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A Champion For Children


Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” How well do we take care of our children that are so precious to Jesus? Our lives are frequently on overload. We may want to, but seldom stop to recognize a child who is hurting. Sometimes, it is just a matter of not knowing how to help.

At Timberline Church, we strive to honor Jesus’ love of children and to hold all children in great esteem, especially the orphan. That desire led to the formation of our Welcome Child Ministry first as a support group for existing foster and adoptive parents that soon began to encourage others to consider doing the same. As the ministry grew, Welcome Child is now actively building bridges with people in the community who work with foster and adoptive kids and at-risk youth and families.


Just one example of this community involvement is our backpack drive where we annually donate hundreds of backpacks to foster and adoptive kids going back to school. Timberline Church also sets aside a weekend each year to focus on Orphan Care, both locally and around the world by having a special message to the congregation and inviting agencies and organizations to be here to speak with people who are interested in getting involved in some way. Prayer has also always been primary in this ministry.

We are happy to announce that Welcome Child’s new volunteer director, Kristy DeAnda, will be carrying on this amazing ministry as a champion for children. She was initially the overseeing pastor when the ministry began and had a front-row seat to meet those who adopted kids into their families. As Kristy says, “Their passion for bringing Christ’s hope to some of most vulnerable in our midst, through adoption and foster care, kind of rubbed off on me, you could say. My husband and I became foster parents for Larimer County for a teen boy, and later decided to adopt older children from the foster system. I now work for a non-profit called Adopt Colorado Kids whose mission is to end the foster care crisis by advocating the needs for foster and adoptive families for Colorado Kids. I have been praying for awhile about where I could volunteer and serve at Timberline and when I was asked to consider leading Welcome Child, it was an answer to that prayer!”

We asked Kristy how more people can get involved. She said, “We understand that not everyone is in a position to become a foster or adoptive family, but there are manifold ways that someone could get involved ministering to kids and families, locally and around the world, through Welcome Child and other ministries at Timberline such as Royal Family Kids Camp.”

Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Thank you Kristy and Welcome Child for being true champions for children.

If you would like to find out more or get involved in the Welcome Child ministry, contact the Timberline Missions department at 970-482-4387 extension 141 or email lovereaches@timberlinechurch.org.

(Many thanks to our newest Storyteller Angela Smith for her work on this story.)

Orphan Care Weekend 2015

Orphan Care Logo

This coming weekend, November 7 and 8, is the 8th Annual Orphan Care Weekend. The theme this year is “This is My Story” and the featured speaker is Jay Mooney, the Executive Director of COMPACT Family Services (Hillcrest Children’s Home).

Over the last five years, Timberline Church has sent teams to serve at Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (You can read more about sending horses or our past trips in 2013, 2014, and 2015 on the blog.) There will be two teams going in the summer of 2016. One team will be led by nine70 and the other will be a family focused missions trip.

In addition to learning more about the heart and vision behind caring for orphans and children in foster care from our speaker, Kristin Orphan and the Finally Home band will be leading worship. Before and after the services, there will be representatives from various ministries at tables in the mall. Stop by and learn more about these opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child:

  • Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • Finally Home Foundation
  • AAC Adoption
  • Welcome Child
  • Shilom Children’s Home (El Salvador)
  • Slammin’ Famine
  • Blessed Blankets
  • A Friend 4U
  • Project 1.27

For more information about orphan care ministries at Timberline Church, contact Kari at  kstewart@timberlinechurch.org.


Precious Hearts On Display


Did you know there are almost 300 Colorado kids currently in foster care and waiting for adoption?

During the month of May, Timberline Church is proud to display The Heart Gallery. This nationally-renowned exhibit features photographs of the children in Colorado who have been waiting the longest to find an adoptive family. The vision of the Heart Gallery is to “picture a family for every child” and gifted volunteer photographers have worked to capture the essence of each child’s individuality and beauty.

The Heart Gallery is displayed in cooperation with Adopt Colorado Kids (see www.adoptcoloradokids.org). As stated on their website: “For the children who are losing hope of having a forever family, our goal is that someone will see them, choose them, adopt them, and love them forever.”

Take time over the next few weekends as part of National Foster Care month to browse the displays and pray for these precious children to find a home.

Can You Pack a Backpack?

Backpack of my own
Since May is National Foster Care month, Timberline Church is once again offering people the chance to support foster and adoptive families in our community through A Backpack of My Own.

For the 6th year, Timberline Church and the Welcome Child Ministry will be hosting a table in the mall for several weeks starting this weekend (May 3 and 4) to provide more information and sign-up volunteers to provide backpacks filled with school supplies this fall. Since 2009, over 1000 filled backpacks have been delivered to and distributed through Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County and this year’s goal is to collect 250 backpacks. While sign-ups are happening now in conjunction with National Foster Care month, the actual collection will occur in August just in time for school.

Can you pack a backpack? If so, sign up this weekend and be a part of saying “Thank you!” to the foster and adoptive families in Larimer County.

Running For a Cause


Save the date! If you have a heart for orphans and love to walk, run or jog, you are invited to participate in this year’s Run for Orphans on Saturday, May 10th at The Ranch in Loveland. You can register online at www.RunForOrphansRace.org or register in person on race day.

Registration and packet pickup will be open 6 to 7:30 am on the day of the race. At 8:00 am, kids (ages 11 and under) are encouraged to participate in a free 1 mile event. The 5K will officially begin at 8:30 am, followed by an awards ceremony for the top three male and female finishers in each of the eight age groups. Strollers and wheel chairs are more than welcome!

run for orphans 2013

This exciting event, sponsored by Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans (NCCAFO), exists to bring communities and churches together to advocate for the needs of orphans in our community and around the world. The NCCAFO is a group of adoption agencies, orphan ministries, county agencies and church ministries uniting to advocate for orphans. Each organization will be raising funds for their specific project or need. In 2013, the race raised over $32,000!

Lace up those running shoes and make a difference one step at a time!

(Courtesy of Storyteller Nicole Sutton)

Adopted – Hello, My Name Is


Timberline’s Orphan Care ministry, Welcome Child, has been around for seven years with the vision to love the fatherless as the Father has loved us. They seek to share God’s heart for orphans in our church, our community, and around the world in a variety of ways.

Welcome Child’s ministry includes:

  • Training and equipping foster and adoptive families in Larimer and Weld Counties.
  • Hosting a support group for adoptive and foster care parents.
  • Partnering with Pastor Aracelli to care for orphans at Jesucristo es Mi Casa in Guatemala City
  • Annually collecting and providing filled backpacks to Larimer County Human Services so kids entering the foster care system have school supplies
  • Providing cozy hand-crafted blankets for children entering the foster care system through Blessed Blankets
  • Being a driving force behind the annual Run For Orphans to raise funds and awareness for orphan care initiatives in our community. (see http://www.runororphansrace.org)
  • Equipping other churches to do similar outreach.

On November 9 and 10, Timberline Church will celebrate their sixth Orphan Care emphasis weekend. This year’s theme is “Hello, My Name Is” and is inspired by a song by Matthew West. Why? Because the fact remains that we are all adopted into God’s Kingdom and have a new name as a result. Because we have been adopted into God’s family, we are then able to love the fatherless as the Father loves us.  As God said, “Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine.”  (Isaiah 43:1)

Mark your calendars and come expecting to be inspired and challenged. After the service, stop by and visit our guests at tables in the mall to find out more about different opportunities to minister to orphans and support those who care for them.

Making a Difference One Step At a Time – Run For Orphans

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, over 500 runners and walkers (including plenty of kids and strollers) lined up at the starting line to make a difference for orphans locally and globally.

The third annual Run/Walk For Orphans, sponsored by the Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans, raised money for participating partners and their projects including the orphan ministries of area churches including Timberline Church, local adoption agencies, and several independent orphan ministries in Northern Colorado. The money will go toward specific projects and needs including raising awareness, education for orphans overseas, financial support for missionaries working with orphans in other countries, friendship support for women facing unplanned pregnancies, financial assistance for adopting families, and provide monthly training for foster and adoptive families.

While post-race awards celebrated the achievements of the top male and female finishers in each age category, everyone who participated deserves a pat on the back for helping such an important cause. Thanks also to the many sponsors (see www.runfororphansrace.org/sponsors) who made this year’s event possible.