December Update

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! I was blessed to spend some time catching up with friends and family. Awesome turkey and family time was just the ending to a fully stuffed November!

We had our Annual Staff Appreciation Dinner in November. The Board of Trustees provided a great night of encouragement for the staff who work tirelessly in this ministry. They honored Matthew & Janine French with the Board of Trustee’s Award for their 13+ years of service here. Shirley Bacus was honored with the Service to Children award for her hours of volunteer work at the school throughout the year. She has become a “Grandma” to all of our kids and a tremendous help for all the staff.

We welcomed Don & Cathy Jones as houseparents in Home 5. They come with a passion for this ministry and a willingness to jump in and help in every way possible. Don’s humor and positive attitude bring an enthusiastic energy, and Cathy’s loving manner and her organization are already making the girls in Home 5 feel loved and care for. They truly are an answer to prayers. Please continue praying as we need houseparents for our Boys’ Home! We currently have 12 families on a WAITING LIST, 3 of those families are from the church! Your brothers and sisters need our help. Literally the only thing holding us back is lack of houseparents.

The kids held their Annual Geography Bee. While the boys tried to spend the entire lunch period prior to the bee convincing me that they were going to “take the girls down”, the girls ultimately triumphed. The girls took both 1st and 2nd places. I think they were more excited about the bragging rights than the cash prize. 

We had a group from Greenfield, Indiana come and spend a Saturday with us. They were able to help us with ink cartridges and changes cans, but more importantly, they spent time with the kids, eating pizza and playing 9 Square and basketball. We are already starting to get the 2017 calendar filled in—if you want to bring a group to campus, let me know. I’d be honored to show you around!

I truly hope your Holiday Season is blessed. Thank you for loving our God and serving His children.
For the kids,
Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,
E-mail: BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org
Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

Faith. Family. Future.

November Campus Update

As Kiana, my assistant, and I were leaving the school, J was getting a drink at the water fountain by the door.  He greeted us with a “Look who it is, Ms. Beth and Kiana.”  I excitedly added, “Your favorite people”.  J, playing along said, “Of course.”  Then he added, “well, Ms. Beth provides the food in the pantry and Kiana makes me laugh, so you probably are.”

As Kiana and I walked out, I laughed as I considered that this young man had just decreased my life’s mission to “providing food.”  Kiana giggled, “Yep, we’re just dinner and a show.” Oh, they make me smile.  “From the mouths of children…”

So besides providing “dinner and a show,” we’ve had a busy month on campus.  You’ve read about the Waterford AWSL auction in the Telegram.  What an awesome night raising financial support for the children.  We are so blessed by the various AWSL (Associated Women for Shults-Lewis) groups.  If your congregation doesn’t have an AWSL, I’d love to talk to the women about ways to get involved.

The kids had Spirit Week at School-Nerd Day, Hat/Bad Hair Day, and Costume Day.  Although the days are meant for the kids, I think the staff enjoy the wacky days more than the kids J.

We celebrated the Herren’s 25th year of service to children and families.  Larry is our Maintenance, Landscaper, Computer, Go-To Guy for many things on campus.  He is responsible for all 7 homes, the school, the office, and all the grounds.  Sharilyn first came to be a Housemom and together with Larry, was in a Home for several years, before moving to the school to be the school secretary.  As Mrs. Terhune said at their party, “I just couldn’t do my job with Sharilyn.”  They are jewels and we appreciate their dedication to our ministry.

I am truly grateful for your prayers and dedication to this ministry.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children,

Beth

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

October Campus Update

I love Annual Day.  I love seeing so many people from the Great Lake states come together for a day of fellowship for the kids!  This year was no different.  I had such a great time visiting with friends and making new ones.  I was privileged to give a tour to a group from Danville, IL who had never been on campus before.  And on top of that, my Aunt from Texas flew into Indy and she and one of my aunts from Indy, came up for the day.  According to my dad it was to see his “Frump Pantry”.  (Almost four years later, he still calls it his pantry.)  I say they came to see me.  But really, I think they enjoyed the BBQ and the pies the most.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Really, do it.  It was the first thing I put on my 2017 calendar.

I’ve been very honored to spend several Saturdays at Ladies’ Days in the region.  One of which was in Goshen, Indiana, where one of former employees, Delores Nelson, was the featured speaker.  We were able to pile the girls into our NEW VAN and go be a part of that day.  It was an awesome day for our girls.  Huge thanks to the Goshen women for that awesome day…and to all the other women who put together amazing Ladies’ Days!

On Annual Day we highlighted our new van, “AC” (Albino Clifford as our red commodity van is named Clifford, the big red van).  It is a Ford Transit passenger van.  We are so thankful for all the congregations and individuals who were a part of Day of Prayer & Giving 2016.  We are so excited for our new van!

I am truly grateful for your prayers and dedication to this ministry.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children,

Beth Frump
Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

September Campus Update

Oh, these kids make me laugh.  They never cease to amaze me with the things they say and do.

  1. “Half the time, it is always spicy.” Yesterday I joined the kids for lunch and the boys were warning me that it may be a little too spicy for me because “half the time, it is always spicy”.  Umm…Half is always?
  1. “I can’t do that. I mean, how far is 100 meter dash anyway?”  The only answer I had for him was “umm….100 meters.”  He thought for a second and said, “oh, the 100 meter dash is 100 meters? I think I can run that.”
  1. “Yes I can follow directions on the box of macaroni & cheese” as she fills a pot of milk, butter, and the cheese sauce to boil noodles in.

They have issues and problems.  They have struggles that I may never understand.  However, they are just kids.  They are goofy and funny.  They are the reason I wake up, excited for work every morning.  I know that God has given them huge talents and prepared amazing lives for them, if we can just guide them through the rough patches.

God is doing amazing things in the lives of children and families.  I am so thankful for your partnership with us in this ministry.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

  

Faith. Family. Future.

August Campus Update

Over SIXTY volunteers have come and spent countless hours volunteering around campus in July!  They have worked hard, played hard, and together we’ve made some awesome memories.  One of our groups spent a week getting our barn cleaned up and usable again.  It is our hope for the future that we will be able to utilize the barn for some therapeutic experiences for our kids.

As a staff, we spent an entire week together learning more about trauma responsive care.  We are continuing to learn and grow together as a team who can best meet the needs of children and their families.  And though it was a difficult topic, we did try to find some ways to have a little fun along the way.

The kids have finished Summer School.  They have worked diligently to earn a full semester of credits during the summer.  They’ve done extremely well!  It seems like every day one of the kids was getting a Positive Referral for a “A” on a test.  They enjoy getting those referrals because they come with a certificate for a pop.  The Eagle Valley congregation in Indianapolis have taken on the responsibility of donating pop every year for the Positive Referrals.

We urgently need your help.  We have the space and the resources to take more children, but we do not have the houseparents.  I need you to announce it at church.  I need you to pray.  I need you to help us.  I have a hard time believing that in God’s HUGE church that there aren’t 3 or 4 couples who would commit to even just a couple of years of houseparenting.

Who will you tell today about our need?  Will you commit to pray daily for our staff needs?

I am truly grateful for your prayers and dedication to this ministry.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children,

Beth Frump

 

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

 

 

Faith. Family. Future.