Dear Christian Heritage Family,
On October 8th at 2:19 in the morning, the Lord blessed Mary and I with our ninth grandchild, Caleb Valor Beroth. I had gone to bed the night before, the phone within arm’s reach, praying and eagerly awaiting the all-important call from Texas. Finally, at 2:34 AM the phone rang and across the airwaves, I heard the most joyous sound a grandfather can ever hope to hear – the soft cry of a brand new baby boy. I’ve been through this process nine times now, but once again, I was spontaneously moved to tears of great joy and amazement at the power and wisdom of God at work in bringing another new life into this world.
Eighteen days later, as I held this “little” 10.6 pound baby in my arms for the first time, I couldn’t help but smile at the thought that this is my grandson – my future – my legacy. Since those first moments with Caleb, I’ve taken time to consider afresh my duties and responsibilities to my grandchildren. Even though my own children are grown, I’m realizing how much there is yet to be done with the opportunity God has given me to impact both the lives of my children, and now the lives of their children too.
As I take yet another step back and consider my growing family in the broader context of the world in which we all live, I cannot help but see the storm clouds on the horizon. Big government socialism is on the rise. A record six states went for so-called “gay” marriage this year. The enemy is feeling empowered in their campaign against faith and family. They are more aggressively opposed to the pro-family minority, and they will do their utmost to undermine the Christian family and freedom. Without a doubt, our children will face battles larger than we ever dreamed.
I don’t know how long it will be before these storm clouds begin to rain in earnest, but in the meantime, we at CHRISTIAN HERITAGE are very busy pressing forward optimistically in our mission to build the Christian family in Washington State. By God’s grace, manifested through your prayers and support, we coordinated twenty-two separate events in the last nine months in a huge effort to lay important foundations for future generations:
• In February, we hosted our first Pastor’s Luncheon to share our vision with local pastors and better understand how we can serve and support them.
• We launched CHRISTIAN HERITAGE OnAir, broadcasting seven live webinars with top speakers from around the country to support you year-round in the thick of your homeschool journey.
• Through our new Ambassador Family Program, you helped us bring 136 first-time families to the annual CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Conference.
• In June, we hit the road with three Regional Homeschool Nuts & Bolts Seminars, providing the foundational support necessary to get even more new families started in their home discipleship journey.
• We also hosted three CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Support Network Gatherings (an expansion of our growing online Network), designed to provide local support and fellowship to CH families throughout the year.
• In addition to six Kick-Off Picnics, we also co-hosted the Family Economics & Mentorship Conference this fall to equip over one thousand attendees to take the next steps in incorporating a biblical vision for their family’s economics, education, and life preparation on all levels.
I’ve seen God’s grace and mercy at work in my life and in the lives of my children. And now that I’m observing that same grace and mercy at work in the lives of my grandchildren, I can honestly say that I’ve never been more committed to the mission of home-based discipleship than I am now. But perhaps like you, I’m also aware, more than ever before, of my own weakness and inability to fight on as I know I must.
But friends, as we face a new year, let us take heart! Let us find courage! – not in the strength of our own arms, but in the power of our resurrected Lord who sits in the heavens and does whatsoever He pleases (Ps. 115:3)! Let us persevere in hope! – not because we see the light at the end of the tunnel, which we may not – but because our King has guaranteed a harvest in due season if we faint not (Gal. 6:9). And when we do feel like fainting, let us remember that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who are weak in Christ – because when we are weak, then are we strong (2 Cor. 12:10).
God has abundantly blessed our efforts in 2013, but many of these efforts are still only in seed form. So please consider helping the ministry of CHRISTIAN HERITAGE this year. Your donations will help us water these seeds, nurture their growth and plant many more new seeds which we trust God will use to produce a bountiful harvest. And most of all, we need your prayers. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers.
As you embark on another exciting year of family discipleship, remember, the battle is ours! The victory is won! So, “be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses” because “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever!” (Neh. 4:14, Rev. 11:15).
Your fellow soldier in the fight,
Neil Craig, on behalf of the CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Board:
Mr. & Mrs. Neil Craig
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bradrick
Pastor & Mrs. Tim Roth
Mr. & Mrs. Bret Bryan
Pastor & Mrs. Craig Houston
Your tax-deductible donations can easily be accomplished by mailing a check to Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington, 11716 S Player Dr., Spokane, WA99223. You can also set up a recurring (monthly/quarterly) or one-time donation at www.ChristianHeritageOnline.org/support.