When most families were planning trips and how to relax over Spring Break, the Tobiasions and their many kiddos decided to use their time off in an unexpected way that has forever changed them. Now 6 years later, they are still inspiring others to join them as they build houses for the less fortunate living in Mexico.
At Westside, we believe that everyone has a story to tell, a voice that deserves to be heard. As we begin to share the stories of what God has done in our personal lives, we build audacious faith in those that hear, encourage our own walk, and bring glory back to God.
When Adam and Dani Nichols got the call that their daughter Adelaide had been born, they knew they had a choice. With excitement and faith, they chose to open wide their hearts through adoption and allow God to beautifully craft their story. Now with adopted son Isaiah in their arms they’ve seen how adoption not only echoes the heart of Jesus, but has become a hallmark of the way they welcome in so many into their community.
When Amelia Rabelhofer was diagnosed as a teenager with clinical depression, she turned in desperation to Jesus for the kind of help and healing that only He could bring. Amelia’s journey towards wholeness has been met by the nearness of Jesus along every step of the way.
We all have influence. Are we leveraging our influence in ways that reflect the change-making potential God has put inside of us? With this question in mind, we gathered once again for this year’s Global Leadership Summit. Stirred by a desire to grow as leaders both professionally and personally, we came.
“Children come to Jesus freely because he calls them. They come to Him in a place of simple faith. Trusting, open and ready. Children are incredibly valuable and important to us here at Westside. We value their innocence, trust and openness and know that from an early age they can step into a personal faith relationship with Jesus.”
-Joanie Morelock, Westside Kids Director
Growing up all that Hayden Crook had dreamed of was being the famous, star athlete that he had worked so hard to become. When the unexpected happened amidst his successful college football career, he began to question and search for an answer to the emptiness that overtook him. The harder he searched, the more he found Jesus pursuing him.
Longing for real connection and friendship, Katie and Trent Stutzman mustered up the courage to attend one of our Summer BBQ’s last summer. Even with the fun, relaxed, and relational environment they found themselves in, they never expected for God to provide the very thing that they were looking for.
We believe that fathers and father figures play such a vital role in our families and community as they lay down their lives, provide for, and love extravagantly like Jesus does. We are so grateful to have such incredible fathers laying a strong and healthy foundation in our faith community.
Expecting with joy the birth of her second child, Christa was nesting and letting anticipation build. When the unexpected happened and the birth went not as planned, Christa found strength like she had never known. Her strength and peace in the midst of the unexpected has her ever more convinced that God is present to cover us when we need him most.
God has uniquely fashioned women to nurture, care for, and courageously love those around them. We celebrate Motherhood AND Womanhood on this Mother’s Day. What a gift it is to have such strong, compassionate, and brave women walking this life beside us. This is a celebration. This is Motherhood.