May 1, 2014 PressPause returned to the Little Lighthouse in Tulsa, OK. The school provides individualized therapy and learning opportunities for children, ages 0-6 years, with severe disabilities to grow strong, learn to communicate, walk, sing and praise God. The school is truly a lighthouse of hope for families in the area and there's always a list of children waiting to be admitted.
Last Thursday night the parents of children "graduating" from that very special school were treated to a free home cooked meal and inspirational speaker, Marty Hight.
It was the largest gathering for Parents Night yet, with 55 anxious moms and dads attending. The PressPause volunteers served dinner while the staff of the Little Lighthouse attempted to ease the fears and concerns of these parents as they prepare to leave the safety of their beloved school and learn to navigate the public schools in the area. Marty Hight, a Stonecroft approved speaker, gave tips on how to become their child's advocate in a world that struggles to understand the needs of their children. Through laughter and tears she encouraged them to trust God to care for them as they forge ahead into unknown territory.
Several booklets, "A New Beginning" were voluntarily picked up by the parents as they left strengthened and encouraged.
PressPause volunteers Laura Francis, Patty Clay, Carolyn Reiger, Sharon Braner and Janet Renfro were privileged to share the love of Jesus with these parents of all faiths and no faith by serving food, smiles and hugs. Graduation Dinner is becoming a tradition for PressPause and we couldn't be more delighted as relationships are developed with the teachers, therapists and staff. We pray for the precious children and their brave parents as they adjust to their new challenges.