In the last issue of the Court Report we printed a letter from a mother who asked us to recognize the other unsung hero of home education—the fathers who lay down their lives for their families.
Her honest account of the struggles her family is facing prompted an outpouring of love from HSLDA members across the country. We have received letters and telephone calls from members who were touched by the letter and wanted to communicate their support, empathy, and encouragement to this family. Unfortunately, we cannot do that directly because the letter was truly anonymous. The mother signed it "name withheld," and the envelope did not bear a return address.
God has used this mother's letter and the response of HSLDA members to build our faith and encourage us. We are privileged at HSLDA to be able to share in the joys and sorrows of many of our member families. You share with us your children's accomplishments, send us birth announcements, and fondly bid us good-bye when your last child has "graduated." But we also hear from families who are struggling to survive. Sometimes the difficult circumstances involve job loss, illness, or even the death of a mother, father, or child. And sometimes we hear from families who aren't surviving-one parent has abandoned the family, leaving his or her spouse and children hurting and alone.
As HSLDA members have reached out to express love and encouragement to this unknown family, we have been privileged to hear their stories. Moms and dads who have called or written have struggled through some very dark days. Some are still struggling. Yet they offer their testimonies of what God has done and is doing for them. Through His power and grace they are overcoming!
Even though we cannot communicate directly with this family, we can uphold them in prayer-faithfully interceding for them and for other home schooling families across our nation who face difficult circumstances.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18
Confidential to Name Withheld,
If you would like to contact us, we would be delighted to forward to you the letters we have received for you.