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Our Next Team is Arkansas Bound

Hillcrest Children’s Home, located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a 45-acre campus filled with homey cottages set apart to redeem the fatherless and family through compassion in action. At Hillcrest, children ages 5-18, as well as graduates of Hillcrest and students in the court system aged 18 and over, receive balanced diets, proper clothes and medical attention to minister to their physical needs. Further, they receive a loving home environment, daily devotions, Bible-based counseling and regular church attendance to minister to their spiritual needs. They also have a college fund to help graduates pursue higher education after high school, if they so desire.

From July 2nd-8th, Timberline Church will send a team of 19 people, ages 10-80 years old, to serve in a variety of ways on the campus. First, they will assist the staff with light construction projects, such as painting and help with the basement remodel of a cottage for incoming interns. The team will also focus on building relationships. They plan to go to the local amusement and water parks with the staff, teens and kids for a couple of afternoons. And they also look forward to evening activities including individual time with each cottage to play games, tell stories, and share in arts and snacks. As an annual highlight for this trip, the entire campus will journey together to Little Rock, Arkansas, for a 4th of July celebration with BBQ, minor league baseball and, of course, a fireworks display. Finally, the team will round out the trip by hosting a “Minute to Win It” game for the entire campus, followed by an ice cream social on their final night there.

Please pray for our team while they are in Hot Springs. The kids at the Children’s Home often come from rough backgrounds, which can affect them at deep levels. Pray that our team can see the best way to show them love, direction and fun.

If you are interested in learning more about Hillcrest Children’s Home, please visit: http://agfamilyservices.org/ministries/hillcrest-childrens-home

What Can I Do?

Often when we see the great need to spread the message of Jesus, plus when we add in the vast size of the world, we can get overwhelmed into inaction. At Timberline Church, we are dedicated to take the Gospel to all the world and make disciples of all nations. We also believe that there is a place for everyone in the Gospel opportunity. From home-bound adults to brawny teens, from your local people-person to the one more confident behind a computer screen, we have a place for you in Missions.

Here are examples of current and upcoming needs on the Mission field, both locally and internationally:

Maybe Social Media and Computers are your thing:

Timberline Love Reaches needs a Director for Storytellers.

  • Storytellers is already staffed by volunteers who write blogs about all the missions—local and global—Timberline participates in. We need someone who can organize the writers and match them up with the individual mission events. Knowledge of social media would be a plus. Love Reaches has bi-monthly meetings.
  • If you are interested, please email lovereaches@timberlinechurch.org.

Perspectives needs help with marketing the January 2018 Class.

  • Perspectives is a joint venture between several local churches for the purpose of training mission-minded individuals during a 15-week course that will educate about missions—both the history and current events within.
  • If you are interested, please contact Nathan Hrouda at Summitview Church: hrouda@gmail.com.

Do you have a heart for people of special needs? Do you plan parties?

Night to Shine is looking for planning committee members.Night to Shine and the Tim Tebow Foundation will sponsor a prom for local teenagers with special needs.

Do you want to serve locally, but you only have a day to spare, or maybe you can serve sporadically?

SERVE Day is July 15th

  • SERVE Day is a worldwide movement of churches going outside building walls to serve their community in one day. Timberline Church, Serve 6.8, and 21 other local churches will participate in the Fort Collins area this year. Offered: bounce houses, music, food, health & wellness services, haircuts & a teen shopping spree.
  • If you are interested in helping with this event, you can find more information at http://serve68.org/serveday/

Serve 6.8

  • Extra help is needed since they expanded services to Sundays 12-2pm for handing out food boxes.  They are now located on Drake and LeMay, Serve 6.8 gives out food boxes stocked from donations by individuals and local establishments, such as Sprouts.
  • If you would like to help in this or any other way, please visit: http://serve68.org/

U-COUNT is always active and always needs volunteers in various areas.

  • U-COUNT works to increase awareness of global sex trafficking crimes as well as support victims and survivors of trafficking through global projects, domestic efforts and hand-craft-based marketplaces.
  • If you would like to help out, please find more information here: http://ucountcampaign.org/

Are you ready for a Missions Trip?

The weekend of July 15th-16th, the Timberline main campus will have a Short-Term Mission Trips mall table with information on all our 2017 Fall Trips.  Upcoming trips include:

  • Sept: Guatemala (still open for missionaries for this family-friendly trip)
  • Oct: Haiti and East Asia
  • If you’d like more information about any of these opportunities, please explore all our trips at http://www.lovereaches.org.

If you have a heart for missions, we have a place for you here at Timberline. Feel free to stay current on all that happens through Timberline by visiting www,lovereaches.org.

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FREEDOM TOUR ’17 HITS THE ROAD

After months of training and preparing, FREEDOM TOUR ’17 is underway.

On June 4, eight cyclists sporting our spiffy new jerseys joined 7,000 of their friends at the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in Castle Rock. They cranked a metric century (62 miles) through absolutely stunning–and difficult–terrain in the unofficial start of Colorado’s cycling season.

Elephant Rock was Act I. On June 10 an army of generous, smiling volunteers in bright yellow shirts sent 65 cyclists off on the One-day FREEDOM TOUR Prologue. Some cranked 60 miles around Horsetooth Reservoir, over Carter Lake, and back through Loveland. Others cruised 30 miles through the Fort Collins trails, along scenic Boyd Lake, and back through the urban beauty of the Fossil Creek Wetlands.

Sunshine, great company, good food at the end of the ride. Long lines of riders, laughter as old friends reunited and new friends became acquainted, and the general sense of mission in this amazing gathering.

And it all happens to support a group of precious children rescued from human trafficking.

We’re just getting started. FRONT RANGE FREEDOM TOUR blasted off on Saturday from Cheyenne. Cranking 500 miles in a week will be a great opportunity to come together, learn our stories, and get a little closer to God.

And then there’s the COLORADO MOUNTAIN TOUR. July 28 – 31 another team will climb more than 14,500 feet through Colorado’s most scenic terrain from Gunnison to Steamboat.

The FREEDOM TOUR is more than a bike ride. The people, the jerseys, the excitement, the cause…it can all be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we always begin with HELMETS UP, a reminder that it’s not our thing and we’re not in charge.

It’s a lot of fun, though. We invite you to follow along and experience some of the beauty and joy.

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Timberline’s First Trip to Georgia is Underway

In America, converting a house into a local church would be a basic construction job. As a matter of fact, on TV, a crew could come in, change things around and have the place revived, landscaped and redecorated over a weekend. However, in the country of Georgia, it’s not that simple. For one thing, the only Home Depot-type store is a 2-½ hour drive away. For another, hiring a construction company is an exorbitant amount of money for a 100-member congregation. Further, the local Orthodox church not only refuses to recognize Evangelical Christian churches, but it also condemns those who they consider a threat to their beliefs.

From May 29th-June 11th, Timberline Church sent its first mission team to Georgia, to assist a congregation and turn a local house into a functioning meeting area. With a goal of placing studs and sheetrock on the walls after insulating the traditional stone structure, the team will leave the area having given the local body a place to pray and worship all together.

Please pray for our team.  Anyone who has ever endured a construction job knows the importance of timing and will understand the necessity of having the correct materials. While Timberline’s team is on location, timing and accuracy will be even more important—a lack of screws means a 5-hour drive time to solve the problem; a delay of one thing before they arrive can mean an inability to complete anything in the short two weeks they are in town. Further, pray for protection over the team as they travel, and pray for protection over the entire congregation now and into the future.

Spotlight on Curtis and Teresa Hubbell – Ministry On Two Wheels

During our Missions Focus Speed-Date-a-Missionary night, we had the privilege of hearing the high-octane heart of a motorcycle missionary who oversees a ten state region as a motorcycle chaplain but also does children’s ministry at biker rallies.

Curtis Hubbell felt a call to ministry at age nine and a call to missions at age eleven. After facing and conquering a few challenges with the help of Teen Challenge, he ended up in pastoral ministry for about ten years. The cry of his heart echoed that of Isaiah, “Here am I, send me” except God kept saying “No” to his dream of foreign missions complete with a shipping container holding all of his earthly possessions.

Having been riding a motorcycle since age five, there came a pivotal moment in his life when Curtis had the opportunity to check an item off of his bucket list by attending the massive motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota. While there, he wandered off the beaten path and discovered what he called a “pile of kids” under every tree. His heart was both broken and horrified to realize that many bikers had brought their children into the sometimes sordid environment of a biker rally. He began to pray that God would protect the eyes of the children, and then that God would send someone to show those kids how much they are loved.

God answered that prayer through Curtis. What started with a portable suitcase filled with balloons, air pump, ventriloquist dummy, and a few verses on cards, has become a vibrant children’s ministry at various motorcycle rallies and swap meets across the country. In fact, eight years after starting this work full-time, Curtis and his wife Teresa now need an 18-wheeler rig to carry all of their equipment for the portable “Kidz Zone” as he runs puppet shows and preaches the gospel. Doors have opened and he was recently given access by the city to the main park in Sturgis order to continue ministering to the children, and through them, their families.

In addition to children’s ministry, Curtis is one of ten Assemblies of God motorcycle chaplains serving the nine million bikers in the United States. Part of that outreach involves the establishment of local HonorBound chapters in churches where members become part of a fellowship of believers and then receive evangelism training to continue to share the gospel with other bikers and their families.

Curtis used to worry about raising the money and support for his ongoing ministry, but was reminded that “vision is the same thing as reality when God is in it.” God took Curtis’s desire to be a missionary in full time ministry and paired it with his childhood passion for motorcycles to spread the gospel and touch families.

You can find out more about their ministry at www.thunderroadministries.org.

Spotlight on Rick and Lisa Christopherson – Rocky Mountain Chaplain Corps

During our recent Missions Focus Speed-Date-a-Missionary, we had the chance to hear from Rick Christopherson who serves the first responders in our local community as a chaplain with the Sheriff’s Department, Larimer County SWAT team, and more recently the Poudre Fire Authority.

Rick and Lisa Christopherson are familiar faces here at Timberline Church. Their family moved to Fort Collins in 1997 and by 2000, Rick was on staff as a youth pastor before later transitioning to an administrative and security role. Lisa has helped in various capacities around Timberline including in Women’s Ministries and continues to serve as a vital part of the U COUNT Campaign. In 2009, Rick began working with police officers in Fort Collins as a volunteer. This path led to becoming a more official Sheriff’s Chaplain role in 2013 and the eventual tug-of-war between two dreams as ministry inside the walls of Timberline Church and his increased roles in the community through a regional SWAT team competed for his time. Rick eventually left Timberline Church and founded the Rocky Mountain Chaplain Corps in order to serve those who serve others.

Police officers see the worst things in our community and it can be hard to block out those memories. Not to mention, our law enforcement personnel are lied to every day. While on the job, they are even sometimes required to use physical tactics in order to resolve conflict. At the end of the day, they go home to families who do not understand their burden and situations where completely different conflict resolution strategies are required. As a result, family and marital relationships can suffer.

However, relationships are also a key part of their emotional healing since Chaplain Rick is there to listen. He has built a solid foundation with local law enforcement officers by attending regular trainings and riding along during their everyday operations. By being present as a part of the team for years, Rick is trusted by the first responders whenever a critical incident occurs.

Because he knows firsthand what the officers face, Chaplain Rick is able to listen during debriefs, offer advice, and even compassionately help with other pastoral duties including death notifications or comforting family members at the scene. In addition to serving three different agencies, Rick also does security consultations for non-profit organizations and helps educate law enforcement regarding human trafficking issues and resources.

Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes with excerpts from Rick’s blog about an incident that occurred last year:

“I was getting ready for bed on that night when, before I swung my feet under the covers, the pager beeps the priority alert with the message to respond immediately for a hostage situation. This causes an automatic adrenaline shot. I was once tired but now I am good to go. This particular call out is only 2½ miles from my house. I grab the last thing I wore and rush to the scene.

I have a simple job as a SWAT chaplain. Just be available. I watch and listen intently to monitor and care for a group of individuals that are from all different backgrounds and places in life. Some are married, some have kids. Some are democrats and others republican. Men and women in their 40’s and others in mid-thirties and twenties. Different religious beliefs or no beliefs at all. Some with a really good sense of humor and some who are more serious. A few of these people have Southern accents while others from out East. All of them are stubborn and opinionated and have no issues convincing each other they are right to prove a point. Tall, short, fit or round (but still fit), all of them… Operator, Scout, Negotiator, Medic, Patrol, Investigator, Commander and Team Leader, show up with one priority only……. Save the life of the hostage. Individuals setting all individual issues aside and operating as 1 team. Well trained and practiced, these men and women work like a machine to produce a lifesaving unit. This team stands ready to run into danger to do one thing…. Save the hostagePriority of life is hostage over themselves.

Back to the story… SWAT operators show up on scene and relieve the fearless patrol deputies in the mobile home.  I’m ferrying tools and equipment up to them and listening intently over the radio. It was clear… this call out wasn’t typical of most call outs. This call went from bad to worse.  My heart races as I hear over the radio the negotiators saying, “He’s trying to blow up the trailer.” Both commander and team leader of like-minded priority decide they can’t wait. Waiting could kill the hostage. The team plows through a barricade of debris and furniture and within seconds they are face to face with a suspect hell bent on destruction and taking lives.

“Shots Fired!” rings out over the radio a few seconds after I heard the actual shots fired. I’m only 50 yards away listening to this on the radio and my emotions, while in check, are still ranging from fear of loss of life of this hostage and the fear that my friends will be killed in a massive explosion. I leave the command van and run towards the mobile home so I can see my friends and make sure they are ok. I arrive in time to see the hostage being placed in the ambulance and it hit me like a ton of bricks…   The extreme pride that I’m associated with these operators. Men with families and friends who are willing to sacrifice their very lives for a stranger in need.

“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion….” Proverbs 28:1 and “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:3

Biblical words played out in the reality of our times. The media and some in our society would lump cops into the stereotype defined by a few bad actors, when in reality the guardians of our communities would prioritize these very same people and all people in our communities as: hostage – innocent – then themselves. Without this priority our communities would be plunged into chaos.

I am proud of my team. I am in awe of all law enforcement who set an example and are willing to give it all for the sake of their community and team.”

You can find out more about Rick’s ministry at www.RockyMountainChaplain.org.

Spotlight on Brent and Leah Phillips – Cherishing Uganda

For years, our very own TimberKids have raised money to buy chickens, a motorcycle, rainwater barrels, and even pigs for Cherish Uganda. During our recent Missions Focus Speed-Date-a Missionary night, we had the chance to meet the current directors, Brent and Leah Phillips.

A lot can happen when a pastor’s wife takes time out of a trip to support a missionary wife overseas. After a 45-minute tour of a children’s home serving kids with HIV, Leah left with the lingering idea that their church back in the United States should perhaps support the ministry. Eventually she realized that the nudge had to do with their personal family, not their church so they returned for another visit. Eleven months later, they sold everything and moved to Uganda.

Cherish Uganda is a self-sustainable children’s village comprised of seven family-style homes where two alternating moms, an auntie, and eight children live onsite. There is also a farm to provide work and food including those chickens and pigs TimberKids helped buy. Hope Academy is an elementary school for both Cherish and community members with plans to expand to a middle and high school curriculum. More recently, the Hope Hospital opened and serves the greater community living with high-risk conditions like HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis. In a typical day, Cherish Uganda has 450 people in and out of their complex.

At the core of their ministry are the hearts of orphaned and vulnerable children. Many of these were abandoned by their families and picked up by the police. Some—in the wake of a move to clear the cities of street kids prior to tours by visiting dignitaries—are actually sent to a children’s prison to suffer a worse fate unless they can be brought to Cherish Uganda instead.

Once inside the loving arms of Cherish Uganda, the children are first given holistic care through food, life-saving medication, clothing, education, and counseling. Over time, the desire is to plant hope in the heart of a child by connecting them with Christ in order to rewrite their past scars of worthlessness into a story of hope. Another goal is to eventually reunite them with some sort of extended family

After investing six years on the ground and four years as CEO, Brent and Leah Phillips are now based in the United States to continue raising funds and return to Uganda each quarter for a multi-week visit. In their absence, the 125-person locally-led staff continues to cherish the rejected children of Uganda. You can find out more at cherishuganda.org.