Recently my wife and I decided to visit some of the historic and scenic sites in the states of Montana and Wyoming. As we traveled Interstate 90 and neared Bozeman, Mont., we saw to the right the Montana Conference office in which our daughter, Renae Young, gave us a tour. Just a short distance down the road from the conference office we passed the Mount Ellis Elementary School and then saw for the first time Mount Ellis Academy — Montana’s Adventist boarding high school.
Few schools can claim the outdoors as their classroom. However, that is exactly what Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) does. Every year, MEA students spend the first week of classes outside at either outdoor school or senior survival. Montana offers a rich outdoor experience and countless ways to connect with God through nature, and MEA takes full advantage of its location in Bozeman.
Finally, after the hail, the rain and the floods, there was a reason to celebrate in Roundup, Mont.
Every year the city celebrates the 4th of July with a big party called RIDE: or the Roundup Independence Day Extravaganza. This four-day event has kids' activities, concerts, rodeos (when there aren't floods), fireworks and parades. This was the 14th year of the RIDE celebration.
Spring and summer months brought a flurry of active ministry opportunities to the Roundup (Mont.) Church.
On May 24, 2018, the church sponsored a Better Vision Better Hope free mobile vision clinic spearheaded by Kay Dickerson and Deanna Harris. The Better Vision Better Hope foundation provided free clinical services while the Roundup Church added 12 more volunteer church members. It was a joy to help people "see" their way to better sight and, in turn, a joy to the patients to receive expert eye care for no cost.
Montana is a beautiful state. For a few hours on June 8, 2018, the Roundup Church in Montana took a small step in making it just a little better. Fourteen church members gathered to clean a portion of the road south of town. We were able to eliminate many trash bags of refuse, including bottles, cans, papers and even the skeletal remains of a long-dead animal.
After the cleanup, the members gathered at the nearby Harris farm for a potluck lunch. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying fellowship while checking out the birds that gather at the many bird feeders on the farm.
On May 24, 2018, the Roundup (Mont.) Church sponsored a Better Vision Better Hope free mobile vision clinic. This was a vision of the church ever since the Montana Camp Meeting in 2017. The event was spearheaded by Kay Dickerson and Deanna Harris.
The Better Vision Better Hope foundation provided free clinical services while the Roundup Church added 12 more volunteer church members. The professional staff was led by Andrea Schellenberg. Chris Barr, Montana Conference health ministries director, was also on hand to help with any spiritual needs.
On April 20, the Adventist Education Foundation (AEF) board voted to pledge up to $100,000 for maintenance projects and campus improvements at Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont., if the academy raised matching funds up to $100,000 by May 1, 2019.
The first project under this matching grant has been completed with Academy Drive being repaired, sealed and striped on July 1 under the direction of Brent Tungesvik, MEA maintenance director.
With permit in hand, the Living Hope Center building project on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was dedicated April 28, 2018. Located in Poplar, Mont., the center represents Jesus’ love with a gift from the Adventist Church. When an abandoned hospital burned down, the property was up for sale for back taxes — $6,000. God spoke with a perfectly timed miracle.