Deuteronomy 10:18 says that God “defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow” (NIV). Homeschoolers can take part in that cause by helping and supporting the widows and orphans among them. Find out more on today’s Home School Heartbeat, with Mike and Elizabeth Smith.
Elizabeth, last time you described how the Home School Foundation helps ease the path for parents homeschooling children with special needs. Today, let’s talk about the Foundation’s fund for widows and orphans.
Well, our widows are very special to us. It’s hard to see young children when a parent is suddenly taken from them. We try to be very responsive to them; we look at their cases; often, the curriculum that we provide to them is the difference that it makes, enabling them to homeschool. Our support goes beyond just the funds that we give. Our widows tell us that the encouragement of just knowing that other homeschoolers are giving so they can continue means so much to them. We try to maintain a continuing relationship with our widows because we are there for them as long as they need our services. We got a letter from one of our widows last Christmas. She told us that they weren’t planning on having a Christmas tree—in fact, their Christmas wreath wasn’t even real. And so she received a special gift from the Foundation, and they rejoiced because they were going to be able to have a Christmas tree in the house. She also told us that it would enable her to buy new socks for all her children, who desperately needed them.
Well, not only is the Foundation able to bless these widows and their children, but it’s a blessing to the rest of us to see God’s hand at work. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.