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Mission Trip Blog

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

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  1. Mission Trip Blog : Is It Really Wednesday Already??

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    I can’t believe it is already Wednesday, but it seems like we have been here a month!

    The standard routine begins with breakfast at 6am with fresh fruit, some type of bread, cereal, pancakes, or omelet (most of us have omelets), papaya juice that tastes like tasteless grapefruit juice, and wonderful coffee Adventure begins when the two tap taps roll into the courtyard of the hotel.

    Each day we load each tap tap with 6 or 7 team members, a translator or two, and a row of huge suitcases full of clothes for the kids down the middle between our knees. We are sitting on wooden benches, backs to the steel roof braces, holding on for dear life. We pile our backpacks and water bottles on top of the suitcases and off we go.

    We get to the clinic a little before 8am, after hitting some of the most horrendous potholes and dodging buses, motorcycles, other tap taps, people, pigs, goats, and cattle, If we were a little sleepy when we started out the noise of beeping horns, and rattling vehicles ensures we are wide awake when we arrive.

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  2. Mission Trip Blog : Hot Haitian Sunday!

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    It has been a long, hot, but satisfying day. We started with breakfast at 6am.

    Dressed in our Sunday best (men in dress shirts with ties, women in knee length dresses with shoulders covered), we climbed into the back of the two tap taps, avoiding the spare tire on the floor, to head to church. In each tap tap we squeezed three large suitcases of medications between our knees as we sat facing each other on board benches under the brightly painted metal roof. At least when the tap tap was moving some air flowed from front to back to relieve the heat. We commented on how much cleaner the streets were compared to last year, and guessed the amount of dust was less because everyone was in church instead of on the road.

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  3. Mission Trip Blog : Saturday: We Made It!

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    We had a good trip… on time, even! Our plane from Raleigh landed at the gate for departure to Haiti so we used the same plane with only a 20 minute layover! That helped ensure our bags would arrive with us (and they did!).

    I had a window seat for the first time, and I hope some of the pictures of the enormous thunder (hurricane?) clouds out the window in the distance will turn out. (The airplane window is quite an interference.) What really amazed me is how truly mountainous Haiti is as seen from the top, and how covered with trees! I love mountains, and the terrain of the entire island is actually beautiful.

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  4. Mission Trip Blog : Thursday: Keeping Our Fingers Crossed

    Blog post written by Dorene Palermo.

    Sunday was truly a blessed day… blessing of the dresses and clothes and the Mission Team at both services was terrific. “Clothes and stuff ” everywhere, to quote some of the children. Looks like we may have at least 18 suitcases full of the medications and clothes to wrestle through the airports. Our own clothes (scrubs and shirts) in our roller bags and backpacks. Chris’ blessing and the love pouring forth on us from everyone in the Sanctuary just continues the constant and selfless support we have been receiving all year from so many people from so many places.

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  5. 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.


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