# Impact Lives
Life after Shelterwood is actually a very special chance to deepen relationships and demonstrate real care for one another. I was thoroughly blessed when three former Shelterwood students came to my wedding. Others students wanted to come, I look at those pictures, and for some of them life has been significantly more difficult since Shelterwood, but they are strong enough to bear it thanks to Shelterwood. It is a beautiful testament to the Lord, the week leading up to the wedding the kids stayed at my parents house and I laughed with them, and joked as we recalled various stories, and had deep spiritual conversations. To impact lives is such a privilege and together we are better off. These young men will remain friends and I hope that we can continue to care for one another.
Former Shelterwood Mentor
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Brad Paynter (Mentor, 2002-2003) reflections on a mentor relationship with a student, that’s lasted over 12 years. At Shelterwood Academy we have fostered hundreds of these type of committed mentor relationship and believe that your teen would benefit from this type of life long support.
Zach had been on the Shelterwood campus for a number of months before I arrived in the fall of 2002. The friendship was immediate. We shared a very similar history: both from Iowa, both soccer players, both raised in military families. In addition, both our fathers were physicians who knew each other through their respective careers despite the distance between our cities.
But the providence of our encounter extended beyond the regular kind of mentor relationship that is wonderfully typical of staff and students. Soon after I my role as a mentor in 2003, I invited my parents to Zach’s graduation party in central Iowa. What developed was truly a display of God’s provision for community among believers. On more than one occasion our families have been a blessing to each other in ways that can only be understood by our similar histories. When my father retired from the National Guard, the Websters helped us find a spot for the reception after the ceremony, and then helped with the preparations.
Zach and I have continued our friendship through the years. We have commented at times that being at Shelterwood seemed like an entirely different life—in a weird but wonderful place. What a blessed life.