Generosity Story

Moms Together | Generosity Story

Your generosity fuels all of Westside's efforts to make disciples, equip families, and share Christ's love here and around the world. Thank you.

It is so awesome that Westside provides a space for us to meet and a warm breakfast for us to be able to gather in a safe place in order to build community with other moms.

So Moms Together is a group for moms of all ages. We meet together in community with one another, and the purpose of it is so we can build relationships with one another in order to point one another towards Christ.

Some of the stories that have come out of our group are absolutely amazing. And I just love the way that God has worked in the hearts and minds of our women.

I ended up at Moms Together through an invitation of some mom I met at Chick-fil-A. She saw me with my three kids and just sat down and started talking to me. And she invited me to come and check out what the church group had to offer.

Well I had seen the bulletins posted frequently for joining Moms Together, but it took me three years of coming here for me to get enough courage to come. I think the enemy was fighting against me. Didn't want me to have a group of moms in my corner. So I finally got the courage to step out of my comfort zone to try it out. And I only came one time before I realized I was in the right place at the right time.

Well first I just needed the friendships and the other mamas just to come along side me and walk with me through life's ups and downs with motherhood. And just also the spiritual aspect of it as well. Bringing God in and bringing Godly ladies around me to help raise my children and help me to be an encouragement to them was really just another blessing of this group.

I came one meeting and I literally felt like God was saying, "This is where I want you to be. And you're not designed to be alone. And you don't have to be alone anymore."

Because of her and her sharing, just her generosity, I was able to come and get plugged in to a moms group that I desperately needed when I had three young kids and had just moved back to the area.

Since I started coming, I really kind of opened up and shared a little bit of what I was going through outside of the group. And my leader encouraged me to get into counseling. I didn't realize that Westside offered counseling, and it was really good for me to start digging deep into the pain that I've been carrying around for so long. And then I realized that there was a lifeline for suicide survivors. And just going to that group, finally after seven years, it just made me realize that God has a plan for my life. And my destiny and purpose wasn't just to live, and exist, and hurt, the end. God couldn't use me because I was in such pain and in a dark place but now he can use me.

We weren't attending any church at that time, so because of that invitation, we started coming to Westside regularly. My kids got plugged in, and they have just grown and we've seen them come to love God a lot more. And because of that I've grown spiritually within this group and within other groups in the church. And it's just been a great experience.

I'm finally looking forward to the future for once. And to give my children a mom who isn't afraid, who isn't full of fear, who's going to use my past experiences as fuel and fire to just point my life towards God and where he wants me to go.

We're reaching moms at Chick-fil-A, at other play places, on playgrounds, where they may not see Jesus or they may not see anyone else. And so we're able to invite them in. We're able to invite them to a place where they can serve, and they can belong, and where they can grow in their faith.

I'm so grateful that I finally found a place where I belong.

You helped make these blessings possible through your faithful giving. Thank you.

The Least of These | Community Impact Generosity Story

Your generosity fuels all of Westside's efforts to make disciples, equip families and share Christ's love

here and around the world.

Then the king will say to those on his right.

Come you who are blessed by my father.

Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food.

I was thirsty and you gave me drink.

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

I was naked and you clothed me.

I was sick and you visited me.

I was in prison and you came to me.

Then the righteous will answer him saying.

Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you drink?

And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you?

And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?

And then the king will answer them. Truly, I say to you as you did it to one of the least of these, my

brothers, you did it to me.

Your generous giving enables Westside to maximize our impact for the Kingdom of God throughout

Kansas City.

When we serve the hungry.

The stranger.

The sick.

The prisoner.

The most vulnerable among us, we serve Jesus.

I got involved in the human trafficking ministry at Westside when God gave me the burden to reach the

women and the children in the Kansas City area.

I see Jesus in the transformed lives of the believers here at Lansing. The joy that they exhibit, despite

their circumstances is remarkable. It can't be anything other than the work of the Holy Spirit in their

lives.

I love how Westside partners with schools. We're able to serve so many families in our own backyard

and we give support to teachers and resources that they desperately need. When schools and churches

partner together, that's what excites me the most. Seeing Jesus work in that way in this community.

I see Jesus at Avenue of Life and how they work with the homeless population to break the cycle of

poverty. The model Avenue of Life uses in their programs has reduced homelessness in the Kansas City,

Kansas, School District 500 by 60% or more. That model is being duplicated in other cities and other

programs because of what they do here. And that makes me so proud to be a part.

We wanted to adopt when we realized that we were adopted into God's family, chosen and loved by

Him, and we wanted to provide that for kids in a practical way. I love how easy Westside makes it to see

and then get involved in the foster and adoption care ministry.

Where do you see Jesus?

Where do you see Jesus?

Where do you see Jesus?

You helped make these blessings possible through your faithful giving. Thank you.