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We’re excited to share that our school now has access to an extensive, video library called RightNow Media. It’s the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.
Every TCS family should have received an official invitation email from RightNow Media which includes FREE access to their content. Once you receive the email, simply click the link, sign up for an account, and you’re all set to explore more than 12,000 videos.
We hope that RightNow Media is a blessing to you and your family. Check out the link below for a sample of the content. Thank you for partnering with us!
Matt Chandler https://vimeo.com/68088839
We are proud to announce the First Place winner of the Special Olympics Area Bowling Tournament, Charlie M., an 8th grade student here at The First Hope. Charlie had only been bowling for a little over a month prior to this competition, practicing weekly on his technique and on improving his score. Mrs. Nanci Johnson, who serves as both one of his teachers and Coach, was there every step of the way. Charlie now anxiously awaits to see if he will be selected to advance to the State level. Congratulations, Charlie! Your First Hope family is very proud of your accomplishment!
Kristen was born and raised in Orlando. She attended Florida State University and earned her bachelors of science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During the summer following her graduation, she accepted a position at The First Hope for the 2012-2013 school year. Upon completion, she began her graduate studies at University of Central Florida and graduated in 2014. Kristen and her husband live in College Park with their fur baby, Princess.
The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.
Sometimes I like to speak from my mom heart and today is one of those days. Being a mother of a child with unique needs can be really hard sometimes. That is ok to say that. Since Charlie was born I have worked to help him like I have never worked before. I have prayed more about my son than anything in my life consistently. I don’t take anything for granted with his needs or progress. I have studied the most about autism and helping kids with special needs more than I have studied anything else. I have fought through fear and watched someone I love so much suffer and hurt, struggling to get his words out. There is something that each of us special needs parents have in common; we are all loved by God. Yes, that is right. God is always with us, encouraging us in His word, cheering us on through those really tough days especially. Are you weary, are you tired? Do you feel alone sometimes with the struggles you are facing? The best thing that I have done to be encouraged and feel at peace is Praying, Waiting, and Trusting. Praying and spending time with God is essential to having peace in some of the storms we may face. Waiting on God’s timing when things may not be progressing as fast as we would like. Trusting that God has got it ALL, not most of it but all of it. Remember: Pray, Wait, and Trust.
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