It would be difficult to overstate the spiritual foundation upon which Valley View Village rests. Our ministry to seniors began in 1962 when some visionary Des Moines area pastors came together to begin a retirement center which would address the special needs of seniors with a spiritual emphasis. This emphasis has continued from the founding of Valley View Village to our present day status with Elim Care. Although our residents and staff come from many religious backgrounds and Christian denominations, Elim Care is associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Our two chaplains, Craig Burton and Joel Andrus have both been Evangelical Free Church pastors for many years. It is not our intent to promote our denomination, but we are intentional about promoting the Gospel message as described in the Bible. We teach that all are lost because of our sinful nature, but that we can be saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t force the message on anyone, but encourage all of our residents and staff to know Christ personally and to grow in their relationship through Bible Study, prayer, and Christian fellowship. This is why Valley View Village was founded and this is why we are here today.
When someone spends some time on our campus it won’t be too long before this spiritual emphasis is sensed. On Sunday and Wednesday mornings we offer two traditional chapel services, with singing, special music, prayer and the preaching of the Word. Many new attendees are shocked to find that our services are “just like a church” and they are delighted to be able to sing the old hymns that they have long missed from years ago. Our chapel offerings help support 19 various missionaries and mission organizations throughout the world. We have formed a special relationship to a ministry in Liberia and have sent gifts to the students in their school (toys made by our residents) and we have helped them with their school building project. In addition to our chapel services, we hold several Bible studies in different areas of our campus throughout the week. Some of our chapel residents volunteer at a local homeless ministry and help children with their reading at a local elementary school. For the last year or so, we have held a weekly prayer meeting for our residents and we have seen many answers to prayer. It is true that there are newer and more modern retirement facilities in the Des Moines area, but few, if any, can match our spiritual emphasis. If this is what you are looking for, we invite you to visit Valley View Village and find out how you can be part of a senior community that will help you grow in Christian fellowship and in your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.