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Evangelical Christians Recruit Home-Schooling Mentors

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An evangelical Christian group is financing a national campaign to recruit home-schooling parents to mentor other parents and bring 1 million additional children into home schooling in the next five to seven years.

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The effort, “Homeschooling Family to Family,” is being paid for by Exodus Mandate, an initiative founded by E. Ray Moore Jr., a Columbia, S.C.-based evangelical Christian ordained in the Plymouth Brethren Church. Mr. Moore declined to say how much money Exodus Mandate is spending on the effort.

Exodus Mandate urges Christian parents to remove their children from public schools and either home-school them or enroll them in Christian schools, according to Mr. Moore.

“People are coming to us,” he said, “and saying, ‘How do I get started?’ We feel it’s time to get on the offense and urge experienced home-school families to mentor their friends, family, neighbors, and fellow church members [on home schooling].”

Nearly 1.1 million children were being home-schooled in the United States in 2003, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Vol. 25, Issue 08, Page 4

Published in Print: October 19, 2005, as Evangelical Christians Recruit Home-Schooling Mentors

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