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by Cherise Ryan Curby
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The Centurion’s Example
The baptism of Cornelius
Peter Baptizing the Centurion Cornelius by Francesco Trevisani.

Remember Cornelius, the Roman centurion in Acts 10:2 “who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always”? God answered his prayers and sent Peter to give him the gospel.

When people hear of charitable work such as that of the Home School Foundation, they often focus their attention on the “giving alms to the poor” aspect of ministry, thinking they have only two options: they either can or cannot help based on their financial situation.

But what about prayer? Cornelius “prayed to God always” and God heard him. Whether or not you can give financially, you can pray for your fellow homeschoolers who are struggling.

We want to ask you to be purposeful in your prayers for the Foundation and those we help. We cannot function without God’s help and guidance, and the people we help need His grace and comfort far beyond what we can give.

So what are some ways you can be purposeful about prayer for HSF?

  • We will post a Prayer Family of the Week on our Facebook page. Please check regularly to “meet” the family and pray for them throughout the week.
  • Make HSF’s website your homepage so that every time you go online you are reminded of your fellow homeschoolers in need and to pray for them.
  • Look for prayer needs listed in the bimonthly Foundation Report e-newsletter. Sign up on the Foundation website: click on “About,” then choose “Subscribe.”

Please don’t forget your fellow homeschoolers in need—widows, single parents, those facing emergencies or rough financial situations, and those trying to teach their special needs children. Whether or not you can give financially, you can always give your prayers to help others!

If you would like more information about the Foundation and how we help, please visit our website, or call us at 540-338-8688.

About the author

Cherise Ryan Curby is the Home School Foundation website project manager and editor.

Support HSF through the 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 at

From the Director

Chuck Hurst
Chuck Hurst

I really like Cornelius in Acts 10. He was both influential and humble. He found favor with men and feared God, and carefully passed on his values to those around him. In the midst of difficult circumstances—after all, he was part of an occupying army in a hostile country—he was able to focus on and pursue what was most important and influence those around him.

We like to think of the Home School Foundation as a tool families can use to be a part of something important and pass on their values. Whether or not you can give, you can always pray, demonstrating to your children your priorities and values in practice.

And isn’t it great to know that God remembers our prayers and our gifts? The angel of God who appeared to Cornelius in a vision told him, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” (Acts 10:4; New International Version).

May the Lord remember all our prayers and gifts.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director

For more details on how you can help, please call HSF at 540-338-8688, visit the Home School Foundation website, or email