DEAR FRIENDS OF
Please read carefully the news release
on our newest ministry initiative called "Homeschooling Family to Family"
(HFTF). If you have access to your local Christian or secular media, we
ask that you forward this news release to them. We have some national
media lists, but incomplete local lists. Further, if you are in a home
school support group or state association, please circulate this message
to them as we need you and your friends to begin the mentoring process
which is what HFTF is all about. Otherwise, your strong prayers are
greatly needed for National Director of HFTF, Jube Dankworth of
Houston,Texas, as she takes up this ministry. Visit her web page too at:
HFTF has the support
of some leading Christian home school organizations. Blessings.
E. Ray Moore, Jr.
Chaplain (Lt.Col.) USAR Ret
Exodus Mandate founder
From: "Earned Media"
Date: 2005/10/06 Thu AM 08:38:35 EDT
Subject: PR: Group Announces Project to Bring One Million Additional
Children into Homeschooling
Family-to-Family' Aims to Mobilize Experienced Christian Homeschoolers
and Local Support Groups to Share Blessings of Homeschooling Through
Homeschooling Family to Family
COLUMBIA, SC, Oct.
6 / Christian Wire Service / Exodus Mandate announced today that it has
launched "Homeschooling Family-to-Family" (HFTF) with strong support
from important homeschooling organizations such as the Home School Legal
Defense Association, the Southern Baptist Church Home Education
Association, and the National Black Home Educators Resource Association.
Homeschooling Family-to-Family encourages experienced homeschoolers to
"share their heart for homeschooling" by offering to mentor families
they already know into homeschooling. HFTF's goal is to bring over one
million new children into homeschooling over a five to seven year
period, thereby strengthening state and local homeschooling
As Exodus Mandate
founder E. Ray Moore, Jr., points out, the need for Homeschooling
Family-to-Family is obvious: "I think virtually every experienced
homeschool family has serious conversations about homeschooling every
year with friends, neighbors, and relatives who are intrigued by
homeschooling, but who are a little afraid to start. HFTF asks
experienced Christian homeschoolers to take the initiative by helping
one of those families set aside its fears and start homeschooling by
extending the hand of Christian fellowship as a homeschool mentor. In
many cases HFTF mentoring would also be an excellent opportunity to
share the Gospel."
While many local
support groups already have excellent mentoring programs for families
who come to them asking for help, Moore adds that "HFTF asks experienced
homeschoolers to become more evangelical by transforming homeschooling
conversations across the kitchen table with friends, neighbors, and
relatives into a positive homeschooling outreach."
HFTF mentors will
help new families by guiding them through curriculum decisions,
introducing them to support groups and the social side of homeschooling,
providing regular encouragement and counsel, and praying for them. In
addition to its website materials (text, links, and streaming audio and
video) and e-newsletter, Homeschooling Family-to-Family makes available
DVD's, CD's, articles, and brochures to mentors through homeschool
support groups and other organizations. All these materials are designed
to help mentors bring families interested in homeschooling to an
informed decision about whether to homeschool.
National Director of HFTF, emphasizes the importance of state and local
homeschooling organizations to the success of HFTF: "We know that
homeschooling has grown organically from the grassroots, and especially
through state and local homeschool organizations. Consequently, HFTF is
based on the premise that mentors and state and local organizations will
be the real leaders. We're here to help grassroots organizations with
our newsletter, website, and other resources as requested. We are
delighted that the Homeschooling Family-to-Family message has the
support of important homeschooling organizations, and we hope that many
more homeschooling organizations at the state and local level will help
get the HFTF vision to the grassroots."
Founder and Director of the Southern Baptist Convention Home Education
sees the broader implications of HFTF: "Families with children are a
huge mission field. HFTF is a wonderful opportunity for evangelism and
Christian character development as well as homeschool mentoring."
Like Watkins, Bruce
Shortt, author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools and a designer of
HFTF, sees HFTF as part of Christian evangelism: "Unlike the gimmicks
that often pass for Christian evangelism today, Christian homeschooling
is true revival, and HFTF is the perfect opportunity for Christian
homeschoolers to become more evangelical."
In addition to
being National Director of HFTF, Jube Dankworth is a long-time Texas
homeschool leader and founder of Texas Homeschool Educators. Ray Moore
believes Dankworth's selection as National Director brings real strength
to HFTF: "We are delighted to find someone with Jube Dankworth's
longtime homeschooling experience, deep spiritual walk, and commitment
to the Christian Faith. Her vast knowledge of both the national
homeschooling scene and mastery of internet technologies will enable her
to help advance homeschooling for Christian families all over the USA."
COMMENTS FROM OTHER NATIONAL HOMESCHOOL LEADERS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING
Smith, President of Home School Legal Defense Association
"I believe the
Homeschooling Family-to-Family program has the potential to grow home
schooling the way the Evangelism Explosion program has expanded the
Kingdom of God through one-on-one evangelism. It is a tool that will
work and will be a blessing to both the mentor family and the new home
schooling family. If we believe home schooling had benefited our family,
we should want to share our experience with families that need a little
help getting started home schooling."
Burges, Co-Founder of National Black Home Educators Resource Association
"I encourage you to
share your heart with a new homeschooler. When I first started
homeschooling 14 years ago, finding someone who looked like me was next
to impossible. However I did find someone who was homeschooling just
like me. This remarkable woman took me under her wing and shared her
life with me. I will always remember her giving me books and anything
else I needed to be successful in this new venture. Our sons spent time
together. We studied together. We went on field trips and helped to
serve our community in a positive way. This helped my son to learn
quality leadership abilities. These days, I am the one spending time
with new homeschool moms."
and Denise Kanter, Considering Homeschooling Ministry
Family-to-Family is a much needed mentorship ministry to encourage
Christian families to homeschool their children. Their plan of
encouraging homeschool families to reach out and mentor other families
is a simple way to communicate to our brothers and sisters in Christ the
value of a Biblical home education. My wife and I know Rev. E. Ray Moore
and Dr. Bruce Shortt through our mutual efforts, we value their
friendship and admire their commitment to seeing that all children from
Christian homes be given the opportunity to have a Godly education."
Read more at: Christian Schools
Christian School Resources
Story of Moses
Marcum, Director of Homeschool Headquarters:
"For several years
I have felt homeschool families needed to get out of their homes and
churches and communicate the positive homeschool gospel to new families.
I have also urged this new approach upon many national homeschool
leaders. HFTF can help meet this need and help grow homeschooling
nationally. I am happy to support this effort and urge others to do the
about the HFTF ministry and Christian homeschooling can be found at: