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In just two weeks, it will your opportunity to Speed Date A Missionary and so far there have been a lot of frequently asked questions.
When is it again?
Monday April 3rd and Tuesday April 4th starting at 6 p.m. and getting over around 8 o’clock.
Does that mean I should come both nights?
No. Both nights have exactly the same program scheduled so pick the night that works best for you.
How will this dating thing work?
Starting at 6 p.m., attendees will get their food and find a seat at one of the seven clusters of tables. At around 6:30, each of seven missionary couples will scatter to those groups and begin to share about themselves and their ministries leaving a little time for a few questions. After just twelve minutes total, a signal will be given and the missionaries will move on to the next group while the attendees get to stay in one place and soak in the information. Once the missionaries have made the complete rounds, the formal program is over but the missionaries will linger near a few informational tables to answer additional questions. Doing the math, attendees should be free to leave around 8 o’clock.
Who are the missionaries that will be there?
There are two local couples: one serving law enforcement chaplains and the other using the platform of athletics to reach the hearts of high school and college aged young people. Two are part of national ministries: one couple works to help communities thrive at The Dream Center in Utah while the other makes inroads to and through the motorcycle culture. Globally, there are three couples coming: one changing the lives of HIV/AIDS children in Uganda, one coordinating and overseeing efforts to reach our adopted region of Georgia and Armenia, and one amazing couple serving in a sensitive region where God’s love shines bright in a dark place.
Why do I have to sign up?
With seven couples trying to talk in the same room all at the same time without microphones…let’s just say seating is limited within each cluster of tables so that everyone can hear our guests.
Will you feed me?
Yes. There will be food.
What does it cost?
It’s free. You just have to sign up ahead of time to guarantee a seat.
What about my kids?
Childcare is provided, but must be signed up for in advance. Go to www.timberlinechurch.org/MissionsFocusChildcare to make your reservations.
It’s not too late to get a date. Sign up at the missions table in the mall to reserve your seat. And while you are there, buy your tickets for Sunday evening’s Food, Faith & Foth event and put your name in the drawing for the amazing handwoven rug from the country of Georgia.
Missions Focus 2017 is one month away but you should start planning now. Why? Because it’s YOUR story too and since there is limited seating available at several of the events, advance sign-up is required.
Missions Focus kicks off on April 1st and 2nd with our regular weekend services featuring our very own Missions Specialist Norm Edwards as the speaker. In addition to the services, there will be many tables in the mall featuring upcoming short term trips, our visiting missionary guests, and your last chance to enter the drawing for the hand-woven rug. (This rug has a remarkable story that we’ll be sharing on Monday.)
Sunday night, April 2nd, features “Food, Faith, and Foth” including a catered dinner, an inspiring talk by a former missionary kid, Pastor Dick Foth, and then announcement of the winner of the rug. Tickets are $5.00 to help cover some of the cost of the meal and can be purchased at the Missions table in the mall any weekend in March. Childcare will be provided but must be signed up for in advance. Seating is obviously limited so make plans to get your tickets early.
Have you ever wanted to find out about several missionaries in a short amount of time? If so, Speed-Date-A-Missionary is the event for you since it offers the chance to hear from seven different missionary couples serving locally, nationally, or around the world. Sign up is required to attend either Monday or Tuesday night (April 3rd or 4th) since seating is limited. This event is free. Childcare will be provided with advance registration and a light meal will be served. The program is the same each evening so pick the night that works best for you.
This is the year for Missions to become YOUR story. Stop by the missions table in the mall during the weekend services in March to find out more about our short-term trips and get signed up for a Speed Date or Food, Faith, and Foth.
One of the spotlight nights during Missions Week 2016 was about our local partnership with SERVE 6.8. The Storytellers Team caught up with them to ask a few questions for those who were unable to attend that night, starting with a little history of what SERVE 6.8 has done to serve our local community.
SERVE 6.8 began as a volunteer led movement in April 2012, launching out of Timberline Church, to serve vulnerable populations with various outreaches such as Building Hope. The goal was to serve the community with no strings attached. Soon after, SERVE 6.8 began working with Disaster Relief in the summer of 2012 after the High Park and Estes Park Fires. SERVE 6.8 was able to serve over 55 families that were victims of the Fires with either financial assistance or fire recovery projects.
SERVE 6.8 became an independent 501c3 nonprofit in February 2013, when taking over ownership and operation of the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope. The Murphy Center was overseen by SERVE 6.8 from July 1, 2013 to December 4, 2015.
During the Northern Colorado Floods of September 2013, SERVE 6.8 partnered with the Red Cross to provide the main Evacuation Center for Larimer County. Continuing their presence in the community during the recovery phase, SERVE 6.8 provided flood survivors with access to debris removal projects, heavy equipment, and community resources. SERVE 6.8 completed 92 flood-related projects, with 1,420 volunteers and 9,885 volunteer hours. In the spring of 2014, SERVE 6.8 also partnered with Larimer County to provide over 60,000 free, filled sandbags for residents impacted by the floods and fires with concerns of spring run-off.
Today, SERVE 6.8 runs two program, the Resource Center and Community Impact. The Resource Center was launched April 13, 2015 and provides care to those experiencing financial hardship in our community. Community Impact is the continuation of the original Building Hope initiative and serves vulnerable populations through small home repairs, yard work, and moves. Our vision and mandate is to serve those who need to experience hope, healing, and self worth.
What were some of the highlights from the Spotlight evening during Missions Week 2016? We heard the round-table brainstorming was quite productive.
The biggest highlight from the spotlight event during Missions Week at Timberline Church, besides gaining project ideas for a Church-wide service day in July, was to begin to introduce people to the discipleship of poverty alleviation and how they can begin this journey.
Speaking of which, how can people get involved with SERVE 6.8 in the next month or so? Would they sign up on your website?
Anyone interested in becoming a team member with SERVE 6.8 and serving with us within the next few months can sign up for volunteer opportunities on our website or through the links on our Serving Opportunity e-mails. You can get connected to our e-mails by signing up on our Get Involved page with the Team Member Application Form.
What’s the next step in your overall vision? What can Timberline Church expect to see in the months and years to come as we continue this partnership?
Over the next few years we will continue to work on growing our programs and becoming more independent, while Timberline Church continues to be a valuable partner of SERVE 6.8 as a partner church at the Resource Center and supports the work we are doing in the community. We currently have eight partner churches of the Resource Center and will continue to grow our partnerships as we work to combine community church resources to best care for our neighbors in need. Our vision is for the Resource Center to expand its services and hours of operation while deepening and growing church partnerships. Lastly, you will continue to see us provide consistent care and our poverty alleviation philosophies to those in need in our city.
One of the spotlight evenings during Missions Week 2016 focused on our partnership with Cherish Uganda and the amazing things Timberline Church’s children have done to help. Cherish Uganda (cherishuganda.org) exists to restore life and create hope for a future for children living with HIV. Among the vast numbers of orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda, children with HIV can be considered “the least of the least” as they are often overlooked or unseen. With very little care offered through their homes, school, and now hospital, Cherish Uganda has been able to be part of the redeeming story God wants to author in the lives of these precious children.
TimberKids has been partnering with Cherish since 2013. Since that time Timberkids has funded:
- 500 Chickens (raised $2500)
- A brand new chicken house (raised $5000)
- A new motorcycle (raised $3500)
- A new playground (raised $5000)
- A used car (raised $5000)
TimberKids also encourages the children every weekend to bring their offering to support Cherish and routinely receive anywhere from $50 – $100. Of that roughly $4000 a year from the weekend offering, half goes to support Pastor Brent & Leah Phillips and their personal expenses and half goes to the operation budget for Cherish. In addition to giving toward projects and expenses, in 2013 Pastor Donny also led a team of 12 people to visit Cherish for a short term mission’s trip.
This summer during their Vacation Bible School, TimberKids hopes to raise $11,500 for a new rainwater holding system for Cherish. The total cost is $25,000, but they are partnering with a church in San Jose, CA to help fund the project. The cool thing is that the Mission’s Department at Timberline Church will match whatever money the kids raise. Pastor Donny received this email from Pastor Brent at Cherish that illustrates the importance of water to Cherish:
“I am in Kampala for meetings today and just received a call from a staff member that says the road to Cherish from the highway is blocked in a few different places. The villagers are protesting and not letting anyone through. I then get a call from the office right after that the water has been off for a day (the reserve tanks only last 1 day and are now empty) & the few working rain tanks that we have are empty. So there is no water on site.
When this has happened in the past we hire a water truck to bring us water & fill up a few tanks to get us by until the water comes back on or the rain comes. Well, since the road is blocked we can’t get a truck down to us. We are now going to the lake & filling jerrycans to get us through today (We have just over 400 people on site everyday) & then we will be doing that again tomorrow and the next day, until the water comes back on. I just tell you this to let you know how important this is to us and how grateful we are for your partnership!”
What’s up next? First, Timberline Church can expect to see a lot of activity getting ready for Vacation Bible School and will certainly have need for many volunteers. The children’s ministry staff will also be working hard to get this missions project in front of the kids so they can start getting excited about making such a huge difference across the world. Lastly, Pastor Donny is considering another trip to Cherish Uganda in the summer of 2017.
During Missions Week 2015, the focus was on finishing the work that God began and Jesus instructed his disciples to continue. There is a finish line ahead and our guest missionaries issued a challenge to all of us to pray, give, and go in order to Finish The Work. Here are some of highlights.
Weekend Services with Missionary Norm Edwards (Europe):
- God chooses the least likely to announce the greatest news.
- It was a normal automatic response and desire to let others know what Jesus had done for them.
- When the “least likely” share, God empowers the message for consistently great results.
- God wants to use us to share the story and we can expect God to intervene supernaturally to help Finish the Work.
Sunday morning at Timberline Windsor with Timberline Ambassador George Sisneros (Guatemala):
- God is looking for the willing, not the qualified.
- Are you willing to get uncomfortable?
- You are a missionary to the world every day when you step out your door because you don’t have to go to another country to love your neighbor.
Monday night talk with a Timberline Ambassador serving in a sensitive area and Isaac Olivarez with Urban Outreach in Denver:
- “The Work” of God in a region is also a work inside the missionary.
- Sometimes the task is tilling the field and picking up rocks to soften the ground for later seeds to be planted.
- Answering the call: Wherever God wants me to be for however long He says, my answer is “Yes.”
Tuesday night talk with Missionaries serving in a sensitive area and Doug and Suzan Scott serving with Global University in South Africa:
- Don’t fix your eyes on results. Your job is to share Jesus and leave salvation up to God.
- In a performance-centered culture, the unconditional love of God speaks right to the heart.
- In the poorest of areas, many pastors have no training and often not even a complete copy of the Bible.
- Training national church pastors to go back to their cultural context and language also benefits the work of compassion ministries like feeding centers.
Wednesday night service with campus ministries working at CSU:
- In a college town, the world comes to you every August. Not only are students open to learning, adults with college degrees go on to influence the world marketplace.
- In this four-year window, are we influencing world changers for good or for bad?
- What God does in you, He wants to do through you in whatever corner of the world you occupy.
Is this your year? Love Reaches is once again offering a full paid scholarship for an upcoming missions trip to one lucky winner during Missions Week. In 2014, Stephanie’s adventure took her to Uganda. In 2015, where would you go?
There are multiple ways to get entered in the drawing and the more times you participate, the greater your chance to have your name selected. How to enter?
- Browse the tables in the mall on March 7 or 8, then stop by the Love Reaches general information table and tell the host/hostess about something that caught your attention.
- Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/timberlinechurch.missions, then comment on or share at least one post before Wednesday, March 11 at noon.
- Visit the Love Reaches section of the church website at www.timberlinechurch.org/peaks/lovereaches. Learn more about our missions programs while collecting clues on each page, then email your answer to LoveReaches@timberlinechurch.org by noon on Wednesday, March 11.
- Attend the Meet the Missionaries talk on Monday night, March 9, from 6:00 to 8:00. (A light meal will be provided.)
- Attend the Meet the Missionaries talk on Tuesday night, March 10, from 6:00 to 8:00. (A light meal will be provided.)
- Join us on Wednesday night, March 11, for a mid-week service to celebrate missions.
In addition to the trip scholarship, there will be other missions-related giveaways. But, you (or an immediate family member) must be present to win. So, get your name in the drawing and come see who will be going on an adventure in 2015.
As we move closer to Missions Week 2015, the Love Reaches team is continuing to share the stories of others engaging in missions with their time, talent, and treasure.
“I have close friends that are missionaries that I pray for on a daily and weekly basis. Other missionaries I pray for whenever I look at maps (which is quite often). When I receive the monthly missionary email, I pray for each of them at that time as well.” ~Troy Knuppel
Troy and his wife have gone on several missions trips and treasured the prayers of others. “When we are out on a mission trip, to know that there are people that are diligently praying for you back home is encouraging, strengthening, and humbling. We had multiple times where very specific prayers were answered, even if they were not answered exactly how I thought it would happen. To be prayed over as a team and be SENT out is a remarkable experience.”
“It is a joy to give to missions. My wife and I budget a fraction of our tithe each month for support of missionaries. It is also fun to spontaneously give to someone going on a short term trip or for a special need for a particular missionary. Our giving method is usually the way that gets the money to the person as efficiently as possible. I do like to have updates and good communication from missionaries I support. I definitely like to feel like I am part of the team.” ~ Anonymous
“I started giving financially to missions in the ‘70s when I was in high school and college. Now we have most of our giving automatically withdrawn from our account. We try to make giving to missions a priority and have tried to teach that to our kids. Giving financially to missions has freed us up to know what is really important in life and what will last for eternity.” ~Anonymous
“I came on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in 1980 and spent 17 wonderful years working with college students in the U.S. as well as in Eastern Europe. I was responsible for raising all of my financial support and thankfully I never really had any financial worries because God always took care of everything right when I needed it. When things became challenging and I knew I was in a Spiritual battle, I would remember that it was not just some organization that paid me to do a job. I knew that the support came from God and that He used people in a financial way to keep me on the field. I always felt like I was part of a team with my financial supporters.” Marianne Elsheimer
Go: Troy and Kendra Knuppel (also leading a trip this summer!)
From Troy – Kendra and I went to a Missions Celebration in 2010 and a fire in us was ignited that had been simmering for a couple of years. I believe that I always wanted to go on a mission trip. When Pastor Mark asked me if I would like to go to Haiti, I did not have any expectations of what it would be like and just wanted to enjoy the entire experience. The first time I stood in the orphanage, I was changed forever. My heart grew many times for children, especially for the suppressed and persecuted. I have gone back many times since that first trip in November 2011 and would go back in a minute.
If someone is thinking of going on a mission trip or as an Ambassador, I would say GO. When you are in a foreign land, your senses are heightened to a point that you cannot do this without divine intervention. And then you live where Paul did: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Cor 12:9)
Go: Marlene Zbacnik (returning to El Salvador this summer!)
From Marlene – I came to missions in a roundabout fashion. I never thought of a pharmacist being useful for a medical team. Doctors, dentists, or nurses, yes. But me? No. It truly was a case of God equipping the called because I had no idea what we should take for medications or how to package them. We learned as we went along.
In my first two years as a volunteer, I only supported the teams going out and gathered feedback when they returned. We transitioned from using gleaned physician samples to directly ordering medications and supplies through organizations whose mission is to support medical teams like ours. One of my favorite things is seeing the teams help package the medications before the trip because it is so cool to see them start to work together and begin relationships that will be forever cemented in the shared love of God.
The youth construction side of my missions life wasn’t planned either. My daughter Mariah wanted to go to El Salvador as a sixteen-year-old. After attending the meeting with her, I offered to help chaperone if they needed parents. (I always had a secret desire to see what a construction trip was like, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being with 20+ teenagers in a 3rd world country!) Well, my husband passed away the end of May when we were scheduled to leave in July. One of the first things Mariah asked when we were more coherent was, “Are we still going to be able to go?”
The answer was “Yes, Ted would have wanted us to go.” Working hard with the kids and studying the Bible passages from the Book of James during that trip was healing in its own way and I know it added to my recovery. That year, there were three mother-daughter teams and ENLACE wanted to film a Mother’s Day promotion for the next May. What Mariah and I said so touched the leaders that they used our testimony. Kind of amazing that brokenness ministers to others.
Go: Pastor Tim Heist (also returning to El Salvador this summer!)
From Tim – My first missions trip was actually a Christmas present that I will forever be thankful for. A church student ministry leader and mentor of mine approached my parents about the possibility of taking me and a few other students on a trip to England to partner with an organization and church for a VBS style kids camp in the heart of Eastern London. My parents, looking to create a great environment of learning about Jesus, the global church, and finding ways to challenge me, thought the trip was a great idea. That Christmas morning I opened up a present and felt confused. It was a piece of luggage, every 15-year-old’s dream. Little did I know how much that gift would change my life!
We went on the England trip in February of 2003 and when I look back on it, not only am I shocked how young I was, but I am thankful for what that trip taught me. It taught me the value of being on a team and serving. It taught me that no matter your age (young or old) you have a part in the work God is doing through his church, It taught me that Jesus changes lives. Throughout that week I was challenged by the team I was serving with to go beyond what I knew was comfortable and step out into trusting God. It’s hard to fully put into words, but it was a physical trip that showed me a need for a spiritual trust in Jesus.
If you are considering a short term trip or perhaps a longer one, I would encourage you to step through the doors God opens and go. Going takes courage, trust, and a lot of hard work as you prepare and fundraise, but trips like these have forever changed my life and could be a positive change in yours. Will it be hard? Hopefully! Looking back on this trip, and the many others I have been on since then, it is through the trials, daunting fundraising, and the situations where I didn’t know how to respond, that God makes himself known. Every summer we take students to El Salvador to partner with a church and be a catalyst for change in the community. We tell our students to never let money keep them from going. I would encourage you the same way: If God opens a door for you to serve and experience His work in the global church, Go! After all, we never truly know how life changing a small conversation can be.
For me, it was a leader’s invitation. What will be the start of something great for you?