|Homeschooler, Humanitarian||Vol. 111, Prg. 26–30|
April 23–27, 2012
Can your homeschooled student make a real difference for those who are suffering and in need? This week on Home School Heartbeat, two homeschool graduates join Mike Smith to talk about opportunities that they and other homeschoolers have had to do just that.
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Melissa Green is the eldest of seven children, was homeschooled all her life, and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in a year and a half. During her teen years, she energetically pursued a wide variety of interests and activities. She authored a motivational book for teens at age 17, lobbied for the pro-life cause at the United Nations, and traveled to Romania on multiple mission trips. Competing in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association during high school, she became the 2007 National Persuasive Speaking Champion. Melissa has taken her communication skills across the country, speaking at seminars and equipping teenagers to make the most of their time and live in a way that makes an impact, today, instead of waiting for adulthood. Her passion is to inspire as many teens as possible and to encourage them to use their youth wisely. Now in her twenties, Melissa resides in Louisiana with her husband although her roots run deep in Alabama and she remains a proud Crimson Tide fan.
Layla Wilder was born near the jungles of Brazil but raised on a farm in the Rocky Mountain foothills of North Idaho. Her parents homeschooled their five children, instilling in them the importance of using their education and relationship with Christ to make a difference in the world. Their encouragement caused Layla to become really interested in politics and social justice issues. It was these interests that led her to apply to Patrick Henry College. The Lord used Patrick Henry College to strengthen Layla’s faith and prepare her to work in a culture that is very anti-God. After graduation, she worked as a community news reporter for five years. During that time, she covered many crime stories and wrote stories about low-income residents of Northern Virginia. It was this experience that led her to leave journalism and start doing Gospel-centered ministry among low-income people in her area through her church, Guilford Baptist Church. Layla is now finishing a graduate degree in social work and seeking God for what is next.
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