Stepping Stones Week 8

Hello, friends!

I love living in a state with four seasons. Right now, farmers are harvesting their crops, our landscape is ablaze with vibrant colors, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. As we look back over the past year, so much has changed, and yet so much remains the same. Despite the tumultuous event calendar of 2020, farmers still tilled fields, planted seeds, managed weeds, and irrigated crops. Their faithful preparation yielded the harvest we now enjoy.

In NCFCA, we have seasons as well. In the Fall, we plant new ideas (debate resolutions, speech events, and rules). Families and local clubs provide structure and accountability so that those ideas can take root and grow. Through intentional discussions and practice events, we test and refine ideas, pruning and weeding when needed. We do this to prepare for the harvest, our Spring competition season when students across the United States gather in-person or online to present speeches and debate resolutions. As it is with farming, so it is with speech and debate: Faithful preparation now ensures the harvest to come.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us, “To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

So how are you and your family preparing? Press on, my friends. The harvest is coming!

In His Grace,

Amy Joy Tofte

NCFCA Director of Education

A note to parents and coaches: One way we can help our students prepare is to find opportunities for them to present their speeches to varied audiences. Even if you can’t gather in person, check out online platforms and arrange times with grandparents or friends. While you’re at it, set up a practice debate with another team and practice judging the round using NCFCA ballots.

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