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HSF Ambassadors Touched by Gratitude of Recipient Families at Conferences

Another season of homeschooling conferences has come and gone, but not without HSF’s hardworking volunteer ambassadors leaving their mark. Across the country, ambassadors shared the good work of HSF with families who had never heard of us—and many of whom could benefit from HSF’s grants.

Here is just a sampling of the experiences of our ambassadors this year.

Bruce and Barb WestIn Colorado, State Ambassador Bruce West worked the HSF booth with his wife, Barb. “Over 95 percent of the people I spoke with had not heard of HSF,” said Bruce. But when he explained what HSF does, Bruce told us, people expressed wide-eyed surprise at the blessing HSF offers to struggling homeschooling families.

Kim Huber

Kim Huber, the state ambassador for Pennsylvania, said that three single mothers stopped by her booth at the Christian Home Educators of Pennsylvania (CHAP) convention. “Each one shared how HSF had made it possible for them to continue homeschooling,” Kim said. 

Carol Gary with grant recipientAfter working her fifth Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) conference, State Ambassador Carol Gary said, “It is amazing to see how we have gone from being virtually unknown to now the organization that so many homeschoolers refer others to in their time of crisis.”

Toward the end of the conference, a recent HSF grant recipient stopped by Carol’s booth to tearfully say, “I just want to let you know how much I appreciate what HSF did for us! This has been a really hard year . . . but you have made it more manageable.”

Kimberly BinghamOne of our newest state ambassadors, Kimberly Bingham, represented HSF at the Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) conference in Illinois. In addition to meeting some families who had recently applied for grants via HSF’s website, Kimberly also signed up a new ambassador and connected several homeschool group leaders who are interested in supporting HSF. “There was such a sweet spirit at the conference,” Kimberly said. “I felt like I was just glowing from all the good that was happening there.”

Massachusetts State Ambassadors Robert and Darlene Muto reported several exciting experiences from their time at the Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators (MassHOPE) conference. They shared HSF’s message of hope with a little help from Mike Smith, the president of HSLDA and HSF, who spent time at the HSF booth in between sessions.

Darlene Muto with Mike Smith and conference attendee“Mike said hello to just about everyone who passed by, answering questions, offering guidance (even posing for pictures!), and just being his warm, personable self, especially to the many moms who needed to talk with someone,” Robert said.

The Mutos passed out literature about HSF to struggling families from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont, and greeted families whom HSF has assisted in the past.

“This year we’ve been so blessed, once again, to see the Lord’s hand and outpouring on the lives of families who’ve reached out to HSF for help,” Robert said. “There were so many who stopped by the booth looking for information, aid, or encouragement, each sharing their burdens, cares, stories of hope and God’s faithfulness. We are so very thankful to be a part in this wonderful ministry!”

We always need more ambassadors! If you’re interested, please visit our Volunteer page for details.

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