March Campus Update

In February, we had a Shults-Lewis first.  A local organization hosted a benefit Valentine’s Dinner in our honor.  We all had a wonderful time.  The meal was amazing, the entertainment (which included our very own English teacher, Mrs. Chowning, with Great Lake Sound Chorus) was spot on, and the photo booth was a blast.  The night was perfect.

Our teachers attended a conference in February.  To keep the students engaged and learning, the speaker emphasized that teachers need to ensure that the students are physically active each day.  kevinDuring the 10:00 am break every day, Mrs. Herren is taking the kids into the gym to walk, play basketball/volleyball, anything to stay active for 15 minutes.   It didn’t take long before the word spread and now most all of the staff are joining in as well.  It is incredible to look around the gym and seeing Jim Powell, Executive Director, shooting hoops with some kids, Mrs. Terhune, Principal, playing Ping Pong, Jen Zandstra, Housemom, walking laps with some of the girls…it has become a wonderful way for us to spend time together.

Do you know our need for houseparents?  We are nearing max capacity for kids.  Last week we received 14 calls of families needing help.  Because of our need for staff, we are putting people on a waiting list. It breaks my heart!  Now you know, we need houseparents.

Let me say it again.  We have a waiting list for kids because we need staff.  How can you help us with that need?

Today Jim Powell shared a devo thought on serving, “It’s a difficult step to go from KNOWING to SERVING”.  One of the best ways you can serve Shults-Lewis is helping us find houseparents.  Pray for this search and help pass along the message.

Or maybe it is you who is willing to serve God as a part of the ministry of Shults-Lewis.  Come serve with us.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children!

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

 

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February Campus Update

 

Finished.  Completed.  Done.  Fulfilled.  Concluded.  Accomplished.

Accomplished.  That’s the word I’m looking for.  The work in the CAF-A-GYM-A-TORIUM is accomplished.  YAY!!!!!

Together, with over 200 individuals and congregations working together, we were able to finish the gym—from paint to lights to flooring to hoops to wall pads, and even a new fire extinguisher box.  It looks awesome!  You need to come visit and see it.  While I hope you plan to join us for Annual Day (Saturday, September 17th), feel free to stop by anytime to see what we, all of us together, were able to accomplish.  It is an amazing transformation.

The transformation from a dreary, dark, space into this beautiful, well-lit, safe, useful space is remarkable and I am so proud of it.  But it is dull in comparison to the transformation in the lives of children and families that together, we are able to accomplish.

And while I am so proud of our gymnasium, we know that on a campus of seven homes, a school, and an administration building, there is always work to be done.  And as one child successfully completes the program or graduated from our High school, there is always another one, needing our help, stepping into their place.  But I know that together, we will accomplish great things in their lives and in the lives of their families.

But just for one moment, let’s celebrate.  The CAF-A-GYM-A-TORIUM is accomplished and we’ve recently had a graduation, and a successful completion of the program.  We have 3 seniors that are nearing their completion of the program.  Celebrate with me for a moment.

Now…on to the next project, child, and family.

Thank you for loving our God and caring for His children!!!

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

See more pictures: https://www.shultslewis.org/gymnasium-update/

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January Campus Update

I hear people talk about the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  “Every day is something”.  And true as I contemplate all that we had going on in December, memories of Christmas Cookie making at the school, of Vickie Terhune’s resistance to Christmas Charades, of playing Bunco with the kids, of a pizza party (thanks to an awesome AWSL group), of Ms. Sheilla’s retirement party, and so many more flash by, I understand it is a very busy time.  We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and created a lot of amazing memories.

But as the hustle and bustle dies down and we find ourselves back into a routine—if such a thing truly exists—there are only 3 things I want to etch into my forever memory bank of Shults-Lewis December 2015.

  1. The outpouring of love, gifts, visits, and financial donations from amazing donors. God has used you in HUGE ways and I will be forever grateful for you.
  1. Graduation Ceremony. To witness a young man receive his diploma, knowing how hard he has worked to get to this point in his life.  Knowing that your prayers, your donations, and your support have made a drastic difference in the life of this young man and many before and many who will come after.
  1. Having a young man make the biggest decision of his life as he was baptized and committed his life to His God.

And quite honestly, I could forgo the first two for the last one.  God is awesome.  He allows us to be a part of His story, whether as a donor or as an employee,  in this ministry.  We are blessed!

It is my prayer that as the hustle and bustle calms down, that you will rest knowing that YOU have changed the lives of children and families.

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

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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

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

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

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

  

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