Vol. 3: Issue 12
 
December 24, 2014
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Receiving and Giving


by David Nakhla


 

  
In the days leading up to Christmas, it is not uncommon to find children clamoring around the Christmas tree, eagerly searching for packages that might have their name in the "To" slot. I recall doing so myself as a child. I can also still hear the voice of my godly mother from the next room, resonating her Savior's words, "Just remember, it's more blessed to give than to receive."  What a blessed and important truth - particularly at this time of the year!
 
Recently it was my privilege to visit with OPC missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld, pastor of St. Marc Reformed Church in Quebec City, whose congregation receives short-term missions (STM) teams from reformed churches in Canada and North America each summer to help them present their "English for Kids" Bible Camps as a means of outreach to churched and many un-churched children. In Quebec, a French-speaking province of Canada, there is great interest in practicing English with Anglophones (those whose first language is English), and the English camps provide just such an opportunity to the community.
 
In visiting with some of the members of St. Marc's who have been involved in the English camps, it was encouraging to hear them testify to the blessing that the teams and camps have brought to their congregation: receiving and loving neighborhood children; interacting with believers from throughout North America; and being challenged in their own Christian faith and life.
 
And yet, it was even more encouraging to learn that for as many years as St. Marc's has been receiving STM teams to help them present their English camps, they have likewise been sending out teams of French-speakers from their own congregation to help present "French for Kids" Bible Camps at a reformed church in New Brunswick, an English-speaking province of Canada where the locals are interested in learning French.  What a delight to learn that St. Marc's, which has been blessed by receiving help with its own camps, has faithfully given to another church in a similar fashion, all for the honor of Christ!

Testimonial:
Doing the Work of Evangelism in Key West

Anthony Burgos, Matthew Buttner, Chad Mullinix, Michael Anderson
 

This fall, Rev. Chad Mullinix (Holy Trinity OPC, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and three men from his congregation participated in evangelism training with Rev. Bill Welzien of Keys Evangelistic Ministries and Keys Presbyterian Church (OPC).  Each of them shared his reflections on this experience:


Matthew Buttner (excerpt):


"The days of instruction and fellowship ... were both profitable and encouraging to my soul. I don't know if I will ever be able to share the gospel in the manner that Pastor Bill does, or as well as he does, but I do know that I want to evangelize more than ever before."

 

Michael Anderson (excerpt):


"This trip down to Key West to meet and learn from Pastor Welzien was something the Lord has used in my life to get me fired up and eager to go out and tell the world of the joy I have in my heart through the abundant life I have been given in Christ Jesus!"

 

Deacon Anthony Burgos (excerpt):


"I've learned that ... in evangelism, a key (no pun intended) factor is commitment. Not just in theory but in action. We must commit ourselves to be intentional about actually doing the work of evangelism."

 

Pastor Chad Mullinix (excerpt):

 

"I found a faithful minister of the gospel who has so steadily proclaimed Christ from the Scriptures in Key West Monday after Monday, Wednesday after Wednesday, Friday after Friday for well over 20 years that he has earned the island-title "Bible Bill." So this is my humble prayer - that I might somehow by God's grace be found faithful by my faithful Savior, in union with my faithful Savior, proclaiming my faithful Savior."


Read the full testimonials at www.opcstm.org under "Testimonials" by clicking here!

This opportunity to train with Rev. Welzien in Key West is available year-round.  Read more at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Year Round Opportunities," by clicking here!


 

Team Uganda - Summer 2015 - Apply Now!

 

 

The Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California will send out a short-term missions team of 8 individuals to assist the missionaries of the OP Uganda Mission this summer (June 22 - July 23, 2015), and welcomes you to explore the possibility of joining the team.

 

The main focus of the work will be to assist the missionaries in making use of the newly translated First Catechism to teach Biblical truth in the public schools, in Karimojong villages, and in the mission's own pre-primary school. Additional activities will include construction and maintenance, helping with the mission's farm project, IT support, clerical tasks, and watching missionary children.

 

Read all the details and download a printable brochure at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities," by clicking here!

 

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2015, but the team may be selected before the final deadline if enough applications are received.  Don't delay!

 

Team Haiti - Summer 2015 - Apply Now!
 

 

The Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California will send out its 10th "Team Haiti" to assist our missionaries in Haiti this summer (June 22 - July 2, 2015), and welcomes you to explore the possibility of joining the team.

 

Team Haiti will accompany OPC missionaries, Rev. Ben and Heather Hopp, to the island of Lagonav, off the coast of Haiti, where the OPC is actively working with a number of churches, and will conduct mini VBS programs with 3 churches. The teaching program is based on Reformed catechetical instruction in the Creole language with the assistance of translators. The team will also have the opportunity to assist in various other work projects.

 

Read all the details and download a printable brochure at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities," by clicking here!

 

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2015, but the team may be selected before the final deadline if enough applications are received.  Don't delay!

 

Teach English in South Korea


 


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.

 

Evangelical Christians with some ESL experience (if possible) and a love for the Lord and his people are needed 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, and listening and writing skills.

 

Read all the details at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities," by clicking here!

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Further Information:

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

 

Contact:

Mihyang Choi-Yoon


 

Teachers Needed in Uganda


 


The Karamoja Station of the OP Uganda Mission i
s 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 work includes teaching young children in the KEO nursery school, primary-school age children in local public schools, and young out-of-school house girls and shepherd boys.

Read all the details at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities," by clicking here!


Those interested in serving are invited to contact Martha Wright directly at marthakaramoja@gmail.com to ask for further information and an application!


 

Help Refurbish OP Church Building in Utah
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.

Pastor Jason Wallace (Christ Presbyterian Church) in Magna, Utah, outside Salt Lake City, 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. Quite a few people have visited the church as a result of this outreach, and Jason has challenged many Mormons in their beliefs.
 
Skilled Volunteers Needed

About 8 years ago, the Lord gave the congregation the opportunity to buy a building in Magna. Over the years, they have accomplished a number of needed renovations, but, to help complete the work, they are seeking helpers skilled in:
  • Carpentry
  • Drywall installation
  • Painting
  • Light electrical work
Read all the details at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Current Opportunities," by clicking here!

Contact:

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

Donate to Haiti Home Renovation Project

 


A short-term missions team of experienced cabinetmakers and construction workers from throughout the OPC will travel to Haiti in February to renovate the kitchen in the Kaliko home of missionaries Ben and Heather Hopp.

 

If you would like to help fund this project, a Special Project has been established to which all contributions can be sent.

 

Make checks payable to: "Orthodox Presbyterian Church"
 

Write in memo line: "Kaliko Mission Home Kitchen/Security Renovations"

 

Mail to:
Committee on Foreign Missions
OPC Administrative Offices
607 N. Easton Road, Bldg. E

Willow Grove, PA  19090

 

Read more about this project at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Current Opportunities" by clicking here!


 

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!

 

In order to accomplish much-needed refurbishing of the Chapel's 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

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."


 

The ABCs of Short-Term Missions
in New York

 

by Sean D. Gregg

 

from New Horizons (December 2014)

 

STM team from Cedar Church visits New York City


Steve Igo, pastor of Cedar Church in Hudsonville, Michigan, has been on dozens of short-term missions trips to various places and with various ministries, leading about half of them. Several years ago he decided to organize short-term missions trips to benefit Orthodox Presbyterian church plants. In July, he took a team of about twenty-five students and chaperones to Queens, New York, to help out Reformation OPC, of which Jon Shishko is the pastor. "Every trip is different," Igo said, "and not all of them work out, but this one was special. . . ."

 

Read the full article at www.opcstm.org under "Background Reading," by clicking here.


 

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 Volunteers 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) restoration work is nearing completion in Brick, New Jersey.

 

If you can help please contact:

Mr. Charlie Farrell, Site Coordinator

farre954@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