Nationally, we send work teams to repair homes in Appalachia and to assist in disaster relief efforts wherever needed. Internationally, our global mission work stretches from Mexico to Nicaragua, from Haiti to Kenya, and we send mission teams regularly to serve with our partners in those countries. We go with open hearts and willing hands, not to save but to serve.
Mission trips can be a life-changing experience. In an effort to make sure anyone can serve, Westminster’s generous support of our annual Mission Celebration and Auction, allows us to heavily subsidize trip costs.
International Mission Trips
Westminster sends two teams each year with our partners HOI and Communidad Connect. Both organizations have long track records of working to improve the lives of people in Central America through economic and community development, and health and education programs. Our volunteers work with families in the community, building ovens, stoves, and improving existing structures to improve living conditions and overall health.
In the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, we partner with Family Health Ministries, a Durham-based organization that supports Haitian communities in their efforts to build and sustain healthy families.
Founded in 2006, Westminster’s Kenya ministry has developed into a rich tapestry of relationships and partnerships. Teams spend time in schools, churches, orphanages and a hospital – all organizations that Westminster supports in various ways.
In Mexico, Westminster is partnering with Accion Ministries , which serves the Mayan people who live in small villages in the central Yucatan. Our volunteers build homes, schools, and churches while living in hosts’ homes and participating in village life.
National Mission Trips
Appalachain Service Project
Westminster sends teams twice a year to work in the area in and around Jonesville, Va., repairing family homes to make them warmer, safer and drier.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is a national PCUSA organization meeting the needs of catastrophic events all over the world. Westminster sends volunteer work teams when immediate needs arise.
Made from the clay of Mt Kenya, Amani beads have been shaped, painted and fired by Kenyan women in a fair-trade business. Imperfect beads are donated to Amani Children’s Foundation and then to Westminster, whose members shape them into beautiful, one-of-a kind pieces of jewelry and art. It is a labor of love, and the proceeds go back to care for orphaned babies at New Life Homes in Kenya. Through this ministry, Westminster covers more than a third of the annual cost of operating the New Life Homes orphanage in Nyeri.
Beading workshops are offered Wednesday nights at 6:30pm.
Amani jewelry and crafts are sold at the church’s annual Alternative Giving Sale and year-round at the Redington House adjacent to the church.
Registration is open for all trips and can be found by clicking on the trip you’re interested in.