Outreach

At Westwind we are passionate about reflecting the love of God to impact others for Christ through great partnerships in our city and around the globe.

Our vision with outreach is to engage the mission of Westwind with targeted relationship models that are built upon three core strategic pillars that develop healthy organizational relationships.  First, we commit 10% of every dollar that is generously given to the work of God through our church to support our local and global partnerships and to advance the Gospel.  Second, we create opportunities for our church to provide essential resources, such as food, materials and clothing that help move our partnership vision forward to accomplish their goals.  And finally, we connect volunteers to join in their work with the hands on help that creates powerful relationships and reaches the communities first hand.

Locally we seek partnerships that are meeting the basis and essential needs of shelter, food, financial support, clothing and evangelism. Globally, we seek partnerships that focus on the strategy of pastoral training, church planting and evangelism.

Together with our partners we believe we can change the world with the message of Gospel and together celebrate the work of Jesus in our lives!

Local

BCI - Iowa Ministry Fund

This fund will seek to support organizations that help population groups among us that require more attention and skills that our church members or even churches can normally provide. Examples of ministry categories include adoption and foster care support, ministry to homeless, ministry to poverty-impacted neighborhoods, ministry to communities after natural disasters, crisis pregnancy ministry, addiction recovery, prison ministry and aftercare, and advocacy for justice and religious freedom.

For more information visit: http://bciowa.org/iowa-ministry-fund/

Dorothy’s House

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.

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.

Informed Choice

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.

Safe Families

Safe Families for Children is a volunteer-driven movement that relies upon host families, and a network of support, to open their arms, their hearts, and their homes to host vulnerable children.

The Safe Families experience starts at church, where families are invited to not only change the lives of a fellow family for better, but to enrich their own lives by practicing biblical hospitality. By hosting these vulnerable children, along with support from the church, this extended family environment helps keep children safe and keeps families intact.

Instead of waiting for bad things to happen to children, we can step in to help. By design, child welfare systems are designed to react AFTER something bad happens to a child. Such interventions can be necessary in cases of abuse and neglect, but we can help BEFORE bad things occur.

To Learn More Visit: https://safe-families.org

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.

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 School District

Our relationship with our school district is very important to us.  They have been a big part of our story as a church from the very beginning and through our partnership with district administration, school principals and staff, we are able to support local families by meeting essential needs as they arise.  This partnership allows us to collaborate with other local partnerships as well, such as Waukee Area Christian Services and the Waukee Clothing Closet, believing that together we can make deeper impacts and long term change.

Wildwood Hills Ranch

Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa exists to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing healing, hope and God’s unconditional love to children and youth at risk.

More than 8,000 Iowa youth were abused in 2015 alone. We’d like to introduce you to a few of those 8,000. We meet them all year long—they are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a family where mom is so addicted she can’t wake up. Or where dad learned from his dad it’s okay to beat your kids. Or a family with no dad at all.

We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Flee your home in the middle of the night for fear of violence. See life through the eyes of a toddler left home alone all day to fend for themselves. Wonder if you’ll ever feel loved, moving from one foster home to the next. Bathe yourself in hateful, demeaning words. These are our kids’ stories.

Our work isn’t done until all Midwestern children have the opportunity to grow into healthy adultseducated, free from poverty, safe from abuse and violence, and engaged as members of communities and nurturing families.

To Learn More Visit: https://www.wildwoodhillsranch.org

Young Life - Des Moines

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will have an impact on future decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

To Learn More About Young Life Visit: https://desmoines.younglife.org

Youth For Christ - Centra Iowa

Central Iowa Youth for Christ seeks to help people, primarily teens, understand the hope and purpose that God wants to give them. We have found the most effective way to do this is to establish and nurture relationships with people, and to encourage them to do the same with other people.

Specifically we work through a variety of ministries, tailored to the needs of the individuals we serve. We work with teens in urban, suburban, and rural areas of Central Iowa. We serve teens in juvenile detention centers and teens in wheelchairs. We also reach out to teens who are online.

We have a special burden for teens who are considered to be “at-risk.” Many of the teens we reach come from broken homes and have been exposed to drugs, alcohol abuse, and physical and emotional abuse at home. They are hungry for an adult to take a healthy interest in them to give them a positive example.

CIYFC is not a church, but does offer Bible studies. They are for all people, including those who are unsure of whether they believe in God, those who have committed their life to Him, and those who are somewhere in between. We encourage those who are seeking to ask questions and approach God at their own pace.

To Learn More Visit: http://centraliowayfc.org

OK 200

OK200 orchestrates an epic, one-day, 200- mile bike ride and run from West Des Moines, IA to Okoboji, IA.  We ride to raise funds and awareness to help support human traffic survivors in Nepal and Des Moines, IA.

OK200 Objectives

    1. Use a one-day 200-mile bike ride as a tool to raise funds and awareness to help fight human trafficking.
    1. Raise money to support the efforts of local and international partner organizations that help break the cycle of human trafficking.
    1. Increase awareness of the problem of human trafficking both internationally and locally.

To Learn More Visit: http://okoboji200.org

Global

Daniel Project

Westwind is supporting pastoral training and church-planting efforts in Turkey. The Daniel Project uses the most qualified near-culture church planters who learn language and culture and are committed for long term church-planting and disciple-making. We are excited to partner with a team of passionate people who are taking the Gospel to a lost world.

Nepal

Through our partnership with Matt & Trista Deavers and their work in pastoral training, church planting and evangelism in Nepal, we are excited to see the Gospel taken to a culture that is in need of hope, truth and light.  Our partnership with the Deavers allows us to make significant connections with nationals in Nepal and as we can to send teams to join the work and encourage the workers in their mission.

Serve India

Westwind is supporting 10 church-planting pastors in Chikmagalur, India. They are a part of a larger effort to train 20,000 pastors to plant 100,000 churches by 2020. Serve India strategically raises up godly men throughout India who love Jesus and desire to share His message by planting churches in local villages.  It also equips them with proper training, theologically and practically, to effectively reach people for Christ.

Church Planting

From the beginning Westwind has been dedicated to planting Churches. Westwind itself was a Church plant started in 2008. Since that time we have had the privilege to partner with church plants through the Des Moines area and the midwest.  Our goal is to continue our efforts to support church plants we share in the mission of sending and reaching local communities with the Gospel.