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  1. News & Articles : Aperture: Third Wednesdays

    Aperture: Third Wednesdays

    “Community and Public Education on Islam”

    October 17  | 6:30-8:00pm | Music Room

    Imam Waheed has been a friend to Westminster for many years, having visited us for the first time nearly 20 years ago. He came to Durham in 1991, and in 1998 became the first Muslim Chaplain at Duke University, serving on the Religious Life staff at Duke for more than 20 years. He has led interfaith trips to the Middle East, is an instructor in Duke’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and has served as a chaplain in city, state, and federal correction institutions. Imam Waheed has cultivated countless relationships across lines of faith, bringing wisdom, insight, and understanding. His is a voice for our times.

    Join us for dinner at 5:45pm in the Fellowship Hall ($5 per person/$20 max per family). The menu is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables or green beans, and rolls. A vegetarian option is now available! Register by October 15 at

    Contact: Kristina Gilbert (

  2. Mission Trip Blog : October 4, 2018

    Blog post by Jami Howell

    Greetings from Haiti! Today we had to rise and shine earlier than usual. Our tap-taps picked us up at 6:00am to take us to the school at Terre Noire. All the children line up at 6:45am to sing the National Haitian anthem and listen to announcements from the Headmaster. Unfortunately, two children were disruptive and had to kneel in the corner.

    Nadege, Pastor Leon ‘s daughter, gave us a tour of the classrooms, where we visited with the students in one three-year-old and two Kindergarten classrooms. Remarkably, the Kindergarten students were writing in cursive, which appeared more more legible the handwriting of some of our team members! We also visited the kitchen where the cooks were preparing meals provided by Rise Against Hunger over a wood fire. We stopped in the library where Nadege shared that there are no public schools or libraries in Port-Au-Prince. Of the ten private school libraries, HOM has five of them!

    Some team members were able to visit with their sponsored child. HOM enrolls 180 three-year-old students each year, all needing sponsorship. Parents contribute a portion of the tuition while the remainder is covered through sponsorship.

    Finally, before leaving for the clinic, we shopped at the onsite gift shop, buying Haitian made gifts for loved ones back home.

    After all that, it was only 8:30am, so it was off to the clinic for a full day of seeing 98 patients. God is working indeed!

  3. Monthly Newsletter : October 4, 2018

    October 4 Newsletter

    In this Issue:
    Concerns & Celebrations, October’s Aperture, November WOW, Christmas Pageant Prep, Stewardship 2019: “Take Heart,” Volunteer Opportunities, An Afternoon of Art, One World Market, Westminster School for Young Children, Fall Inquirers’ Class, Youth Group News, Property Management Team, Clothing Sale Recap, Worship Schedule and Volunteer Listing

  4. Mission Trip Blog : October 3, 2018

    Blog post by Woody Warburton

    Today is day five, but only our third day in the clinic. It was exciting just getting to the clinic as there is road construction outside the Palm Inn with huge piles of gravel and barely enough room to get by. One tap-tap had to push the other to get over the curb!

    Today’s clinic brought the usual mix of patients, ranging in age from one week old to 80 years old. A good number of patients were dehydrated. It’s amazing what two liters of Gatorade will do for a 65-year-old person who is feeling poorly and barely able to walk. The other common problem is hypertension. Just like in the US, it is a major challenge to get folks to take their medications every day!

    We only saw 80 patients in the clinic and were finished for the day by 2:00pm. Jackie Dorleans and Nadege had asked that we see some students at the new high school (and see their new building) in Berye Fe.  Six students have grown to 80+, so we took the full team with translators, triage equipment, and a supply of medications, guessing at what kinds of health concerns we might find there. It was an excellent and rewarding experience – an impressive group of 7th-10th grade students. I asked every one what their favorite subject was; their answers were physics, biology, math, commuter science, and languages. Not one said PE or soccer or recess. It was very nice to see the future leaders of Haiti. Yes, education is the ticket out of the pervasive poverty.

    We are blessed with a wonderful group of 10 translators. They are a joy to be around. All are amazing. Here’s a brief profile of this group who are so critical to our work:

    Paulinx: Age 25, lead translator, studying law, tutors, and helps with technology problems
    Markins: Age 35, a third-year law student, likes journalism and sports
    Eugenie: Age 34, English teacher, married with eight children – a two- and a four-year-old at home and six who live in the US
    Wood: Age 31, 3rd grade teacher, married with a wife and four-year-old child in Paris
    Evans: Age 31, just graduated from law school
    Osmack: Age 26, 4th-6th grade English teacher
    Marline” Age 24,speaks Spanish and German and is studying Japanese; has studied theology
    Anderson: Age 24, teaches 3rd grade
    Calvin: Age 25, college student studying telecommunication engineering, likes to paint and do electrical work
    Joseph: Age 18, works with kids and is writing a book

    What a talented and wonderful group!

    The devotions tonight were from First Thessalonians about authentic joy. Our translators exhibit this as they care for us. We are truly blessed. We closed with the reminder that the joy of the Lord is our strength.

    With love and joy from Haiti,

  5. Mission Trip Blog : October 2, 2018

    Blog post by Andy Dunk

    A few of our awesome Haitian translators

    Bonswa from Port-Au-Prince! Tuesday was a great day in clinic. The team worked as a wel- oiled machine with a day’s experience under our belts. In fact, we were efficient enough that we finished early and wished we had requested a few more patients for the day.

    At the end of clinic each evening, our lead translator asks how many patients our team would like to see the next day. Patients walk to clinic in the early morning hours, lining up as early as 5:00am. The clinic then gives out tickets for visits for the day. When 125 tickets (or whatever number we choose) have been given out, the line is cut off. Patients then wait outside the clinic in the hot Haitian sun until their turn to be seen. The system works well, and there’s no need to cut off the line while there are still people waiting. But, it can be challenging to estimate how many patients we can adequately care for in a given day since the type and acuity of illness is so variable.

    Our devotion on Sunday evening before the start of clinic centered around Matthew 22:35-40 – the commandments to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbor. I have been thinking this week about how broadly we can define “neighbor.” I feel privileged to serve with my neighbors from WPC and those from Topsail, NC and Rochester, NY.  I feel privileged to serve with our neighbors who are our translators, many of whom worked with us last year and greeted us with warm smiles and big hugs. I feel privileged to serve our Haitian patients, who face so many challenges and live in such a different world than me, but who laugh at the same jokes, who cry when their children are in pain, and who are comforted by a doctor’s reassurance and a nurse’s care.

    We look forward to another busy day tomorrow. Please keep us and the people of Cité Soleil in your prayers.

    Much love,

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