I’ve been thinking about if the effort that was put into organization of home schooling activities was put into preparing our children for the threats from public schools if we couldn’t be more confident in sending our children there. I would like to share experiences and methods of preparation from those of us who don’t home school. This isn’t a tread for debate of home schooling or not. I am just interested to hear how some Christians prepare their children for the challenges, the methods they use, and examples of what challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve been successfully dealt with. Personally, I started off early with my children using stories in the Bible and adapting them to fit situations they may face using imaginary friends and what God said in His wisdom of how to deal with these situations. This has developed over the years into real situations with real friends which my kids still like to talk about with me and produces a lot of quality time in the scriptures. We’ve talked about the blessing of being persecuted for His name and the power in the truth of His words along with the HS working on people’s hearts. Just one example: my daughter has been in an accelerated gifted class where they have political debates in a small class of 15 or so students that have pretty much kept the same students for 3 years. The topic of abortion came up in the 5th grade and my daughter came home upset saying that she was the only one that said it was wrong and had brought up God and was ridiculed and persecuted. I asked her if there was not one other kid in that class that felt like her and she said she knew of one girl, but she would not say anything because of how vicious the other kids were. I reminded her of what it meant to be persecuted and the need to be strong and set an example for that other girl. We talked about the strengths of God’s righteousness and the power of the HS to change their hearts. Then I asked her all about what the other kids by name were saying, I then coached her on everything from putting the fear of Hell in some, to planting seeds of the Gospel, to memorization of a couple verses of being ignorant of God’s righteousness and being a fool. The very next day she gave them a run for their money, the other little girl joined in along with some support from a couple others and even the teacher interceded on her behalf. My daughter came home so confident that she had done right and was sailing in the power of the HS. This has evolved into many subjects over the last three years and a couple of hard cases in her class are now coming to her and asking. We were discussing one of these cases and the differences between agnostics and atheists the other day at Taco Bell that came up after she heard a lady at the other table say, “how do you know there is a God?” After much discussion we noticed things were quiet and looked up to find half the restaurant’s patrons listening intensely, with just a look in each others eyes we knew we both felt good about it.