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One Chance at a Better Life

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:54 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Missions, grace, ministry

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describe the imageThis past January, Pastor Jordan and I took a trip to visit Timberlake's orphanage in Haiti, a few months before our Timberlake missions team took their trip in March.

Our main focus was to scope out the area, capture some footage of the orphanage, and conduct some interviews with the organization’s pastors and leadership.

So I did just that. I took as much footage as I could. I filmed kids playing soccer. I filmed the blue skies. And I shot a few interviews.

For me, it wasn't a vacation. It was all work - technically just a part of my job as the Media Director here at Timberlake – so I didn’t anticipate making an emotional connection since I was behind the camera. That changed, however, when this particular young man came up and introduced himself to me.

We drove through Port-au-Prince, and beyond several small villages and parked our van in an open area. Because our beautiful white van stood out like a sore thumb, kids and adults from the area came from all over to check us out.

I got out of the van with my camera in hand and waited for the other half of our crew to arrive when Darley - a teenage boy, probably 16 or 17 years old, wearing a red t-shirt and long jeans - came up to me.

He spoke mostly good English and stumbled on a word here and there but we ending up talking quite a bit. We talked a little about Jesus. A little about America. And a little about how he just wants one chance at a better life.

Which I know is unlikely for him.

Why? Because he is poor. Because his family has nothing. His country is corrupt. He has no connections. No resources. Nothing.

Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot we can do for Darley or people in similar situations. We want to bring them home, clean them up, send them to a great school, and watch them live a better, more meaningful life. But, also, that’s unlikely.

Some families are  an exception though. And my hat is off to those Timberlake families who have adopted kids from struggling countries and have given them a great opportunity. But that’s not something my family, and many families, are able to do right now.

So what can we do?

We can pray. We can share the good news of Jesus Christ to people who may not have heard about him, give some of our abundant resources to those who have next to nothing, and show our love to those who desperately need it. That’s what we can do.

And that’s something we at Timberlake Church care so deeply about. We believe it’s our mission to reach those outside our walls, both near and far. To countless individuals across the oceans and to our friends and neighbors across our streets. That’s the heartbeat of Timberlake Church and I’d invite you to jump in and participate.

Before hopping back in our big white bus, I asked Darley if he could write his name down on a piece of paper so that I could remember him and pray for him. I tucked it away in my wallet and that’s where it has remained ever since.

You know, I’m thankful that Jesus brought me out of my work for a few moments and brought me into the life of a young man named Darley. And I’m thankful to be a part of a church that cares so much about reaching out to those who so desperately need it.

Bo Lane
Media Director, Timberlake Church

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Creating a New Normal

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:52 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Friends, grace, community, Encouragement, Groups

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Yesterday I arrived at church at 8am to check on how things were going with an event set-up. I left at 4:15pm to grab one of my kids from volleyball, arrived home to cook up some chicken legs and potatoes, answered a couple of homework questions, listened to the family debrief over dinner, and went back to work for an evening event. I pulled into our driveway just in time to laugh with my family over the day’s stories before bedtime. The winning vignette involved baby carrots, braces and the Heimlich maneuver. My husband calls this the “new normal" - the balancing of priorities we do, now that we both have full time jobs.

I’ve just passed my one year anniversary in ministry at Timberlake. There have been some amazing moments in which I've seen God’s handiwork. There have been hard times which I can thankfully see God overcoming. This past week has been difficult emotionally and I haven’t slept much.

My friend Cindy and I tried out a new exercise class on Monday followed by coffee that grew cold as we shared our spiritual challenges over the past week. As we talked, she astutely reminded me: the Enemy wants to highlight my failures. I left restored and focused on Jesus. And that night I slept long and deeply.

I am hugely grateful for a handful of girlfriends, my prayer partners, whom I’ve acquired over the years. Most are bible study gals who’ve stuck long after the study ended, and I’ve formed friendships with a few new ladies since joining the team at Timberlake. These are the people I can be real with, people who listen confidentially, offer biblical advice, pray for me (and I for them), and recognize my habit of not giving myself grace. Yet, it would be sad to think that God has nothing more for me. I still need to actively seeking out new relationships. If I’m not moving outward, well … I’m not moving. God has more designed for all of us; we just need to not hold back. Whatever the excuse, it keeps us from the connections that make life better. 

It’s time for me to commit to a new Growth Group for fall. I'm signing up today. I need it too much, not to do it. I want this to be my “new normal."

Madelyn Jansma
Director of Groups & Care 

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No Perfect People Allowed

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:25 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in following God, Timberlake, worship, life, grace, Bible, peopl, Church, Heart

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Here are a couple of facts about me: I am a worship leader and I am on staff at Timberlake Church. Here are a few other facts about me: I’m not a pastor, I didn’t go to Bible college, I’m not the best at memorizing scripture and sometimes I forget to read my Bible, I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, and I will continue to. I am NOT perfect; I often fail as a friend, wife, sister, daughter or employee. Thankfully, I am forgiven, I am blessed and I am saved all by the GRACE of Jesus Christ.

My favorite thing about being a part of Timberlake Church is the environment of grace. There are no expectations for me or anyone else to be perfect, just a hope and desire that we will learn about Jesus and long to become more like Him. Jesus sought out the sinners; in Mark 2:15-17 Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is not an excuse or reason to sin, but simply a message stating that Jesus loves us just the way we are. He longs to see us apply His word to our lives and model His example of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Everyone has a different expression of worship that brings them joy – mine is through music. For those of you who have seen me lead worship in a service, I get lost in it. Even though I have led worship at Timberlake nearly every weekend for 10 years and I’m standing in front of hundreds of people with a microphone in my hand and cameras and lights in my face, it is still my time of worship and my time to honor and glorify the God that loves me just as I am. The God that longs to see me grow closer to Him. I have stood on that stage on weekends when I’m an emotional wreck, or on days when my husband and I have been “disagreeing”; I have stood there broken and the only thing I know how to do is sing to the God who comforts me. I’ve also stood there in times of joy and celebration and the only thing I know how to do is sing out in thanksgiving to the God who provides. My encouragement to you is to come to Him where you are today, exactly as you are, in your hurt or in your joy. His GRACE is enough and His love is unfailing.

Jillian Allan
Worship & Communications 

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