The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXV
No. 1
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January/February
2009

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by Cherise Ryan
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A Shelter in the Time of Storm

During last year’s floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, the Home School Foundation stood ready to respond to homeschoolers who found themselves facing dire straits. An Iowa mother of five wrote us describing her family’s situation during the flooding there:

Our basement got several inches of water in one night and stayed this way for a couple weeks. When the rain finally slowed, and the water stopped coming in, we faced a new problem: mold. My husband had to demolish pretty much the whole basement. The paneling and sheet rock had to be cut out and hauled to the trash. Same with the carpet and the furniture.

We lost our school curriculum—books, workbooks, papers, supplies, and important files. Most of all, we lost half of our house. Our basement is where we conduct school every day.

Courtesy of the Busby family
Flood damage to the home of a family helped by HSF after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.
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“GOD IS TRULY USING
WHAT THE DEVIL MEANT
FOR EVIL TO REAFFIRM
MY FAITH AND BUILD
THE FAITH OF MY CHILDREN.”
...

Facing $10,000 in repairs in addition to the cost of replacing educational materials, this family requested assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but their request was turned down, because basements aren’t considered “essential” to the home.

“Through all of this—even as the water was rushing into our basement, destroying everything—we knew, and still know, that God is taking care of us, no matter what,” she wrote.

Providentially, this family learned about the Home School Foundation and contacted us. We were able to help them with some of their school materials and other basic needs, so they could get back on their feet and continue educating their children.

Her home damaged by a hurricane in Louisiana, another homeschooling mother wrote to thank us after receiving news that her family had qualified for an HSF grant:

Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee or a member of the military, make HSF the beneficiary of your donation. HSF’s CFC number is 10535. For more information, visit the CFC website.

Words cannot express what a tremendous blessing this grant will be for my children. These last few weeks have certainly been a test of faith for me. At this point, just getting an insurance agent to come to my house is a test of faith.

I think that we all too often forget that God is very concerned about all areas of our lives—whether it’s homeschooling, groceries, our home, or our family. Many times we think of God in the spiritual sense and forget that He is concerned with our physical well-being also.

I believe God’s word that “All things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” God is truly using what the devil meant for evil to reaffirm my faith and build the faith of my children.

My son went to bed saying, “Tell me, what is impossible with God? Nothing, nothing is impossible with God.” As a parent, it is my greatest joy to see my children praise Him in the midst of the storm… .

May God richly bless you and the entire staff of the Foundation. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

These letters provide just two examples of the many families the Foundation has been blessed to be able to help recently. If you need assistance or wish to give to other homeschoolers in need, please visit the Foundation’s website, or call us at 540-338-8688.

Cherise Ryan is administrative assistant to the executive director of HSF.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

“Faith without works is dead,” proclaims James 2:26 (New International Version). We at HSF have the privilege of daily witnessing faith with works—we can testify that it is very much alive!

The hurricanes and floods of last year gave us many tangible opportunities to put faith into action and be a bridge for others to put their faith into action by helping their brothers and sisters in need.

In that same chapter of James, verses 15–16 say, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (New International Version)

In the midst of crises, time and again the Lord has allowed us to do something about the physical needs of homeschooling families. But these good works were only possible because many other homeschooling families, like yours, first decided to do something with their faith.

“I will show you my faith by what I do,” James wrote in verse 18. Thank you for doing the same and being a part of God’s mercy and provision to our homeschooling neighbors in need.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director