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FROM THE HEART
Homeschooling amid difficult changes
|With the help of the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund, Rebecca Sater continues to homeschool her daughters, Caitlin (5) and Victoria (12).|
One June day in 2001, the lives of Rebecca Sater and her two daughters suddenly changed forever. Rebecca's husband Tom passed away unexpectedly, leaving her to face an uncertain future. Among her greatest concerns was her young daughters' education.
Rebecca knew that enrolling Victoria and Caitlin in a private Christian school was not financially feasible. "But I didn't want to put the girls in school, so I prayed a lot about it," she remembers. "God provided ways for me to continue homeschooling. It was nothing short of miraculous."
A friend and Memphis-Area Home Education Association support group leader told Rebecca about the Home School Foundation's Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund and encouraged her to apply for a scholarship. In addition, Rebecca found a job working for the Memphis-Area Home Education Association.
The Saters' daily routine has changed. Because Tom was self-employed and able to adjust his own schedule, the girls' homeschooling schedule was quite fluid. Today, Rebecca keeps a more established school schedule that fits with her job.
Certain aspects of their homeschool routine have not changed, however. The girls continue to participate in regional spelling bees, geography bees, and field trips. Rebecca also carries on her practice of borrowing and exchanging curriculum with extended family members. For curriculum that Rebecca has needed to buy, the WCSF scholarship has been a great blessing in supplementing some of the girls' special interests in language and science.
Far more than just enabling Rebecca to purchase curriculum, the scholarship proves to be a ministry to her from other homeschoolers. Rebecca explains, "The Scholarship Fund is a concrete way for people to turn around and bless someone in need. It's been a help for us. It shows that people really care."
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change . . .
Come, behold the works of the LORD . . .
"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
- Psalm 46:1-11 (NAS)
From the director
Just today the Home School Foundation heard from a homeschooling widow who had not been aware of our scholarship fund. She was thrilled, but said, "I could just cry. I've literally gone without food for myself so I can pay for my daughter's school needs."
Please help us spread the word to these struggling moms that help is available. Together, we can take care of their curriculum needs, so they can focus on their other important needs.
Impact of theWidows Curriculum Scholarship Fund
Total grants awarded: $78,150
Number of grants: 198
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