KindConnect: Filling Tangible Needs of Children in Larimer County

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Sometimes there are children here in our own communities who have faced difficult situations and could benefit from tangible items that other community members are in a position to fill. But the challenge of connecting those needs with people in a position to help is no easy task, and as a consequence those needs go unfulfilled.

image006That’s where Realities for Children’s (RFC) KindConnect project is looking to make a difference. KindConnect is a website designed to be the connection of kindness in Larimer County between the item needs of children who have been abused, neglected, or at are at-risk with community members that have the items they need.

The platform allows caseworkers and staff of Realities for Children’s 38 Partner Youth Agencies to connect real time needs to those interested in helping the children and families to whom they provide services.

Craig Secher of Realities for Children says, KindConnect is “now in the key stage of populating this item donor network so that we can achieve the call of having some in network that has the item that a child or family may need…This is a very exciting resource that I believe within a year could have a tremendous reach of service.”

In order for KindConnect to reach its goals, they need help in the following areas:

  • Prayers that this resource will “hit the mark” quickly.
  • Prayers that Realities for Children families, children and caregivers will know they are not alone.
  • People willing to go through the background checks and training necessary to be the feet on the ground as delivery team members.
  • Donors willing to sign up for notifications of requests for items.
  • People willing to spread the word about this vital resource.

To find out more about Realities for Children and their KindConnect resource, please visit: www.RFCKindConnect.org

Realities for Children has also produced multiple tutorial videos to help explain how to sign up:

To become a donor who receives periodic notifications of needs:

 

Or to make a one-time donation:

More information:

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Cycling for a Cause: The Freedom Tour & Home of Hope

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Timberline Storytellers recently reached out to Rich and Becky Dixon, the founders of Rich’s Ride and the Freedom Tour. We asked them a few questions to learn a little more about how they’ve turned a love of cycling into a ministry to support cyclists and to contribute to Project Rescue’s Home of Hope, which aims to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ.

  1. What exactly is the Freedom Tour and what are its goals?

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FREEDOM TOUR is a community gathered around the idea of riding bikes for a cause.  Our goals:

  • Bring people together who enjoy cycling (and enjoy supporting cyclists). Create a circle of folks who want to develop relationships and follow Jesus together.
  • Ride our bikes to stand for justice, specifically by raising funds and awareness to the fight against human trafficking.
  • Provide ongoing support to the kids at Project Rescue’s HOME OF HOPE in Delhi.

Our tagline: WE CYCLE TO BRING HOPE AND FREEDOM TO KIDS RESCUED FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

  1. How did it start, and how long have you been doing it?

Freedom tour logoIn 2013, Becky and I hung up a sign in the mall at Timberline Church and invited people to go with us on a 500-mile bike ride. We didn’t know much about group bike tours, but we were convinced we ought to do this. Surprisingly, a few people stepped forward and a core group of 11 people made the initial journey from Cheyenne to Raton Pass.

2019 marked the 7th year of the tour. During those years, more than 600 cyclists have donated in excess of $221,000 to the kids at the HOME OF HOPE.

  1. How can people support your mission? What specifically can they pray for?

Freedom Tour pic 2Lots of ways to support. Ride bikes, volunteer, sponsor, donate – there’s a place for everyone.

Also lots to pray for. Maybe the central issue is that this story might reach the people it would help…cyclists who want to ride for a cause, people searching for community, folks who want to do something specific and tangible about human trafficking. Our consistent prayer is for God to bring to this circle the specific people He wants here.

Learn more about Project Rescue here: https://www.projectrescue.com/

Follow Rich’s Ride on their blog here: https://richsride.org/

Catch up with the latest on the Freedom Tour here: https://frontrangefreedomtour.org/2019-review/

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As we entered September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness month, Timberline thought hard about practical ways to bring God’s active hope into our community. That’s how we came to host the “It Has No Face” exhibit the weekend of September 6-8th. The goal of It Has No Face was to reduce the stigma of and open discussions about suicidal thoughts and depression in our community.

Friday, at Everyday Joe’s, using Fort Collins’s monthly Art Walk as a medium for visibility, It Has No Face displayed 8 artistic images of Northern Colorado survivors of suicide, posting their stories alongside the images. This allowed over 300 people in the community to read and see the stories on that night alone. Additionally, Everyday Joe’s kept the images and stories posted throughout the month of September. The next day, Timberline partnered with Light of the Rockies and North Range Behavioral Health to give QPR certification training to key people within the community.

QPR stands for Question Persuade and Refer. QPR certification training is similar to CPR certification in that a non-medical person can learn the signs of someone in duress and perform life-saving duties in order to keep the person alive until trained professionals can get to them. This two-year certification is instrumental in equipping people at the front line of the community on how to recognize and stabilize those in mental crisis around us. As a matter of fact, Timberline believes QPR certification is so important that the entire staff will be trained for certification this November. After this important training day, It Has No Face hosted one more event Sunday, September 8th, in which we opened the Timberline campus to all non-profits in the community that handle the myriad of issues involved with mental health.

At the Sunday evening discussions, the goal was to get the communication going between all of the health organizations in our community. At Timberline, we value our job as a bridge to join individuals with the right people who can help them. Maybe even greater than that, we also want our community to know that our church loves them. Therefore, we opened our building to a panel discussion of suicide survivors and family members. We heard from award winning photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian Randy Bacon, the founder of 7 Billion Ones, the artistry behind the eight stories displayed at Everyday Joe’s. Mainly though, we developed and nurtured necessary relationships between key organizations in our fight to bring awareness and hope into a community scarred by suicide.

If you or anyone you know struggles with suicidal thoughts, or even if you have any concerns regarding this crisis, please contact Nate at Timberline Windsor (970.686.8479) or Hillary at the Timberline campus (970.482.4387).

Also, if you would like to be QPR certified to learn ways to recognize and stabilize people in the middle of mental health crises, please contact our missions teams at either the Timberline or Windsor campuses, using the above numbers.

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Finally, if you would like to see the eight northern Colorado stories that were posted throughout September, or if you are interested in learning more about Randy Bacon and his artistry in 7 Billion Ones, please visit: https://www.7billionones.org/

Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity

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Timberline is partnering with Redeemer Lutheran Church and Habitat for Humanity to build a home for Maria and her family. This is a great local missions opportunity! To learn more about Maria and her family, please click here.

The first build (October 5) is unique in that Habitat is celebrating raising the walls of Maria’s new home.  This will take place at 8:00 a.m. at the project site (SE Corner of Harmony and Taft Hill Roads) in Fort Collins.  This celebration of raising the walls is open to all, regardless if you participate in the build or not.  The build (registration is required) will begin immediately after the wall raising.

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To sign up for a Habitat Build Day, you must register through Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity – click here for link (This registration must be done prior to showing up on the build day at the job site).  Our first two build dates are:  Saturday, October 5, 2019 and Thursday, November 7, 2019.  If interested in this Habitat for Humanity project please also email hi@timberlinewindsor.org so we can get you on our email list for this opportunity. There will be several more build dates coming up over the next year, so if these 2 dates don’t work for you also please email us so we can update you with those future dates.

Please let us know or if you have any additional questions!

 

Playing Cards for Jesus: Relational Ministry in Ireland

Sutton 3 groupRelational ministry is all about developing a relationship with the people around you. In a land where the people are sometimes so divided they can’t even agree on a town’s name, relational ministry seems the best way to bring people back together. And that’s just what Timberline’s Emily Sutton did while she was in Northern Ireland this past summer.

Although one might say all Christianity depends on relationship building, in relational ministry, it’s more about putting yourself out there and simply talking to strangers. While Emily was in Belfast, then Portrush and finally Londonderry (when people side with joining the UK)—or Derry (when people side with the Irish Republic)—or Stroke City (when people want to offend neither side)—her team would hold a performance to catch the attention of others, then go out into the crowd to talk to them. Or they held a Vacation Bible School for children, in which Emily got to have a conversation with one particular 10-year-old about how God hears you, even if you forgot to say amen. The team also volunteered with a café simply for the sake of offering a safe haven for teenagers with “nothing else to do” at night besides drinking or taking drugs. Basically, relational ministry is based on the idea that sometimes learning a card game like Irish Switch, shooting a game of pool, or even eating an ice cream with someone is all it takes to turn someone’s life around.

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Having been inspired by this trip, along with other aspects of her life, Emily isn’t finished with an occupational focus on missions. As a matter of fact, in mid-September, Emily will begin an eight-month discipleship training course with Kairos Discipleship School (part of Reign Ministries) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, she will join with a very small class of like-minded students to take classes, participate in camping and other leadership training activities, and serve in different project opportunities within the community. As well, she will partner up with a local church as an intern in either media, children’s, or middle school-aged ministries.

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As Emily takes this step of faith in her life, you can help support her:

  • Please pray for Emily’s Kairos It will be a small team, so the health of the team (as individuals and as a group) will be very important for each one of them.
  • Pray also for Emily’s internship, in whichever area she ends up serving. Open hearts for any of the people who receive Emily’s message are important. And Emily also longs to keep an open heart herself, for all that God wants to show her in this next stage of life.
  • Emily is also around 60% funded for the eight-month training course. If you would like to help her financially, please select “Sutton, Emily” under “select a designation” on the following link:

https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/3C14F4E1-28B3-4FC4-8A37-F3611508F638

To learn more about Kairos Discipleship School, please visit: https://reignministries.org/kairos/

 

Home of Hope: Dhaka, Bangladesh

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For the second year in a row, Timberline sent a missions group to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where we partnered with Home of Hope. Home of Hope is an orphanage that receives most of its children from villages where trafficking of children is a temptation. Since 1991, Home of Hope has rescued more than 300 children from homeless, hopeless situations. Beyond the beautiful home the center provides, Home of Hope also offers Godly mentors, physical care, life skills, an English education, and of course, an environment in which they can know and grow in God.

Our team’s goal in going there seemed simple: provide 130 kids and 70 staff members with an annual physical. But what the team really got to do was grow deeper in relationship with the people at the home. Listening to God’s voice as the team made each step, our missionaries reported it was the little moments learning about the kids that made the trip. During these times, our team learned about the hopes and dreams of many children who live in fear of a future outside Home of Hope. They learned the likes and dislikes and even favorites each kid has. And really, what was unexpected was the closeness the team felt to each child. Time flew by too quickly.

However, with a focus on helping to heal fears of the future, the team really felt their impact when they prayed over the 130 children one evening. Every member of the team spoke a prayer over the kids, telling them about things like their value, how God sees them and what their purpose is in the Kingdom. It was powerful to let each child understand how much he or she is truly known in a world that sometimes seems it has forgotten them.

If you would like to help these kids, too, here are some ideas from our team:

  1. Pray for the children at Home of Hope. Many fear the future, and many hope for opportunities in secondary education or job training.
  2. Pray for the country as a whole. Let Bangladesh see and feel God’s presence tangibly. Ask God to remove the cloud of false religion.
  3. Sponsor a Home of Hope child. For information, go to: http://hopegeneration.com

Obedience Leading to Favor: Hillcrest Children’s Home

Each summer, Timberline sends a group of people down to Hillcrest Children’s Home, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The goal is to minister to at-risk children and young adults there, but often those who go find much more than a week of simple service.

Let’s listen to Dave Guerero as he tells his story:

As we search through the heroes of the Old and New Testaments, we find a distinct connection between human obedience to Yahweh and the receipt of His blessing. Abraham was told to leave his land and go to a new land—not knowing even where he was to go—yet he still obeyed and became the privileged father of an entire nation. Moses, Rahab, Joshua, David, the disciples, Paul, and Jesus also all acted in obedience. When they did, the Lord’s favor followed. 

Hillcrest Children’s Home, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, serves as a modern day and national example of obedience leading to favor. Believe it or not, Hillcrest actually began when a young woman felt like she should serve the Lord in China. However, the start of World War II quickly shut the door on the specific location of that call. So, instead of going overseas, this woman eventually opened her home to 14 American children. There, she fed and housed, loved, and showed God’s love to each one of them.

While on mission at Hillcrest, I walked through that original small cottage of hers. As I looked around, I couldn’t help but think, “How could this little house and just this woman take care of all those kids?” That’s when I felt the nudge of the Spirit whisper, “She didn’t make it work; I did. And I did it because she obeyed.” 

Today Hillcrest serves many more children than 14, and it has also grown into 50-plus acres and over 29 buildings. Best of all, the Holy Spirit was alive on campus while I was there. He was alive in the cottages with the families, in the offices of the staff, and was evident in every step that we took as we walked from place to place on campus. Eventually, as the week unfolded, it became clear to my wife and me that this same Spirit wanted us to fill out applications to become house parents. At first the thought seemed laughable; there were so many unknowns. Nevertheless, we left Hillcrest praying to be able to go back and serve in the way we felt called.

“God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.” 

Now, we may not end up fulfilling our call at that exact location, much like the founder of Hillcrest discovered. But the point is, during our time there, my wife and I discovered that God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. So we don’t have to worry about any of the logistics or the unanswered questions. After all, Hillcrest didn’t start on 50 acres with 29 buildings. It started with one person. Just like her, we refuse to look at all the excuses, the impossibilities. Instead, like the heroes of old, we will walk in obedience and look forward to the blessings.

To find out more about all Dave experienced at Hillcrest, please visit: http://agfamilyservices.org/ministries/hillcrest-childrens-home

We have a late 2019 or early 2020 overseas mission trip with room for you!

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Sign up by September 1st for one in East Asia:

Come help our partners in East Asia who run a local coffee shop. From November 30th through December 7th, you can join the team of 8 who will participate in a cultural exchange, teach skill-specific classes and help host events and prepare the shop for Christmas.

Individuals or even families with older teens can apply! Cost: $2500-3000 (depending on flight costs). There are 4 spots left.

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Or Sign up by October 14th for one in Bangladesh:

If you are or have ever been in the dental profession, we need one more dentist and three more hygienists and assistants to join us at Home of Hope near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Home of Hope has 130 kids, ages 4-16, who have no access to dental care. Therefore, this will be a dental-focused trip, but we will also build relationships with the kids through such activities as sports, crafts and trips to the zoo.

Individuals with professional dental experience preferred! Cost $2500-2800 (depending on flight costs).

Visit https://www.timberlinechurch.org/peaks/wego/short-term-missions-trips for more information.

SERVE Day 2019 – Engaging in the Lives of Our Neighbors

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“Serve Day provides churches across the world with opportunities to serve their local communities and share the love of God through practical acts of kindness. Our hope is that serving others becomes our focus throughout the year. Simple acts of selfless love can open hearts to Jesus, and together we can make a difference.”

This is the philosophy of serving that inspires SERVE 6.8, a Christian nonprofit organization that specializes in mobilizing, resourcing, and connecting the local church to care for vulnerable people in Northern Colorado. They partner with 24 churches, including Timberline, and were responsible for helping make 2019’s Serve Day a major success. Mike Walker from SERVE 6.8 wrote this summary of the day:


“I wanted to share some of the big wins from SERVE Day, which took place this last Saturday, July 13th. SERVE day is an international day of service designed to get churches engaged in the lives of their neighbors and over 900 churches across the world participated.

I am excited to tell you that Northern Colorado churches really showed up in force this year! Check out these numbers:

Churches participating: 55

Volunteers: 1309

Projects completed: 176

If the mission of the church is to meet the practical needs of our neighbors while demonstrating the love and teachings of Jesus, then I would say mission accomplished!”


On behalf of Mike and the Timberline family, we want to thank all the leaders and volunteers who made this wonderful work possible.

And whether or not you participated in Serve Day this year, we want to challenge you to think about how you might be able to engage with your neighbors through acts of kindness throughout the year. As you can see, there are lots of people and partners out there ready to help and encourage you as you do!

Learn more about SERVE 6.8 here: https://serve68.org/

RFK 2019 Follow-up: Junior Guides Perspective

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Larimer County 2019 RFK Junior Guides

Many of us have heard the scripture, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” But have you ever considered why it is more blessed to give? Is the blessing here on earth, or will we have to be really patient, waiting until Heaven to reap the benefits? 25 of our high school students, from both our Timberline and Windsor campuses, got to investigate this idea in real time as they helped out as Junior Guides at Royal Family Kids (RFK) Camps in both Larimer and Weld counties. RFK camps are week-long overnight camps dedicated to restoring hope and interrupting the cycle of abuse for Larimer and Weld County foster kids.

Well before they were even eligible to serve at these camps, our participating junior guides fit in over 20 hours of training and team-building into often-overbooked schedules. During this training, Jordan, Joseph and Matthew, three RFK junior guides, reported a spectrum of expectations. As 17-year-old Jordan reported, she expected a lot of unruly and rude kids who would be unwilling to participate. These were, after all, kids who’d possibly never had real guidance in life. Or, as 16-year-old Matthew said, based on the scenarios they had faced in training, he thought it’d be “a lot weirder.” On the other hand, 18-year-old Joseph found encouragement from the training process: “They told me to have fun with it. Plus, before I even got there, the leaders let me know I’d get to partner with a kid who was into speedcubing, like me.” Nevertheless, to promise the junior guides an immediate blessing seemed to be a stretch at a camp for kids who have rarely received love in their lives. As a matter of fact, going into camp it seemed like it might be a lot of long days and short nights.

Once the junior guides were at camp, they assisted the adult guides by doing things like playing in the pool with the kids or dancing in front of everyone to encourage the younger kids to open up to the available fun. One junior guide even pulled out his guitar each night to sing lullabies to the campers. Mainly, though, once at camp, the interviewed junior guides reported the task was not nearly as big as they had expected. Matthew said, “Camp was not a problem. The kids were all awesome—in my group and in other groups. I felt like I got to connect with them.” Jordan reported, “It was the opposite of my expectations: almost all the kids wanted to participate, and they were all sweet.” While Joseph said simply, “It was fun!”

Often when we go on a mission—whether it’s across the sea or across the street—we find that we reap more of a benefit than those whom we had intended to serve. Sometimes we learn that fears can be merely works of fiction. Or maybe we learn how to use talents we never suspected could serve others. Mostly, though, we learn how to love others more, which opens our eyes to how much God loves us, which in turn opens our hearts to be able to love others even more, which helps us love God even more. And the blessings grow and grow, spinning and building up in a greater cycle.

Is it more blessed to give than receive? According to Joseph, giving at RFK camp was “… the easiest way to see God at work.” Matthew considered that the training and experience may have helped him with his own children some day. And Jordan said, “It was really fun and made me feel like I was doing something tangible for the kids.”  Would they do it again? In a heartbeat. RFK camp was a week of intentional love given to some kids in need, but for our Timberline junior guides, it was a week in which the givers got to feel a shower of God’s blessing right here on earth.

For more information about Royal Family Kids of Larimer County, visit: https://fortcollins.royalfamilykids.org/our-camp/ or https://windsor.royalfamilykids.org/ for the Weld County camp.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation or offer a business sponsorship to Royal Family Kids camp, please visit: https://timberlinechurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/1225/responses/new

TSM Car Wash to Benefit RFK Camps

What did you do this summer? At the end of the school break, many kids get to answer this question with the confidence a safe home offers. But for kids who live in foster care situations, many cannot answer that simple question with very many positives.

This is where Royal Family Kids Camp can help.

Royal Family Kids camp is a one-week, overnight camp specifically designed to support Larimer & Weld County foster children ages 6-12 who have a history of being abused or neglected. With a goal to restore hope and interrupt the cycle of abuse, the camps offer affirmation, unconditional love and the opportunity to make memories these kids can cherish forever.

All workers at Royal Family Kids Camp are volunteers, and all eligible kids go to camp free of charge. Through the donations of both time and money from local businesses and individuals, 48 kids from Larimer County and 38 kids from Weld County will go to these camps this June. Each child will also receive two dedicated volunteers—“guides”—who act as a resource throughout camp and hope to build relationships that can grow even after camp is over.

car wash 3Timberline Student Ministries will send about 15 high school students to the Larimer County camp and 10 to the Weld County camp as junior guides to help with this impactful ministry. In addition, TSM decided to commit last week’s car wash proceeds to the Royal Family Kids Camp. The students were able to earn over $8000 and wash over 150 cars. “For the kids!” was their rally cry.car wash 4

For more information about Royal Family Kids of Larimer County, visit: https://fortcollins.royalfamilykids.org/our-camp/ or https://windsor.royalfamilykids.org/ for the Weld County camp.

 

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation or offer a business sponsorship to Royal Family Kids camp, please visit: https://timberlinechurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/1225/responses/newcar wash 2

Local Opportunities to Pray.Give.Go

Is your time limited but your heart full with the need to serve the people around you? Are you interested in finding a way to serve our community all at one, single impactful time?

Then we have some opportunities for you coming up this summer!

crop_blood_driveJune: UCHealth Blood Drive

The weekend of June 8th/9th, UCHealth will park their blood donation bus in front of Timberline Church (Timberline Fort Collins campus) during all the services to make it easier for us to donate blood. This is a unique way in which Timberline lives out the mission to Pray, Give, Go. For every one blood donation they receive, UCHealth can treat, heal and often save the lives of up to three different donor recipients. Not bad for a 15 minute volunteer spot!

To participate, sign up yourself or your team here:

June 8: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0548a4a82fa1fc1-blood435

June 9: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0548a4a82fa1fc1-blood436

But don’t forget: before you go, remember to pack your photo ID, eat a good meal and hydrate!

July: Serve Day

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Saturday, July 13th, Timberline Church will join with churches and groups all over the world to share the love of Jesus through practical acts of kindness to our community. What we need most, though, is for the people of Timberline to be our eyes and ears within the community. Look around you and discover a neighbor who might need an extra hand with yard work or painting. Or maybe you know of a local nursing home that could use a little sunshine. Then, once you have targeted a service need, submit your ideas here:

https://timberlinechurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/1281/responses/new

Timberline’s Missions Office Team would be happy to help you bring this serving opportunity to a reality on Serve Day July 13, 2019.

If you would like to know more about Serve Day on an international scale, please visit:  https://serveday.com

Missions Focus ’19 Recap

Another proof that the Spirit of God is alive and working in all Christ followers is the presence of a single message that crosses culture, area, age, gender and any other boundaries humans may have. During Missions Focus weekend at all Timberline campuses, we had speakers come from regions all over the world to talk to us about what it means to live “Beyond Me”.

Living beyond ourselves means to realize that Christ followers live to advance God’s agenda and Christ’s cause. As a matter of fact, from Genesis to Revelation, we learn that God’s master plan is to redeem man to God, and His primary way to achieve this is through the work of His people. This means that all of us are called to pray. All of us are called to give. And all of us are called to go. Somewhere.

There are 3 billion people in the world who have no access to the Gospel. Now, in America, if a person is unreached but has questions of some sort, he or she can jump in a car, drive down the street and ask information of someone who has demonstrated Christ in his or her life. But, in a place of “no access”, people can find no place to discuss the calling of God in their lives. In both situations, we must have people who are mobilized to assist unreached people to find God. To do this, we must always pray for the unreached and those who will reach them. We must give to help with all the needs of local, national and global missions. And we need to be ready to move our feet to the place God sends us individually.

The people of Timberline have already demonstrated a healthy understanding of what it means to live “Beyond Me”. Last year, our church supported 109 missionaries around the world. This year, we now support 130! In a restricted access region, we have been helping to produce a Bible in their native language for years. We have already given $50,000 to that end, and we aim to gather another $25,000 to continue to move it forward. Through Business As Missions, we have partnered with a cafe in Eurasia to help them develop positive business experiences representative of Christ’s values. Here at home, we are partnering with Redeemer Lutheran to raise up a house for local people through Habitat for Humanity.

The point from Missions Focus weekend is that we can help unreached people wherever we are in our life. Sometimes we feel we should pray more, and sometimes we give more—of our time, of our lives. But no matter what, it’s time to invite people to meet Jesus.

What can you do?

Pray:

If you would like to pray for missions, please join us Wednesdays at noon at the Timberline Road campus for a brief prayer session over local, national and global areas. If you can’t be present at Timberline, you can also follow us live at noon Wednesdays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timberlinechurch/

Give:

If you would like to give to help support our 130 missionaries and our local, national and global areas, you can:

Text: “Give” to 970-670-7863

Or visit: https://www.timberlinechurch.org/give

Go:

To find out more about all of our missions, including upcoming trips, visit: https://www.timberlinechurch.org/peaks/wego

Missions Focus 2019- Beyond Me

MissionsFocus_slide_1920x1080_WindsorThe Missions philosophy at Timberline Church is to assist our people in fulfilling their God-given responsibility to spread the Gospel locally, nationally and globally. Since missions is such an integral part of our church, all Timberline campuses will dedicate April 6-10th to Missions Focus activities.

We invite you to hear from some of our missionaries, learn about available mission opportunities and even enter for a chance to win a $1,000 voucher toward a short-term mission trip for yourself.

Check out the Missions Focus activities nearest to you:

Timberline Road campus:

  • April 6th/7th (Saturday or Sunday)
    • All service times: hear from a guest missionary from a restricted access region
  • April 7th (Sunday)
    • 6:00-8:00 pm: Missions Focus catered dinner highlighting Unreached People Groups (tickets $10; childcare provided for infants-5th grade with registration)

Timberline Windsor:

  • April 7th (Sunday)
    • All service times: hear from a guest missionary from a restricted access region
    • 11:30 am: catered lunch focused on Business as Missions and Unreached People Groups. (tickets $10; childcare provided for infants-5th grade with registration)
  • April 8th (Monday)
    • 11:30 am: bring a side dish to share for the Primetimers’ Lunch with missionary guests- Primetimers from all campuses invited!

Timberline Old Town:

  • April 7th (Sunday)
    • 9:30 am: hear guest missionaries Tim & Eve Austin
    • 11:30 am: catered lunch in which guest missionaries will share and participate in a Q & A session.

Also look for missionary visits to various life stage and small groups on April 8th, 9th & 10th!

For more information or to register for a ticketed event &/or childcare, please go to: https://www.timberlinechurch.org/peaks/wego. 

Mercy Ships: Bringing Hope & Healing

MS_Logo-Blue_PMS_NoTagMercy Ships informational meeting Sunday, April 7, 11:30-1:00 pm at the Timberline Road campus, room 205!

With only 2.5 physicians per 10,000 people in Africa (compared to 25 per 10,000 in the U.S.), Mercy Ships medical teams and mobile operating rooms are a literal Godsend to a hopeless people along the 1800 miles of seacoast on the western side of Africa. Mercy Ships maintains a crew of 450, which includes doctors, nurses, seamen, teachers, accountants, agriculture managers, dietitians, bakers, equipment personnel, engineers, counselors, chaplains, and all sorts of other opportunities. In short, the ship is a finely-tuned population of volunteers intent on returning value to people who have been told they are valueless due to simply-resolved health issues.volunteer-nurse-with-young-African-boy

Since 1978, over 92,000 patients have received life-altering surgeries for everything from cataract removals, which almost instantly cure blindness, to cleft palate surgeries, which almost instantly open breathing passages. Valued at more than $1 billion worth of surgeries in their 40 years, Mercy Ships does all of this at no cost to their patients through generous donors, volunteers and praying people like you.

If you are interested to learn more about Mercy Ships, Timberline has an opportunity for you to ask some good questions and get to know a representative for the organization. Come join us Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 11:30-1:00 pm in room 205 at the Timberline Road campus.

If you would like more information about this Christ-centered organization outside of the meeting, please visit https://www.mercyships.org

“60 Minutes” also highlights some key stories from Mercy Ships here: https://youtu.be/H4rmbcU9Jxo

Photo Credit Katie Keegan - Hospital Crew in front of the AF<

Photo Credit Katie Keegan – Hospital Crew in front of the AF<

 

U COUNT Spotlight Weekend ’19

crop_sm_UCOUNT_logo_CircleWorldwide, over 20 million people still live in slavery to the $150 billion human trafficking industry. When faced by such overwhelming numbers, it is easy to become paralyzed by the sheer force of the atrocities. How can one person matter in a fight against millions? In 2007, U COUNT set out to answer that question. As a matter of fact, U COUNT’s very fight mirrors Jesus’ path to changed lives: we take it one person at a time. That’s because every person counts in this world. He counts, she counts, U COUNT.

Over the past decade, U COUNT has brought needed awareness to government leaders in countries traditionally known to close an eye to human trafficking. U COUNT has also partnered with local anti-trafficking organizations in five different counties to support survivors and children of the trafficking trade by giving them a new way to support themselves. They developed an online marketplace that sells their handcrafted items. Since its creation, the U COUNT marketplace has sold $500,000 worth of products for its clients and has sent an additional $1.7 million through its generous donors.

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During the January 26/27th weekend, Timberline Church highlighted U COUNT and the fight against human trafficking with the theme: Change Their Story. We all have a chance to help someone in the world “Change Their Story”, whether it’s helping to redeem one of the 123 Colorado minors who were released locally or helping release one of the 20 million people globally, each one of us can make a difference in their stories. Here’s how:

#1 Please pray against the human trafficking industry and pray for organizations such as U COUNT who are on the front-lines of the battle.

#2 Encourage women all over the world in a new, hopeful business opportunity by shopping at the marketplace for handmade clothing, bags, jewelry, quilts and stationary: http://ucountcampaign.org/marketplace/

#3 See where you can volunteer your time, talent or treasure at http://ucountcampaign.org

 

The Sweet Shoppe

Over 10 years ago, the Timberline Women’s IMG_2104Ministry began hosting a bake sale for the Christmas season. We call it The Sweet Shoppe. This year, the goal was to raise funds to
support Royal Family KIDS camp, a weeklong summer camp for kids in the Larimer County foster care system. With each camper costing $500, it’s a big undertaking to fund those royal moments that demonstrate the power of love to as many of these kids as possible.

IMG_2102This year, at our Timberline Fort Collins campus, over 300 bakers, sellers and packagers came together the weekend of December 15thand 16thto produce and sell 2,000 cookies and 4,000 other sweets, including cakes, pies, cinnamon rolls, breads and snack mixes. Did you get a chance to buy any of your favorites? If so, you were part of an undertaking that netted nearly $5,000 for the cause! Talk about a sweet reward.IMG_2103

If you are interested in learning more about the Larimer County Royal Family KIDS
camp, please visit RFK website. But, equally as important, please pray with us that the families and kids who will receive these Sweet Shoppe scholarships can experience a life-changing week at camp.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Operation Christmas Child 2018 is coming to a close.

It’s time to pack your boxes!

Operation Christmas Child is underway. For 25 years, Samaritan’s Purse has joined with people like you to help spread the Gospel by providing shoeboxes filled with useful and fun items for children in need.

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Want to help?

1. Go to: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/ to learn how to pack and label a shoebox.

2. Pick up a shoebox at Timberline Church (Timberline Road campus) or use a box of your choice.

3. Fill your shoebox.

4. Drop off your shoebox at Timberline Church (Timberline Road campus) by this Sunday, November 18th at the table in the mall.

5. Pray for the child who will receive your gift.

What happens once your shoebox is delivered?

You can follow your shoebox after you register your label online. Samaritan’s Purse volunteers will inspect the shoeboxes and deliver them to children in more than 100 countries. Once the boxes arrive, National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders on how to share the message of the Gospel through child-friendly outreach events. After the shoebox events, these leaders will also go on to implement “The Greatest Journey” follow-up discipleship program. As a result of your generosity coupled with these on-site leaders, boys and girls all over the world can grow in Christ and eventually share that hope with their friends and families.

For more information, please visit: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Orphan Care Weekend 2018

Wayne Tech

On Orphan Care weekend November 2014; Wayne Tesch, founder of Royal Family KIDS Camp spoke to Timberline and invited us all to participate in a very powerful mission to serve children in the foster care system.

We responded with a resounding yes, and over 500 of you stepped forward to be involved! Since then we have conducted 6 RFK camps that have served 220 children and included over 500 volunteers!

Well we’re excited to tell you Wayne is coming back! He is our guest speaker for our upcoming Orphan Care Weekend November 17th & 18th.RFK

Wayne will be sharing an encouraging message of thanks for all God has done to bless our Northern Colorado community with this powerful outreach to abused, abandoned and neglected children – you won’t want to miss it!