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Vol. XXVII
No. 6
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November/December
2011

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by Cherise Ryan Curby
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Helping Single Parents and Their Children

Claudia made it home on a prayer—literally. She had just picked up her 14-year-old car from a routine oil change and was informed that it needed over $1,000 in repairs to be safe to drive.

The HSF prayer tree.
The HSF prayer tree.

But she had just put new tires on the car, had fixed her lawnmower, and was facing major home plumbing repairs. The oil change alone was stretching the month's budget.

As a single parent homeschooling two children, Claudia is one of many moms trying to make ends meet on her own while still giving her children the education they need. “I am grateful we’re dealing with vehicle problems and not child health problems,” she said.

The Home School Foundation hears from hundreds of single parents annually: moms or dads who have been abandoned or abused, or whose spouses are incarcerated, but who still want to homeschool their children. HSF provides money for curriculum and other imminent needs.

Claudia got her car home, praying and singing along to Christian radio the whole way. There it would wait until she had the money for repairs. Her 11-year-old son tried his hand at plumbing and made some repairs to the kitchen sink.

“Single homeschooling parents hike a continuous uphill climb where one never reaches the top, so we must learn to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way,” she said. “While this is the toughest mountain I’ve ever climbed, I know without a doubt this is my calling. With hardships come many blessings. We have to continually remind ourselves to count them. It’s then that we realize there are too many to count.”

Single parents who contact HSF constantly pour out their prayer requests, knowing that the Foundation’s care for their families goes beyond just putting a check in the mail.

Lora asked for prayer for her son, who is now “the man of the house” since her husband is in jail. Kerry asked for prayer because she broke her elbow, cannot do basic chores, and had to postpone graduating from nursing school.

“We may not have extra, we may not have a wish or a want, but God always supplies our true needs,” Claudia said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the work the Foundation so faithfully does on behalf of families like ours. There are not words to describe what a gift from a heart like yours can do for a family like ours.”

To learn more about the Children of Single Parents Fund, please visit our website, or call 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 www.opm.gov/cfc.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst
Chuck Hurst

Most of the leaves have fallen in Virginia by the middle of November, but I know of a unique place where new leaves are being added, almost daily—the HSF prayer tree.

Heartrending circumstances are a regular part of what we hear about at the Home School Foundation. As you can imagine, we’d like to do more to help; our financial assistance often seems like the proverbial drop in the bucket.

Frankly, if we were the last hope, it would be frustrating. But we serve a God who can overflow the bucket, and His intervention is to be anticipated. Consequently, beyond giving to the financial needs of homeschoolers, we join with them in praying for God’s intervention on their behalf—hence, our prayer tree.

We record their requests on the “leaves” and our staff take them and pray for the needs. In this way, we give hope and are given hope; our gifts encourage the families, and God responds to our prayers with His “everlasting consolation and good hope.”

May the Lord bless your family this season with opportunities to give and be given hope!

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (II Thessalonians 2:16–17)

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