seen for ourselves the e;ect of a couple
of years of mass schooling, albeit at a private Christian school, on our oldest son.
Still, there were hurdles to overcome. In
God’s time, as I would come across a piece
of the homeschooling puzzle that did not
seem right, He would replace it with one
that would ;t perfectly. ;e question of
heritage was one such piece. I would of
course teach my children their American
heritage as well. I loved many things about
the U.S. and had an appreciation for its
rich history, but there were certain things
I simply could not relate to. For example,
many American homeschoolers I met
spoke at length about their Christian roots
and tied it in to their homeschooling journey. What was my heritage? Legend has
it that about a mile from the place where
I was born, the Apostle Paul received a
beating for preaching the Gospel. Hardly
something to be proud of, I reasoned. So
since I did not have that same rich Christian heritage, how did it all ;t together?
It occurred to me that if Paul had indeed
received a beating from my countrymen a
long time ago, and if great hostility toward
Evangelical Christianity is still there, that
reality could serve as a good teaching tool
In God’s time,
as I would come
across a piece of
puzzle that did not
seem right, He would
replace it with one that
would ;t perfectly.
for the children. I used it as an opportunity to point out to them how blessed we
are to live in a country where we worship
freely and do not fear beatings.
On the other hand, in New Testament
times not all my countrymen were hos-
tile to the Gospel. What about Barnabas?
He was a God-fearing man (Acts 4: 35–
37). How could we emulate his faith? He
was not a Founding Father of the United
States, but he was known for being an
encourager—he demonstrated Godly
character, which transcends time and
countries. How could our family encour-
age others, as Barnabas did?
E;e Hill has lived in the United States for
twenty years and cherishes the privilege of
homeschooling her three children. She has
lived in three other countries but knows
that heaven is her true home. She is the
author of School to Home: Transitioning to Home Education (Encouragement
for the Christian Parent). Contact her at
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