July 30, 2014
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Pray for OPC Members on STMs!

"Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!"
Psalm 9:11 (ESV)

 

Summer short-term missions (STMs) in the OPC are well underway! Please pray for the health, safety, fellowship, and efforts of the OPC team members participating in STMs!  Please pray for those with whom we have shared the gospel this summer in Quebec, Haiti, Ukraine, Uganda, Japan, and the Czech Republic. Following are those OPCers who will still participate on STMs abroad.

 

It's also wonderful to see many domestic STMs happening as well.  Summer is not over.  See below for the domestic opportunities that still need participants.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

 

July 21 - August 11, 2014: The Presbytery of Southern California's "Team Praha" is partnering with missionaries Jerry and Marilyn Farnik in working with children, teens, and young adults by means of VBS, camps for kids, friendship evangelism, and discipleship.  A Biblical counseling course for adults will be presented concurrently.

 

OP churches represented on Team Praha:

  • Bonita OPC (Bonita, CA)
  • Escondido OPC (Escondido, CA)
  • Sovereign Grace OPC (Redlands, CA)
  • Harvest OPC (San Marcos, CA)
  • Providence OPC (Temecula, CA)
  • Branch of Hope OPC (Torrance, CA)
  • Westminster OPC (Westminster, CA)
  • Immanuel OPC (Bellmawr, NJ)
  • Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church (Purcelleville, VA)


JAPAN 

 

July 25 - August 8, 2014: The Presbytery of Ohio has sent a team to serve at the "Nozomi (Hope) Center" in Yamamoto, a community outreach center cooperatively run by the Reformed Church in Japan and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

 

 

OP churches represented on Japan team:
  • Christ Covenant OPC (Sheridan, IN)
  • Providence OPC (Columbus-East/Pataskala, OH)
  • Harvest OPC (Wyoming, MI)
  • Redeemer OPC (Dayton/Beavercreek, OH)
  • Cedar OPC (Hudsonville, MI)
  • Covenant OPC (LaGrange, GA)
Teacher Needed for Missionary Kids in Uganda!

  

 
Missionary associate teacher Erika Bulthius with missionary kids in Uganda

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

 

There is currently a need for an individual to serve as a Missionary Associate Teacher at the Karamoja Station of the Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission.

 

What:

This teacher's first responsibility will be to teach some of the children of our missionaries (affectionately known as missionary kids or "MKs") in such subjects as math, science, writing, or art (grades 4, 7, and 9). The teacher will also be welcome to work part-time with Karimojong preschoolers (see KEO), and go on outreaches to local primary schools where literacy, Bible, and English are taught.

 

When:

Ideally, the teacher will be available to start in September (2014) and stay for 9-12 months; however, a later start date and a stay of as little as 3 months is possible.

 

Where:

Please visit the OP Uganda Mission's comprehensive website, where you can find a a carefully detailed Visitor's Handbook ("Karamoja Handbook") which is must-reading for anyone interested in serving in this remote region of the world.  Visit the Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO) website for more information on that aspect of the work.

 

Contact:

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

 

Visit the Boardwalk Chapel this Summer!

  

Boardwalk Chapel staffer Danny Dieckmann with "Heaven or Hell Machine"


How about taking a day trip to Wildwood, New Jersey, to visit the OPC's Boardwalk Chapel this summer!  Wildwood is within easy driving distance of many of our churches, and there is a big parking lot right behind the Chapel!  
Come and enjoy an afternoon on the beach or boardwalk, and then attend the evening program at the Chapel and encourage the very talented and dedicated young Summer Staff members, as well as the visiting Ministers and Ministry Teams that come from various OP churches to help out each week!


This ministry of the OPC is in its 70th consecutive year of operation.  Learn all about the Chapel at their 
website and Facebook page!  Click here for a Photo Gallery at www.opcstm.org.

 

Boardwalk Chapel staffers Isaac Fox, Wilfredo Hernandez and Chris Peter 
ham it up for the camera!
Volunteers Needed to Help 
Spruce Up the Machen Center!


 

 
The Machen Retreat and Conference Center is looking for volunteers to help make some improvements to the facility!

 

A variety of skills are needed to help with projects ranging from laying out hiking trails to performing building maintenance tasks.  Workers with wood router ability, or brick and stone laying expertise, could help with several construction projects.

 

Find all the details at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Current Opportunities" by clicking here.
 

Contact:

Rev. Rodney T. King

Chairman, Retreat Operatons Committee

Acting Director, Machen Retreat and Conference Center

McDowell, Virginia

 

Phone: 540-312-8674
Email: director@machen.org

Join in Middletown Peach Festival Outreach
(Aug. 16, 2014)
 

 

The annual Middletown Peach Festival will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in Middletown, Delaware.

 
The Festival attracts 30,000 visitors, many of whom will pass by Grace OPC.  Pastor Bob Harting of Grace OPC invites you to join him and his congregation as they reach out to the community with music, clowns, water bottles, and an art display in front of the church from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. They would welcome the help of musicians, artists who have "peach-themed" art to display, or those who wish to serve as greeters!  Or, just come and enjoy all of the festivities with them!

 

Visit www.middletownpeachfestival.com to read more about this huge summertime event! 


"There are activities for children, a local artist exhibit, historical exhibits, a peach pie contest, crafts, music, food, games, and of course - Peaches!" 

 

Contact:

If you are interested in participating in Grace OPC's outreach during the festival, please contact:

 

Pastor Bob Harting

Email: rharting@msn.com
Phone: 302-545-5038

Help with Local Outreach in San Antonio, Texas!
(August 2014)

2013 community outreach in San Antonio
San Antonio Reformed Church welcomed a large team from Trinity OPC (Hatboro, Pennsylvania) on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The team will stay through Saturday August 2nd, participating in church outreach projects in San Antonio. 

Last summer, Providence OPC in Pflugerville, Texas, answered the call to help out in San Antonio, resulting in "Mission Tejas 2013" - a fun-filled, successful community event!



There is still time to plan a trip to San Antonio this summer!  Pastor Andrew Moody would heartily welcome any other team that wants to come and help!

Contact:
Rev. Andrew T. Moody
Phone: 210-833-3891
Help Refurbish New Hampshire
Church Building (Sept. - Oct. 2014) 


 

 


 

Individuals or teams are needed this fall to help Providence Presbyterian Church, an OPC mission work in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, refresh and remodel its newly acquired church building!


Jobs include:

  • Painting
  • Yard work
  • Tree pruning / removal
  • Light plumbing
  • General cleaning

Dates:

The best time for workers to schedule their visit is between September 20th and October 18th, 2014.


New England Foliage:
These dates conveniently fall during the beautiful New England autumn leaf season!  You may want to combine a fall foliage road trip with your labors!  Check out Yankee Foliage website for ideas!

Contact:
Those interested in helping are asked to contact Organizing Pastor Tim Herndon directly for complete details!

 

Rev. Timothy G. Herndon
Phone 603-667-1053

Email: tgherndon@gmail.com 

Visit the church's Facebook page by clicking here.
David and Goliath in St-Georges, Quebec!

by Mrs. Olivia Durham

 

2014 - English for Kids - St Georges, Quebec


The following report on the "English for Kids" camp held in St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec (June 30 - July 4, 2014), was received from camp organizer Olivia Durham, wife of Pastor Carl Durham of Covenant OPC, Barre, Vermont.  Mrs. Durham carries out the responsibility of running this camp in cooperation with OPC Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld, who also holds "English for Kids" camps at his church, St-Marc's, in Quebec City.

 

Thanks so much for your prayers and support of English for Kids St Georges this summer. We are thankful for God's care and watchful protection over the whole group and can report a safe, fun, and instructive week for all.


We had our largest camp ever with 44 campers (including 10 in our Teen Track up to age 15). This represented 21 families, only a few of whom regularly attend any church.

 

We were thankful for a large crew of volunteers to meet this need: 22 people, half from the OPC Presbytery of New York and New England, and half from the Canadian Reformed denomination in Ontario. The teens enjoyed working together in this international group. It was fun to celebrate both Canada Day and our Independence Day in the same week (July 1 and July 4).  We sang the national anthem for both countries on their respective days.

 

Our week's theme was David and Goliath and the theme verse was "The LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you." (Dt. 20:4 ) Coupled with this verse, "For Jesus must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet" (1 Cor. 15:25-26), the teachers tried to explain that Jesus, like David, fights for us against our enemies of sin and death. The teens and older kids are certainly able to understand, and the little ones learn and grow as they are able.

 

We had some children who returned to camp for the sixth year in a row. I'm thankful for the annual contact and marvel to see their growth and change through the years. Their parents certainly have a warm appreciation for the church.

 

Please pray for the little church at St Georges de Beauce, doing a heroic job of maintaining a faithful witness in their town of 30,000 with only one other evangelical church in their town.

 

Please  also pray for our steering committee as we pray and plan for next year - some questions about what our max enrollment should be and what best to do with the older teens need to be wrestled with.

  

Creative July 4th Outreach
in Kentwood, Michigan!

by Rev. Jerry Neumair
 
Parade walkers in Kentwood, Michigan


Members of nearby OP churches recently answered the call from Rev. Jerry Neumair for volunteers to help Meadow Springs OPC reach out to the community with a "Dragon Master" theme during the Annual July 4th Carnival in Kentwood, Michigan!  The group was photographed (above) before they headed out with their float to join the parade!  Rev. Neumair shared the following report with us:

 
Praise God for providing:

  • Volunteers from 3 Michigan OP churches:
    • Oakland Hills Community Church (Farmington Hills, MI)
    • Harvest OPC (Wyoming, MI)
    • Cedar OPC (Hudsonville, MI)
  • Amazing creativity in presenting the gospel via float, flyers, t-shirts and crafts
  • Fantastic weather (mid 70's and no humidity)
  • The distribution of approximately 3,000 invites and gospel tracts (along with many refrigerator magnets and pocket New Testaments)
  • The funding of this outreach through the generosity of 2 churches and 2 families

Pray for fruit:

  • For follow-up on emails collected at the carnival for future events and sermon series
  • For families to attend the advertised series on "How to Train Your Children"
  • For God to move in the hearts of those who read or re-read our flyers, invites and Bibles
  • For a steady stream of visitors with some becoming fruitful members. 

If your church could use some volunteers from other churches to help you with a local outreach project, please feel free to let us know at OPCShortTermMissions@opc.org so that we can help you get the word out!

Key West Discipleship Trip!


by Rev. Edd Cathey
 

Aaron Cathey, Samuel Shelton, Pastor Edd Cathey,
Tom Sills, Pastor Bill Welzien, Joshua Gardner 

Pastor Edd Cathey of Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church (California, MD), led a team of young men on a discipleship/evangelism training trip to Keys Evangelistic Ministries in Key West, Florida, on July 12-18, 2014.  Rev. Cathey shared the following report with us:


We travelled by airline from Baltimore to Miami and drove a rented SUV 3 � hours to Key West. There we were the guests of KEM (Key Evangelistic Ministries) and Keys Presbyterian Church (OPC). We stayed in their comfortable dormitory which includes three bedrooms, two full baths and spacious kitchen.

  • We worshipped with the dear saints at Keys Presbyterian Church. 
  • We studied a bit about human beings as God's image. 
  • We listened and interacted with Rev. Bill Welzien several times to learn about evangelism and the role of disciples, and we prayed for God's indispensable help. 
  • We attended and assisted in six public gospel presentations at Mallory Square sunset celebration where we spoke to listeners and handed out literature. 
  • We got lost several times in the confusing streets and byways of Key West (Pastor Cathey was in the lead J). 
  • We cooked together and ate together. Thanks to Susannah Shelton for making the travel and food arrangements. 
  • We also enjoyed a morning of snorkeling at a reef six miles offshore and saw the amazing variety of fish and coral. 
  • Aaron and Josh enjoyed a 27 mile Wave-runner tour around Key West one day.

Was it worthwhile? I think all of us would answer a resounding "YES."


 

Pastor Bill Welzien of Keys Presbyterian Church makes this short-term missions opportunity available to all OP churches.  See "Year-Round Opportunities for Service," below.

Skilled Workers Still Needed!

 

Skilled workers are still needed to help with construction projects at Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Neon, Kentucky, and in the area of Brick, New Jersey, where Hurricane Sandy recovery work is being completed.

 

If you can help, please contact:

 

Neon, Kentucky

Rev. M. Jay Bennett

bennett.1@opc.org

 

Brick, New Jersey

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).

 

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 church.

  

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