This 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.
Media Director, Timberlake Church
The middle school years are completely unique compared to all others. This is the time where some of the most pivotal decisions are made that truly set up the future of our students. It's also the time when students are influenced more than any other time in their lives, as they search to figure out who they are and who Jesus is to them. That is why, here at Timberlake Student Ministries, we value and are passionate about the mission of discipling young teens in a fun and safe environment.
This past weekend, we held our annual fall kick-off event, Escape, and it was unforgettable. Not only for the students but for our leaders as well.
A total of 169 students, alongside 23 adult leaders, packed into 3 buses and journeyed to Family Fun Center for a few hours of fun. Then we drove to Arena Sports, which was packed with inflatables, photo booths, a mechanical bull, and more! After everyone was hyped up on pizza and soda, we ventured back to Timberlake Church for a service and a relevant, practical message. It’s there where God encountered many students, even some for the very first time!
While scanning the crowd during worship, I could see young people interacting with God and pursuing him like I had never seen them before. It’s true, when you call out for God he answers. And our students get it.
That’s the reason behind what we do here at Timberlake and why we have events like Escape. To usher students into encountering the one and only Jesus Christ. We will work tirelessly and endlessly to help students take action and ignite the next right step in their relationship with Jesus.
I believe we are ministering and discipling a group of "game changers” who will forever change this community, not by their own strength but the strength of the one who empowers them: Jesus Christ.
When Jesus is speaking with his disciples after his resurrection he gives them simple instructions: love God more than anything, love people more than yourself, and serve relentlessly. It’s these principles that we seek to instill in our students at every service, every small group, and every special event.
Jesus is on the move in Timberlake Student Ministries and we invite you to come and take a look at the life change that is happening all around us.
Middle School Pastor
At Timberlake Church, as with any growing and healthy church, we have a very specific mission, which is to: “Create More and Better Disciples of Jesus Christ.”
The reality is, every church or organization has begun with a mission or vision to accomplish a great goal, but unfortunately hasn’t always been able to stay on track. This could be due to “scope creep,” conflicting visions, or even “well intentioned” programs that can dilute the primary mission that God has called us to. So over the next few weeks I want to look at how we, as a church, can ensure that we’re fulfilling God’s mission for Timberlake.
To begin I want to look at God’s word to locate any precedence or foundation for our discussion. I believe that as you read through the Bible, what you’re going to discover (especially in the book of Acts) is that the EARLY CHURCH was definitely “ON MISSION.” They were dangerous! You’ll read about how they took risks, how thousands of lives were being changed, how miracles were taking place, and how relationships we’re being restored. It’s an amazing picture of what the church is supposed to look like today!
Unfortunately, (like many churches today) the Early Church, VERY QUICKLY got derailed. So the question is “WHY?”
Let’s start figuring out the answer to that question by looking at the book of Revelation. Now, I know that some people get a little “weirded out” when they look at the “Blackhawk helicopter…barcode on your forehead….antichrist” book of the Bible, right? Somehow we’ve been led to believe that Revelation is all about stocking up on canned goods and trying to move off the grid to someplace where no one will ever find you; like Sequim. But that’s not at all what it’s about!! In fact, if you look at the very first verse in the book of Revelation it says: “A revelation of Jesus Christ.” It’s a book that’s all about Jesus! And in the first 3 chapters of Revelation, you’ll find a section of scripture where Jesus is speaking specifically to 7 different churches, giving them very specific instructions, encouragement and correction.
My hope is that, this week, you’ll open your Bibles to the book of Revelation and start reading the first 3 chapters to see what Jesus is instructing us to do as the body of Christ. Starting next week, I’ll start outlining some of what Jesus was saying.