From June 30 to July 6, a team from Timberline Church was busy serving the children and staff at Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Thankfully, they were blessed with unseasonably cool weather (high of 85 with low humidity) because their mornings were filled moving mountains of dirt and rocks as part of a project to build a memorial garden in honor of a much-loved worker who passed away in the past year. Since the project was so large, they concentrated on building the main retaining wall and moving plants before leaving the rest for future teams to finish.
The highlight of the trip came in the afternoons and evenings when returning team members were able to renew relationships with many of the kids and staff members through different activities. Some of the highlights were an ice cream social, attending a Travelers minor league baseball game, and an “Amazing Race” for all the cottages with multiple stops across campus. For the 4th of July, the team rented a picnic shelter at the state park and all of the cottages joined them for a cook-out, canoeing, paddle boats, and a geocache hunt that required both teamwork and persistence.
The team’s theme came from Hebrews 10:24, “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.” From dawn until well-past dark, they filled every moment ministering to the needs of the kids and staff through many such outbursts, continuing to build the precious relationship between Timberline Church and Hillcrest Children’s Home. And remember Amber and Belle? The team was able to see them being used a therapy horses and see the carriage that had been donated by another individual.