Category Archives: Prayer

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

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

 

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If one member suffers, we all suffer together, if one member is honored, all rejoice together. –I Corinthians 12:26

Over 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution for their faith in Christ, and the numbers are on the rise. In countries such as Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Sudan and Sri Lanka, Christians face daily threats of imprisonment, violence, destruction of church buildings and even death. No matter what the physical outcome, when Christians are stripped of their ability to follow Christ in safety and freedom, we all suffer together.

Freedom of religion in the U.S. allows us the opportunity to stand in the gap on behalf of our brothers and sisters who face persecution because of Christ. Join us in prayer! During this coming weekend’s services (October 29th & 30th), we will have a table set up in the mall to bring awareness for this international event.

During the weekend of November 5th and 6th, please pray for protection and that the persecuted church will see God in deeper ways. Also, pray for God to soften the hearts of those who persecute Christians.

For more information, visit the table in the mall this weekend or go to: http://www.persecution.com/ or https://www.opendoorsusa.org/

Let’s Pray for the Persecuted Church

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If you were around this past weekend, you likely noticed the large photos and the accompanying statistics about how different countries in our world are currently treating Christians. And in case you didn’t already notice the similarities with the current sermon series about the early Church in the book of Acts, Pastor Jeff Lucas led the congregation in a time of concentrated prayer for our fellow believers around the world.

This coming Sunday, November 1, 2015, is designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. During the weekend, there will be a table in the mall with more information and resources about current situations as well as prayer guides to assist you in continuing to pray throughout the year. In addition to praying at home or corporately in a service, the prayer room is always available if you want to stop in before or after services or during the week. (The prayer room is located along the north-east perimeter of the main sanctuary across the hall from the newly remodeled Youth Center.)

Here are a few prayer points for the Persecuted Church from Ephesians:

  • Pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Eph. 1:8).
  • Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Eph. 3:16).
  • Pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Eph. 3:17).
  • Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Eph. 6:19).
  • Pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Eph. 6:20).

Also pray for their practical needs:

  • Please pray persecuted believers would have access to a Bible.
  • Pray they have the courage to remain in their homeland.
  • Please pray for believers who have been rejected by family and friends. Pray that God would surround them with a new Christian “family” who loves them and supports them emotionally and physically.
  • Pray for God to be an advocate for women who are socially vulnerable or have lost the custody of their children because of their faith.
  • Please pray that God would provide persecuted believers with jobs and safe places to live.

To Finish The Work: Pray

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(By Guest Blogger Dick DeCook, Love Reaches Prayer Team Coordinator)

No appointment needed. No invitation required. That’s the beauty of prayer. As Paul said in Ephesians 3:12, “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” We can draw near to the very throne of God Himself. God’s door is always open for us to approach Him, praise Him, tell Him we love Him, express our needs, and petition Him on behalf of others and ourselves.

Of course, prayers for family, friends, and ourselves are always a top priority, but I am also very concerned about praying for the unity of the body of Christ, our deeply committed missionaries, and our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ world-wide.

As we approach Missions Celebration, why should we pray for our missionaries? Have you ever thought deeply about what it means to be called by God to be a missionary? It means making a commitment to be All In. In many cases leaving family and loved ones, learning a new language, learning about a new country and culture, and building a prayer team not to mention working to raise a lot of financial support. That can seem overwhelming, but that’s what missionaries are called to do.

So, we as their brothers and sisters in Christ, are called to pray for them as often as we can. I believe a missionary’s prayer covering is the most important aspect of their work. Without continual prayer lifted to the Father for His guidance and direction, love for those being reached out to, and personal health and safety, a missionary doesn’t stand much of a chance.

We echo Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Ephesus as we pray for those laboring on the mission field: “I pray that out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you in power through His spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

At Timberline Church, we receive regular newsletter updates via mail and email. A faithful volunteer extracts the needs from these newsletters and compiles a monthly list of prayer requests from the missionaries that the members of Timberline Church support as well as other missionaries. That monthly list of Prayer Requests is prayed over on the first Thursday of each month. That is why I’d like to invite you to come to the Timberline Prayer Room at 12:30, Thursday, March 5 to pray for our missionaries.

If you’re not able to come to the prayer meeting and you would still like to pray for the specific prayer requests, we are happy to add you to our email list and you can pray at home. Just send me your email address at: ddecook@comcast.net and explain you would like to pray monthly for our missionaries.

To finish the work, we need to pray.

More Than A Check

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Timberline Church financially supports missionary partners around the world and specific Ambassadors sent out from our own congregation. But we’ve committed to do more than send a check. Part of the Love Reaches ministry involves prayer, care, and hospitality to meet the needs of our missionaries.

On the first Thursday of every month, there is a Missions Fasting & Prayer meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the Timberline Prayer Room. In addition to praying for specific needs and the persecuted church around the world, the group prays over short-term mission’s teams and Timberline Ambassadors before they leave.

In order to pray effectively and collectively the rest of the month, updated prayer requests are compiled and distributed by email to those who want to faithfully undergird our missionaries in prayer. When short-term teams are out in the field, a prayer-point person relays daily prayer needs that are then distributed by email so the team is covered by prayer throughout their deployment.

When visiting missionaries stop by Fort Collins, we extend hospitality by hosting them in homes, taking them out for meals, showing them around the area, providing opportunities for them to speak to small groups, and generally serving them in any way they need. We want our missionaries to really feel loved and cared for during their time at Timberline.

If you are interested in receiving prayer request emails or learning more about the prayer team, contact Dick DeCook. If you are interested in extending hospitality to visiting missionaries, contact Melanie Munn.

Join Us for 40 Days of Prayer

drawthecircleDear Friends,

As I reflect on this last year, I am so aware of God’s presence with us as we have asked Him to lead us into His purposes in global partnerships and in ministry in Northern Colorado.  Last year as we approached our annual missions celebration, we felt compelled to focus in prayer for 21 days and specifically ask God to lead us into the “empty space” in ministry outside of our church walls.  He has answered in undeniable ways as we have walked in His favor leading and participating in ministry efforts and initiatives that have impacted the lives of hundreds of unserved or underserved families and individuals.

Just in the last year God has placed Timberline leaders in key leadership roles in a number of ways including…

  • Fire relief and recovery
  • Local trailer park outreaches
  • Sharing Hope event serving thousands in North Fort Collins
  • Cherry, Sisneros, and Herman families full-time to Guatemala
  • Major expansion of partnership with Pastor Aracelli’s orphanage in Guatemala City
  • Dubuisson, Haiti – Knuppel family leading community development project through a local church in Dubuisson and child sponsorship through One Child Matters.
  • Country-wide orphanage reform in Haiti following Timberline’s direct advocacy and call to prayer resulting in the closing of a corrupt and abusive orphanage.
  • Launching of Northern Colorado Safe Families for Children
  • Thousands of SERVE 6.8 volunteers mobilized into our local community demonstrating God’s love to others with “no strings attached.”

God has truly answered our prayers!  As we head into this new year and our missions celebration the second weekend of March, I would like to invite you to join us again in a 40-day prayer focus.  We truly need God’s guidance and provision as we consider all that He has placed in front of us.

Here are a few of the areas where we are seeking God for His leading in the new year….

  • Next steps for Dubuisson, Haiti partnership
  • Expansion of our work in Guatemala in a number of areas: Baby Home, potential expanded role in partnership with Children’s Hope Chest overseeing several orphanages there, support of full-time Timberline families as their ministries grow, new home-building initiative led by Timberline missionary Cary Goshinmon, expanding medical ministry opportunities.
  • Potential leadership role at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center in Fort Collins serving homeless or near homeless families and individuals.
  • Rapid expansion of SERVE 6.8 as a Christ centered volunteer movement in our community.
  • Follow-up for families served through trailer park outreaches or Adopt A Family/The Bridge.
  • Expanding outreach to Spanish-speaking families
  • National leadership potential for Timberline orphan-care ministries as best-practice models.
  • Sarah Miles going to Uganda full-time.
  • God’s continued provision for the work He is leading us into through the faith promises of His people at Timberline.

Please consider joining us in prayer for 40 days before the second weekend in March.  Many of us will be praying the first 40 days of 2013 while others are starting their 40 days a bit later.  Many of us will also be fasting for 40 days.  A fast is between an individual and God.  I encourage you to be prayerful about something you could give up for 40 days as you focus in prayer.  This could be any part of your regular diet or daily routine…. desserts, television, etc….. things that you are truly giving up and that you would miss.  Fasting allows us to be prompted to pray in those times we are craving the things we are giving up.  I also encourage you to add some personal things to your list of things you will focus on in prayer.  Make your list in writing and do some journaling.  You will find this to be a powerful time as you surrender to God the things that are heavy on your mind or heart coming into this year.

I would also recommend a couple of books to you, both written by Mark Batterson.  First, is The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. (Copies available in the Resource Center, Missions Office, Amazon, or other book stores.) If you have already read it, I recommend his new book called Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. (Copies at the Resource Center, Missions Office, Amazon, Kindle, etc.)

 Thank you for your faithfulness to God and His work in our community and around the world.

 In Christ,

Pastor Mark Orphan

Heading to Guatemala

On Thursday, the Guatemala missions team will fly to Guatamala City. The team will be serving with Pastor Araceli at an orphanage and a senior home in Guatamala City. The team will be working at the Jesús Cristo es Mi Hogar Orphanage and the Hogar de Antiguos Jesús Cristo es Mi Refugio senior home.

Please pray for the team as they prepare their hearts to serve in Guatemala. For four of the team members, this will be their first time on a mission trip outside the country.

Pray that the team would be led by the Holy Spirit and be able to respond to the calling and direction the Lord provides.

Pray for safety and health of the team and the teams that are already in Guatemala serving with Pastor Araceli.

Pray for the hosts and home where the team will be staying, Mimi’s House.

Pray that they would be aware of His leading to speak and pray for the people they meet.

Pray that the team would lean on the Lord for strength and that they would be sustained through Him.