Our stated purpose is “promoting and safeguarding home education to the glory of God.”
MassHOPE assists parents in understanding and fulfilling the homeschooling laws of Massachusetts. We support and encourage homeschooling families through various activities and events including our annual convention, used curriculum sale, graduation, and also through a network of support groups, and communications such as our MassHOPE Messenger, The Voice of Hope, and legislative alerts as needed.
Statement of Faith
What we Believe:
The Bible to be the inspired Word of God, the supreme and final authority for all faith and life.
That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through the shed blood on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His imminent bodily return in power and glory.
That man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, can be saved.
That salvation is the free gift of God brought to the sinner by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary death on the cross paid the penalty for man’s sin.
That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict mankind, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for Godly living and service.
That the God of the Bible established marriage as the exclusive lifetime covenant of union between one man and one woman. It is His unique gift that echoes the union of Christ and His church, and is the ideal environment that He has ordained for procreation and for the raising of children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord to the glory of God.
In the spiritual unity of believers through our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that individual doctrinal differences which may exist, outside the aforementioned, should not hinder the unity of Christian home educators.
Board of Directors
The MassHOPE Board of Directors consists of the following four couples:
Kent & Laura Boyle
Bob & Susan Jacobsen
Bob and Susan, of Holden, have been married since 1982 and homeschooled their four children from day one through high school. Three children have graduated from college and are gainfully employed. Their youngest attends RIT in New York. Academic success has been a reward of their homeschooling efforts, but more importantly, strong sibling relationships and their children’s relationships with the Lord are worth more than any college degree! Since 2001, Bob and Susan have served on the MassHOPE board. Bob has served as president since 2002. Susan first served as exhibit hall coordinator, and now serves as treasurer.
Malcolm & Kathy Lillie
Ed & Anne Smith
Edward and Anne Smith of Haverhill have been the volunteer coordinators for the convention since 2010. The Smiths joined the MassHOPE Board in 2012 after a history of service in the homeschool community dating back to 1989, but their interest in homeschooling goes back even further: when they met on a blind date in 1981 they each discovered that the other was already determined to homeschool. Since 1985 Ed and Anne have been at Ward Hill Church of Christ in Haverhill, where Ed serves as deacon, Sunday school head, and trustee and Anne as deaconess and organist. Ed supports the family as a systems analyst at Raytheon. The Smiths have six grown children, three of whom are married; all were homeschooled from birth through high school and all have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. They currently have four young grandchildren, all heading in the direction of homeschooling.
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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the
LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
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