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Barbara Asempa, Executive Director of HOCAP & Tema Redemption Catechist, and her team serve food in Tema, Ghana markets to hungry people who lost their only income source ($1 or $2 a day jobs) during 2020 COVID-19 shutdowns. 

In Spring 2020 Westminster Church partners in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone all sought our help to avert starvation for people who have no savings and no stored food. Economic challenges were clearly evident in each country as lock-downs were imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus virus.  

Bread for the World says that poverty is the main cause of hunger in the world. Because of the number of people who live in extreme poverty (d...

June 15, 2020

The following statement was unanimously approved by the Session of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on June 14, 2020.  

Inherent in the psalmist’s cry “how long Lord?” is the accompanying lament - “too long.” Too long have we endured the evils of racism and the sin of white supremacy. And too long have we watched silently, while others around us suffered at the hands of those who would deny the simple truth that black lives matter. Too long have we feared angering the powerful, avoided the conflict, sought to weather the storm around us by treading the surface of these waters.

Westminster Presbyterian Church has heard Go...

May 28, 2020

Do you want to share your thoughts with federal elected representatives concerning what should be included in their fourth stimulus bill or any other issue?

I have written this blog for those who do not regularly lobby and are interested in how I have gone about conveying my concerns to the legislators representing me. It is a format which can be used for lobbying a legislator now or with any issue. It is divided into three sections: Selecting a Personal Message, Lobbying Choices, and Specific Steps in Convening a Message.

Selecting Your Personal Message to Your Legislator

Following current issues and letting your legislator know what you think the gover...

May 18, 2020

The future is out there and it is up to you to shape it. That will be a common message this time of year at graduation speeches, even those given virtually this year. Speakers make it seem like an enjoyable challenge but it’s also a gigantic task and can be a bit overwhelming. That’s especially true this year. There will be calls to rebuild the economy, and help us return to normal. No, say others, we want something better than the old normal. 

It’s also a true statement for Westminster as you bring on a new pastor in the face of continuing challenges caused by the pandemic. Overwhelming indeed. To help you feel merely whelmed, we can get lessons from the way Da...

May 5, 2020

In Isaiah 43:19, the Lord God says through the prophet “Behold, I am doing a new thing.” A large number of those hearing this word were in exile in Babylon. They did want a change. They wanted to be released from captivity in a foreign land. They wanted freedom from fear of their oppressors.

And today, we too are praying for a release from captivity, freedom from the exile to our own homes, and freedom from the fear of illness and death. This has been long enough, Lord. Do a new thing and free us.

I have no doubt though that what most Israelites wanted was a new thing (release) that led back to the same old thing that they were used to - autonomy for Judah/Israel...

April 22, 2020

M.O.M. Orphanage in Sierra Leone receiving supplies shipped to them

In times of trial, anxiety and fear, one possible reaction is to narrow your view to most pressing concerns and fears. There are times this is a necessary way for us to focus our energy to deal with an immediate challenge or need. Continual narrowing of our view, though, can lead to unintentional hardening of our hearts and limiting of concern for others. In faith, we pray to God to be gracious to us. In faith, we are called to keep our prayers as spacious as the reach of God’s graciousness.

Here at Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC), we are blessed by the witness of partners in mission both f...

March 27, 2020

As I was reflecting on the story of Jesus raising Lazarus, I was struck that despite the happy ending, there was a lot of grief in the early part of the account. Mary and Martha grieved over the illness of Lazarus and sent word to Jesus. After Lazarus’ death, Martha’s grief came out as anger at Jesus for coming too late. And even Jesus wept in grief for Lazarus, despite knowing the outcome. Even when we know all is not ended and life will go on, there is grief.

It’s the same with us now.

Some of the Presbytery’s ministers met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the adjustments we’re making i...

March 16, 2020

Where do we start? We feel threatened by something we can’t see but whose results are increasingly, painfully obvious. It’s a time to breathe deeply, admit we are confused and stunned, then to pray, and stick together in spirit and in reality.

There are websites to help tell us, "What it means, What is True, and What to do." Some very tense religious people are going to insist that their Scripture answers all these questions. Some quote Psalm 91:5-6: “You will not fear the terror of the night, . . . , or the plague that stalks in darkness.” “Trust God and pray,” say others. There’s nothing wrong with that but we can’t then just sit back. God’s answers to our pra...