The GOW Timeline

Westover Launches BAM

November 1, 2012

As part of their global mission outreach, Westover Church began BAM (Business As Missions). BAM was created to give businessmen and women the opportunity to offer their skills and knowledge to the regional sponsors with whom Westover worked. A team was formed and they got to work on the first major project, a microbusiness laundromat. The original team was Frank Arkfeld, Ryan Clodfelter, Zack Guthrie, Chris Johnson, Mike Matzinger, Jason Rickard, Valerie Stone, Clark Morgan, and Lisa Powers. They brought skills in finances, web design, management, accounting, IT, and graphic design.    Check out the video below to learn more about the history and purpose of BAM.

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Official GOW Database is Programmed

August 10, 2015

After many months of brainstorming and “creating” programs on paper, the GOW database was officially programmed. The main purpose of this database is to keep track of grant requests and donations. We use this database to store contact information, maintain a check register, and run reports. We input grant requests and can track the progress of their completion through phases, from submission all the way through fund distribution. Eventually, this database was linked to our website and as we added donations and updated grants, those changes showed up on our website for donors and potential donors to see.   

2016 Total Revenue Collected – $34,842

December 31, 2016

New GOW Website Launched

May 15, 2017

After months and months of development, the new GOW website has officially been launched. The team has come up with a new logo, improved website navigation, and most importantly a more professional way to present grant needs and tell this incredible story.

2017 Total Revenue Collected – $24,898

December 31, 2017

2018 Annual Banquet

November 15, 2018

2018 Total Revenue Collected – $32,876

December 31, 2018

2019 Total Revenue Collected – $20,567

December 31, 2019

GOW Marketing Manager added to team beginning of this year.  Cash on hand at end of the year – $28,000

2020 COVID Hospital Relief Fund

July 10, 2020

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we sent a total of $40,310 to two hospitals in South Asia! Earlier this year our sponsors shared with us the struggles they were facing because of COVID, including lack of equipment, rising operating expenses, and loss of revenue due to travel restrictions. While these are a little different than the typical GOW grants, we felt the impact of the virus was so great on our sponsors and their community that it was important to send aid. These funds were used to purchase PPE, patient monitors, hand sanitizer, and food for the needy. Additionally, funds were applied to the creation and improvement of outdoor shelters for patients waiting to enter the hospital.   

Quarterly Update Video

September 28, 2020
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