October Campus Update

Annual Day was AMAZING! It is quite possibly my favorite day of the year. I love seeing all of you and getting some time to talk and catch up with what’s going on at your congregations. I had the BEST grilled chicken (thank you, West Chicago), the BEST melon (thank you, Muscatine), the BEST pie (thank you, Waterford), the BEST lemon shake-up (thank you, Yorktown), and so much more. We had more change cans turned in and more commodities donated than we have had in several years. And for the first year since we started the KidZone, I was able to play! What a blast to jump in the Bounce House & to race in the Obstacle course! What an awesome day! AND, overall, we were able to raise over $20,000 for the kids! THANK YOU!

We had an amazing time with the Sojourners. They tackle so many projects on campus and help us get prepared for Annual Day. But beyond the physical labor, they encourage us with their stories and kind words. They love on our kids and remind them that there are people all over this country who love them and are praying for them.

The kids have transitioned to the online learning very well. I wandered into the classroom one day and one of the young men shared a story he was writing for Economics class. He was supposed to use a Kingdom as an example of Supply & Demand. He was excited to share his fantastic story with me. It was awesome. I did, however, tell him his story would’ve gone from awesome to AWESOME had he named the queen, Queen Elizabeth. It is incredible the class offerings we now can provide them.

We said good-bye to Justin & Callie Phelps, houseparents in Home #7. Because of family health concerns back in Kentucky, they moved back “home”. They left at the end of September. The boys transitioned into Home #6 where we still had available beds. Please pray for the Phelps and pray as we search to find houseparents for Home #7.

We are excited about a couple of groups that will be coming this month, one from Lebanon, Indiana, coming for the first time. We also are getting excited about holiday activities starting (Pumpkin decorating!!!), and simply enjoying the Fall season. More about those next month!

As always, I thank you for loving our Father and loving our kids!!
For the kids,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development

Faith. Family. Future.

September Campus Update

The month of August brought us several more visiting groups which was AWESOME!  We had a group from Michigan, who come almost every year.  It is always fun to watch the kids grow up and we are so thankful for their service each summer as they do various tasks with our maintenance department.  We were blessed with two brand new groups—one from Michigan and one from southern Indiana.  It is always great to meet new people and share more about this ministry with people who have never been on campus.

As we ended our summer session of classes, our English teacher, Jeanne Chowning retired.  Jeanne came to work at Shults-Lewis as a relief housemom back in November of 1988.  She spent several years in that role, as well as the position of school cook, before she became our English teacher.  Jeanne was always a favorite teacher for our kids.  She loved them unconditionally and held them accountable which encouraged them to learn and grow.  One of my favorite things about Jeanne’s class is she always had a new Bible verse on the chalkboard.  She gave them time daily to journal about that verse.  When they first arrived, they might journal something like, “I don’t believe in this junk” but the longer they were here, the more they saw Jeanne (and the other staff) live out those verses around them, they became more and more accepting and curious about God.  Jeanne always brought her faith into the classroom and shared our Father with our kids.  While she is already missed, we know she is loving her new role as she retired to be able to spend her days with her baby Granddaughter.

As summer fades to Fall, our kids started a new school semester.  You read in the Telegram and in last month’s update, our school has added an online component to the curriculum, which covers what we were missing with the retirement of two of our teachers, as well as expands our curriculum to offer so much more than we have ever been able to before.  The teachers are working out the “kinks” but it is a huge blessing for our educational program.  (“kinks” such as one girl just barely skimmed over the material and then was able to earn an A on the test without doing any assignments.  As I sat in the meeting, I admitted, I had done that a few times myself.  Apparently, that’s not the way to learn.  J Oops!)

We are looking forward to Annual Day, on Saturday, September 16th.  I hope you have already made arrangements to come and to bring some friends.  It is such an awesome day to spend time on campus, with the kids and staff.  It’s going to be a fun day.  Can’t wait to see you!

Thank you for loving our Father and loving our kids!!

For the kids,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development

 

Faith. Family. Future.

August Campus Update

What did we do in July? We started the month off with a 4th of July celebration at Angela Robertson’s (our Program Director) home where the kids enjoyed awesome food, playing baseball & board games, and just enjoyed an evening together.

On July 5th, we were joined by a group from Plymouth, MI, who worked tirelessly on getting our barn prepared for our new goats, as well as other tasks while they were here for 5 days! The group also prepared a Saturday afternoon Scavenger Hunt. Our kids and their kids were split into teams and they had to find various locations around Valparaiso (such as the Orville statute and Kelsey’s cow). Once they arrived at the destination, they had to put on their super hero masks and take a group photo before receiving the next clue. What an awesome afternoon!

We barely got the sheets cleaned before an incredible group from Florissant, MO arrived. This group worked on the barn as well, but their major task was tearing down a wall in our school. If you haven’t read the August Telegram yet, we are adding an online component to our school. As of yet, a replacement Math teacher has not been found since Vickie’s retirement back in December, and as of this month, Jeanne Chowning, our English teacher, will be retiring. We have found an awesome online program to help our school, not only cover what we are missing, but also to expand to teach classes we’ve never had before. (Read more in the Telegram.) The Florissant group helped us clear out rooms, knock down walls, tear down chalk boards, and more. This group enjoyed an awesome Bonfire at Home #7 (thanks, Phelps!) with some basketball, kickball, and corn hole. So much fun!


While Florissant was here, we had another group from Henderson, TN, stop by for the day. They joined in with the work happening on the Barn and pasture as well other tasks around campus. Though they were only here for a day, we managed to find time to eat pizza together, play some basketball and Frisbee together, and besides all the fun and games, the kids have continued on their Summer session classes.

July 30th was our DAY OF PRAYER & GIVING for Shults-Lewis. I am so appreciative of every individual and congregation who participated. It is beyond awesome to know that people took time to pray for our kids, staff, and agency! Thank you!

I am looking forward to seeing you on Annual Day on Saturday, September 16th. You’ll be able to see the changes at the school, see the completed Barn, and see me!

Thank you for loving our Father and loving our kids!!

For the kids,
Beth Frump
Beth Frump, Director of Development

July Campus Update

I saw a Facebook ad for a T-Shirt that read, “Yes, I’m strong, No, I won’t help you move”. I loved it. However, it would need a little asterisk that says “*unless you are moving in as Houseparents”. Today we unloaded the 4th set of houseparents in six months, and still have one more truck to unload next week! I never get tired of saying THANK YOU for the prayers as we searched for Houseparents. Keep praying for them as they all adjust to their new role.

Summer school is in full swing. The teachers are always adding fun experiments and projects to make summer school fun. I’ve been a Psychology experiment (should I be worried?!?! ). I’ve listened to an impromptu speech about me, and have given an example speech. I’ve answered questionnaires and memorized dates to see if color highlighting helps me remember (it does). Summer school is fun.

We’ve started having groups come visit and volunteer. SO MUCH FUN!! Yes, there’s work involved (ask any group about the never ending mulch pile!), but we have a lot of fun. You are always welcome to stop by and visit—volunteer group or just for a tour and visit. I would be honored to show you around!

On August 4th, our English teacher, Jeanne Chowning, will be retiring. Jeanne moved to Shults-Lewis as a relief housemom back in 1988, and has held various roles including School Cook (she’s awesome!), before landing in the position of English teacher. Jeanne has been an amazing asset to our school for many years and will be missed.We are going to be doing some restructuring of our school program. We are excited for the future as we look for ways to improve our school. Again, stop by and let me show you around.

Day of Prayer & Giving packets have been sent. We are beyond excited to be starting our Barn Program again! Please consider how you will be able to participate this year—whether by promoting the day in your congregation, by praying, and/or maybe even giving a special donation towards our $50,000 goal for the Barn Program and home renovations.

Annual Day will be here before you know it. Hope you are coming and bringing some guests on Saturday, September 16th. By then, there will be some changes in our school and prayerfully, our Barn Program will be up and running. Come see me!

Thank you for loving our Father and loving our kids!!
For the kids,

Beth Frump, Director of Development

Faith. Family. Future.

June Campus Update

May has been an incredibly busy month!  We started this month off with our Strengths Banquet.  It is an incredible night where the staff honors each child’s strengths.  We want the children to know that God has given them amazing talents and we want to encourage them to grow those talents and abilities.  At the banquet, we also recognize academic successes.  How awesome to have kids who were failing school stand proudly with their Honor Roll certificates!

We also recognize two students with what we call our major awards:  the Golden Rule Award given to a student who exemplifies the attitude of putting others before themselves, and the Doyle & Berniece Davis Award, named after our former Executive Director and his wife, and is given to a resident for his/her persistent effort in making personal changes. (Col 3:1-17) “…demonstrating the courage and desire to put off the old self and put on the new…”  We are so proud of Tony (recipient of the Golden Rule Award) and Drake (recipient of the Davis Award).

May also brings the end of the Spring semester and graduation.  The Shults-Lewis Class of 2017 was one amazing graduate.  She has worked extremely hard through her time with us as she conquered the traumas of her past, grew spiritually, and stretched herself academically.  She plans to attend college this fall and wants to pursue a career is Sports Management.  We know she will do well!

Hope to see you in September!!

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children.

 

 

 

For the kids,

Beth Frump

 Beth Frump, Director of Development,

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Faith. Family. Future.