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Vol. XXV
No. 6
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November/December
2009

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by Cherise Curby
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Children of Single Parents Fund

Single homeschooling parents have many difficulties beyond the normal trials of homeschooling in a tough economy. And their children, through no fault of their own, must also weather the difficulties. The Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA, is dedicated to helping these families through our Children of Single Parents Fund.

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“I WAS IN TEARS
JUST KNOWING
HOW FAITHFUL GOD
IS IN OUR TIME
OF NEED.”
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Until recently, Alley (name changed to protect privacy), a single mother of two, has been prevented from working by her son’s intense medical schedule as he battled cancer for the past five years. Yet she is still determined to homeschool her children.

The Home School Foundation was glad to step in and help Alley with her curriculum needs.

“What a blessing your organization has been to us,” she responded.

I just purchased curriculum for next year and had no idea how I would pay for it. But I trusted God, as usual, to continue our journey for Him and with Him. Well, your grant came in the next week. I was in tears just knowing how faithful God is in our time of need and in knowing how wonderful believers are in supporting each other. May God bless your organization and the beautiful supporters of your organization. We are blessed because of you and pray that God blesses each of you abundantly.

Another single mom told us, “My children and I received the grant from you last week. That was an answer to constant prayer. We have had a hard year and want you to know how very blessed, overjoyed, relieved, happy, and thankful we are to you all for this special blessing.

“There were smiles in my home again that I haven’t seen in a long time,” she continued. “Our prayer is that we are in a position financially one day to donate to your foundation and also help other people we see in our lives that need help. May God bless the Home School Foundation and all involved in being the hands and feet of Jesus.”

If you know single parents who are struggling to homeschool, please support them in their vision, but also let them know about the Foundation’s mission to help families homeschool through hard times.

For more information about the Foundation—either to give or get help— please go to our website or call us at 540-338-8688.

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

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes …

—Genesis 39:3,4

Isn’t it encouraging to be around people whom you can sense the Lord is with? Our prayer at the Foundation is that the Lord would be with us—with us in our vision, our daily operations, our every decision—and that people will be able to sense God’s “withness.” One piece of evidence can be seen through the eyes of those we help. A widow who faces intense financial struggles in her daily life wrote,

This is our second Christmas without our father and husband, and, in some ways, his absence is more pronounced than last year when everything was still a blur. We have been so touched by realizing that people we do not know sacrificed to make this gift possible for us. The kindness and generosity of other homeschoolers has taught us a valuable lesson in how to look for those around us in need and find ways to minister to them, even as we have been ministered to ourselves.

Thank you for joining with us in making God’s “withness” evident to Christians and non-Christians alike. Please pray that we will be a tool increasingly used by God, demonstrating year-round Immanuel, God with us.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director