Each Friday we will be spotlighting a member of Classical Conversations: the first Friday will be a homeschool graduate who attended CC’s Challenge program, the second Friday will be a current student, the third a state manager, and the fourth a community director. Want to share your Classical Conversations story? Email us!
This month’s Classical Conversations state manager spotlight is: Melissa Rubert of Washington State.
This month our state manager spotlight, Melissa Rubert, one of Washington’s first Foundations directors, shares her perspective on God’s provision in growing CC in Washington State. Hired as the Washington State manager in the fall of 2009, Melissa Rubert’s energy, insight, and dependence on the Lord inspires many.
God at Work in Washington
I always tell people, I don’t want to make Classical Conversations more than it is. It is a man-made program. However, I truly believe it is being used as a vessel to further God’s kingdom in the years ahead, if He so chooses. My constant prayer for CC in the state of Washington, if it is God’s will, is that He grows it. I pray that those who are involved in our programs will go into the world and IN-fect the people around them. On the other hand, if it is not God’s will, I pray that He closes the door.
Once again, God is exceeding my expectations by leaps and bounds. So many homeschooling families in Washington are searching for something that encompasses their desire to seek Christ in their education and their wish for rigorous academics. They have responded to CC with excitement and renewed hope and vigor.
Instead of the one lone community we had this last fall, we will have at least seven new CC Communities starting fall of 2010. Where one group may have grown into three directors, we already have eleven Foundations and Challenge directors who are preparing for the amazing year ahead. The great part is that God isn’t done yet. He has laid CC on the hearts of many families in our state. We are just beginning to bloom!
I have been invited to speak in communities that I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to visit this year. A slow-starting community ended up with multiple people interested in the director and tutor positions. Some jumped at the opportunity to be directors, simply because, “you do what you need to for your kids.” Best of all, I have witnessed people all over the state take a step of faith.
Just a couple of days ago, I was speaking with a mom who shared her excitement and relief to hear about Classical Conversations. She has four young children and many of her friends are part of another classical program. Every year her friends invite her to join, but she keeps watching her friends “reinvent the wheel,” making the option less and less appealing to her. She doesn’t want to be so busy with the work of a program that she doesn’t have time to take care of her family. With Classical Conversations, she feels like she has found a do-able solution to classical education at home. The new CC community coming to a city near her is “perfect,” in her words.
To me, the most thrilling aspect is that God is doing this in a way that won’t allow anyone else to take credit for it. I know that it is not because of my work that we are experiencing such hearty growth, but by Him and through Him alone. I cannot wait to see what more He has in store for us.
Check out the Washington State Page regularly for updates on Information Meetings and new CC Communities for those you know in Washington. To contact Melissa Rubert, e-mail MRubert@ClassicalConversations.com.