Students in grades K-8 receive homework help from trained tutors, are served a nutritious meal, participate in Bible studies and enjoy recreational activities. Tiger Pause maintains five after-school sites in Beaver Falls, serving approximately 150 students each day. Our Downtown and Boys' centers operate four days a week and the other four run three days a week from mid-September through the end of April.
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Boys' Center Update (April 2013)
Over the past three months the Boys’ Center, staff and students have experienced positive results from their focus on increased retention during Bible study. The boys have retained several main themes as they relate to the lessons taught by staff members. The staff at the Boys’ Center also worked with the boys to learn the Lord’s Prayer. So far, most of the boys have learned about 80% of it.
During the past three months, the boys had the opportunity to earn privileges, which includes basketball on Monday evenings. While we would have liked to see some better peer interaction and conflict resolution during our Monday evening games, an overnighter on Tuesday, March 26 provided the opportunity for staff to reinforce appropriate behavior. Even though it was hard, we had to tell some boys they couldn’t join us because of behavioral issues.
I had no idea what painful fun awaited me. The overnighter included wings at Quaker Steak and Lube in Cranberry, a movie at Carmike Cinemas on Rt. 18, and all-night basketball at Beaver County Christian School. Even though the boys were pretty tired the next morning, everyone went to the Brighton Hot Dog Shop for pancakes and then paintball at Steel Town Paintball in Emsworth. While tiring and painful (at least for staff as I had to stop for Aleve on the way to paintball), it was an outstanding evening, one in which deserving young men’s positive behavior was reinforced by the reward of a great overnight with a lot of food and fun.
Also, over the past two months, Mr. Matt, Mr. Dave, and I have opened the Boys’ Center on Tuesday through Thursday mornings so the boys could get donuts, juice, and prayer. Several young men show up every morning faithfully with expectant spirits in need of prayer. To God be the glory! God bless!
Mr. Bryan Crawl
P.S. Mr. Bryan stayed awake from 4 p.m. Tuesday until after 1 p.m. Wednesday, proving the medical community correct that people over 50 don’t need as much sleep. - Matt Nance
Downtown Center Update (March 2013)
We’ve had a great year with all the kids. Lately, we’ve been studying on who God is and how we receive His love. We’ve also been encouraging the kids to memorize verses of praise and instruction from the word of God. Our kids love to draw and color. Sometimes we have small coloring competitions to help pass the cold weather away. The Geneva students have been an instrumental part in tutoring and mentoring. “Rap sessions” by Miss Kaetlyn Blair and myself provide an excellent opportunity for the kids to open up about their concerns and daily lives. Afterward, I lead them in songs of praise before we leave.
Please continue to pray for the staff and kids as we finish up the after-school program. We sincerely thank you for all your prayers and support thus far!
Mrs. Tina Davis
Harmony Center Update (Feb. 2013)
The month of February brings thoughts of love and is often accompanied by sweet candy, silly cards, and bright red hearts. However, love is so much more than what is depicted by Valentine’s Day memorabilia. Therefore, what better time to talk about true love – God’s perfect and never failing love for his children – than during the month of February!
The kids at Harmony have been exploring God’s declarations and demonstrations of love throughout the Bible. We have seen that His love can reach each of us where we stand and cover all of our sins, regardless of how undeserving we may be. Together we have explored God’s ultimate show of love, which was sending His Son to die on the cross for us. We have learned that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and the students have been challenged to recognize ways that God daily demonstrates His love in their own lives.
After determining the source and abundance of this never-ending love, we have moved into applying this example to our own lives. The students are looking at God’s description of love in 1Corinthians 13 as a guide for how we should be show love to one another. Discussing God’s love and the way he desires for us to love one another has provided an incredible opportunity for accountability and growth as a group.
I have been strengthened as I see the students understanding that God’s love is so much more than the superficial love that is often present in our own lives. When we were initially discussing the ways God shows his love for us on a daily basis one student said that He “let’s us talk to him.” This was an incredible reminder to me of the mercy of our Sovereign God. What a blessing it is that a God who rules over all allows us to pray and communicate freely with Him at any time, in any way! The kids at Harmony are learning what an amazing gift it is to share their concerns and praises with their Creator who loves them more than they can ever imagine.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1John 4:8)
Midland Center Update (Dec 2012)
Christmas, the season of “Advent” or the coming of Christ, is a time of anticipation of God revealing himself to all nations. The kids and I are learning about how God reveals himself at our Tiger Pause after-school program in Midland as we are halfway through our second year there.
We first explored the story of Exodus where God reveals himself to Moses. God reveals himself to a character who is by no means perfect, but speaks to Moses to be a part of His plan to bring freedom and true life to people. And even more, God tells Moses that He will be with him. The students at Midland learned and talked about having a relationship with the God of the Universe – how no matter who we are God wants to interact be with us and has a specific purpose for us. The story of Moses is a serious story of how God pursues His creation, seeking to save and lead us to living life the way He intends.
We then moved into learning together what life looks like with the God who saves us. In a culture that throws a lot of advertising at us, especially during Christmas season, it is hard to sometimes see the goodness that God intends for us. We look to Galatians 5:22 to the Fruit of the Spirit, and we are learning to work as detectives looking for evidence of God in our lives. When we see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control we know that something is of God. We labor at Tiger Pause because we know that the earlier children learn to see the evidence of God in their lives the better equipped they will be to recognize Him throughout life.
So as we wait for the “advent” and birth of Christ, let us remember that every day is Christmas, where the true light has come into the world and is leaving evidence through his love and goodness.
Morado Center Update (Nov 2012)
Nobody Greater Than You…
That song, “Nobody Greater Than You”, was taught to the students at our site when our after-school program resumed in September. The song goes on to say, “I searched all over, couldn’t find nobody, I searched high and low, still couldn’t find nobody. Nobody greater than You.” That is the lesson we wanted to instill into the spirit of the students at the Tiger Pause Morado Center. God is the greatest and there is none like Him anywhere. By week two of the program, they were still singing that song with power, purpose, and conviction. They believe and know that there is nobody like God. The angels in heaven cannot sing God’s praises any better than these students. As a matter of fact, the angels may be a little envious!
Things continue to be great at Morado. We have a nice balance of old and new faces, all eager to have a nourishing meal, get the homework done, and learn more about God. When it comes to the Word, I try to stress to the students and tutors the principle of application. All the wonderful things we learn about God mean nothing if we don’t apply what we learn to how we live. So, we ask that you continue to pray for us as we strive to live and be the best that God would have us to be! Oh, last, but not least, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love and blessings,
Mrs. Sabrina Tench
Pleasantview Center Update (Oct 2012)
As we started a new year school year, I began working at our after-school center at Pleasantview Homes. This was a new location for me with a new set of Geneva tutors. Being that it was the start of the program and working with a group of new kids, I wasn’t sure how much they already knew about God. So, I decided to start from the beginning with our Bible lessons. After all, God is the beginning.
I read to the kids, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” I explained that God created the whole world because in the beginning there was nothing. I asked them to guess how long it took God to create the world, hoping that one of the 20 kids in the room would know that He made it in a week. Their guesses were way off. I heard everything from “an hour” to “a billion years”. The last guess was from a kindergarten-aged girl who, with question in her voice, said, “Ummm, He’s still creating it?”
After our lesson, I began thinking about her answer. God does continue to make us new and redeem His Creation. He is still creating. He is not finished with us and He is not finished with His children. Her guess of how long it took to create the world was a reminder to me that God is still making us new. At times when I become frustrated with the after-school kids arguing or not doing their homework, I remember that God isn’t finished with them and I hope to be used by God as a part of their spiritual growth. Through our daily homework, shared meals, Bible lessons, and by just spending time together, I pray that God will continue to work in the lives of these children and our staff and keep creating us into the people He has for us to be.