June 25, 2014
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Sending Out STM Teams
by David P. Nakhla
"The sower sows the word"
Mark 4:14 (ESV) 
Members of Team Haiti stand before the congregation during a "Send-Off" service at Westminster OPC (Westminster, CA)
Who is it that commissions a short-term mission team to go forth and carry out its work?
Rev. Donald G. Buchanan, Jr., recently reminded members of the Presbytery of Southern California's "Team Haiti" that it is the Lord who has, in his providence, called and commissioned the team to this service in Haiti, short-term though it may be. 
Serving as guest minister at a "send off" service for Team Haiti at Westminster OPC (Westminster, CA) on June 22, 2014, Rev. Buchanan preached from Mark 4:1-20 (the Parable of the Sower), teaching that Jesus Christ is the Sower; the field is the Lord's.  Rev. Buchanan encouraged the team that, although the field may look barren, God has prepared the field - we can expect to see Him at work, understanding that some yields are larger or smaller.  Rev. Buchanan exhorted the team to see the field as their area of stewardship and to sow for all it's worth!


The seed that is sown is the Word.  It is the truth that people need to hear.  This word is more powerful than any other message - it is the Gospel; Christ has died for sinners!  Rev. Buchanan cautioned that we are to expect obstacles because the field is full of rocks.  This is the hardness of hearts.  Satan thinks he owns the field (Haiti in this case), but we are to remember that "Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world."  There will be shallowness, even manifesting itself in the attractiveness and "fun" of VBS, and there may be those who will be distracted from the message by worldliness or worry.  As such, patience is required.  We will need to keep praying after sowing.  The one who goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, will come back rejoicing, bringing in the harvest with Him.  The team and the congregation departed with a renewed zeal for the work set out before them.


The Presbytery of Southern California has established the practice of sending off their short-term missions teams (many teams sent from this presbytery represent 6-10 different churches within the presbytery) by means of an evening worship service at one of the presbytery's churches.  The sermons preached for the occasion are helpful and instructive, not only for the team preparing to go, but also for each congregant heading out into the mission field of life.  


May the Lord guide and equip each team going forth this summer, sent out by the Lord for His good work, to the glory of Christ and for the sake of His gospel!


Rev. Buchanan's message, "The Sower Sows the Word" can be found at www.opcstm.org by clicking here.

Pray for OPC Members 
Participating in STMs this Summer!


Summer short-term missions in the OPC are underway! Please pray for the health, safety, fellowship, and efforts of the team members participating in the following STMs!  Please pray for those with whom they will share the gospel this summer!


Some members of the 2013 "English Camp"
team with Czech nationals
  • July 9 - 21, 2014: Bayview OPC (Chula Vista, California) will send a team to work with missionaries Jerry and Marilyn Farnik to present an "English Camp" - a well-attended family camp that is advertised as a Christian-run camp and features reading lessons and oral discussions based on Scripture.
  • July 21 - August 11, 2014: The Presbytery of Southern California's "Team Praha" will join missionaries Jerry and Marilyn Farnik in working with children, teens, and young adults by means of VBS and camps for kids, friendship evangelism, and discipleship.
  • June 23 - July 3, 2014: The Presbytery of Southern California's "Team Haiti" is working with missionaries Ben and Heather Hopp to present several Vacation Bible Schools on the island of Lagonav. 
  • July 25 - August 8, 2014: The Presbytery of Ohio is sending a seven-person 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.
  • June 23 - 27: "English for Kids" Bible Camp at St-Marc Reformed Church, Quebec City
  • June 30 - July 4: "English for Kids" Bible Camp at St-Marc Reformed Church
  • June 30 - July 4: "English for Kids" Bible Camp at Reformed Christian Church Beauce in Saint-Georges de Beauce
  • July 7 - 11: "English for Kids" Bible Camp at St-Marc Reformed Church
  • July 14 - 18: "English for Teens" Bible Camping Trip (St-Marc Reformed Church)
       OPC Team Members from:
    • Calvin OPC (Phoenix, AZ) 
    • Merrimack Valley OPC (North Andover, MA)
    • Jaffrey OPC (Jaffrey, NH)
    • Providence OPC (West Lebanon, NH)
    • Immanuel OPC (Medford, NJ)
    • First OPC (Portland, OR)
    • Covenant OPC (Barre, VT)
    • Grace OPC (Vienna, VA)
  • June 28 - July 4: A team will travel to L'viv, Ukraine, to participate in the 7th annual "Leopolis Green English Camp" with team members from:
    • Bethel OPC (Wheaton, IL)
    • First OPC (Ipswich, MA)
    • Calvary OPC (Glenside, PA)
English Camp for University Students in Ukraine



OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator, David Nakhla, is joining an OPC team headed to Ukraine this week to participate in the 7th annual "Leopolis Green English Camp" for university students in L'viv. Mr. Jon Powell, a member of the Mission to the World (MTW) team in L'viv, is the camp organizer, and provided a helpful overview and background of the program, which you can read at www.opcstm.org by clicking here.


Don't Forget Medical Travel Insurance!


Leaving the country for a short-term missions trip (or for any reason!) this summer? Be sure to get your travel insurance ... not "trip cancellation insurance" ... but medical/emergency evacuation insurance. Lots can go wrong ... and your U.S. health insurance most likely won't cover you!


Click here to learn more about why your short-term mission trip-planning needs to include International Travel Medical Insurance!


STM Brochures Will be Mailed in July


Our new "OPC Short-Term Missions and Disaster Response" brochures are scheduled to be distributed directly to churches in July!
Watch for yours in the mail!
The Lord's Grace Shining Forth


by River La Belle


The following testimonial was recently received from River La Belle, the 18 year old son of OPC Pastor James A. La Belle (Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod, Barnstable, MA), who served as an assistant at an "English for Kids" Bible Camp in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Qubec, during the summers of 2012 and 2013.  River communicates his youthful zeal for missions in a compelling way which we hope may inspire other young men and women to consider opportunities for short-term missions in the OPC.


"Rej�an is a delight of the church in
Saint-Georges. He was one of the translators
for us, a man who cares for the kids, for the
English staff, and for the Truth of the Bible,
for the Church, for Christ's Bride. He was
a great encouragement, besides
being a lot of fun."
"I believe Saint-Georges might be compared with Boston - containing plenty of little urban shops, several stately old buildings, homeless men and women walking the streets, houses stuck close together, and the pervasive, soul-devastating worldview of humanism.


"But reader, do you remember the last time you gazed at the stars on a farm or in the desert? Just as they shine their brightest when the world around us is the darkest, so we observed, in a city so dark, the Lord's grace shining forth beautiful and bright during our week assisting at an evangelistic "English for Kids" Bible Camp with the members of the glise Chrtienne Rforme de Beauce (Christian Reformed Church of Beauce) in Saint-Georges.  [The CRCB is a sister church of �glise R�form�e St-Marc (St-Marc's Reformed Church) in Qu�bec City, of which OPC Missionary to Quebec, Rev. Ben Westerveld, is the Pastor.  "English for Kids" camps are held at St-Marc's, too.]


"Amid teaching lots and lots of English - after a condensed and accelerated crash course by the luminous and servant-hearted Olivia Durham [camp organizer and wife of Pastor Carl A.P. Durham (Covenant OPC, Barre, VT)], through God's grace (despite my many sins!), the children at the camp learned that the Bible is God's truth, they memorized some of its verses, and they sang songs of God's love. 


"Even more, they saw men and women of all ages travel across a national border into a nearly exclusively French-speaking land just to minister to them, to bring them not only fun and education, but, clearly and sincerely, Christ's love.


"Today, I still email one girl whom I saw again when I returned with my sister to serve again in 2013.  This girl recently (June 2014) quoted me one of the verses she learned in July 2012. It is amazing that God is working there in a land where but a fraction of one percent are professing Christians. Your prayers are needed, brother or sister. But even more, reader, will you go to Qu�bec to serve Christ because of your love for Him and your share in His passion to save His lost sheep?"




River La Belle would welcome hearing from anyone who wants to further discuss his experience with short-term missions.

Email: jordanriver1@icloud.com


Find more Testimonials at www.opcstm.org by clicking here.

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.


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

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

2013 community outreach in San Antonio
Last summer, San Antonio Reformed Church put out a call for a team to help them with a local outreach project, and Providence OPC in Pflugerville, Texas, answered the call, resulting in "Mission Tejas 2013" - a fun-filled, successful community event!

Trinity OPC in Hatboro is scheduled to send a team to San Antonio this summer, and Pastor Andrew Moody would heartily welcome any other team that wants to come and help!

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

Rev. Andrew T. Moody
Phone: 210-833-3891
Summer Retreat / Service Project Opportunity!
Naples, Florida (July/August 2014)

Canvassing the neighborhood in Naples, Florida

Rev. Eric Hausler, Pastor of the new OP church plant in Naples, Florida (Naples Presbyterian Church) invites you to bring a youth group to Naples in late July or early August to participate in canvassing neighborhoods and spending evenings at the beach as a means of meeting and inviting people to church, as well as volunteering at St. Matthew's Center, a Christian ministry to addicts and the homeless.

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

Rev. Eric R. Hausler
Phone: 239-234-5500

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



Brick, New Jersey

Mr. Charlie Farrell, Site Coordinator


Year-Round Opportunities for Service 


Short-term missions are not just for summertime anymore!  There are ways to serve all through the year.
Help out with a medical clinic, a farm project, an education outreach project, or village evangelism at the OP's Uganda Mission!
Or, travel to Key West, Florida, to learn and practice open air evangelism with Rev. Bill Welzien ("Bible Bill" as he is know in the Keys)!
Or, take part in an "English Cafe" in Quebec City and reach out to the citizens of Quebec who love learning to speak English!
Full details about these opportunities are posted at the links above or at www.opcstm.org under Global and National "Year-Round Opportunities."

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.



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



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.



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