Don’t You Just Love Change?

Jul 20, 2010  |     |   General

The Timberlake Outreach Center serves more than 6,000 families each month. It is truly a blessing to serve in a ministry vital to so many people. As one of the full-time staff at the Center, I am in a unique position of working alongside a vast array of volunteer groups and individuals. Without the awesome assistance, it would be impossible to fully serve our clients.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been taking a hard look at programs and services offered here. The goal is to ensure that everything we do is in line with Open Door Mission’s threefold objective – Save, Equip and Disciple. Anything that does not fulfill one of those objectives is either being eliminated or streamlined.

I must admit this has been difficult, because it is never easy to break out of a comfort zone! However, it’s clear that, if relying on our human attributes, this task would be impossible. Only by examining scripture and seeking God, daily, in prayer, can we be successful.

Philippians 3:12-15 is an excellent passage that has helped me keep going. This is the Apostle Paul writing here. Obviously, we know he was not perfect. We do know what he accomplished, the books he wrote, and the way he served the Lord right through to the time of his death…and that is a humbling thought. He is writing in this passage that even he had to “press on” and reach forward” to overcome his human weaknesses.

Comparing what I know about myself to Paul, makes it quite clear there is no way I can be successful without God. My point is – no matter how hard the situation, how overwhelming the task, let us never forget whom we are serving. The Lord has the power and wisdom to provide us with the strength to accomplish the impossible.

Do you want to be a part of the ministry at Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center? Then sign up to volunteer at, or call Cris 402-422-1111, ext. 1504.

Darren Timberlake
Timberlake Outreach Center Community Case Manager

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