How did we come to believe in Christian based homeschooling? Go with me on a little journey back through time, and I'll tell you about our family.
I grew up in a Christian family in scenic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This area is remembered by many for its rich heritage of Amish and Mennonites who continue to cherish many of the values that have made America a great nation.
I learned at a young age the values of hard work, family, and faith. As a young boy I received Jesus as my Savior and began living for Him.
Faith and Family
At the age of 25 I married the dream of my life, beautiful 20 year old Annette. She too had given her heart to Jesus at a young age, and we agreed that our home would be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
God has given us six children, three boys and three girls. After Jesus and each other they truly are the focus of our lives.
I am a pastor at Word of Life Mennonite Church, and also a webmaster. My wife and I design and maintain this website with Site Build It, a company that provides the tools you need to build a web business. I also design and maintain websites for others.
A very fundamental idea began taking root in my heart a number of years ago. The idea was this: the most important part of a child's education is the development of their character, and parents are better qualified to teach their children character than anyone else.
The more I thought about this idea, the more convinced I became. This was a very significant part of me coming to believe that Christian based homeschooling would provide the best education for our children.
Even the Bible says that "Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7, NLT). I decided that character development is so important that this area alone would justify teaching our children at home. Since then I've also learned that according to homeschooling statistics there is no place on the planet that our children will do better academically or socially than at home!
My wife Annette grew up in a homeschooling family in rural Kansas. Back then basically NOBODY in this area did homeschooling, so Annette's parents got to be "pioneers".
They were considered weird by many of their peers, but this did not sway them from doing what they were convinced was best for their children. Since then, Christian based homeschooling has become very common here as many others have also seen the advantages of it.
Annette was home schooled through grade 12, and also was involved in the teaching of her younger siblings. In addition to academics she also learned valuable life skills such as cooking, sewing, caring for younger siblings, and assisting her elderly and disabled grandma.
While a homeschool student, Annette was president of a 4-H Club for a number of years, and also had the privilege of speaking at "Day Under the Dome", a homeschool rally in Topeka, KS.
So when I was ready to get involved with homeschooling, I had an unusually qualified partner. We started homeschooling in 2006 and haven't looked back since!
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15, KJV). This is the goal of our family, and Christian based homeschooling is one way that we are working toward this goal. A home schooled child is far more likely to share the faith of their parents than those in a conventional school setting.
Faith in Jesus is a personal choice. He never pushes Himself on anyone. If you haven't already received His love, I pray that one day you will. May your life be a success. All the best to you!
Glad to be dad,
"Not as though I had already attained…I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 3:12, 14, KJV)
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