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As we near the end of 2023, I want to share an encouraging message we recently received from podcast listener. I also want to ask for your help in continuing this important work.
"LIVING OUT OUR HOMESCHOOL CALLING"
Ariel said: "The Schoolhouse Rocked ministry has been a huge blessing for our family's homeschool journey. Homeschooling is a calling and a blessing, but it is challenging in many ways! The encouragement, resources and ideas I've gotten from the podcast, movie, and online conference have kept my eyes pointed to Christ as we successfully navigate this homeschool calling. I always come away encouraged and emboldened to continue living out our homeschool calling, and it seems to come at just the right time... We are a better homeschool family because of the Schoolhouse Rocked ministry!"
REVIVAL, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME
Over the years we have been blessed to receive countless messages like these from moms and dads (and even some kids) who have been impacted through the Schoolhouse Rocked ministry. We recognize that it's not because of anything special in us, but because of God's great power. And, it's all for His glory!
We also understand that this ministry isn't just about today's homeschoolers. It's about REVIVAL. As parents are pouring God's truth into their children it is making a generational impact and preparing many hearts for ETERNITY! And we're going to keep up this work as the Lord allows us to.
There is still much work to do, and this is where we need your help. While we have been working on several really exciting things for the new year, we are also facing the perfect storm right now. We have some large, immediate financial needs in order to continue this important work. To this end, we are seeking to raise $25,000 by the end of the year.
After many years of faithful service, our main studio computer (now 10 years old) has reached the end of its life and must be upgraded. Because this computer handles all of the heavy lifting of video and audio production, in addition to managing all of our network storage, this is a substantial cost.
At the same time, we have also reached the 3-year renewal period for our web hosting account and our online conference membership hosting plan. With six active and very busy websites, web hosting, plugins, and support for the company cost around $2,000 per year, and a substantial portion of that is due in the next few days. (UPDATE: Your gifts have already covered our web hosting renewal for the next year. Thank you!)
Additionally, we have a few important updates we need to make to the podcast studio in order to continue to produce high-quality content and add new capabilities in the coming year.
We would also love to bring on some additional help in the new year. While love what we do, our little team is always stretched beyond our limits (though not God's), and a few more team members would go a long way in helping us to expand the ministry.
Finally, we have plans to provide new and exciting resources through the ministry (think BIG things), which we will announce in the coming months. However, much like the movie, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, which could have never been made without enormous support from families like yours, these new plans will require huge support from you, the homeschooling community.
2023 MINISTRY UPDATE
With your help, here are some of the ways we have been able to serve the homeschool community this past year.
In February, we made the feature-length documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, available for FREE streaming! In just the past few months, thousands of families have watched the film at home, in homeschool co-ops, at conferences, and at churches. Additionally, thousands more have downloaded the free Homeschool Survival Kit.
In March, we hosted the Homegrown Generation Family Expo for the second time. This online conference now offers over 50 hours of practical instruction and encouragement from the leading voices in the homeschool movement. Videos from the conference have been viewed well over 100,000 times.
Launched in June of 2022, the Homeschool Insights Podcast has grown to over 20,000 downloads and video views per month, with over 400 episodes published. The show provides a much-needed DAILY source of encouragement for homeschooling moms in the midst of their journey.
On the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast, we published the Homeschool Survival Series in 2022 and 2023, and the Biblical Family Series in 2023. The show now boasts more than 700 episodes and typically receives around 60,000 downloads and video views each month, in addition to live radio rebroadcasts.
Finally, the success of the show has opened the doors to helping several other Christian homeschool leaders launch their own shows - some of them now much larger than the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast. This family of ministries is now reaching countless families for the glory of God!
We look forward to continuing to partner with you in serving the homeschooling community. We pray that God will open doors to new opportunities in the coming year and that we can continue the work He has called us to through the Schoolhouse Rocked ministry!
Live Coram Deo!
~ Yvette Hampton
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