Welcome to my favorite place to connect! You can find my most recent blog articles, videos, and projects all on this platform. My desire is that you would feel encouraged and inspired to continue seeking God and discovering your true self within him. May your journey take you beyond yourself.
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Revelations To Read

Every post I write flows from my personal connection to Jesus. My deepest desire is that the revelations I discover whether I’m sitting in an airplane seat or a prayer room would stir up your own flame. God is moving in our generation and my blood is boiling. Read on and ask yourself, “what could I be writing in three years?” I encourage you to live your answer today!

Pike’s Peak and the Fear of the Lord

Pike’s Peak and the Fear of the Lord

Our air conditioner stopped working about half way up. At that point, our drive had been full of hearty laughter, proper hydration, and beautiful pine trees. We were on our way to the top of Pike's Peak, one of the tallest mountains in continental America. My good...

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the satisfied soul

the satisfied soul

The satisfied soul is secure when all is shaking. It is full when it gives, it is grateful when it serves, it is a peace when worry’s cold fingers begin to close in around your heart. Because the satisfied soul knows this: the One in whom all strength, power, and love flows will never change and will never leave.

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I’m realizing that if God brought me to the mountains just to teach me how to say wow, than maybe he has brought me into my friends lives for that, too. Yes, I know “iron sharpens iron.” I think most of us have gotten pretty good at that. Especially in church. But that cannot be the only reason he designed the beauty of friendships, families, and communities. Maybe it isn’t even the primary reason.

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Leave your cold calculations on your gravestones, let your heart be free from the concrete that seeks to hold your heart in the coffins of reason. He doesn’t need your intellect, your performance, or your giftings. He wants your heart—he wants it all
Not just the good, the pretty, the pure
He wants your heart — bring your heart
You, who you are, what you see what you feel—you, you heart, bring it and bring it all.
Bring Your Heart, Poem, 12.14.19

I love connecting in different ways! Writing has been my go-to method of communication but videography has always been in my heart. Recently I’ve been working on more videos and I’m excited to share them with you! You can find videos from my international travels, vlogs about various topics, and spoken words below and on my Youtube Channel.
Love the family
Since 2018, I’ve had the privilege to build family connections in Northern Uganda. Some might say they are “ministry connections” or “missions opportunities” but I say family because no other word describes the way I feel about them. They have truly adopted me and I am proud to be their son! You can read about my journey in Pastor Joseph and Mama Helen’s story here.

There are various ways that you can get involved if you would like to. The best option would be to email at timornelas@gatewayprayer.com and share your heart. I’m a sucker for coffee chats so if you live in the area, don’t be surprised if I ask for an hour of your time! 

Below are just two ways you can have a meaningful impact on the family. You can find more ways on button further down.

Family Connection Trip

Family Connection Trip

August, 2020

Natalie Nelson and I are incredibly excited to take a team to Uganda again in August. We both have a heart to see God continue to light a fire in the hearts of his children. Through our connections with Pastor Joseph, we have an amazing opportunity to do that several different locations in Uganda,

This trip will be very hands on and we expect anyone who would like to join us to be willing to be stretched and guided. Activities will most likely include crop development, school ministry, preaching, health treatment, and more.

Contact me through my email if you are interested in coming or fill out the application below.

If you would like to make a donations toward this trip, you can use my paypal here. Please note your intention for the funds! Thank you so much for sowing into the family!



Join me in supporting Pastor Jackson

Join me in supporting Pastor Jackson


Pastor Jackson lives in Kotido is a dear friend of Pastor Joseph. Only several years ago this man was cattle raiding general. Now he is an incredible pastor, caring father, and wonderful host.

The church he started is small but incredibly lively. Instead being able to devote his time to evangelizing the very unreached people around him, he has to earn several dollars a day by hauling charcoal.

I’ve decide to partner with him and his church financially. Would you consider joining me? I will pass any contribution to Pastor Joseph and he will send it to Jackson. You can use the button below to donate.

serve Lancaster
I’ve been a staff at Gateway House of Prayer since the spring of 2019. I started as a Night Watch Staff, praying and over our region for twenty plus hours. God began to burn my heart for his church and lost sheep here. While I love going on mission internationally, primarily I’ve been called to serve locally.

I would love to come alongside you and find out how we can see the power of God manifested in our backyards and city streets. Contact me if you would more information on the Altar gathering and Meet Me Downtown Initiative.

The Altar Gathering

In the Fall of 2019, a friend and I started meeting to pray at Gateway House of Prayer on Saturday evenings. What started a prayer meeting has turned into a small gathering.

We meet every Saturday evening from 7-9pm. We usually have a time of worship that leaves us on our faces before the Lord. He takes to different places in prayer and prophecy. You should bring a friend and check it out!

We have a facebook group that you can check out below.

Meet Me Downtown

Out of the Altar Gathering, we began sharing the love outside of the prayer room. My heart has been to see twenty-four-seven worship find new expressions on the streets, in our homes, and wherever we are! Learning how to share the gospel by praying for healing and sharing words of knowledge is a crucial part of fulfilling the commandments of Jesus.

If you would like to set out and activate your faith through love, meet me downtown! Contact me for details.

Connect with me!

I would love to have you along for the ride. If you live locally and would like to partner to spread the Kingdom of God, please contact me! 

If you don’t live locally, email updates and social media are the best ways for us to connect. You can find what way will work best for you below!

You Can Read My latest Email updates!

I’ve committed to sharing my journey consistently with those who are interested. It’s not always easy but it has been incredibly healthy for me to process everything that God is doing month to month. Not only does it encourage me toshare, but I love hearing your feedback! If you would like to join my team, you can subscribe to my email list on the header in the update!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to stay connected! If you would like regular updates about what I am up to, sgin up for my monthly newletter. In these letters I share testimonies about what God is doing in my personal life and through connections. I also share newly released blog articles and videos. You can sign up below. Until next time,

Tim Ornelas

Gateway House of Prayer Staff Member, Youth Leader, Business Intercessor