If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
925 View Harbour Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
You have entered a special homeschool gateway to the Foundation for Educational Leadership site. If you are familiar with FEL we encourage you to read the letter below and click on the links on our menu bar at the top or on the sites of this page to tour the site. If you are new, please read the letter below.
For 22 years we have served homes educating families as a member of the Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) Board of Directors and now we need your help. For the last 17 years, I have served as president of SMHEA and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA), our state homeschooling organization. My entire adult life has been spent ministering to parents, faculty, and students. In 1997 it became apparent that the explosive growth of home education in our area was making it impossible for a volunteer to provide adequate leadership. With the encouragement of the SMHEA Board of Directors, we left our positions with Campus Crusade for Christ. By faith we founded Foundation for Educational Leadership (FEL), a ministry committed to working with families, churches, and schools in the area of Christian education and family discipleship. Contributions to FEL supply our ministry and family needs as well as allow us to provide full-time leadership to area home educators and work as a board member of the Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA). In addition, FEL offers consulting services for Christian schools, home school support groups, and families. While others have come and gone, we have been here for 22 years serving thousands of families in our area.
We are passionate about family discipleship (which includes academic instruction) and about the role of the family as the foundation for the church and our society. Whether it is consulting with a home school family, teaching a worldview class to students, helping an administrator at an umbrella school, advising a parent considering home education, speaking to a support group, or working with a legislator to defend our home school freedoms, our passion for Jesus Christ, family discipleship, and students is a hallmark of all that we do.
For more than 12 years, committed families, churches, and businesses have partnered with FEL to make it possible for us to server thousands of families. The current economic crisis has hit even the largest, most stable Christian ministries hard. Many have eliminated programs and laid off employees to make ends meet. FEL relies on the tax-deductible contributions of families who support our ministry. In recent months we have been severely affected by the economy. FEL is a small ministry dedicated to ministering to the needs of families in our area. There is no fat to cut, no surplus to fall back on.
We are faced with an immediate need to replace $1,000 in monthly support lost in recent months. In addition, we are trusting the Lord to provide $3,000 in one-time support to sustain us as we trust God to provide for our monthly needs. To some, this may seem like an impossible task. I believe that God has called me to this ministry and that He will provide for our needs as we make them known and trust Him.
We are praying for 50 new financial partners who can support FEL $20 or more each month. Helping home educating families has always been a group effort, and now, more than ever, we need your help. You can help make possible for us to continue to serve by contributing on-line or by printing a copy of this letter and mailing in a contribution to FEL. Would you stand with us?
Cory and Barbara Bennett
How Many Full-time Administrators Does It Take to Run a School System?
Too many to count. FEL serves hundreds of families with thousands of students with one
full-time director funded by the gifts of our ministry partners