When a child is battling cancer, his or her family’s new normal becomes doctor’s appointments and putting life on hold for treatment. There is often tension among siblings and between parents because of the radical lifestyle change they have no choice but to endure. Lighthouse Family Retreat helps them trade waiting room couches for beach chairs in hopes of seeing families leave the shore rested and restored.
Nine years ago, my daughter went to serve Lighthouse as a family partner volunteer and came back saying, “Mom, this has your name written all over it!” After I experienced the ministry as a volunteer myself over the course of six years, I discovered my dream was to be on staff. I’ve been serving as retreat family manager since 2012.
I am part of the program team that plans the retreats and works with families. We hold 14 weeklong retreats each year from April through September, with the majority held along the Florida coastline between Destin and Panama City Beach, with a few also in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Our mission is to plan seaside retreats where families can rest, restore relationships, experience joy and find hope in God.