December Campus Update

November brought our first snow.  We measured 6 inches here on campus which is a solid snow for the first one of the year.  The kids played outside, making snowmen and forts while we waited for a visiting group to safely arrive.  The group braved the snow to bring Thanksgiving turkeys and goodies for the kids.  They had hoped to help winterize the gardens with us, but the snow came and we had to settle on playing games in the gym.  Fun!

On Veterans Day, postour kids put on a wonderful program.  What an awesome experience for them.  I was so proud of all of them!

We also had our Annual Geography Bee last month.  The kids are given questions from the National Geography Bee and they did an awesome job.  They worked hard and it showed!

For the kids who had earned the highest points last semester, Mrs. Terhune & I took them bowling.  The boys and I beat the girls.  And by beating them, I mean we had just a couple less gutter balls than they did.   And in the midst of all of this fun, the kids have even managed to get some school work done, too.

As the holidays approach, I do ask that you pray for our kids.  The holidays are difficult for many of them, so please just say an extra prayer for them.  Also, an extra prayer for the counselors and the houseparents, who help them work through it all, would be appreciated.

I am so thankful for your prayers and your generosity.  Thank you for being a part of this ministry with us.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!

For the children,

Beth Frump

 
E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

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November Campus Update

October has been a lot of fun around campus, but Mrs. Terhune (our School Principal) would probably get on to me for not mentioning that the kids finished the first nine weeks strongly.  We have seven kids on the Honor Roll.  Incredible!   Kids, who had zero interest in school, are now striving for better than their best.  They really do amaze me.  I am so proud of them.

The fun stuff J.  We’ve had trips to the Orchard, Field Trip to the zoo, College Campus tours, hay rides, Pumpkin Decorating Contests, Dress Up Days, and bonfires.  I love this time of year.

And through the fun, lives are truly being changed.  Right time, right place, but I happened to be over at the YDC Building just as the counseling staff were having an Activity during Group Therapy.  This particular group was on using exercise as a stress management tool.  The kids had to “crab walk” on their feet and hands while trying to kick an oversized ball over the head of the opposite team.  The counseling staff stood on the sides, encouraging and giving helpful hints.

During the wrap-up of the group, the counselors were talking about the necessity of stress management tools.  And one student raised his hand and said, “I know that the idea was to try to exercise to de-stress, but it showed me I need to trust you and ask for help.”  From a simple activity, this young man’s eyes were open to the fact that his counselor is always on the sidelines, to encourage him and to give him the skills needed to make better life choices in the future.

Our program is a three legged stool—the example of the Christian home, Christian Education, and Christian counseling.  It is a powerful stool standing on the foundation of God’s Church.  We are able to offer hope for a future to this young man and every child entrusted in our care because of you!

Yes, we have fun together.  Yes, we laugh with the kids and enjoy our days with them.  But the bottom line is they are being shown a Loving God at home, at school and in counseling and that is what makes us who we are.

Thank you for being a part of this ministry with us.

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

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Faith. Family. Future.

October Campus Update

Annual Day was incredible!!!  The morning weather started a little rough, but by noon, we had a beautiful fall day for our Open House!  I am so thankful for everyone who donated items, who ran booths, who came and spent the day with us…everyone.  It was a perfect day.

I hope that you are already marking your calendar and your congregation’s calendar for next year’s Annual DaySaturday, September 17, 2016!

We enjoyed the company of the Sojourners for the month of September.  We always enjoy spending time with them as they help us prepare campus for Annual Day.  The
amount of wisdom in these amazing servants is awe inspiring.  The kids enjoyed sitting with them and listening to their stories.  And so did I!!  Oh that we would all learn from their example.

In September, we had some staff changes.  Angela Robertson finished her Master’s degree and has taken on the role of Program Supervisor, leaving her former position of Intake Coordinator.  Carren Powell, who has been a housemom here and most recently Administrative Assistant, moved into that vacant Intake Coordinator position.  And then we added a new staff member, Liz Moon.  She has taken the position of Administrative Assistant.  Hers is the happy voice you will hear when you call.  Her passion for ministry and helping children has made her a perfect fit for the work here!

I ask you to pray daily for more staff members.  As we look toward the future, we have several employees who will be retiring over the next few years.  And more immediately, we are in need of houseparents.  We want to open our homes to serve as many children as possible!  Please PRAY for us and SHARE our need for staff with others.  Our next houseparenting family may be sitting next to you on Sunday morning.

Thank you for loving our kids and our Father.

For the children,

Beth Frump, Development Director

 

 

Faith. Family. Future.

 

September Campus Update

God is doing AWESOME God things on campus.

The biggest thing that has happened on campus in August is the “Caf-A-Gym-A-Torium” renovations.  I am blown away by the amazing donations for this project.  God is doing God things!  We started with the new lights which are amazing and much more cost-effective.  Then came in the basketball hoops and the painting of the walls.  And now the floor is almost complete…and hopefully by Annual Day, Saturday, September 19th, it will all be done!  We are so thankful to you and to all the donors who have prayed and helped with this project.  COME SEE IT!!!

Another AWESOME thing that happened in August is our Intake Coordinator, Angela Robertson, completed her M.S.W.  With that degree completion, she can now fill the position of Program Services Director.  And with that shift, Carren Powell, has accepted a position change to become our Intake Coordinator.  And with that, we get to welcome a new employee, Liz Moon, as our Administrative Assistant.   Awesome, exciting staff changes!!!

We welcomed three new young ladies into our program in August as well.  We currently have 3 seniors!  One will graduate in December and if all goes well, Kevin & Hannah will be graduating next summer!  Awesome things are happening in their lives!!  Keep praying for houseparents so that we can help more children and families!

Thank you for being a part of this ministry!

For the children,

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

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Faith. Family. Future.

August Campus Update

And just like that, July is gone.  We have been blessed by several congregations who visited and put in some volunteer hours around campus.  We appreciate the hard work, time, and effort of every single person who comes to volunteer.  What an awesome opportunity for our kids to see that Christians from all over the Midwest love God and give of themselves to serve others.  Visiting groups add so much to our summers, not only the physical work completed, but it gives our kids an emotional boost.

As our summer school draws to an end to prepare for Fall semester, we have several kids who are moving on from Shults-Lewis and several who will be coming into our program.  It is a period of adjustment for all of them and I just ask you to continue praying for them.

I hope that you have made the arrangements to join us on our Open House, Annual Day, Saturday, September 19th.  It is a wonderful day of fellowship with other Christians and an opportunity for you to see the campus, meet the staff and kids, as well as enjoy some incredible food and crafts.  It is also the perfect opportunity for you to see the updated gymnasium.  Come see us!

For the children,

Beth

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 Faith. Family. Future.