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Exciting Changes in the Missions Department

IMG_3001This year Timberline Church has been putting an emphasis on scaling several “14ers” with God’s help and one of those key areas is Missions. We want to be reaching out—globally and locally—with words, works, and wonders. So when it came to searching for a new pastor to lead the Love Reaches department, it should come as no surprise that God opened the doors for a dynamic team approach to support this expanded vision.

We are excited to announce that as of July 1 we will have a new missions team in place with the addition of Norm Edwards as our Missions Specialist and Kari Stewart as our Missions Director. Mike Walker will continue to lead Local Missions and Stacy Schultz will continue to be the organizational glue that holds it all together as the Administrative Coordinator.

Norm and Heather Edwards, along with their two daughters Ashley and Savannah, are Rocky Mountain District Ministers who have been Assemblies of God World Missions appointed missionaries since 1996. On the field they have given leadership to Moscow Theological Institute where Norm served as Academic Dean. They also gave leadership to extension schools across Russia. This work was followed by coordinating “Project Reach”. This role consisted of directing and leading a group of missionaries and national brothers and sisters in ministry and church planting among the Least Reached Peoples of the CIS and Baltic Republics. Since December of 2007, the Edwards have served as Eurasia Northwest Area Directors. This includes the countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia. The vision of ENW is to “Finish the Task” in each of the seven countries by planting the church where it is not and bringing the message to those who have not heard.

Norm and Heather Edwards are still deeply committed to the on-going work in Eurasia and will continue overseeing the work there along with partnering with our Missions Team during semi-monthly visits here to continue the work that we have been so invested in and expand where God opens doors.  Norm is not a stranger to the Timberline family and was our Guest Speaker for Missions Week in 2015. Also, Timberline Church is committed to the church planting effort that is happening in Georgia and Armenia in the coming years which perfectly complements the work that Norm is already overseeing in Eurasia.

Kari Stewart has been part of our Missions Team for 7 years in a volunteer capacity serving in several roles which have included: Director of Welcome Child our orphan ministry, overseeing short term mission trip opportunities, storyteller team and leadership development and support.  Kari and her husband Jeff have been married for 36 years and have lived in Northern Colorado for 26 years.  They have 9 children and 2 grandchildren.  Foster care and adoption are near to their hearts as 6 of their children joined their family through adoption.  Kari is also the Director of Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans, which unites churches, agencies, county and state staff and individuals to advocate for the needs of at risk children and youth in our community. We are excited to see how God uses Kari’s energy, enthusiasm, gifts of faith, strategic vision, and leader development to further God’s Kingdom work through Timberline Missions.

Please continue to pray for the Missions team as these leaders transition into their new roles and cast a vision for the future.

Missions Information Meeting

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As you saw during Missions Week, the story of missions is being told every day all around the world and there are many opportunities for you to get involved to do your part. From going on a short-term missions trip or joining others for prayer to helping a local senior citizen move or writing a blog post, Love Reaches has a place for you to use your gifts as we express the message of Jesus in word and deed.

Join Pastor Mark Orphan and other missions leaders on April 12, 2015 in Room 211 at 11:30 a.m. to learn more about the various ministries under the Love Reaches umbrella, ask questions, and get involved. (Note: Room location may change due to continuing construction.) There will be similar informational meetings quarterly and details can be found on the Events page at LoveReaches.org.

Our Core Values in Missions and Outreach

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For over 20 years Timberline Church has held to an unwavering commitment to Missions and Outreach as core values that have shaped our identity as a church. As a Christ-centered church, we are dedicated to the biblical mandate to take the Gospel to all the world and make disciples of all nations.

This value is lived out in our own community and all over the world. Our commitment is to grow and support partnerships locally and globally to serve others. The core values that guide our involvement and investment in these partnerships are:

Transformational rather than transactional – We believe that our efforts should be, as much as possible, grounded in transforming relationships between those serving and those being served, rather than event-centered efforts with no opportunity for continued growth.

Holistic rather than one-dimensional – We believe that our efforts and those of our partners should be responsive to the spiritual, economic, emotional, familial, and systemic needs of the people and communities we serve.

Collaborative rather than isolated – We believe that in order to be good stewards of the resources God has given us we should identify and connect local assets and help facilitate collaborations of ministries within a community.

Empowering rather than paternalistic – We desire to develop and support strong Christian leaders in the communities we serve rather than leading from the outside.

Over the next month leading up to our Missions Celebration Week March 5-12, we will be spotlighting our church-to-church partnerships and how they are an intentional reflection of these core values.

The Treasure Principle

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“All your life you’ve been on a treasure hunt.” ~ Randy Alcorn in The Treasure Principle

Jesus once told a story that compared the kingdom of heaven to a buried treasure that a man discovered and then joyfully sold all he had in order to get. (Matthew 13:44) Jesus also taught that storing treasures on earth is stupid (because we’ll lose them) and storing treasure in heaven is smart (because they will last). (Matthew 6:20)

From these passages, and other teachings that show how God sees our faith and finances as inseparable, author Randy Alcorn distilled what he calls The Treasure Principle — “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Here are the six keys:

1) God owns everything. I am His money manager. — A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit, will give an accounting to the owner, gets joy from seeing how the money is spent, and earns eternal rewards for faithful service.

2) My heart always goes where I put God’s money. — Each day brings me closer to losing my treasures … or gaining them.

3) Heaven, not Earth, is my home. — My real home is a place I’ve never been but that is made for me.

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4) I should live not for the dot (life on Earth), but for the line (life in heaven). — Pilgrims travel light rather than become enslaved by their possessions.

5) Giving is the only antidote to materialism. — A logical place to start (like training wheels) is with the tithe, but know that God, the greatest giver in the universe, won’t let you out-give Him.

6) God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. — “God distributes wealth unevenly not because he loves some of His children more than others, but so His children can distribute it to their brothers and sisters on His behalf.”

So, what does this power-packed little book have to do with missions at Timberline Church? Since the focus of Love Reaches is to express the message of Jesus in word and deed, there are plenty of opportunities to invest your time, treasure, and talent locally and globally with eternal rewards.

For example, Love Reaches is looking for construction managers, medical personnel, writers, photographers, video editors, website designers, graphic designers, baristas, grant writers, event planners, administrative support, Birthday card writers, accountants, lawyers, cooks, and whatever skill you are willing to use. One place to start is the Serving Opportunities page at www.LoveReaches.org. If you can’t find the right fit there, contact us at at timberlinechurch.missions@gmail.com and we’ll find a place for you to serve.

If you’re looking to invest financially, did you know that you can now donate online toward the missions’ budget? How? Go to www.TimberlineChurch.org and click on “Give” in the upper right corner. On the new page, click “give now,” select Timberline Fort Collins, and continue to the form to enter your account information. Across the top, input the dollar amount you want to give and then select missions from the drop down box. That’s it!

Where’s your treasure being invested?

Global Missionary Partners

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Did you know that Timberline Church helps financially and prayerfully support over 70 different missionary families working in over 35 different countries around the world?

Through the generous giving of Timberline families and individuals, above and beyond their tithes, we are able to provide much needed monthly support to missionaries who are called to ministry that includes:

  • Muslim outreach in the United States and abroad
  • Church planting
  • Bible Schools to train future pastors and leaders
  • Construction of churches, orphanages, schools, and more
  • Children’s ministry and training
  • Working with unreached people groups
  • Television and radio programs
  • Schools and childcare facilities
  • Feeding programs and humanitarian aid
  • Digging wells for clean water
  • Long-term rehabilitation for women who have been trafficked
  • Drug rehabilitation centers
  • Medical clinics
  • Hosting other missionary teams
  • Translating materials into other languages
  • Facilitating sustainable development

Want to know more? Check out the “Our Missionaries” page on the Love Reaches website and follow the links. God is doing amazing things around the world and we are privileged to be a part of it.

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

The Voice of the Martyrs Regional Conference

Love Reaches Slideshow
 
 
The Voice of the Martyrs
 
Bound With Them
Conference
 
Saturday, August 18, 9 am – 4:40 pm
Calvary Chapel, Cheyenne, WY
9209 Ridge Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009
 
Featuring speakers who have actually been to a number of nations
where our brothers & sisters in Christ face persecution
 
Russell Stendal – Columbia
Eric & Mrs. Foley – North Korea
Robert Brock – various nations
Dr. Roy Stults – various nations
 
and featuring Amy Shreve – Music & Worship
 
To register and more information visit
or phone 877.337.0302
 
Carpooling is available to this conference.  Contact Dick DeCook for more information: ddecook@comcast.net