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Homeschooling with Internationally Adopted Children

Vol. 78, Prg. 6–10
October 22–26, 2007

For parents who feel called to international adoptions and homeschooling, host Mike Smith and his guests will share some ways to prepare your family for this full-time ministry on this week’s series.

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International Adoptions
Why Should We be Concerned?
What is an Institutionalized Christian Orphanage?
Expenses and Benefits
It’s a Homeschool Ministry


Ahlers family
Glenn and Alicia Ahlers live on 45 acres in Pendleton, Kentucky with their 12 children. Both of them came to salvation in Christ during their teen years and found each other in ministry in 1986. Glenn began his own business in home improvement and real estate investing, allowing Alicia to stay home and care for their children, Shepherd (1989), and Prayse (1991). They quickly decided to home school, and though the journey wasn’t easy, God was faithful to continue leading them toward truth. During the years 1997-2003, five more children were born (Joshua, Robert, Hope, Noah and Liberty), they moved into their current home, which Glenn built, and both sets of parents died. A season of quiet reflection and study ensued and using a two-year self-paced process of learning to study the depths of Christian liberty, the Lord was equipping them to adopt orphans from a place called Liberty. Botianna (18), Andrew (16), Lightning (15), Cherish (13) and Kabiera (13), arrived home Oct. 5, 2006 after living through 14 years of civil war in Liberia, West Africa. The Ahlers are active members at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and Alicia is pregnant with their next blessing.

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