Timberline Church has spread God’s love in Guatemala through partnerships in medical care and orphan care. In 1994, through a partnership with missionaries Cary and Karen Goshinmon, medical outreach expanded to several communities. The primary focus was in Santa Cruz del Quiche at the local Assemblies of God Church. The medical teams also helped with construction projects at the church, not only laying down building blocks in its infrastructure, but in the hearts of the people as well. Timberline Church’s long-term investment has promoted self-sufficiency in healthcare education and improved physical health in children and adults.
In 2011, medical outreach spread in Guatemala even further when Timberline Church partnered with the Horeb Church in Los Amates. There, God’s love has reached six different communities over the past two years. Medical teams are currently making an impact on overall community health through sharing the love of Christ in the Izabal Region.
Medical teams look forward to continuing their building projects in May 2014. They will also be working with Pastor Julio Jacome of the Assemblies of God church in Playa Dorada and building an addition to their church ministry facility. In October 2014, medical teams plan on continuing medical outreach in the province of Izabal. (More information about these trips can be found at www.lovereaches.org.)
Three years ago, Timberline Church began a partnership with Pastor Araceli in Guatemala City and many orphan care teams have been sent to help build her ministry. Past projects have included repainting a church building and feeding center for the homeless, remodeling a home for elderly women, and building clean air stoves used for the children’s home. Most importantly, teams have provided relationships with Pastor Araceli and and her staff. Her hope was to have teams stay and help for a few months at a time. Timberline Church has successfully sent six different teams of one or two people who have stayed for a month or more to support all she does.
At the upcoming Missions Celebration on March 12th, prepare for smells, sounds and sights true to Guatemala. Attendees will see a full set-up of the several different medical clinics, such as dental or optical, that are taken on the road.
(Courtesy of Storyteller Nicole Sutton)