Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adoption/Foster Care Support Group

CREATED TO CONNECT STUDY – Timberline Church - Room 212 5-7pm


MAY 1 – CHAPTERS 5 & 6

MAY 15 – CHAPTERS 7 & 8

MAY 22 – CHAPTERS 9 & 10

JUNE 5 – CHAPTERS 11 & 12


If you need to register your child/children please do ASAP at:

Filling in the blanks on the form add:

Leader: Jeff and Kari Stewart

Ministry Group Name: Welcome Child Adoption/Foster Care Support Group

If you have any questions contact:

Kari Stewart – Karalot9@gmail.com

Brandon and Heather Alverson - hjaathomemom@gmail.com

Thursday, March 24, 2011

River Run for Orphans - May 7th at The Ranch

Northern Colorado River Run for Orphans 5K
Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans is hosting a 5K event to raise awareness and support for adoption, foster care and orphan relief organizations.

Date: May 7th, 2011
Where: The Ranch, McKee Building
Race time: 8am
Kids run: 9am

Each participating organization, agency or ministry will be raising funds independently for their prospective projects.

Welcome Child/Timberline Church is specifically raising money for the areas we are involved in Orphan Ministry and for an Adoption Fund that we will be establishing through Lifesong for Orphans that will support families in our church that say "yes" to adoption. :)

How you can help:
- sign-up to run or walk in the race
- become a business sponsor (levels are available beginning at $250)
- volunteers are needed to make this event a success:
- collecting donations from area business
- race day registration and activities

For more information please contact our Race Directors:
Chris Branchflower - brancch@hotmail.com
Karen Markel - markelfamily@comcast.net

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Amber waits for a family

I'd like to introduce you to Amber, one of the many children in Colorado who needs a family to call their own. She is a 14-year-old 8th grader who loves to draw, sing, dance and write music. Amber would like to remain in contact with her brother in Colorado. She needs an advocate!

You can be an advocate by sharing her need for a family with those that you know.
And, the most important thing that you can do is pray. Pray for her as she waits - that her heart will be made ready for the family that God has planned for her and that this family will be supernaturally equipped to love and parent her. :)

If you would like more information about Amber or other children in CO that need a family contact the Adoption Exchange at: 303-755-4756. Amber's case number is 7301

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

9news Kids Who Care - Brooks Fisher


Thank you Brooks!!!!!
Because of your generous heart, the kids at Son of God Orphanage got to get on a bus this week and get away from the orphanage for a day. They had a picnic and had fun playing outdoor games in Grassier, Haiti.

Your gift didn't just give them a day out - you gave them hope for their future!! :)

"Children Of God" - We are all adopted!

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior - you have been adopted by God as a son or daughter.
You are a priceless treasure!

Redeemed - to buy back, to free from captivity by payment of ransom, to change for the better, repair, restore, to atone for

Forgiven - to give up resentment of or claim to requital for, to grant relief from payment of

Galatians 4:5
to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Ephesians 1:5
having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will

An adopted child is no less a son or a daughter than my natural born children.
-Bill Schick, Director of Casa Vida Y Esperaza

Monday, March 14, 2011

Medical Trip is Home from Haiti

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Ryan Weissmann
Thank you so much for your prayers for our medical team that went to serve in Haiti last week.
Our team is pictured above (front row, left to right: Shirley, Susan, Rita, Kayla, Julie, Kari, Sara back row: Ron, Dan, Dr. Mark, Ryan, Larry and Dr. Andrea). We are grateful to this awesome team for their willingness to be the hands and feet of Jesus last week, by ministering to all the children and staff at Son of God Orphanage. Each person on this team played a significant role in making the trip a success. I love the mission's beatitude that Pastor Mark shared on Mission's weekend: "Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken." There were many times on this trip when flexibility was needed and team members responded through hearts of love.

During our time there, we were able to observe and provide medical physicals for the kids we sponsor at Son of God Orphanage in Carrefour. Some had never seen a doctor before. Most were doing well health-wise. The timing of our team;s arrival was a huge blessing to a couple of really sick kids. Roseme, a 13 year old girl, had to admitted to the hospital. Please pray for her, as she is still in the hospital and they are unsure of what is causing her sickness.

The photo beside our team picture is of our interpreters and security staff who close to us all week. They love the Lord, they love Haiti, and they want to see God move mightily in their country.

Right now we have another team in Haiti, being led by Sean and Tiffany Cherry. They arrived as we were leaving last Saturday. Please keep them in your prayers and pray that God will continue to use our teams to bless the staff and the children at Son of God Orphanage. :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Off to Haiti! :)

I am so excited - We have two teams leaving for Carrefour, Haiti this month.
Our first team is a Medical Missions team that will be in Haiti from March 7-12. We will be providing physicals for all the children at Son of God Orphanage and will be serving with the doctors and staff at the clinic in any way that we can.
Our second team is specifically going to love on the kids at Son of God Orphanage from March 12-17.
We would appreciate your prayers for these teams.
Pray for:
*Safe travels to and from Haiti and safe travel in country
*Long term relationships to be built that would glorify God
*Health for all team members
*For each child at Son of God Orphanage to see and feel the love of Jesus through the members of our team.

We want to be God's Hands and Feet as we serve in Haiti. Your prayers will have an eternal impact in the lives of our team members and all the people that they will come into contact with. Thank you!!! :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Holy Ground

There are so many joys and anticipation in our adoption and foster care journey's. There are also undeniable challenges that come our way.
Sometimes when we are in the middle of a difficult time, it is hard to say these words:
"For the ground on which you walk is Holy".
I have been told that I view most things through the lens of adoption and orphan ministry. That is probably true, as these are always foremost in my mind and heart. In my devotions this week I read a poem titled "Desert Traveler". It really confirmed in my heart what I know can be true when we are obediently to say "yes" to God's call on our families to adopt or to provide foster care to children in need.

Desert Traveler

by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Before you stretches nothingness,
barren, endless, vast,
not even a horizon
on which to set your course.

Here, in the desert,
fists of fire beat upon you
and darkness settles
like a shroud.

Here, in the desert,
you must leave behind the load of rocks
you drag with you through life.
Cast aside the stones of shame, regret, control.
Their weight will kill you here, in the desert.

But carry only the cup of new life,
and sip from its cooling waters.
Or pour it out upon you head
and be baptized in the dust.

For from the dust we have come,
and to dust we shall return.

It was the Spirit who led Jesus to this place. (Matthew 4:1-11)
So take off your shoes.
and step upon the scorching soil,
then bow down and kiss the earth,
For the ground on which you walk is holy.

It is great to remember that although it can be lonely, dry and dusty in the desert, when we walk in obedience we truly are standing on holy ground. There is life in the desert place where you may find yourself right now.

When we say "yes" to the call of adoption and foster care we are placing ourselves in a powerful position to do battle for the child/children that God places in our lives.

Ephesians 6:10-19 tells us exactly where are battle lies and how to equip ourselves with the armor of God.

In the desert we have to trust God for the horizon.
In the desert we have to trust God to carry us through.
In the desert we have to trust God for the Victory!!