are Harry & Adeline, or what is there to celebrate, you might ask?
Harry & Adeline Kaufman are the Grandparents of Ken Ortman, Director of LUC Boys Ranch. His birth was the event which first made them
grandparents! They are the parents of six children (five living), and more than 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Adeline lived her 100 years on farms in South Dakota which may not have
had a great impact on the world, but check out the facts. First, she had a positive influence on her descendants and people in her
community. Secondly, over the years she
also supported a number of children in the Compassion International Program, and she was a
regular correspondent and prayer supporter to two missionary couples serving in Japan and
Africa over a period of years. Thirdly, and
most importantly to this ministry, she and her late husband, Harry, were among the first
to encourage Ken and Sheila Ortman in this endeavor to help troubled boys rebuild their
lives. They stood behind Ken and Sheila in their
encouragement, prayer, and financial support. Adeline
Kaufman was a part of this ministry for over 20 years. She chose to support boys whose families
couldnt help with the costs of care.
She loved quilting, and then she gave pieces of her love away as she presented quilts to family
members, a very generous gesture when one realizes how much time and effort goes into a
pieced quilt. Many memories were also
shared as different family members remembered a piece of material coming from a certain
garment worn. Later on in her life, she even
convinced her husband of 59 years to assist her in cutting blocks. Each of her children was given two quilts and each
of her 24 grandchildren received one.
But generosity and effort did not end there. Over
the last 20 years she also pieced simple tops for dozens of comforters, which were sent
via Mennonite Central Committee to needy people in overseas countries. Many of these were done while she was in a
retirement home and while she experienced pain. Still,
she sat at her sewing machine and helped others as she was able.
Because LUC Boys Ranch had a special place in her heart, she blessed us by making a quilt. This quilt was one of the last ones made by her,
through the help of those in her church, who helped with the final assembling of it. Even though this quilt was very precious to us,
because it was one of the special ways in which she demonstrated her love, it was sold
this year to the highest bidder and the funds raised will go to support a boy, which was
dear to her heart! Adeline knew that the
works done on earth, those of helping to win a life to Christ, will bear fruits for
If you would like to be a part of this celebration, you can donate funds towards helping a boy in
Harry & Adeline Kaufmans honor. Ken's Dad, Harvey, also passed away in the Spring of 2019 and
gifts may be sent in his honor. Sheila's parents had a great influence
on her life - Arnold and Virginia Ensz, who have also passed away, and you can
also donate towards their memory. Perhaps you also have a loved one whose memory you wish to honor. You can mail your donation
LUC Boys Ranch
296 Boys Ranch Rd
Lampe, MO 65681
or call and make a credit card donation.
You will be sent a card with your name on it and the name of the
person(s) you wish to honor. Also if you send us the address of the
person who you would like to have acknowledgement of your gift, we will send
the same thing. Feel free to also send a picture or email it to email@example.com