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1/31/2006 4:22:45 PM
Home School Foundation
Home School Foundation Report--January/February 2006

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Home School Foundation Report
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January/February 2006

Dear Friends of the Home School Foundation,

In early November, the Foundation launched a program to send gift
checks to the widows and single parents we had been able to help over
the last year. We gave out 255 gifts through this program, sending
out a gift of $100 to each widow or single parent plus $100 for each
of their children. Each check was sent in a beautiful Christmas card
along with a personal note of encouragement from one of our staff.

The responses we received are overwhelming. Even a month later, we are
still getting thank-you notes from widows and single parents who are
praising the generosity of God. Thanks to homeschoolers like you, we
were able to show that God really does care for the widows and the
fatherless.

Thank you, dear friends, for providing hope to these precious families
who struggle to keep going and make ends meet. You touched hearts and
gave a testimony of Christ's love and intimate care for the "least of
these." We're sure you will enjoy the excerpts taken from some of the
thank-you cards we received.

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I cannot speak enough about this Christmas miracle. My three children
and I decided not to give gifts this year. We decorated the house in
homemade decorations, played and listened to Christmas music, and just
enjoyed the birthday of Christ. I was hoping to have monies for new
socks for us all--we all have holes in our socks. But alas, we were
strapped again. Many times my children added to our prayers, "please
help us find gifts to put under our tree this year, Lord." When my
son (10) opened our first Christmas card of the season, we all sang
God's praises how he can still send miracles to those in need.
--T.M.

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Wow! Thank you so much for the surprise gift. I was just thinking how
I needed to buy 2 new tires and knew I'd have to charge them. With
the money you sent I was able to buy them without going into debt.
Yippeee! I was also able to buy the kids some clothing. The Lord is
so good--through you.
--S.F.

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Thank you for your wonderful Christmas present. I was shocked, amazed
and thrilled! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. God works in many
ways. This year, at this time, He worked through you.
--D.H.

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On Monday, my 11-year-old son let me know that his feet were
outgrowing his shoes. We asked the Lord for shoes just as any mother
and son would ask an earthly father. That evening, I received your
generous gift in the mail. Wow! My son gets shoes, God gets
glorified, and I am again amazed by His love.
--S.T.

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I was praying one night asking the Lord where I needed to make
adjustments in my faith, my heart attitudes, my spending habits, etc.
I know God supplies all our needs, but from the looks of things it
seemed there was a loose connection somewhere. I also knew the
trouble was not on God's end. "Father...help me to see my blind
spots...we really need to see a breakthrough this season." As I
prepared for bed, I began sifting through a pile of mail. I came to
your card, expecting a generic Christmas card, and boy was I surprised
to see a check slip out of the card! I had a praise service right
there at the table!! Tears streaming down my cheeks, I could only
rejoice and thank God for His faithful love and care. The joy of the
Lord filled me so full I gave a little shout ...and woke the kids up!
Yea God!!!
--P.B.

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A few days ago, I wasn't sure what we would do for Christmas this
year. I didn't know if I would have the emotional energy to even
shop, let alone spend much of anything. I decided to go shopping to
see if I could get in the mood but returned home almost empty-handed.
When I picked up the mail that day, I found your check. My kids and I
were absolutely stunned. We really feel like you are showing us God's
love. You are cushioning the fall from our loss.
--R.

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Thank you so much for your generosity. God's timing is so perfect.
Just moments before bringing in the mail I was crying with my middle
daughter because of how much we miss my husband. Even after more than
three years, I still feel a big tear in my heart. Now my tears are of
a different nature. The generosity shown by HSF supporters is
overwhelming to me.
--L.

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Your gift was like my husband (God the Father) saying, "This is for
Christmas spending." Thank you for being the hand of the Father for
us. May the Lord richly bless each giver.
--S.S.

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We would like to thank you for your kind gift. It will make Christmas
at our house a lot brighter this year. We were both teary-eyed when
we opened the card. It was great to see my son realize what I've been
telling him for the past 6 years now--that God takes care of the
widows and orphans. When he read the verse on the card he said, "Hey
mom, that's the same words you've been telling me, and now I know what
you mean."
--L. & A.

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I was completely surprised to open the card and discover a Christmas
gift. It spoke to me of so many things....of the love of the body of
Christ...of the mission of the Home School Foundation...and of God's
concern for my children.
--S.W.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending me a check to buy
Christmas gifts for my children! My daughter was discouraged about
Christmas this year to the point of wondering if it was worth it being
a Christian. And you can guess--your check changed her attitude!!!
--C.V.

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This was our first Christmas without my husband. My oldest daughter
had been asking several times a day if we would be able to have
Christmas this year; I often cried when she did, because I knew that I
couldn't give her gifts. I sincerely told her that I wasn't sure and
that what mattered most is that we had each other. Several days
later, after the mail had piled up more than I could bear, I decided
to finally open your card. Much to my surprise, your check fell out!
I could not believe my eyes! I humbly fell to my knees and cried out
to God thanking Him continually for how He has blessed my family and
shown us daily that He will carry us through.
--J.T.



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