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Mark O'Connor


A Vision of Hope

By Minty Olson


In a previous article I told you a little about Janine, a lovely woman at Ruth House, who shares the Lord with whoever will listen.  I want to tell you more about how she came to be a resident at Ruth House…

Janine’s father was in the army so they moved around a lot.  Both her parents were alcoholics and made it very clear that she was unwanted.  Janine eventually learned that she was the result of an adulterous relationship. 

“They would ship me off to my grandparents and then back to them like a yo-yo. For years I couldn’t understand why they didn’t love me like their other children.”


Even though her grandmother took her to church, had shown her what a life in Jesus looked like and was in constant prayer for Janine, she was still unable to make good choices for herself when she became an adult.  She was incapable of building relationships with anyone so she turned to Meth to numb her pain.

“I thought Meth filled an emptiness in me, but eventually it ate me up.”

Janine started using Meth at 20 years old.  Her addiction to Meth prevented her from leaving an abusive relationship that eventually led her down a path she never thought she would go.  The man she was living with kept her prisoner in a locked closet and would brutally rape and beat her.  She called the police on various occasions, but this man had no fear hunting her down and literally dragging her back by the hair kicking and screaming.  Finally, one day she was able to escape from the closet and decided to burn his bed to make a statement.  Unfortunately, the entire house burned down so she was convicted of arson and sentenced to serve a three year sentence.  If it hadn’t been for good character witnesses and the police records of the domestic violence calls she could have been sentenced for up to fifteen years.

Even after prison Meth was still her god. Her addiction lasted 17 years.  Meanwhile, she had two children, was married and divorced, but her addiction remained her first priority so her children became victims of her horrible lifestyle.   One day she looked in the mirror and saw the emaciated remains of the woman she had become.  Her arms were covered with needle marks and bruises. 

“In that moment of despair, the Lord gave me a vision of the woman He had designed me to be. I was so amazed, that I immediately checked into a Christian based drug program and spent a year healing and growing in my faith.”


Her faithful grandmother, who had always had a strong walk with the Lord, took her to church again just like when she was a child and led her into a relationship with her Savior, Jesus Christ. 

“Just like Jesus, my grandmother has always loved me unconditionally.”

While attempting to reunify and rebuild a relationship with her sons, she came to Idaho Falls where they were living.  She couldn’t afford a motel or apartment so she came to us and we are all blessed to have her here.  Her faithfulness is displayed to the other residents when she prays with them and encourages them with words of support and love. The enemy still plagues her with depression and loneliness, but she knows that the Lord is not finished with her yet.  He is still molding and shaping her into that beautiful woman of faith that He revealed to her long ago. 

“I want to point the way for other women to go to the cross.  Once they have a relationship with Christ, their lives will change.  I hang onto the word of God, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future’.  Jeremiah 29:11”

Violin virtuoso and composer Mark O’Connor…

Leading Light of New American Classical to perform with Idaho Falls Symphony to benefit Idaho Falls Rescue Mission

An extraordinary musical event comes to Idaho Falls on Saturday, Nov. 7, when world renowned composer and violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor takes the stage with the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra for a benefit performance for the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
“This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the leading violinists in the world today perform some of his most widely acclaimed works,” said Thomas Heuser, director of music for the Idaho Falls Symphony.  “Few individuals have such a strong influence on American classical music today.”
Another well-known violinist, 2012 Grand Master Fiddle Champion Jacie Sites will be featured on the program alongside O’Connor, plus an advanced group of her students from the local "Strings for Kids" program.
This third concert of the symphony’s 66th season will benefit the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, which operates five shelters for the homeless in Idaho Falls.  Tickets are $6 to $35 and can be purchased online at  .
O’Connor is no stranger to Idaho. It is here that he won his first national fiddling championship at the age of 13 in 1974. At the time, the Seattle native had only been playing the violin for two years.  
Today, four decades later, O’Connor has sold over two million CDs as a recording artist, winning two Grammys and multiple Country Music Association awards. As a studio musician and artist he has appeared on more than 500 albums, including more than 40 albums that feature largely his own compositions.
An acclaimed composer, he is a founder and leading force in the New American Classical music movement. And his O’Connor Method™ of stringed instrument instruction (featuring entirely American music) has been hailed as a major contribution to American music education.
The Idaho Falls Rescue Mission (IFRM) offers Hope, Help and a Future™ by providing shelter, food, clothing, case management, and job assistance through programs designed to help homeless people transition toward self-sufficiency and a stable, productive lifestyle.
The IFRM dates back to 1999 when the City of Refuge men’s shelter was founded in Idaho Falls. In later years, The Ark, Ruth House, Evergreen Emergency Housing, and FAITH (Family Assistance in Transitional Housing) were added.
Today, IFRM has some 150 beds, serves 500 homeless men, women and children each year, and feeds an average of 96 people per day, in addition to providing food boxes and clothing vouchers to those in need in our community.  The average stay of a homeless person in an IFRM shelter is 62 days.


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