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FROM THE HEART
In the arms of amazing love
Many, like me, have prayed in hospital delivery rooms, "Lord, we'll be equally grateful for either a boy or a girl; just let this child be healthy!" But how would I feel if the child was not healthy? What if, in fact, the child would be unhealthy for life?
I now feel uncomfortable with such a prayer. Like me, many would probably say that all children are equally important and valuable. But how many of us have actually sought to minister to a child who is viewed as "imperfect"?
|The Carpers (pictured above) were thrilled to welcome Sabrina (below) into their home.|
Today many homeschooling parents are doing just that, under the guidance of Christian Homes and Special Kids (CHASK), a ministry of National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network (NATHHAN). Contrary to a culture that encourages aborting such "imperfect" children, CHASK is actively placing special needs children in adoptive Christian homes across America.
Sabrina is one such baby who recently found a home. She was born with Down syndrome. Alone, she underwent open-heart surgery in a Florida hospital. An adoption agency that knew her story contacted CHASK. They asked if the ministry knew of anyone willing to adopt a baby with Down syndrome and heart problems.
CHASK knew of several families eager to adopt such a child, and soon Sabrina's new parents were flying to Florida to take care of her while they completed the paperwork that made her their own. She now has a loving home with parents who are happily getting to know their precious daughter.
In a day when 80% of babies diagnosed as having special needs are being aborted, the Christian homeschool community is stepping up to affirm the value of life and demonstrate God's love. This is reality Christianity—what we do shouts out what we believe!
"Greater love has no one than this,than to lay down one's life for his friends" (John 15:13, NKJV). To a degree, this laying down of life is what homeschool moms do each day as they give up personal desires to meet the needs of their children.
But this type of love takes on an even deeper meaning when viewed through the eyes of a child like Sabrina. Alone, she struggled for life in a strange place, then found herself wrapped in loving arms. Unknown to her, a family chose to give up much of their own lives so she could experience love and life. She does not grasp the depth of love demonstrated for her, but God sure does!
|FROM THE DIRECTOR|
God may not call each of us to adopt such a child, but he does call us to adopt this same heart. With each gift of time, each financial contribution, each decision to put others first, we demonstrate God's great heart of love.
May God bless us all with an in-creased capacity to love and to be reality Christians!
To find out more about CHASK and how you can become involved in this special ministry, go to www.chask.org.
HSF Executive Director
Impact of the HSF General Fund
Total amount donated to NATHHAN through 2004: $15,000
Number of grants: 5
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|The foundation's mission is to preserve parental freedoms, promote homeschooling, provide assistance to needy homeschooling families, and support like-minded organizations.|