Friendship is a common theme in scripture. The first couple was created for one another because of the need for companionship. The writer of Ecclesiastes bemoans the fate of the friendless, saying, “pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up... if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” (Ecc. 4:10-11) And, in Jesus’ last moments with the disciples he told them, “I no longer call you servants… I have called you friends” (John 15:15).
Friends are there for us when times are difficult and we need someone to be with us in our turmoil. Over the last few years, the need for friendship and companionship has been acutely felt… especially by those children and families experiencing a mental health crisis. Coming to Intermountain (intermountain.org), those in crisis find not only a mental health organization with clinical expertise and excellence in delivery of services, they find compassion and friendship for the journey towards health. They find healing through healthy relationships.
Did you know that Intermountain can only provide these services because of the wide network of supporters whose prayers and financial contributions have sustained the mission for 113 years? The most valuable and committed supporters we have are part of a group called “Caring Friends.” Caring Friends are our dedicated monthly supporters who understand the value of friendship as expressed tangibly. Following the lead of Jesus Christ, who held up a child as an example of faith and hope in the Kingdom of God, Intermountain’s faith-based Caring Friends have found room in their hearts (and in their monthly budget!) to insure that “not one of these little ones should be lost” (Matthew 18:14).
Intermountain is making a concerted effort to grow the ranks of its Caring Friends in 2022, and there will be some special opportunities for those that join as Caring Friends in the months ahead. But, perhaps you are reading now and feel a tug at your heart to join Intermountain as a Caring Friend right now? If so, you can visit intermountain.givingfuel.com/donate at check the box for “Monthly Giving.”
Over the course of a year, a monthly gift that fits your budget can work wonders in the life of a child at Intermountain. For less than a dollar a day, you can provide for the physical, emotional, and educational needs of a child while providing much needed financial stability to the organization as a whole. You become a trusted and faithful friend to us and to those we serve.
Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee, Intermountain Church Relations