December Campus Update

Taking an Ohio State fan to “The Big House” at U of M. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.  A couple of our boys went “home” to Michigan with Joel & Kerri (Houseparents in Home 2) and they made sure to take the time to show the boys the University of Michigan. How awesome, though. Here we have a houseparenting family who are on their “off” time. They are able to spend the holiday, with no “work” responsibilities. But rather, they take a couple of boys who didn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving to their family Thanksgiving. And this isn’t the first time that’s ever been done!

Sitting around the Powells’ Thanksgiving table was a boy who “graduated” our program several years ago who only has Shults-Lewis as his family. They also hosted a houseparenting couple who, because of the visits of the kids, had an empty home at Thanksgiving dinner time.

The “work” of Shults-Lewis doesn’t just happen from 8-4:30 or even just Monday-Friday. The staff, your missionaries, don’t clock in and out. They recognize that this is their mission field and sometimes it means you open your home during holidays, forfeiting “off” time, or sit at basketball games on Friday nights, or take a boy to Target on a Saturday morning.

I am so blessed to be a part of a mission work where people give of themselves daily to ensure that kids and their families are taken care of. I am blessed to work alongside people who “respond with God’s love” daily to children and families.

And as you gather with your friends and families this holiday season, know that there is a campus of children and staff who are so very thankful for you. You are the reason that we are able to continue to serve. Thank you for being a part of our community and allowing us to work with the most amazing, precious children of God.

May you be blessed as you have blessed us!

For the kids,

Beth Frump, Director of Development

 

 

Faith. Family. Future.

November Campus Update

During November, we have our Staff Appreciation Dinner.  As I was working on that dinner, I was looking back throughout the year and it always amazes me how much we do each month.  My assistant, Kiana, looked at me and said, “Why are you surprised? We are always busy.”   And she’s right.  And October was no different.

We started the month with a group visiting from Lebanon, Indiana.  They helped us get Home 7 cleaned and prepared for whenever God blesses us with Houseparents (keep praying!).

The next weekend the Waterford AWSL (Associated Women for Shults-Lewis) held its Annual Benefit Auction and raised nearly $6,000!  What a fun evening!  We are so appreciative of the AWSL groups and all they do for the kids.

During the next week, Lissa Baldwin and I hit the road to pick up items from various congregations.  I love being able to come to your congregations and visit.  I love getting to know you and spending even just a couple minutes with you.  I hope that your congregation will have Jim Powell come sometime in 2018 to give an update presentation and then, I’ll have to tag along just so I can see you.

A group from East Peoria, IL visited in October as well.  They helped us empty one of the rooms that had begun gathering “stuff” so that the room can be utilized as part of the therapy for the kids.  Even the 3-year-old was helping carry things out for us.

Then, as we traditionally do, we held our Spirit week at the end of the month.  We had Nerd Day, Bad Hair Day, and Costume Day.  The homes each decorated a pumpkin.  While I’m sure I say it (and mean it) every year, this year we had the BEST pumpkins ever!  We had a Halloween party with a Hayride, games, and a Haunted Home.

No wonder I feel like taking a nap.  I mean, besides all of this fun stuff, the kids had classes, chores, took care of the goats, and all the other normal daily activities.

I may want a nap…. but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I am so blessed to work with the most amazing kids, the most gracious and generous donors, and the most selfless staff.  Thank you!

For the kids,

Beth Frump, Director of Development

 

Faith. Family. Future.

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