The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIV
No. 5
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September/October
2008

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by Cherise Ryan
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Gifts from God

With gas prices soaring through the ceiling and many people experiencing financial struggles, the Home School Foundation has been blessed to still be able to help so many families and to see how many people are giving sacrificially to those in need.

Economic hard times hit the poor as well as the more affluent. Many families are already struggling to homeschool through hard situations, and we hear over and over how God used the Foundation to reach them at just the right time. Widows, single parents, and families with special needs children especially feel the economic strain. One such family wrote recently:

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“GOD HAS HELPED
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RENEWED HOPE.”
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I cannot express in words how grateful we are! Your generosity is overwhelming. All those who have contributed to this fund are in our prayers. And the letter that announced the scholarship was beautiful. Being so poor, and also having a child with special needs, my children are not often looked at as being gifts from God, so your beginning statement brought tears to my eyes; for once, someone did not see us as a burden.

God has helped us through you and we have renewed hope. My son is already seeing so much improvement from his therapy. He comes home so relaxed, focused, and clear-headed. We are moving family prayer time to when he comes home from therapy because he is so calm he can focus and stand still to pray. Anyone with an ADHD child knows what a miracle that is to have their child sit still so that he can hear the voice of God. He is also learning how to read. This is only the beginning of his improvement.

Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee or a member of the military, make HSF the beneficiary of your donation. HSF’s CFC number is 10535. For more information, visit the CFC website.

Because of your incredible generosity, the therapy center gave us a huge discount and is letting him attend therapy not for three months but for six, twice a week. Your trusting in God has helped us and others outside our family to expand their hearts. May God reward you a thousandfold!

—Catherine G.

The extra expenses that come with homeschooling a special needs child can be overwhelming. One mother recently told us that, thanks to our grant, she was able to buy curriculum for her three special needs children. “This is such a God-send! I don't know what we would do without you,” she wrote. “We might have had to stop homeschooling, and that is something I do not even want to ever consider doing.”

It is a humbling and exhilarating thing to be used as an instrument of God’s provision. Thank you for being a part of our ministry to support parents as they try to help their children reach their full potential.

Cherise Ryan is administrative assistant to the executive director of HSF.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

Whether we’re helping a parent obtain therapy for a special needs child or granting a college scholarship, it’s exciting to see the long-term impact of God’s provision through HSF. Below are a few recent testimonials we received on behalf of young men and women applying for grants from our PHC Scholarship Fund for HSLDA Members. These words highlight the fact that God is working today in ways that will bear wonderful fruit in the future. Here are some of the phrases used for five applicants:

  • Dedicated, reliable, intelligent, always prepared, thorough, conscientious, and willing to reach out to others … compassionate and caring … articulate and persuasive, winsome in every sense of the word … a testimony above reproach.
  • Incredibly gifted and dedicated … engaging, well mannered, and articulate … will exceed your highest expectations and prove a true asset … values honesty, integrity, and industry … passion for high ideals.
  • Outstanding … bright, articulate, and creative … rare leader … never complained about heavy workload, quick learner, good researcher, and strategic thinker … faith is a strong motivator.
  • Willingly and cheerfully served wherever and whenever asked to do so … diligent, funny, thoughtful, and selfless in service … faithful in working … particular in doing things with excellence … humble heart and appreciative spirit.
  • A young person I admire … wish I had been more like in knowledge, wisdom, ministry, and grace at that age … serves in manifold small ways … encourages others to think through ethical questions … loves God’s word … smart and bold.

Thanks to your gracious gifts, these students are being prepared to use their gifts for God.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director