Points of light

When President George H. W. Bush gave the first Points of Lights Award, it went to a NASA employee named Frank S. Howard who was a volunteer for The Special Gathering of Indian River.

The fact that Frank S. Howard was my husband and I am the area director for The Special Gathering of Indian River, I’ve felt a close connection to the organization.  As President Obama and the Bush family celebrate this fine organization, I cannot help but remember the surprise and joy we shared when the award was given.

Frank S. Howard

Frank S. Howard

Frank Howard was an Technological Scientist at NASA.  He had five inventions to his credit and many award, including Kennedy Space Center Employee of the Year.

Frank Howard was a Bible teacher for the Special Gathering.  He loved and supported this the population and felt it was an honor to teach the members of his class.

The Special Gathering is a ministry within the mentally challenged community.  Our mission is the evangelization and discipleship of mentally challenged (intellectually disabled)  individuals.  There are seven programs dotting the East Coast from Florida to South Carolina.

by Kevin Fowler

Walterboro, South Carolina

Mr. Fowler is a member and deacon of our South Carolina Special Gathering located in Walterboro.  A life-time resident of Walterboro, Fowler is also a member of The Special Gathering choir. 

A wheelchair or demon or anything on earth can’t stop you from serving Jesus. That’s what I learned from Frank Howard.

When he invited me into his room one day in 2009, he shared his testimony with me.

When I saw and heard about his love for Jesus, I didn’t see a man sitting in a wheelchair. I saw a man standing tall for Jesus full of courage and strength.

Even though he was quiet while we were around, that time we shared together, I could sense his spirit. He was shouting for joy about how much he loves Jesus.

I admire men and women of God who don’t let their problems get in the way of their serving Jesus.

This was written in memory of Frank who went to be with the Lord in May 2011.  Frank served as a Bible teacher in Special Gathering for more than 10 years.

You cannot imagine how much my family and I appreciate the many cards and memories that you have shared with us, regarding my husband and their father. We especially appreciate the love shown to us from the special needs community.  Thank you so much.

Rob Kerby, Senior Editor at BeliefNet, a faith-centered Internet site with 20 million subscribers, wrote a lovely tribute to my husband, Frank Howard.    To view it, click on his name.