In 2004, the first group from Westwood visited Dodoma, Tanzania and thus began our relationships with Arusha Road Lutheran Church.  Since that first trip, we have expanded to include several other partnerships.  In addition, there have been numerous trips from Westwood to Dodoma to visit our brothers and sisters in Christ at Arusha Road and three trips from Arusha Road to Westwood.  For more information about how to be involved in these ministries contact Pastor Jason at j.vanhunnik@westwood.church.


Every spring, Westwood hosts a food packaging event.  Hundreds of volunteers from the congregation and surrounding communities join us to pack meals in efforts to support children who have lost a parent or guardian to AIDS in Dodoma, Tanzania.  Our sister congregation, Arusha Road Lutheran Church in Dodoma, distributes these meals to its surrounding community. Our goal is to send at least 100,000 meals annually to Arusha Road.

100,000 meals can sustain 275 recipients for one year.

There's a lot that goes into making this annual event happen and we can't do this without lots of volunteers to pack the food, setting up food stations, and tearing down everything afterward.  The cost to put on an event like this and to purchase the food through The Outreach Food Packing Progam is $30,000 - we hope you will consider a donation to this impactful event!


Arusha Road Lutheran Church

Dodoma, Tanzania

In 2004 a group from Westwood visited Arusha Road Lutheran Church in Dodoma, Tanzania and a new relationship was formed.  In the almost 15 years since the relationship has seen Westwood travel to Dodoma 4 more times and Arusha Road representatives traveling to Westwood 3 times.  These exchanges have been invaluable as we have grown together and grown in our ability to support God's mission in our communities.   In addition, Westwood has had the gift of helping Arusha Road expand their ministry with orphans in their community (most from the AIDS epidemic) from the original 60 to 150.  Yearly, Westwood sends 100,000 meals from the yearly Outreach Inc. food packing event and financial support for the education expenses of 40 orphans.  Watch for the opportunity to help with this ministry in the December Cause of the Month.

Years Westwood has traveled to Arusha Road:







Years Arusha Road has traveled to Westwood:





Our partnership with Arusha Road

throughout the years


Dodoma Christian

Medical Center

bringing health and hope to the people of central Tanzania.

DCMC Facility

Dr. Charles with Ntyuka students

A child receiving oral care

Their mission "is to ensure high-quality, compassionate, Tanzanian-led health care for the people of Central Tanzania by developing the capacity and sustainability of Dodoma Christian Medical Center. We treat all patients who come to the medical center, regardless of their ability to pay."

Dodoma Christian Medical Center is a thriving medical center providing a high standard of service by well-trained Tanzanian medical and dental staff in a safe, clean environment.  They have treated 100,000 patients each year, for the past 2 years and continue.  DCMC is a 50-bed hospital providing quality diagnoses and treatment for both in and outpatients, including a digital x-ray and pharmacy. 

The Dental Clinic is a model for modern dentistry and training in Tanzania.  This clinic's outreach also teaches oral health to school children.  The Reproductive and Child Health Clinic is committed to reducing mother and child mortality through pre/postnatal care and freewill childcare.  Their Community Health Outreach focuses on disease prevention through education and screening in rural villages throughout the region.

The dream of DCMC is to become a sustainable model by combining thriving partnerships, social enterprise and philanthropy in order to provide a consistent level of high-quality care that is rarely seen in Africa.  The Tanzania Ministry of Health has recognized DCMC as the best medical facility in the region with a 3-Star Rating, and the center is not only a referral hospital but a model for sustainable healthcare in Africa.


Operation Bootstrap Africa

Operation Bootstrap is rooted in a “bootstrap” philosophy of helping people help themselves. Truly no person can pick themselves up by their own bootstraps–it is a physical impossibility. 

In 2005 Westwood expanded its connection to Arusha Road Lutheran Church and the Dodoma, Tanzania community by partnering with Operation Bootstrap to support primary schools in the area. Through Operation Bootstrap and their connection with the Community Development Tanzania Fund, Westwood has supported the construction and furnishings of 5 school buildings Knedge, Mlimwa A, and Mlimwa B Primary Schools in Dodoma.  These buildings are at schools that provide education for many of the 150 orphans supported by Arusha Road Lutheran Church.


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