Throughout the year we have many different opportunities to reach out and serve people in our local community. Check out the Crosswind Connection during our Sunday services, our weekly bulletin, and the events page of our website to stay up to date with ways you can get plugged in to serving. Here you can find information on two mission projects that are ongoing in our community.
Deeds of Faith Food Pantry
Every seven weeks we partner with The Shepherd's Table to provide a meal to those in need in the Westminster community. We can always use help preparing and serving meals! Monetary donations are accepted to help with food costs and can be given through our online giving system. If you would like to get involved, donate, or get more information, contact Pat Coburn through the link below.
Located in the yellow building at the end of the church property, the Deeds of Faith Food Pantry serves hundreds of families each week. Since 1997, the Food Pantry has helped those who otherwise might not be able to afford food and essential household products get them at little or no cost. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Times are tough and many feel they are all alone, but our Food Pantry is here to tell people that they are not alone, God loves them, and He has a plan for their life.
Crosswind Church is committed to the country of Nicaragua as our primary overseas missions focus. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in our hemisphere and we are passionate about making a difference for God’s wonderful people in this country. Typically, we take two trips each year to Nicaragua to bring groups of people face to face and hand to hand with the people and projects that we are involved with there. Below you will find more information on each of these projects. We would love for you to get involved in any or all of the areas described below, or even go with us on a trip. To do so, simply contact Brian Reynolds through the link below.
Being the second poorest country in our hemisphere, there is a lot of need for financial support, education, and other basic necessities for children. We work directly through Compassion International to sponsor kids in areas of Nicaragua where the need is the greatest. We especially target kids that are located within close proximity to our other projects in the country. By sponsoring a child, you are helping to break the cycle of poverty in their life. Each month, your money goes towards helping make sure the child is properly fed, given access to an education, and even introduced to the Gospel. Sponsoring children in Nicaragua through Compassion International is a fantastic way to make a difference in their life. To take it a step further, we want you to go on a trip to visit the child you sponsor! By visiting them you are able to make a personal connection and learn about their family and living conditions. We promise that visiting your child will be something you will never forget! If you would like to visit Nicaragua, contact Brian Reynolds through the link above.
Clean Water Wells
Clean water is a scarce natural resource in most of Nicaragua. Drilling sustainable, clean, deep water wells provides this most basic necessity in life for those in need. When clean water is made consistently accessible, God opens the door for multiple ministry opportunities to intersect. This is the tip of the spear to generating life and a thriving community of men, women and children. Each clean water well costs around $6,000 to $7,000. Digging wells not only helps provide clean water, but it also gives employment and income to the men who work on them. We work with a young missionary in the village of El Transito who is a professional well driller. When we fund a well, he is able to hire young men in the area, giving them the opportunity to make a living and provide for their families. Throughout the year, we have specific fundraising opportunities to raise money for various wells, but anyone is welcome to give at any time towards a well. Using our online giving system is the best way to make a donation today! Simply choose the Missions category and place your donation under the Nicaragua Well designation.
El Transito Centro de Artes
The El Transito Arts Center, or ETCA for short, is a small business enterprise that specifically helps women and young girls find employment and purpose. Through ETCA, women and girls are taught sewing skills and given the opportunity to earn income. Several women that started in ETCA have gone on to secure good jobs in the capital city of Managua. ETCA also provides a safe space for children after school to do homework and receive tutoring, and even has a small library. We partner with ETCA by bringing products back to the United States and selling it at our church on their behalf. 100% of the money received for purchasing their product goes back to them. We also bring supplies such as fabric and sewing tools down with us when we travel to Nicaragua. To check out some of the stuff they have made and make a purchase, visit the display located in our cafe.
The average child in Nicaragua leaves school by the time they are in the 8th grade. Through our missionary in El Transito, we have the opportunity to sponsor students of all ages who are being tutored in reading, math, and English as a second language. These students are provided with facilities, teachers, and resources to encourage them to stay in school and complete their high school diploma. We are also provide young men and women sponsorships to go to local universities and trade schools. This “higher education” is equivalent to a specialized, high school education in the United States, with a focus on a particular industry. The graduate can then turn this into a career to support themselves and a family. During our trips to Nicaragua we make time to do various school renovation and painting projects to help the local schools and educators provide the best environment possible to break the cycle of poverty.
Baseball is the national sport in Nicaragua and plays a huge part of the culture. In the village of El Transito, we help to support the youth baseball league by bringing them equipment, gloves, and uniforms. Through our local missionary, we have made an agreement with the coaches and leaders of the youth baseball teams. In exchange for our continued support, they require their youth players to actively take part in extracurricular educational activities.
Jesus is the driving force behind all that we do! During our group trips, we host a Vacation Bible School in the village of El Transito to help share Jesus with as many kids as we can. Through each and every one of our projects throughout the country of Nicaragua we have an open door to share the Gospel with people. This is our ultimate goal and heart for this country. We want to see people in Nicaragua find life's true direction!
Learn More About Nicaragua
and See What We Do!
Meet Stu, our local missionary, and learn about clean water
See the city of El Transito and
check out ETCA
check out ETCA
Watch the power of Child Sponsorship
through Compassion International
through Compassion International
Missionaries We Support
Josh and Mandy Wheeler
Josh and Mandy Wheeler are missionaries in the country of Turkey. They have helped plant a church and spend lots of time learning the local language. Josh and Mandy are working to spread the Gospel to this predominantly Muslim country by building relationships and sharing the love of Jesus. The Wheelers have two children, Havva and Zachariah.
Chuck and Sherry Quinley
Chuck and Sherry Quinley have spent their lives helping Asia's emerging young leaders develop their spiritual core, leadership skills, and their ability to communicate forcefully through the powerful tools of modern media. They founded Medialight Institute in Chiang Rai which has given leaders from 40 nations a ten-week intensive in becoming an agent of change in a digital age. Chuck and Sherry co-direct Emerge Missions and Medialight Institute. The Quinleys have been blessed with six children and live in Northern Thailand.
Fuel the Mission
Your generosity is what makes missions successful! You can use the form below to make a donation towards any of our ongoing projects!