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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Many thanks to our newest Storyteller Angela Smith for her work on this story.)