“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.”” Matthew 9:38

This year our family had a small garden. Let me rephrase that: this year our family had a very small garden. We grew tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and spinach. It was fun, but it was far from a plentiful harvest. When Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful” I don’t picture our tiny family garden. I imagine fields and fields and fields of plants with stalks that are overflowing with delectable, abundant, overripe fruit. I can’t imagine knowing that there are acres of sweet, juicy, low-hanging fruit and no one caring– or even noticing. But that’s the scenario Jesus paints in Matthew 9. It wasn’t that the people were few, it’s that those who were willing to work were few.

Since 1984, NCHE has worked to help families homeschool their children. No one has worked harder than NCHE to protect your right to homeschool, equip you with the resources and encouragement that you need, and connect you with other homeschooling families and opportunities. Our mission is simple, but it isn’t easy. This year’s explosive growth in home education has been thrilling to behold! Today, there is a very real harvest. Have you noticed? If you have noticed, are you doing anything about it?

As the homeschool movement grows, it will take more workers and volunteers than ever to accomplish our mission of helping parents homeschool with confidence and joy. It’s easy to be filled with hope when you see parents leading their children– or children growing in character, courage, and compassion in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic. Families are being transformed; generations are being transformed! Our mission to equip and encourage families is truly meaningful work.

For 35 years, NCHE has been here for you, and today we invite you to join us– not as a nominal member in name only, but as an active co-laborer in the harvest. Some of you will be able to give financially. For this we are grateful! You can be a part of reaching our giving goals for December 2020. We are trying to raise 25% of our annual staff budget by the end of the year. Some will be able to give through prayer, and we invite you to join us in prayer; we need it. But many of you also have gifts in writing, graphic design, video editing, grant-writing, IT and web development, sales, or marketing. We have real needs in these areas, too. Whether you have a few hours to give regularly or could work on a single, short-term project: we need you. Today, I’m asking you to use your gifts to serve homeschool families by clicking on the VOLUNTEER button below and volunteering with NCHE.

After Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few,” He said, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:39)

Since August, our board has been asking God to send workers to join us, and I hope that you will!

– Sarah

We are thankful for our members! Are you a new NCHE member or thinking of becoming a member? Start here.