Timberkids have a heart for kids in Uganda. Since July 1, 2013, the children’s ministry at Timberline Church has been supporting Cherish Uganda, a home for children who are HIV positive. Fifty kids, ranging from age three to eighteen, live full time at the home nearly thirty miles south of Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
The weekly offerings from Timberkids support Cherish and Timberline Church missionaries, Brent and Leah Phillips. Because of their partnership with Cherish, Timberkids give $50-$100 every week. On Orphan Care Weekend in November, Timberkids were challenged to raise $750 to buy 500 chickens for Cherish. The kids actually brought over $3,000, which was more than enough to buy the chickens, supplies and feed, and the salary of one of their farmhands for several months. Wow! With all of the new chickens, it would cost $5,000 for a bigger chicken house. So, at the Christmas Family Festival, $5,700 was raised by the rest of Timberline Church and all proceeds went to Cherish.
This year, Timberkids will host a Vacation Bible School during the first week of June. Cherish will be the missional focus and the initial goal is to raise $7,500.
Then, during the first week of August, Pastor Donny Abbott will lead a short term missions trip to Cherish.
At the Missions Celebration tonight, the East Auditorium will be transformed into Cherish Uganda. Visitors will see the front of a school and a house at Cherish, observe real chickens in our chicken house, and smell and sample Ugandan food such as maize, sweet potatoes, bananas, passion fruit, pineapple, mango’s, and beans. They will hear Wilson Bugembe, Bebe Cool, and Judith Babirye speak about the wonderful things God is doing in Uganda.
(Courtesy of Storyteller Nicole Sutton)