Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Brighton Center Update

Working with Tiger Pause is exciting because there are always new ways to get involved and serve in the community. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work at the newest Tiger Pause after-school site, located in New Brighton. Seeing how the Lord has orchestrated all the details that make the site possible has been so encouraging.

The new center is meeting in The Lighthouse for the Blind building on Route 18 in New Brighton. The kids attending the program come from Rochester, Riverside, Baden Charter School, and New Brighton. The staff at the new site, including many Geneva College students, is working to create a safe and constructive environment to help the kids grow academically, behaviorally, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

After the kids arrive, we form a circle and have each one share their name and something good that happened to them that day. This time has been a highlight for me, because in spite of often tough circumstances, they are always able to find something positive to share. While still in a circle, we pray for the afternoon and then begin working on homework. Though the time spent on homework is challenging, it has been rewarding to see the kids growing in diligence. When they have all completed their homework, we serve them a meal and share a Bible lesson while they eat. We have been teaching them the story of Daniel, emphasizing how Daniel looked to God even through hard times. The rest of the time we spend with the kids consists of activities and crafts. We have been thankful for the nice weather, which enables us to play games outside.

I have loved getting to know all of the kids at the New Brighton site. Each one is beautifully unique, presenting both a challenge and blessing to me and the other staff members. We are excited to see how the Lord will continue to bless this new ministry of Tiger Pause.

Abby York
New Brighton Center Staff

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