Mother’s Day can be a hard time for single moms homeschooling on their own. And today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith interviews Tracy Klicka MacKillop of the Home School Foundation on the challenges of single parenthood.
Mike Smith: This week my guest is Tracy Klicka MacKillop, director of development at HSLDA’s Home School Foundation. Tracy, it’s good to have you on the program today.
Tracy: Well, it’s good to be back again with you, Mike.
Mike: Tracy, many of the people you help through the foundation are single parents, especially moms. Now, what are some of the greatest challenges single homeschooling moms are actually facing?
Tracy: Well, Mike, being a homeschooling single parent, a widow myself, I would say feeling alone is one of our greatest challenges. The responsibility of running a household and teaching our children is demanding. Doing it without a spouse to help carry the load can be downright overwhelming. Many times after Chris died, I felt paralyzed. So much was on my plate and I couldn’t share it with anyone. “What do I do next, Lord?” became a frequent prayer along with, “Father, please give me more grace.” Financial difficulties only add to a single mother’s burden, and the challenge we face isn’t just logistical and financial. Feeling emotionally alone can be the hardest to bear. The good news is, God is always with us, ever present to help. Hebrews 4:16 offers great encouragement: “Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Praise God for His faithfulness.
Mike: Well, thank you for sharing that insight with us today, Tracy. Until then, I’m Mike Smith.
Mike Smith: Tracy, how does the Home School Foundation help single homeschooling moms who are struggling financially?
Tracy: Well, Mike, our Children of Single Parents Fund offers assistance to children of single parents who through no fault of their own experience financial hardship during the homeschooling years. This fund is defined to assist Christian single parents in extreme circumstances who are training their children in the Lord. Our fund administrators are there to help determine eligibility and guide a parent every step of the way through the application process. By meeting some of their physical needs so they can continue to homeschool their children, we fulfill God’s call to build up the body of Christ in the homeschooling community. And while we can’t give these homeschooling single moms a literal hug or shoulder to cry on, we do try to offer sincere emotional support and encouragement in the Lord. We count it a great privilege to pray with them for our families, as Ephesians 3:15 says, that “He would grant them according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.” With God’s help, HSF is here to strengthen these moms in their faith.
Mike: Well, this is really a wonderful program, and I hope many single moms are blessed by it that are listening to us today. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.
Mike Smith: Tracy, I think you’d agree that local help is often the best kind of help to receive. How is the Home School Foundation assisting local single homeschooling moms through the Foundation’s Ambassador Program?
Tracy: Well, Foundation ambassadors are out in the field and are looking for families who need help, and single mothers are among the neediest. Through support groups, church groups, and personal knowledge our ambassadors learn of the heart-wrenching stories of abused mothers and children, abandoned families, single parents who have nothing left but their faith in the Lord. Ambassadors gently interview these mothers and then together with the Home School Foundation they devise a service project, or a grant, to help ease their distress. Ambassadors also pray diligently for families they are assisting, and God hears their prayers and meets their needs. The Home School Foundation Ambassador program is a wonderful way to provide tangible help and assistance to these single homeschooling parents.
Mike: Well, Tracy, we know this is a tremendous opportunity to bring a tangible blessing to these moms. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.
Mike Smith: We’re joined again today by Tracy Klicka MacKillop, director of development at the Home School Foundation. And, Tracy, what can our listeners do today to support single homeschooling moms and their families?
Tracy: Well, I’m glad you asked, Mike. There are actually several ways our listeners can help. First of all, you can pray. Pray that God would be with single homeschooling parents in a special way. These moms who are committed to their children in the Lord need regular reminders that He is with them, that they are not alone, and that God is there to help them. Having a heart for parents who homeschool alone is the first place to start. Second, you can look for opportunities to come alongside parents homeschooling alone, with tangible practical help. Contact your local homeschool support group and ask if they know of families who might need help. You can also contact us at the Home School Foundation and ask about getting involved with our ambassador program, and help with one of our service projects in your state. Lastly, you can support the work and ministry of HSF through your sacrificial giving. We help single parents and their children because of the generous gifts we receive from you, the homeschooling community. Together, we can remind them that God cares for them. Contact us at www.homeschoolfoundation.org to help bless these moms.
Mike: Tracy, these are wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing those with us today! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.
Mike Smith: This Sunday, moms everywhere will have a special day just to celebrate them—Mother’s Day! Tracy, is there a final note of encouragement you’d like to give to homeschooling moms, especially single homeschooling moms?
Tracy: Mike, every mom who has heard God’s call to teach her children and raise them for the Lord is doing a tremendous kingdom-building work. Moms who are in a place of needing encouragement however right now, I want to share this poem the Lord gave me:
What you do each day may seem
To be invisible, unseen
The countless hours you give and pray
To serve God with your heart each day
In all your labors in your home
You may often feel alone
And long to know your efforts count
When days are long and pressures mount
But be assured, God sees it all
The hands that serve, the tears that fall
He hears your prayers and He is there
To hear your cries, extend His care
Press on, dear mother, seek His face
In His great love God gives you grace
And what you do amounts to much
When done with a mother’s loving touch
A blessed Mother’s Day to all of you listening today!
Mike: Tracy, what a tremendous encouragement and thank you for joining us this week to share how our listeners can reach out to single homeschooling moms struggling financially. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.