In 2010, Timberline Church’s Orphan Care Weekend dared us to simply do something. In 2011, the challenge was to go near and see what orphan ministry is like. The message over the past weekend was to take our mission further and actually walk beside the orphan and widow and those who serve them.
During the weekend services, several videos highlighted various aspects of orphan care ministry including the Baby House in Guatemala in addition to a photo collage of Colorado children waiting for adoption. Pastor Dary Northrup’s message reminded us that Jesus came to serve (Mark 10:45) and that God cares about the orphan (James 1:27) therefore we must also care and serve. Numerous tables in the mall provided the opportunity to engage with orphan ministry organizations and a special offering was taken to support orphan care ministry. Kristin Orphan and the Finally Home Band provided special music including a concert Sunday night at Timberline Windsor. Youth and Children’s Ministries also got involved as they partnered with Kids Against Hunger to pack 30,000 meals to send to Syrian Refugees in Jordan.
This year’s Orphan Care Weekend coincided with the launch of Safe Families For Children in Northern Colorado. Safe Families For Children is a national movement that offers hope and support to families in critical situations with the goal of reuniting stronger families. Trained host families open their homes to children who are voluntarily placed there by parents for an average of 35 days.
Who needs Safe Families For Children? Consider a single mother who needs multiple surgeries over the next year … and has no one to care for her young daughter or transport her to school during the mother’s treatment. Without a support system, this mother’s only option is to sign her child over to the state with no guarantee she’ll regain custody once her health crisis is over. However, with Safe Families For Children, this child has a place to stay while her mother is in the hospital and ongoing support during her recovery. If you are interested in being a short-term Host Family or want more information, contact Katy Schmidt.
Safe Families For Children is just one of the many aspects of orphan care ministry at Timberline Church. If you can swing a hammer, consider volunteering with Building Hope. If you enjoy crafts, consider making blankets (contact Vicky Flint) or dresses (contact Mary Brinkman). If you have a heart to mentor women in crisis pregnancies, find out more about the Birthmothers ministry from Lorraine Meyer. If you have a burden for orphans in other countries, sponsor a child in Haiti, donate supplies for Katia’s House, give toward The Baby House in Guatemala, or go on a missions trip to serve them. If the Lord is tugging on your heart to consider fostering or adopting or if you want to know more about how you can support local foster and adoptive families, contact Kari Stewart.
What are you doing to walk beside the orphan?