By Rebecca Kocsis, CHEA General Manager

Got a graduate? Congratulations!

Graduating your baby this year? Job well done. Now what are you going to do with all your “extra time”?

I’d like to ask you to spend some of it investing in the homeschool community. Use the wisdom, perspective, and experience you’ve gained over the years to bless your group or the homeschool community at large.

Helping Hands
I know many a homeschool group leader who would not turn down the offer of a helping hand. In fact, they are praying for veteran parents just like you to stick around and help out–now that you have more time. They need the camaraderie of seasoned, experienced men and women on their teams.

Or consider using your time volunteering at CHEA. There are some things that can be done remotely and others that need to be done on site all year long. Remember, CHEA serves the homeschool community 12 months of the year. We have a need for volunteers in the Brea office later this month. Next month CHEA can use some helping hands in my office in Mira Loma and again at Annual Convention in Pasadena. Then there’s more work to be done after that.

Tested in the Fire
Please consider that God did not give you the homeschool experiences you have for nothing. He’s allowed you to be tested in these fires for a purpose. Yes, some homeschool days we do walk through the fires of affliction. If you haven’t experienced the fiery furnace homeschooling, I know you’ve at least experienced some pressure cooker days.

Who can say that they haven’t passed through this crucible unchanged? You’ve grown in faith, because you have seen God keep His promises. You have gained wisdom through your experiences. You’ve exercised and honed gifts that you didn’t know you had.

You most likely started your journey with fear and trembling, not unlike Much Afraid from Hinds Feet on High Places. Like Much Afraid on her journey to the high places, you’ve been transformed. Much Afraid became Grace and Glory. What have you become? I’m sure you’ve gained grace . . . and wisdom . . . and mercy, and so much more.

Ask the Master how He wants you to use your gifts. My prayer is that He will direct some of you to use them

To bless His people

To accomplish His purposes

To bring Him glory

In the homeschool community.

It is a worthy ministry. Who knows? Perhaps you have been freed up “for such a time as this”?

If you feel you can give some time to CHEA and the homeschool community, check out our volunteer opportunities on our website or call the office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 562-864-2432.