|Homeschooling in International Homes||Vol. 90, Prg. 6–10|
June 1–5, 2009
What would your homeschool look like if you were transported to another country? How does an international background influence other families’ homeschools? This week on the program, Mike Smith talks to three families whose ethnic backgrounds span five countries and four continents!
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Diana Trejo was born in Colombia, South America. She came to the United States at the age of 6 when her mother was transferred to Washington, D.C., with the Colombian Foreign Service. Diana grew up in Northern Virginia and was eventually blessed with the opportunity to become a U.S. Citizen.
At the age of 15, Diana met the Lord Jesus as her savior and joined a local Hispanic church where she later met her husband Armando. Armando and Diana have been blessed with 7 children ages 6 months to 12 years. She has homeschooled her children since preschool and tries to have the children learn English while keeping their fluency in Spanish.
Diana hopes to be an encouragement to others to seek the Lord and to see homeschooling as a viable option in any circumstance. Diana’s greatest goal is to impart to her children a love and fear of the Lord.
May Plews grew up in a nominal Christian home (Presbyterian, which is a minority in Lebanon), but was taught the Gospel throughout her childhood and teen years by missionary friends of her parents. She didn’t, however, receive the Gospel until after she graduated from university and was teaching at a private school where one of the teachers prayed for her for many months as she shared God’s grace with May. In 1990, May immigrated to Canada where she became a home missionary with CEF Ontario. She worked with them in teacher training until 2001, when May started homeschooling her son, although she stayed involved with CEF as a volunteer teacher trainer until her family moved to Virginia.
In 1994, May married John Plews, without a doubt the most wonderful man in the world. The Lord has blessed John and May with three often-wonderful children: Alexander (11), Dina (9), and Elya (2). They moved to Virginia in June 2008 because of John’s work.
Uwe Romeike is a German homeschool father of five children (ages 3 to 12). He and his wife, Hannelore, are both music teachers. They started homeschooling three years ago in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal. They were fined several times and left their home country in August 2008 because of the risk of losing custody and being jailed. They applied for asylum in the United States and are now living in Morristown, Tennessee.