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Impacting San Francisco – The 2017 Trip Report

From March 11-18, 2017, Timberline College sent a team to San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. This tough area is one square mile that houses 37,000 people in low-income apartments, less than 0.5% of who attend a church. Needless to say, the spiritual and physical needs for this community are great.

To attend to physical needs for this impoverished area, the team volunteered at a thrift shop and at the City Impact school as well as helped with an event called TL Revive, in which they gave out food and clothes. They also helped with medical care.

In order to seek out the spiritual needs of the people, the team handed out chips or sandwiches during the evenings while asking people what they needed prayer for. Of course, some locals wanted prayer and were willing to share their stories, while others simply wanted the food and no conversation. Nevertheless, the team reached their goal of building relationships throughout the week. They said their time in San Francisco “challenged and pushed us, but we have grown to have a heart for this place and a heart for these people.”

In an area of the United States virtually forgotten by not just society but also by Christians, these tangible and intangible acts of love and kindness, which represent Christ so fully, will not soon be forgotten. Certainly the work that God has begun there will multiply in the future.

Thank you for your prayers for safety, provision and a deep connection to the Holy Spirit as He led this team through their daily interactions with the locals!

If you are interested to know more about San Francisco City Impact and all they do in the Tenderloin District, please visit: https://www.sfcityimpact.com/.  You can also learn more about the mission by watching this 4-minute video:

Team Heading to San Francisco

On March 11-18th, 10 Timberline College volunteers will serve people in material poverty in the Tenderloin District, one square mile in San Francisco housing 37,000 people within 586 low-income housing apartments. In partnership with City Impact, a group that exists to “intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco”, Timberline’s 10 volunteers hope to stand in the gaps and intercede for people who have no Christians in their lives to share the good news with them. They will deliver and serve meals, assist kids at the local school academy, bring dignity to those involved with the women’s and street ministries, and bring joy through an event called TL Revive where the community can enjoy music, free clothing, barbecue, grooming and conversation.

Please pray for safety, provision and a deep connection to the Holy Spirit as He leads these 10 missionaries in interactions with the local people. As well, many of the missionaries will have never seen a world as poverty-stricken as this area. That often means they will need an extra measure of faith and confidence in the darkest places they may go.

For more information about City Impact, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt4kHWFBO5w

To help City Impact in your own way, visit them at http://www.sfcityimpact.com

If you are interested in helping support these Timberline College volunteers, you can find more information at http://www.timberlinecollege.org

Plan Now for a Short-Term Missions Trip in 2017

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Where do you see yourself in the new year? Is this the year you step out of your comfort zone to serve others in a different part of the world? Or will you discover new ways to impact our local community? What part of the world will you reach?

As of this date, the following trips are planned (but more may get added):

March 11-19 San Francisco City Impact Mackenzie Matthews, Timberline College
May 28-June 11 Georgia (the country) Chad Walker, Michael Anderson
June 12-16 Royal Family Kids – Larimer/Fort Collins Timberline Fort Collins
June 26-30 Royal Family Kids – Weld/Windsor Timberline Windsor
July 2-8 Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs Kari Stewart
July 16-30 Georgia Chad Walker, Michael Anderson
Oct 10-25 China Phil and Claire Smith
Fall 2017 Haiti Josh and Nicole Stone, nine70

Find out more about these trips at LoveReaches.org. Even if you cannot travel in the coming year, please pray for the leaders and team members. You can also donate toward a trip for someone else.

P.S. Mark your calendar now for two more amazing ways to kick off our global impact at the beginning of the year. The U COUNT Spotlight weekend will be January 28 and 29 while Missions Week will be April 1 to 5.

Painting With Love at Respire Haiti – The 2016 Haiti Trip Report

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Respire Haiti assists with education, medical care, economic development and “Restavek” awareness in the city of Gressier, Haiti. At the end of October, a team from Timberline traveled there to assist wherever the greatest need was. Facing the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, there was surely much to clean up. Here’s a report from Nicole Sutton about her experience: 

“I never thought of tires as something you could paint.”  That was what we were all probably thinking as we stood outside of Respire Cafe in Gressier (grey-see-ay), Haiti, before a ten-foot wall made entirely out of used tires.  With a paintbrush in hand and a tray full of blue or green, we began the long, tedious task of covering the tires in layers of paint.

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Throughout the week, all eleven of us worked on various tasks, including building and painting an espresso bar, installing a speaker system, painting the outside trim, and painting the inside walls, ceilings and bathroom.  Two women from our team walked up Bellevue Mountain each day to work with the special needs classes at Respire Haiti.  Every single one of us came with different skills to offer and each of them were put to use: working with power tools, drawing, painting, barista, electronics, and working with special needs.

While working in Gressier, we learned to be flexible with our projects and to do our best with limited supplies and time.  With the right attitude and lots of patience, we were able to get nearly all of our projects finished.  Visiting an impoverished country like Haiti was truly eye-opening.  In America we often take for granted that we have running water, paved roads, electricity, food, shelter and clothes.  That isn’t always the case in Haiti where everything is extremely limited.

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Josh Anderson, Megan’s husband, was extremely grateful to have us from Timberline Church.  He used to attend nine70 at Timberline when he lived in Fort Collins.  He was impressed by how quickly and efficiently we were able to work at Respire Cafe. Josh hopes that we take what we have learned in Gressier and put it to use in our every day lives in Fort Collins.

It was amazing to see what Respire Haiti has become since Megan Boudreaux founded the organization five years ago.  At the school, a vast majority of the children are sponsored.  Parents pay only $8-10 per year for their children to receive a good education, two meals per day and a safe place to play and make friends.  God has provided the right people and the right skills to allow the school and clinic to run strong. His love completely surrounds Respire Haiti.

If you are interested in discovering more about Respire Haiti, please go to: http://www.respirehaiti.org/home/

Nine Days Way Too Fast – The Chile Trip Report

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The mission team to Chile is back from its nine-day trip to Santiago in which they helped with youth outreach and a massive construction project that reaches hundreds of at-risk children for Christ. In spite of the fact that the entire team—consisting of people from Timberline and two other churches—only met after they were on the way to Chile, they worked very well together.

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The highlights of the trip seemed to come every day as they reportedly had lots of fun together and laughed all the time. A construction high point: the team of missionaries on top of a 12-foot scaffolding successfully tying rebar by hand!

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The team not only worked on construction but they also explored the city, played with local kids and enjoyed multi-cultural Sunday worship in the youth outreach center our missionary partners, the Mazureks, have helped establish in a nearby mining town. The preaching was in Spanish and the songs were in Spanglish, but the joy of worshiping the same God together was the language of the trip.

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The Chile journey went beyond expectations. The only regret the team reportedly had was that the nine days went way too fast.

If you would like to help out in Chile, please visit the Mazureks’ site, Reaching and Raising at: http://reachingandraising.com/ Their ministry supports a church, school and rescue mission for abused kids in a place where 70% of all children are born outside of marriage.

Team Heading to Haiti

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When a young woman visited Gressier, Haiti on a short-term missions trip in 2010, not an hour had gone by and God had already begun working in her heart. In 2011, she founded an organization called Respire Haiti, which aims “to encourage, educate and empower restaveks, orphans and vulnerable children” (respirehaiti.org). Now with the help of a full staff of teachers, medical professionals and mission teams, Respire Haiti provides nutrition and water, physical activity, safety for girls, medical care and education for over 500 children annually inside their 14-classroom campus.

From October 23-30, 2016, Timberline will send a mission team to assist with a special project with Respire Haiti. Our eleven team members, led by Josh and Nicole Stone, will be bringing school supplies and other needed items into the country. The team will help with assisting in remodeling a cafe with building materials that were generously donated by Timberline Church. In the afternoons, they will help with English, dance and music classes in the school. The team will also focus on fellowship with people in the community as well as the staff at Respire Haiti.

The team hopes that their efforts will have a lasting impact on those they encounter. Please pray for this team as they visit Gressier, Haiti. They will need prayer for safety and strength. Also pray that God will keep their minds and hearts open as they experience the culture in Gressier. The team also trusts that God will use this time to speak to them in life-changing ways as they experience His work.

For more information about Respire Haiti, please go to: http://www.respirehaiti.org/home/

Construction Team Headed for Chile on September 19th

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Jim & Ester Mazurek live in Santiago, a city of 6.5 million people where over 70% of all babies are born outside a marriage. Currently, the Mazureks are building a Church/School complex of buildings to house the Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center. In this center, they hope to roll together a church, school and rescue mission for abused kids that can reach hundreds of children for Christ.

Timberline—along with 2 other Assemblies of God churches in Greeley and Del Norte—has answered the Mazureks’ call for help as we send over a dozen workers to Chile from September 19-29th, 2016. The team aims to accomplish two main tasks while on location. First, they will work in a small mining town at a new youth outreach facility that Timberline Church helped acquire through a generous contribution. Second, the team will continue with construction on the sanctuary at the main complex in Santiago.

Please pray for the entire mission team as they travel to Chile to help the Mazureks. Pray for health and protection. Pray for swift and sturdy construction of all structures. Pray for open hearts ready to build not just structures but also relationships. And pray that people will be encouraged in both the southern and northern hemispheres as we continue to see what God does in Chile.

Are you interested in more information about the Mazureks and their Santiago-based mission? Please visit their website: http://reachingandraising.com/

They could always use your help and prayers.