November 26, 2014
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Give Thanks!


by David Nakhla

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Ps. 136:1 (ESV)

 

Calm seas in Haiti


As the OPC's Disaster Response Coordinator, I ask you to join me in giving thanks to the Lord for sparing our church a major disaster in both 2013 and 2014! 

 

The devastation of the 7.0 Earthquake in Haiti in 2010 was followed by the Great Tsunami in Japan in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The current respite has enabled us to wind up disaster response efforts associated with those events, and further enhance our infrastructure to respond to future disasters.  We have much for which to be thankful! 

 

(Please remember to keep in your prayers those outside our church who continue to suffer the effects of these disasters, such as the people served by the on-going ministry of the Nozomi ("Hope") Center in Yamamoto, Japan, a community outreach and relief center established in 2011 by a coalition of missions including the OPC.)

 

Of course, we ought not be surprised when disasters occur.  They are just one of the reminders that we live in a broken world that is not our home.  The Lord uses such trials and tribulations to shape, mold, and conform us into His image.  James exhorts us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, for this develops perseverance.  The Lord demonstrates wonderful things in the midst of destruction.

 

We stand ready, by God's grace, to weather the next storm with you, whatever it may be, knowing that the Lord will provide all that is required in that hour of need.  We don't know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. 

 

Let us together enjoy this lull between the storms and give thanks to Him from whom it comes!  Thank you, Lord, for your mercies endure forever! 


Team Haiti 2014 Testimonial VIDEO!

 

Brenna Hunter (Harvest OPC, Wyoming, MI) with VBS students in Haiti

We have posted a 9-minute video at our website featuring clips from interviews with five members of Team Haiti 2014!  We hope that the personal reflections of these short-term missionaries will be helpful to anyone considering short-term service in the OPC. 

 

Watch the Team Haiti 2014 Testimonial Video!

 

Review the Team Haiti Photo Gallery, too!

 

Thanks to ...

  • Seth Davies, Brenna Hunter, Thomas Jennings, Rosie Perkins, and Lanie Price for sharing your short-term missions experiences.
  • Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California for organizing and sending the team and sharing your videos with us.
  • Team Leader Rev. Peter Sim (Theophilus OPC, Anaheim, CA) for sharing your photos with us.
  • Mr. Bob Reith (Elder, Grace OPC, Fair Lawn, NJ) for producing this Testimonial Video for us.

The video is posted at www.opcstm.org under "Haiti."

 

Donate Items to the Boardwalk Chapel!


 



Plans are underway for some changes and renovations at the OPC's Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, as they look ahead to the busy summer season of 2015!

 

Elizabeth Horst, newly appointed Coordinator of Domestic Operations at the Chapel, contacted us to let us know that in order to accomplish much-needed refurbishing of the Chapel apartments and staff housing, they are hoping to receive certain pieces of equipment, tools, and appliances by donation.

 

Items currently needed include the following:
  • A PowerPoint projector for Chapel programs or concerts
  • Two round tables, 3-4 foot in diameter, bar height
  • Several bar stools
  • Two refrigerators, either regular or commercial-sized
  • Two gas stoves
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Several good-sized stainless steel pots
  • Gardening and landscaping tools, including a spade, hoe, and leaf rake
Learn more about the Boardwalk Chapel:
Contact:

 

If you can help with any of these needs, please contact:

 

Elizabeth Horst

Coordinator of Domestic Operations
The Boardwalk Chapel
Email: eghorst@gmail.com


 


 

This opportunity is posted at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Current Opportunities."


 

Haiti Renovation Project (Feb. 18-27, 2015)
Deadline - Dec. 1st

 

December 1st is the deadline to inquire about joining the team that will travel to Haiti (February 18-27, 2015) to perform further renovations to the home of OP missionary Rev. Ben Hopp and his family in Kaliko.  Skilled volunteers are invited to review the project outline linked below, and contact Project Manager Broc Seaman directly if interested in serving.

 

Needed are volunteers experienced in:

  • Tile 
  • Plumbing 
  • Electrical
  • Kitchen renovation
  • Cabinet construction and installation

Click here for all the details, including a project plan and budget.

 

Contact:

 

Mr. Broc Seaman
Stated Supply, Concho Valley OPC, Concho, Arizona
Kitchen Renovation Project Manager
Phone: (909) 746-6131
Email: brocseaman@mac.com

 

This opportunity is posted at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities."


 

Help Refurbish OP Church Building in Utah


 by David Nakhla

Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Magna, Utah
Here's an opportunity to participate in furthering the OPC's witness in the heart of Mormon country.

In September, I visited Pastor Jason Wallace and his congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Magna, Utah, outside Salt Lake City. Jason has been striving to establish a congregation there for 16 years. They have had their share of fits and starts. It's a very difficult place to minister. As Jason works with folks to grow them in the Lord, they frequently reach a point where they realize that Utah is no place to raise a Christian family, and they decide to move! So, Jason finds that he is continually growing families and moving them out.
 
Jason has established quite a presence in witnessing to the Mormon community. He has a weekly, hour long, call-in talk show on a Christian TV station that has a potential audience of 2 million viewers.  (This only costs him $250/month!)  Quite a few people have visited the church as a result of this outreach, and Jason has challenged many Mormons in their beliefs. He has a winsome and respectful demeanor, and has come to understand Mormonism better than most Mormons.  As such, Jason has become quite an apologist in this arena.
 
Skilled Volunteers Needed

About 8 years ago, the Lord gave the congregation the opportunity to buy a building in Magna, about 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.  It was originally built as a Mormon church, then was Protestant for many years, but was neglected and eventually abandoned. They bought the 11,000 square foot building at an extremely good price, but it was in disrepair. Over the years, they have accomplished a number of projects, using discounted construction materials collected locally.  But - the congregation needs help completing the work! 

Volunteers with the following skills are invited to contact Jason to discuss the project and the possibility of traveling to Utah to help out! 
  • Carpentry
  • Drywall installation
  • Painting
  • Light electrical work
A visit of any length would be welcome, and housing will be provided.  Up to 6 people could be accommodated at one time.

Contact:

Rev. D. Jason Wallace
Phone: 801-969-7948

 

This opportunity is posted at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Current Opportunities."


 

English Speakers Needed
to Help Train South Korean Missionaries


 


 

Here is an opportunity for short-term service in a foreign land - utilizing your "natural talents" as an English speaker!


The Missionary Training Institute (MTI) in South Korea, founded by OPC Missionaries Dr. Young J. Son and his wife Mary Lou in 1983 to train Koreans for missionary service, is seeking teachers for its ESL (English as a Second Language) program.

 

From the MTI website:

 

"MTI is a place where Korean missionary trainees live and study together in a residential community setting. The language spoken here is English. Native English speakers from Australia, Canada, the USA, and the U.K. assist the students in the further development of their English language skills. We seek to make MTI an international community where the students can become comfortable with foreigners and in their use of English.


"In all aspects of the training, teaching and community life, the Holy Scripture is our authority. MTI is committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission being evangelical and conservative in line with the Reformed faith."

 

Job Description:

  • Qualifications:  Evangelical Christians with some ESL experience (if possible); love for the Lord and people.
  • Subjects taught:  Speaking, listening, writing and reading during the day. Chapels and Bible study will be done by students; teachers help them as facilitators.
  • Teaching materials:  Books and resources are provided. Curriculum provided by MTI. Daily lesson plans generated by teacher.
  • Hours of teaching:  4-5 hours a day plus checking and editing students' work in the evening.
  • Numbers of students:  about 6-7 students per class.
  • Aim:  To teach missionaries or missionary candidates:
    • practical words and expressions they can use for daily conversation
    • how to describe in English what they see in everyday life
    • listening and writing skills.
Flag of South Korea

Further Information:

Visit MTI's website  to learn more about the institute and its openings for ESL teachers.


 


 


 


 


 

This opportunity is posted at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities."


 

Teachers Needed in Uganda


 


Do you like to teach, and desire to serve on a foreign mission field?

 

The Karamoja Station of the OP Uganda Mission is looking for a teacher or teachers - women, men, or even a couple! - to help out with the mission's Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO) project.

The following information was provided by Martha Wagar Wright of the OP Uganda Mission:


The Work:
  • Teaching:
    • young children in the KEO nursery school (and possibly in the village nursery school)
    • primary-school age children in local public schools
    • young out-of-school housegirls and shepherd boys
  • Possibly helping with local literacy outreaches
The Ideal Candidate:
  • Cooperative
  • Creative
  • Agreeable
  • Interested in making the best out of not-always-perfect situations
  • Not fussy or dogmatic
  • Willing to take initiative and follow through on plans
  • Willing to patiently and compassionately train local teachers who have little education themselves
  • Bonus qualifications:
    • Experience and/or training in education
    • Anyone who is good at sports - especially soccer!
    • The local children have really appreciated the young men who have come to work with us!

Language:
  • Most of the teaching is done in English with the help of Karimojong translators, so even new teachers or visitors can jump right in!
  • Anyone willing to try to learn to communicate using the local language (with the help of the missionaries and teachers) would be a bonus!
Time Frame:

A teacher would initially serve for 1 to 3 months, and then, if all goes well, could apply to be a Missionary Associate for a period of 1 to 2 years or longer.

Cost:

KEO teachers, like other short-term missionaries, have to raise their own support.  Costs vary considerably from person to person depending on how long one stays.

About Uganda and KEO:
Contact:

Those interested in serving are encouraged to contact Martha Wright directly at marthakaramoja@gmail.com to ask for an application and all the details!


This opportunity is posted at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities."


 

Can Your Church Use a Team?


 

A team from Green Bay, WI, traveled to Naples, FL, to help with community outreach projects in 2014!


Is there a ministry or outreach program that your church could undertake if it had the help of volunteers from other OP churches or presbyteries?

 

Is there a work project at your church that keeps getting put off due to lack of available volunteers?

 

Need help with Vacation Bible School?

Need help with community outreach?
Need help with a church refurbishment project?

In making such a need known, a church actually provides an opportunity for those who seek to share their time, gifts, and skills!

Start planning now for the summer of 2015!

We can help you get the word out and look for a team!

Contact us at OPCShortTermMissions@opc.org or click here to complete a form to request a team to help your church!



 


 

Skilled Workers Still Needed!

 

NEON, KENTUCKY

Skilled workers will be needed when construction resumes on the church/manse building of Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church (OPC) this winter in Neon, Kentucky.

 

If you can help, please contact:

Pastor M. Jay Bennett

bennett.1@opc.org







BRICK, NEW JERSEY

Site Coordinator Charlie Farrell reports that Hurricane Sandy (October 2012) relief work continues in Brick, New Jersey, where reconstruction of just one more home of an OPC member needs to be completed.

 
Current needs and projects include:

  • Someone with carpentry skills to build an approximately 4 x 5 ft. landing with steps off the back door
  • Back door and screen/storm door installation
  • Interior painting (some sheetrock patch work and trim)
  • 2 bathroom sink installations (caulking around the sinks)
  • Sorting and organizing papers and files in the attic:
    • creation of a filing and storage system
    • accounting or paralegal skills would be helpful

If you can help please contact:

Mr. Charlie Farrell, Site Coordinator

arre954@regis.edu 

 

Year-Round Opportunities for Service 

 

Uganda 

The Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission (OPUM) is the largest mission station in the OPC, and is ripe with opportunities for short-term mission work - year round!  With an operating medical clinic, a farm project, an education outreach project and village evangelism, not to mention continual construction projects including well-drilling, there are many ways for a short-term visitor to serve on this field.  Read more at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Uganda" by clicking here.


 

Key West, Florida 

How would you like to spend a week in beautiful Key West, Florida, growing in your ability to speak with boldness about the eternal hope that is in you?  OPC pastor Bill Welzien presents the gospel three times a week in an engaging open-air style during the famous Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, and he invites you to come, learn and practice hands-on evangelism with him, at any time during the year.  Read more at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Current Opportunities" by clicking here.


 


 

Quebec City

Rev. Ben Westerveld, OP Missionary and Pastor of St. Marc's church in Quebec welcomes you to come join in a "Cafe anglais" (English Cafe) in the parks and malls of Quebec City.  Since, the mother tongue of most of the citizens of Quebec is French, they enjoy any opportunity to practice English with real Anglophones (those whose mother tongue is English). This type of outreach can lead to sharing of the gospel and the Reformed church.  Read more at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Quebec" by clicking here.


 

Current Missionary Associate Openings

 

A missionary associate (MA) is an individual who is appointed by the Committee
on Foreign Missions to labor on an OP foreign mission field without cost to the committee.
There is an application process, and terms of service are generally 3 months to 2 years.

 

Asia

Individuals able to teach English at the university level (must have at least a Bachelor's degree). Minimum commitment of one year.

 

Quebec

An individual able to speak French (or interested in learning to speak French) to assist in the outreach and discipleship ministries of �glise r�form�e St-Marc's.

  

Uganda

Two individuals to assist our missionary families in Mbale with homeschooling and more.

Two individuals to participate in the Karamoja Education Outreach program.

Skilled individuals to assist our missionary deacons.

   

For more information and/or to apply for missionary associate service:

Contact Rev. Douglas Clawson, Associate General Secretary
Committee on Foreign Missions at clawson.1@opc.org

 
Printable  S.T.O.R.M.  Reports:   www.opcstm.org/storm-reports  
  

 David P. Nakhla

  Administrator, OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries

  Coordinator, Short-Term Missions & Disaster Response

 

  Phone 562-760-7606

  nakhla.1@opc.org

  www.opcstm.org

  www.facebook.com/OPCShortTermMissions

  www.facebook.com/OPCDisasterResponse


 

Questions and comments regarding the S.T.O.R.M. Report may also be directed to:

Janet L. Birkmann, Administrative Assistant, Committee on Diaconal Ministries, and
Short-Term Missions & Disaster Response, at birkmann.1@opc.org