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Good News Brochures to be Distributed at Homeschooling Conventions

February 3, 2012

Homeschooling has grown in popularity over the past decade. According to HomeschoolFacts.com, “Homeschooling is the single fastest growing educational trend in the United States and that trend is expanding worldwide. Dr. Brian Ray, one of the leading homeschool researchers estimates that homeschooling has increased 15% per year over the past several years.”

In 2003 the United States National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) (nces.ed.gov/nhes) estimated the number of homeschooled students in the United States at 1.1 million. Today that number could be between 2.4 to 3 million.

Although there are many reasons parents choose to instruct their children at home, one motive often cited is to provide young people with a strong spiritual and moral foundation. According to nhhomeschooling.org, “Many parents feel that schools (including private, religion-based schools) do not address the spiritual issues and morals they want incorporated into their children’s education. Some parents object to the teaching of ideas and theories contrary to theirs – evolution and sex education, for example.”

This critical desire provides an important targeted opportunity for the United Church of God to help both parents and children better understand these and other subjects from a biblical perspective. As a result, we will soon participate in a test distribution of Good News subscription brochures at homeschool conventions in the United States. Between March 19 and May 1, 2012, we will distribute over 6,000 copies of the brochure (pictured) to participants at 35 conventions across the country (see list of cities below).

Our four color, tri-fold brochure, which offers a free, one-year subscription to The Good News, features the magazine cover, “Bringing Up a Moral Child.” Brochures will be placed inside a packet with educational materials from various companies and organizations. Depending on the success of this effort in terms of response, we hope to expand distribution in subsequent months to visitors at additional homeschool conventions. Also in the future, we hope to participate in Internet related forms of contact with U.S. and international homeschooling parents.

As always, your prayers for God’s blessings on this media effort will be greatly appreciated.

John LaBissoniere—Print Advertising Manager, Media and Communications Services

Appendix: Homeschool convention cities, March-May 2012:

  • Archer, FL
  • Atmore, AL
  • Bethesda, OH
  • Blountstown, FL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Conroe, TX
  • Danielson, CT
  • Davie, FL
  • Delaware, OH
  • Easley, SC
  • Ephrata, PA
  • Farmington, KY
  • Front Royal, VA
  • Helen, WV
  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Jackson, WY
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Leesville, SC
  • Longwood, FL
  • Medford, NJ
  • Miami, FL
  • Mobile, AL (2)
  • New Salisbury, IN
  • Old Bridge, NJ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • San Angelo, TX
  • Shepherdstown, WV
  • Signal Mountain, TN
  • Sun, LA
  • Sylva, NC
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Wasco, CA
  • York, PA

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10 Comments »

  1. We certaintly will pray that God will bless this marvelous opportunity to spread His message of truth, to those who already have an interest in God’s Word. I can remember how amazed I was forty two years ago, when I learned that even though as an evangelical I knew a lot of scriptures, I was ignorant of God’s complete plan of salvation and the fantastic future He was offering me. I had a lot of the pieces of the puzzle, but did not connect them properly, until I came upon the truth from literature of God’s Church, that actually had been sent to some one else.
    May this new effort be a field ready for God to harvest, and may he provide workers in this field. As a retired taecher, I am very excited to hear about this new thrust to the families of home schoolers..

    Comment by Lillie Robinson | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. Inspiring news of what is being done by faithful servants of God.
    In Bible reading for the year came across a scripture in Deut.36:1
    speaking of the building of the Tabernacle The Lord put wisdom
    and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the
    serviceof the sanctuary according to all the Lord had commanded.
    I believe God is giving wisdom understanding and inspiration in
    the direction the church is going let’s praise Him for it,

    Comment by Alvah P yle | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. Great idea. Homeschooling is indeed an excellent demographic to target. These are families who are willing to “come out of the world” and who care about the morals and character of their children and family for the future.

    I know, we are homeschoolers ourselves, and very involved in the movement!

    Bill & Terri Lussenheide

    Comment by Bill Lussenheide | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  4. Amen to that, Bill & Terri. We also homeschool. I would like to see Winston-Salem, NC on the list of cities, though. They have a huge annual homeschooling convention every May. We have been there ourselves and I think this would be a good avenue.

    Comment by Ailsa | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  5. Awesome idea! We must go where no one has gone before to spread The Good News in a way that is pleasing. I think it is quite clever! Well done!

    Comment by David Alan Jutson | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  6. This sounds like a wonderful idea! We are homeschooling our children for this exact reason. I pray that it will be successful.

    Comment by Kelley | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  7. What a wonderful idea! Good thinking. Thanks for letting us know about this.

    Comment by Deborah | February 4, 2012 | Reply

  8. What a brilliant idea! I never would have thought of that, but it makes perfect sense! I’m so excited at the creativity and momentum I see now in our little part of God’s work. Yay!

    Comment by Heather Disher | February 5, 2012 | Reply

  9. This is great!!!

    Comment by Virginia Dyches | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  10. Good post. The people I know who home school seem to be consistently raising outstanding kids and outstanding future citizens. This morning’s Des Moines Register (here in Iowa) had a front page story about online education courses. Democrats are trying to block access to Iowa students of this outlet. Do you have any feedback for us Iowans on the subject?

    Comment by quinersdiner | February 16, 2012 | Reply


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