|HOME SCHOOLING / INTERNATIONAL|
The Ultimate Homeschool Adventure
|Korean families pose at the first CHEA
homeschool conference in 2002
As homeschooling continues to grow around the world, creative opportunities to encourage homeschool families worldwide are also growing. South Korea is a wonderful example. Following Korea’s first home education conference in 2002, the Christian Home Education Association of Korea (CHEA) was formed by a pioneering group of pastors and Christian leaders. They committed to not only sharing the vision with other Koreans, but they also began home education in their own homes! As a result, the attendance at the annual CHEA conference and the number of homeschoolers in Korea have nearly doubled ever year since 2002!
“We were losing our kids!”
— Pastor Daniel Chang, Director of CHEA
|Ministering to the children of
Pastor Chang’s generation of believers were passionate, dedicated to the cause of Christ at home and abroad. In fact, in some missionary circles in America, it has even been said, “The Koreans are going to single-handedly fulfill the Great Commission, whether we join in or not!”
Somehow, however, the vision of the older generation was being missed at home. The breakdown of the family so familiar to America is not just a western phenomenon. It is worldwide. In Korea, as a college pastor, when Pastor Chang looked at the Korean youth—the youth of the church, the promise of the next generation—he saw that already the fire which burned so strongly in the parents, was fizzling out.
A large part of the problem, predictably, lay in the intense Korean public education system. If kids are spending eight to 12 hours a day, five or six days a week in schools (including after-school tutoring programs) that exclude God and give no fuel to the fire of the gospel, what can one expect?
And so, prompted by many of the same issues that triggered the American home education movement 25 years ago, Pastor Chang and other Korean Christian leaders launched the homeschooling movement of Korea.
“Even a short man casts a long shadow at dawn.”
— Irish Proverb
As an American homeschool family, you have a remarkable opportunity to bless the budding international homeschool movement. If you have homeschooled for even one year, you are a veteran homeschool family who can have a large influence on one or more families overseas, and thereby “cast a long shadow” at the dawn of a movement. A small mission agency with a big vision has been started in South Korea. Family Mission International (FMI) invites you to help “spread family discipleship worldwide.”
“Coach a Family, Host a Family or Go as a Family!”
— Brad Voeller, FMI Founder
Having grown up part of his early years in an Asian country, Brad Voeller was eager to return as a missionary himself. As part of his preparation, Brad completed a four-year college degree in international business in only six months. After writing a book, Accelerated Distance Learning, and launching a ministry for American homeschoolers Global Learning Strategies, Brad and his family moved to Korea to minister to families, and soon launched Family Mission International.
|You also can help minister
to a homeschool family in
Coach a Family: New homeschool families in Korea (and eventually other countries) can be connected in a long distance relationship with your family to receive practical encouragement in launching their own family adventure as homeschoolers.
Host a Family: New and potential homeschool leaders from Korea are eager to see firsthand how a variety of American families approach homeschooling. Perhaps your family could host one of these couples for two or more days in your home!
Go as a Family: For two weeks, two months or even a year or two, your family could minister together by living your homeschool lifestyle among eager new homeschooling families in Korea. Typically, three Korean churches whose pastors are leading their congregations toward family discipleship (homeschooling!) will cover about half or more of the living expenses of an experienced American homeschool family, who then lead weekly homeschool co-ops and seminars to share their homeschool experience.
|The Sumrall Family|
“This has been a tremendous growing & learning time for our family”
— Randy Sumrall
The Sumrall Family has been in Korea for one, and now two, academic years. Parents Randy and Julie, along with their children Elizabeth (16) and Stephen (12) have had a very unique homeschool ministry among families at Church of Joy and Spring Water Church. Working together as a family, the Sumralls plan, prepare and lead weekly co-op unit studies. Randy and Julie also share the vision and practical aspects of homeschooling in sessions with these new homeschooling fathers and mothers.
This fall, Timothy Pent (the next to youngest “P” of Ten P’s in a Pod fame) is going with wife Boni and the younger seven of their nine children to introduce homeschooling in a 10,000-member church in Korea, at the invitation of the church”s senior pastor. Perhaps your family could be one of the next families to go to Asia to minister together in this way, like the Pent Family!
“And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
— Genesis 12:3
As the Lord leads and prospers FMI in particular and the international homeschooling movement in general, this vision and strategy will grow into a beautiful tapestry of families blessings families worldwide, for the cause of Christ!