The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXV
No. 5
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September/October
2009

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by Cherise Ryan
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Creative Ways to Give

Homeschoolers are widely known for creativity. With a new school year under way, many are finding new, creative ways to stretch finances in a tight economy.

Giving is the heart of homeschooling.
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Here at the Home School Foundation, we hear stories from a wide variety of homeschoolers struggling to make ends meet: widows, single parents, families with special needs children, and those facing job loss.

One family we helped recently wrote:

As we face our eighth month of unemployment, your gift is very timely! We feel blessed to have received it since we know there are many needs with the current economy. May God richly bless those who give as they have blessed us with being able to continue homeschooling next year.

Every family we are able to help benefits from your partnership. Regardless of whether you are able to support the Foundation financially at this time, we encourage you to be creative and find ways you can support our fellow homeschoolers in need.

Here are some ideas for you to consider:

  • Pray for the Foundation and those we help.
  • Look around for ways to serve others; perhaps there is a homeschooling widow or single parent in your area you can encourage and uplift.
  • Encourage a struggling mom by combining study time with each other’s kids for a week.

One mom wrote us after receiving a scholarship, “Your letter informing me of your generous grant brought much-needed encouragement as well as financial assistance. Perhaps the encouragement is of greater value.”

Giving is the heart of homeschooling. Don’t let a difficult financial situation stop you from expressing your heart to give to others.

If you would like more information about the Foundation, either to give or to find help for yourself or someone else in need, please visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org or call us at 540-338-8688.

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

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.

—Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

I heard a message recently that reflected these thoughts: Have you ever considered that God is seeking loans from us? Proverbs 19:17 strongly makes that implication. It’s as if the Lord is saying, Come join me where my heart beats and demonstrate kindness, knowing that the poor cannot repay you, but I will.

Other scriptural references encourage us simply to give, but this verse emphasizes a different view of God’s heart on giving. We’re encouraged to see the kindnesses we offer as loans—loans to God that accrue interest. I wonder what God’s rate of interest is?

The speaker closed with this compelling thought: “The interest God pays on our kindnesses will be out of this world!”

Thank you for all that you have loaned to the Lord through the Home School Foundation. May the Lord reward you in this life and throughout eternity.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director