For the past several years, we have been on a journey together seeking God's heart for the orphan and marginalized. In 2010, we were dared to take a step and move towards those who are hurting, to simply open our eyes to the realities of so many in our world. We were challenged in 2011 to go near to the brokenhearted and visit them in their distress. This year, we have been invited to "Walk Beside" orphans and those who are caring for them, to love as Christ has loved us, and to be willing to share the cost with those who are on the difficult journey from brokenness to wholeness.
Please join us on October 27-28 during all of the weekend services at Timberline Fort Collins and Timberline Windsor Campus for our annual Orphan Care Celebration. Admission is free for a Sunday evening concert at Timberline Windsor Campus, 6pm, featuring Kristin Orphan and The Finally Home Band.
It was a beautiful day as twenty families gathered together to eat. Meat sizzled on the grill and grinning face-painted children ran around underfoot. It wasn’t a family reunion or a neighborhood block party, but rather a gathering of families on the similar journey of fostering and adopting kids who have experienced trauma.
On September 15, 2012, Timberline Church was home to the third Colorado Family Wellness Event sponsored by the Finally Home Foundation and put on through the efforts of many volunteers. Families from all over Northern Colorado committed their Saturday to learning and growing.
The parents spent much of the day working on skills like being a team with their partner, parenting as a leader and model, making rules, and solving family problems. The workshops, taught by certified instructors, counted toward the hours needed to maintain a foster-care license. In addition to learning practical strategies to strengthen their marriages and communication skills, they were able to spend invaluable time with other families and brainstorm solutions gleaned from their collective experiences.
Meanwhile, over 50 children ages one to thirteen had a day filled with fun activities including face-painting, inflatable bounce castles, board games, and age-appropriate crafts. If a child needed one-on-one attention, a qualified volunteer was there to help. For many, it was the first time parents had been able to leave their children in childcare knowing they would be able to remain for the day in a loving and supportive environment.
In the middle of the day, the SERVE 6.8 cooking team prepared and served a delicious meal including hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings, macaroni salad, fruit salad, and chips along with cookies and brownies for dessert. Additional volunteers were on hand to hold open doors, help families juggle multiple plates and drinks, and clean up.
Fostering and adopting kids who have experienced trauma is a challenging road. Finally Home Foundation exists to encourage and equip these special families and give them a forum to connect with one another. The Family Wellness Event was provided at no cost to the families they serve.
The goal was to give families a much needed break and to make their day. Judging by the many smiles, they certainly did.
Hi! My husband Jeff and I have been married for 31 years. We have 9 children. Three by birth and six through adoption. Our children were born here in the US, China, Korea, Haiti and Hong Kong. God put adoption on my heart when I was a little girl. I grew up in the Foursquare Church with my dad being a pastor. We often had missionaries in our home. The pictures of children that lived in orphanages where they ministered were permanently etched on my heart. :)