Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 32

Above: Medical Assistant Karen LaFevers, left, and Licensed Practical Nurse Kari Rogers get
ready to draw blood for a patient's lab work. Bottom: Whetstone Program Director Matt
Foster works with a boy on his school lesson. "We're in this business of making men," Matt says.
"We want to make sure that they get the help that we got."

The ranch also shut down for six months in order to rebuild. But from
the carnage came Cabin Week: an annual part of Whetstone's program where
the boys take a break from their normal routine and work on a dogtrot-style
cabin - dubbed "Ebenezer" - using trees broken by the storm. Although the
inspiration for the project comes from the story of the same name in the book
of Samuel, the inherent metaphor for rebuilding with something once thought
damaged isn't lost on Brandon.
"Instead of just letting them lay down and rot, we were able to take a negative situation and make a monument to the idea that God has a purpose for all
of our lives," Brandon says. "And it's been really fun. I mean, what boy doesn't
want to be able to say that they built a cabin?"
Ebenezer also recalls one of Whetstone's core values of servant leadership,
in that the school also serves as a working ranch. Combining the other key elements of therapy and education, the boys spend part of each Friday in agriculture class taught by instructor Ty Lewis. Hands-on projects include tending to
farm animals, learning ag economics and building and maintaining fence. On
Wednesdays, Ty also leads the boys on service projects around the community
with help from Whetstone staff members.
"There's always a lesson that can be learned from the day, and it helps them
see there are other things out there besides 'my little bubble,' " Ty says. "Working with animals adds a whole other aspect. It allows them to feel safe and
open up."
Helping the boys develop the vocabulary and communication skills to
address their struggles is just as important as developing character traits such
as honesty, kindness and self-control. Program Director Matt Foster says in
order to successfully teach and model that behavior parents also must be
engaged in their son's therapy.
"If you're 13 years old and you don't need to live at home for nine months,
there is more going on than just you," Matt says. "That's something people
don't realize about running a therapeutic boarding school; everyone you are
seeing is coming to you at the most desperate time they have ever been in."
The school side of the ranch is itself a two-part process which headmaster
Axel Liimatta refers to as "filling the bucket and lighting the fire": traditional
school subjects taught through Accelerated Christian Education curriculum
coupled with afternoon discussions and lectures on music, film and literature.
Axel's afternoon sessions are another approach to help the boys on their journey. Ideally, each learns accountability and responsibility along the way.
"If you take the long view of things you realize all we ever do on our best day
is plant the seeds," Axel says. "Just like a farmer, you have to create the right
conditions, but we don't make the plant grow."
David is a 13 year old who graduated from the program in June. Before
coming to Whetstone his relationship with his parents was rocky - a near
constant state of arguments. Now, David says he has learned to control his
anger and communicate with his mother and father.
"I definitely have more respect for them and understand they are trying to
help me," David says. "Now they know I'll be able to talk to them and not get
upset and make things go downhill from there."
In the same way that Ebenezer is being raised one week at a time in the
woods, the staff and boys of Whetstone keep at their unflagging mission of
building and becoming better men. Unlike building the cabin, their work may
never truly be finished.
"That's the idea here, these boys being surrounded by good men and a good
environment that will help shape them," Brandon says. "And it's hard, but
everything that's hard is usually good in the end."
For more information on the Good Samaritan Care Clinic, go to www.
goodsamaritancareclinic.org. For more information on Whetstone Boys Ranch,
go to www.whetstoneboysranch.com.


http://www.goodsamaritancareclinic.org http://www.whetstoneboysranch.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - August 2018

Contents
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Intro
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover1
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover2
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Contents
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 4
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 5
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 6
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 7
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 8
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 9
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 10
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 11
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 12
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 13
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 14
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 15
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 16
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 17
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 18
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 19
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 20
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 21
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 22
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 23
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 24
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 25
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 26
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 27
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 28
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 29
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 30
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 31
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 32
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 33
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 34
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 35
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 36
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 37
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 38
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 39
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 40
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 41
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 42
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover3
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/videotest
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201010
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com