Just as the disciples of Jesus long ago were surprised along the way by his teaching and action, so can following Jesus today surprise us. This is no ordinary path we follow. Join us this Lent as we learn unexpected and surprising lessons from the Biblical stories we will study.
Intermountain here in Helena is an unexpected lesson. This organization offers incredible gifts of healing and guidance to children and families living through mental health challenges. Intermountain grew out of a need at the turn of the century to provide a home for children who were left to fend for themselves. Behind that history is the story of Rev. Brother Van Orsdel who is said to have been in tears pleading at the Annual Conference for the Methodist churches in the region. The public tears of a grown man and the vital work of women deaconesses have become the hope of more children and families than we can count.
Hear the words of one parent who has seen hope in the work of Intermountain:
“I am a single parent of two adoptive children, one of whom has suffered with the emotional/behavioral chaos of attachment disorder since early childhood. At one point I was having to call our local police to help restrain my daughter during her violent behavioral outbursts. I was at the brink of losing my family (and possibly my life).
Now, after 18 months of residential treatment at Intermountain, we are an intact family ready to thrive. My daughter is returning home with the skills to manage her feelings and behaviors long before they get to the rage that previously overtook her mind and body. We as a family have learned important skills for success. This program not only changes lives, it literally saves them!”
Last year Intermountain treated 1334 children and youth, and made a difference in the health of Montana communities. This Lent we are asking members, friends and you as the disciples of St. Paul’s to make a difference by financially supporting Intermountain through a spiritual practice.
We invite you to journey with us through the unexpected.