Tulsa's Little Light House for children with special needs has a global impact

Jacob is a student in Purple Class at The Little Light House. (KTUL)

A local non-profit is expanding more than ever. The Little Light House is a faith-based preschool for children with special needs. It provides classes and various therapies for children at no cost to parents.

Channel 8's Kristin Dickerson takes a look at how far the school has come, and how the Little Light House is helping children all over the world.

"Did you all match anyone else's cups," a Little Light House teacher asks her class.

Jacob, Cadence, and Mathew are just a few of the students who welcomed us to Purple Class.

"These children deserve the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential, these children, they're like little treasure boxes, we just have to find the key," said Marsha Mitchell.

Mitchell founded the Little Light House nearly 45 years ago after her daughter, Missy, was born legally blind.

"We actually opened in a little tiny frame house and we had five children and five volunteers and one very dedicated teacher," said Mitchell.

She documented her journey in 28 chapters of miracles, noting how God guided them and fulfilled their prayer requests by working through people.

"This community has had such an incredible open heart to God's leading," said Mitchell. "And God has worked through them to make the miracle of the Little Light House possible."

Now, teachers and faculty still start each morning with gratitude-filled prayers, "Father God, thank you so much."

Next door construction is finishing on their new facility and upgrades are about to begin on their current building at 36th and Yale.

"But here's a look into the classroom," said Jean Winfrey, executive director of the Little Light House, while giving us a tour of the new building.

This addition will help them serve twice as many children with special needs, including some of the 157 children on their waiting list.

But to Mitchell, this isn't the most exciting part.

"The most amazing thing to me today is the global impact of the Little Light House," she said.

The Little Light House faculty members are sharing their expertise with special needs schools all over the world. One of the most recent to be offered help is in Lucknow, India called P.Y.S.S.U.M. The Little Light House is helping, even more, children reach their full potential.

"Sometimes due to some problems, some disability, this potential is hidden," said P.Y.S.S.U.M. Principal Anju Misra.

Also available, is their bible-based curriculum, called Head to Toe, Heart, and Soul. It serves children with any type of special need and it's now absolutely free on the website, which is translated in more than 100 languages.

But even with the global expansion, the Little Light House still depends on your help back at home, from raising money at fundraisers like their Garden Party to recruiting new volunteers for the classrooms.

"And you know I've had some say, 'I don't know if I could do it, I don't know if I could handle it emotionally'," said Mitchell. "But, I always say, 'give it just about three times, come three times' because what happens is they stop seeing the disability and they begin seeing the child."

And even if you just stop by to say, "Hello," the Little Light House children might sing you one of the sweetest goodbyes, "Thank you, Lord, for giving us Miss Kristin . . . right where we are . . . yay! Say 'thank you!'"

You can learn more about the Little Light House on their website or Facebook page.

Also above in the video section, learn more about Jacob. He was given six months to live four years ago. His mother calls the progress he's made at the Little Light House, "a miracle," and it's helped him get on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant.

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