor Day Weekend. Write it on the calendar and come for some great training!
Second, you can become a partner in making all this happen by giving to our End-of-the-Year Camp Drive. While we have expenses throughout the year, we apply all our donations from now till December 31 directly to next summer’s main debate camp. Since our camps are not publicly funded, the per-student cost for our 5-day camp is over $600/student. While this is a competitive price compared to most summer camps, this is too much for many families to afford. Last year we raised enough to bring the overall cost for students down nearly $200. Praise God! This made Debate Camp an affordable option for families.
Your donation is literally sponsoring students’ tuition to this most worthy training camp. You will be partnering in bringing up a new generation of rational, biblical, profound speakers and thinkers that will be future policy makers and culture changers. The Jeubs really, really believe in this program, and we want you to join us in this vision.
For the record, I do not take a salary from Training Minds Ministry. All efforts on my family’s part goes into making Debate Camp affordable for home schoolers. Likewise, your donation will go directly into the cost of Debate Camp. Consider 100% of your donation going to the provision of coaching and training, truly taking part in 1 Peter 1:13’s mandate. Few ministries can make such a claim!
Please visit Training Minds Ministry’s Donation Page and take part in “training minds for action.” Thank you for your prayerful consideration!
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