Why does Timberline Church keep sending short-term missions teams to the same countries over and over? Because over the years we have developed strong partnerships with other ministries already operating within those countries and are able to come alongside and support their work.
One prime example of these partnerships is evidenced in Guatemala. In addition to outreach around Guatemala City, medical teams have reached hundreds of needy people in outlying areas. In 2013, we are sending three teams to Guatemala. See the LoveReaches website for trip dates and links to more information.
Similar relationships are being developed in Dubuisson, Haiti. Our initial contacts with the Son of God Orphanage transitioned into a partnership with One Child Matters, formerly Mission of Mercy. Teams have traveled to Haiti to build relationships, help with construction projects , and discover what it means to live in poverty. In addition to sending teams, we actively recruit child sponsors to financially support and pray for these precious children by name. Our ultimate goal is 300 sponsorships to provide schooling, food, and basic medical care. (Click on the One Child Matters graphic on the LoveReaches website to see the children still needing a sponsor!) We are strategically working with other churches to partner with us in this community. Consider joining one of the three trips to Haiti this year.
Our partnership with ENLACE in El Salvador actually began when Pastor Mark Orphan went to college with Ron Bueno, the founder of ENLACE and a special guest during this year’s Missions Celebration. Timberline’s first team went to El Salvador in 2010 and the youth have been active in keeping this relationship growing. ENLACE’s vision is to come alongside and equip local churches to help alleviate poverty in their communities. They are currently working with 60 churches in El Salvador. Teams from Timberline Church work with the church communities on projects, in the schools, and through medical teams. During this year’s trip in July, the youth will focus on building eco-stoves while the adults will focus on providing needed medical care.
Rather than trying to capture the corner on the market or reinvent the wheel, different parts of the Body of Christ in Fort Collins, Guatemala, Haiti, and El Salvador are working together to change lives around the world. Now that’s a divine partnership.