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Home School Foundation
Home School Foundation Report -- Big Changes, Bigger God
Home School Foundation Report
> 2002 Year-End Fund Raising Success
Thanks to the generous giving of many of you, HSF's 2002 end of the
year fundraising proved to be a great success. The Foundation
received over $46,000 from 506 different donors. A significant
portion of the funds will be placed in the Special Needs Children's
Fund to enable the Foundation to continue serving families whose
children require unique educational assistance or tools. Already, the
Foundation has been able to give over $6500 in special needs
scholarships since the beginning of the year. The year-end funds will
assist in providing scholarships for recipients of the PHC
Scholarship for HSLDA Members Fund that started in 2003.
> Scholarships Retreat for Single Mothers
Are you a single mother facing the challenges and struggles to make
it through each day? Retreat of Hope by Rejoice Family Ministries is
a summer retreat for single mothers intended to provide encouragement
and refreshment. Check out their website at www.retreatofhope.com or
call them for more information at 817-937-1498.
> Federal Employees
Please note that you can make contributions to the Home School
Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign. HSF's reference
number is 2099.
Big Changes, Bigger God
One June day in 2001, the lives of Rebecca Sater and her two
daughters suddenly changed forever. Rebecca's husband Tom passed away
unexpectedly, leaving her to face an uncertain future. Among her
greatest concerns was 12-year-old Victoria and 5-year-old Caitlin's
Rebecca knew that enrolling her daughters in a private Christian
school was not financially feasible. "But I didn't want to put the
girls in [public] school, so I prayed a lot about it," she remembers.
"God provided ways for me to continue homeschooling. It was nothing
short of miraculous."
A friend and Memphis-Area Home Education Association support group
leader told Rebecca about the Home School Foundation's Widows
Curriculum Scholarship Fund and encouraged her to apply for a
scholarship. In addition, she found a job working for Memphis-Area
Home Education Association.
The Saters' daily routine has changed; because Tom had been self-
employed and able to adjust his own schedule, the girls'
homeschooling schedule was quite fluid. Today, Rebecca keeps a more
established school schedule that fits with her job.
But through the help of the Widows Fund, many aspects of their
routine have not changed allowing them time to heal together. The
girls continue to participate in regional spelling bees, geography
bees, and field trips. Rebecca also carries on her practice of
borrowing and exchanging curriculum with extended family members. For
curriculum that Rebecca has needed to buy, the WCSF money has allowed
her to buy materials that she simply could not afford.
Far more than just enabling Rebecca to purchase curriculum, the
scholarship proves to be a ministry to her from other homeschoolers.
Rebecca explains, "The Scholarship Fund is a concrete way for people
to turn around and bless someone in need. It's been a help for us. It
shows that people really care."
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change . . .
Come, behold the works of the LORD . . .
"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalm 46:1-11 NAS
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