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Mission Trip Blog

Learn about the journeys of Westminster’s various mission trip teams.

  1. Mission Trip Blog : June 20: Day 2

    Hello WPC I am Ben Chesser, one of the youth on the Atlanta mission trip. Today all of the youth were together the whole time. We got up at 7 and were on the road at 7:30. We arrived at a farm and immediately got to work. My group helped spread gravel into holes at their parking lot, and then helped pull weeds. That lasted for 4 hours. Then we left to go to Medshare, which is an organization that sends medical supplies to people who need it. That was a lot of fun. Overall our second day was also a great success.

  2. Mission Trip Blog : June 19: Day 1

    Hello WPC I am Shelby Page one of the Youth on the Atlanta mission trip. Today we split the group in half to go to our work cites. Half of the group went to a homeless agency where we fed women and children. We also got to interact with the people and learn about them. The other half went to a nursing home where they played games. They also hung out with the elderly living there. We then altogether went to the MLK center and Ebenezer church. Overall our first day was a success.

    – Shelby Page

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  3. Mission Trip Blog : June 18: Orientation

    Today we rode to Atlanta in our minivans and blasted horrible music for 8 hours straight. When we got here, we parked and brought all our stuff in and got settled on our mattresses. We then did an orientation, which consisted of stories from the leader Chad, an observatory walk around the block, and an overview of rules. After orientation we had free time, and most people just played cards. We had debriefing time with our group, we are now playing hand games with the other church group that is staying with us.

    Lauren Nichols

  4. Mission Trip Blog : One Day A Month: Trip 1

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    A group of 11 very hearty souls traveled down east on Friday, December 16, for our first trip to help the people there recover from Hurricane Matthew. It was 22 degrees when we assembled at 7am in the WPC parking lot, so we didn’t waste much time standing around talking. Ninety minutes later we found ourselves in the hallway at St. James United Methodist Church in Tarboro awaiting our work instructions.

  5. Mission Trip Blog : Day 7: On the Road to Jacmel

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    I am writing this today because we had no internet access in our hotel in Jacmel last night. Sort of like camping in the Adirondacks, but in a hotel room. We had a late start today, leaving Port au Prince around 9am. We checked out of our rooms and stored our luggage in one room at the hotel – only 17 bags now instead of the 27 we arrived with! We carried our overnight things in our backpacks. Neal stayed in Port au Prince and went safely back to RDU. The rest of us climbed into the van for a very challenging road trip.

    We began with a brief drive through downtown Port au Prince. As we crept along in the chaotic traffic we observed enormous contrasts. There was a huge, new white columned building belonging to the Jordanian government, the ruins of a Cathedral destroyed in the earthquake, the ornate round stained glass windows standing empty against the sky; rubble of government buildings, a new modern museum, and one or two famous statues in parks in the city center.