Partnering With Groups in Ministry
Every year, the Home School Foundation helps hundreds of widows, special needs children, and families in desperate financial circumstances. We accomplish much of this by working directly with families, but we also reach families indirectly by partnering with homeschool groups. In 2005, HSF gave 81 grants totaling over $76,000 to various homeschooling groups for their unique ministries.
One group we have been privileged to help is the National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network/Christian Homes and Special Kids (NATHHAN/CHASK), an Idaho-based organization run by Tom and Sherry Bushnell (with the help of their 12 children).*
The organization has two goals. NATHHAN encourages homeschooling families with special needs children, and CHASK strives to match “unwanted” handicapped children with Christian adoptive parents.
Last year, HSF gave NATHHAN/CHASK a grant so they could print the fall/winter issue of their newsletter, which offered 64 pages of encouragement to their member families. The newsletter told the story of a recovering cocaine addict who gave birth to a baby girl with Down syndrome. The distraught mother wrote:
“I was told that she would need heart surgery and that the state would promptly take her away from me at birth. I couldn’t find an agency to take my baby. I was heartbroken. Then someone gave me the number for CHASK. I just want to say thank you for being there in my time of need.”
CHASK was able to place the little girl in a loving Christian home three days after she was born. Her birthparents stay in touch with the new family. The baby’s new mother writes, “They [the birthparents] are also continuing to do well, and after some sadness the first few days they told us that the sadness was taken away and replaced with love! We couldn't be happier! We gained a daughter and them!”
Sherry Bushnell says the biggest blessing of her work is watching these children grow and blossom. “Families who are able to raise their special needs child to serve the Lord, instead of handing them over to the government at age 5, are happily reporting that the disabilities are a joy instead of a trial!”
Thanks to generous friends like you, the Home School Foundation can assist in placing needy children in families who will share the Savior's love with them. Please continue to support and pray for HSF as we serve others via groups such as NATHHAN/CHASK.
* Learn more about NATHHAN/CHASK at www.nathhan.com and www.chask.org.
From the Director
About a month ago, I received a call from a lady in Georgia whose son and daughter-in-law had just begun homeschooling. This woman didn’t know much about home education, but she wanted to do all she could to help her grandchildren succeed.
The woman went on to say that she was soon coming into a large sum of money—and wanted to set up a foundation to pay a salary to homeschooling moms! I’ve heard a lot of ideas about how to support homeschooling, but this was definitely a first.
The conversation later turned my thoughts to the unexpected ways in which God provides for His people. For example, when the children of Israel left Egypt, they did not leave empty-handed. God changed the hearts of the Egyptians so that they generously gave to the Israelites anything they asked. The Old Testament also tells the story of a widow whose small supply of flour and oil outlasted a drought. The Bible is full of such reminders that God loves to provide for every need—and often from a most unexpected source.
Please join us in praying that God would continue to provide for the work of the Home School Foundation in usual (and not so usual!) ways, so that His name will be glorified as we minister to the needy among us.
—by Chuck Hurst, Executive Director
P.S. And no, I haven’t heard if a foundation has been set up to pay a salary to homeschooling mothers—but you moms definitely deserve it!
For more details on how you can help, please call HSF at 540-338-8899, visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.