The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXII
No. 2
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March/April
2006

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by Chuck Hurst
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Giving Help and Encouragement

Nothing is random when God is in control. Hundreds of widows and single moms who received Christmas checks from the Home School Foundation this year would testify to that truth with passion.

The many notes and cards from grateful moms (and a few dads) who wrote to us proclaiming God's goodness formed a beautiful patchwork quilt of grace, blanketing our office with a warm sense of God's divine care for those who cry out to Him.

How was this patchwork quilt made? One early November afternoon, in an HSF meeting, a staff member made a seemingly random suggestion: why not send a Christmas gift to the widows we've served this year? We found ourselves immediately excited about the thought of blessing so many families in such an unexpected way.

After receiving approval from our board, we invited the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association to write personal notes in the beautiful cards that would be enclosed with the checks. We even played Christmas music—before Thanksgiving!—to help set the mood.

As we began to receive testimonies from the recipients, we realized that far from being "random," the staff member's suggestion had come at just the right time. Over and over we heard how the gift checks had met families' specific needs for specific amounts of money, all across the nation.

This project has affirmed to our entire office that God's sovereignty is astounding and His goodness overwhelming. We're thrilled and humbled to be a part of the process that displays His amazing grace. Thanks for trusting us to meet the needs of others through your gifts, and please pray that God will continue to guide us-even through what may at first appear to be random thoughts.

Letters

Creating memories
For many recipients, these gifts from the Home School Foundation were a part of creating a very memorable Christmas-memorable not so much for the presents these families could now buy, but because parents and children alike were able to see God's hand of provision in their lives. Thank you for providing hope to these families who struggle to keep going and make ends meet. You touched hearts and provided a testimony of Christ's love and intimate care for "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40). Here are a few excerpts from some of the thank-you cards we received.

On Monday my 11-year-old son let me know that his feet were outgrowing his shoes. We asked the Lord for shoes just as any mother and son would ask an earthly father. That evening, I received your generous gift in the mail. Wow! My son gets shoes, God gets glorified, and I am again amazed by His love.

—S.T.

Thank you for your wonderful Christmas present. I was shocked, amazed, and thrilled! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. God works in many ways. This year, at this time, He worked through you.

—D.H.

We would like to thank you for your kind gift. It will make Christmas at our house a lot brighter this year. We were both teary-eyed when we opened the card. It was great to see my son realize what I've been telling him for the past six years now-that God takes care of the widows and orphans. When he read the verse on the card he said, "Hey, Mom, those are the same words you've been telling me, and now I know what you mean."

—L.K.

Wow! Thank you so much for the surprise gift. I was just thinking how I needed to buy two new tires and knew I'd have to charge them. With the money you sent I was able to buy them without going into debt. Yippeee! I was also able to buy the kids some clothing. The Lord is so good-through you.


—S.F.

You have succeeded in completely overwhelming my family this Christmas with the love of Christ!

—L.A.

Last night when the boys and I prayed, I confessed my fears to God (Insurance is due on the 4th of Dec.) and repented. I thanked God for the house He provided and that He has never, never, never failed us, and though I didn't know how, I knew that He would make a way for our homeowner's insurance to be paid. When I went to the mail today, you had sent a check for just enough-for tithe and insurance! I had to stop the car and cry, which the boys still don't get.

—C.S.

I know there are many who donate to help out-these generous people are gifts from the Lord to families in tough situations. You have warmed my heart and caused me to shed tears of gratitude.

—D.S.

God truly supplied our need through your generous gift. Let me tell you how: we recently moved, rent was due, and we didn't have enough money to pay it. Your check was enough to finish up our rent payment! What a wonderful way to start the new year - with the assurance anew that God is in control, that He cares, and that He is the Father of the fatherless and Defender of the widow.

—S.F.