At Westwind we are passionate about loving God, loving others, and making disciples – Missional living is a great mixture of these three things. Loving God means we live outside of ourselves and care for and love others around us. This can be seen in the ministries of our church that give assistance and support to our community. But we are also called to make disciples so we focus our efforts on going beyond the physical needs of others, but also the spiritual need as well.
To accomplish this desire, we partner with and support many organizations both locally and globally that are accomplishing this task. We leverage these strategic partnerships to give our people an opportunity to get involved with the needs around us.
Change for Hunger
A current annual fundraiser at Westwind, Change for Hunger started as a connection group wanting to meet the practical needs of hungry people in Waukee. The month leading up to Thanksgiving is used to collect change that is then donated to Waukee Area Christian Services. WACS has a food pantry, a free medical clinic, and holiday meal delivery program for needy families, which Westwind people help with as well. This year $8,800 was raised, which equals about 62,000 pounds of food.
This is a safe place in Des Moines for trafficking survivors to be restored physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Westwind has remodeled an unusable attic space of the home into a room for prayer and reflection by framing, hanging drywall, and painting the walls. Westwind continues to seek ways to support Dorothy’s house though prayer and support of the needs of the trafficking survivors.
Individuals and families serve our community during the holiday season by choosing a card from the Christmas tree on Sunday morning. We are able to reach out to families with imprisoned fathers and at-risk families in the community by buying gifts to meet specific needs. It truly is more blessed to give than to receive.
Westwind is helping launch a mobile care unit that will serve to eliminate the need for abortion by informing pregnant mothers of the truth about their baby and abortion. Informed Choice offers ultrasounds, STD tests, counseling services, and newborn care classes – all with the heart of the gospel.
YoungLives seeks to make a difference in the lives of teen moms through one-on-one mentoring, life skills classes, Bible study, and summer camp. Westwind connection groups have supported YoungLives by providing meals for the YoungLives meetings for teen moms and mentors, and by watching kids.
Waukee Community Closet
Waukee Community Closet aims to benefit students and families in need within the Waukee Community School District and now all of Dallas County by taking in clothing and bedding donations as well as monetary donations and providing high quality clothing (pre-worn as well as new) and bedding at no charge. By taking care of these basic necessities, it has been shown that students are able to focus on their school work without feeling self-conscious about their lack of clean or well-fitting clothes.
Waukee Area Christian Services
Waukee Area Christian Services (WACS) provides compassionate, practical care to greater Des Moines’ west side, offering food and medical assistance to those struggling to make ends meet. Supported by area churches, businesses and community organizations, WACS includes a food pantry, free medical clinic, and community garden.
Friendship Baptist Center
The Friendship Baptist Center exists to build relationships in this poverty impacted community by offering empowerment through education, development and the transformative love of Christ for kids, youth and adults.
From the beginning Westwind has been dedicated to planting Churches. Westwind itself was a Church plant started in 2008. Since that time we have also been able to be a part of sending a group from our Church to plant a Church in Indianola. Further, Westwind has strategically partnered with and gives monthly support to a network of Churches that plant Churches in Iowa.