Vol. 4: Issue 1
January 21, 2015
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Would You Invite a Team to Come?

by David Nakhla


As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another ... whoever serves, as one
who serves by the strength that God supplies - in order that in everything
God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
I Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)


Short-term volunteers help out at Providence OPC in West Lebanon, New Hampshire

OP churches and church plants!  Here's an idea for you for this summer.  Since we have 
fewer overseas options this year for those who wish to participate in short-term missions, how about if you were to create a short-term missions opportunity here at home - at your church?

Is there a ministry, VBS, community outreach program, or church refurbishment project that you could undertake if you had the help of volunteers from other OP churches or presbyteries?


We are commanded to use our gifts in serving one another!  If you were to request a team to come help out at your church, you'd be creating an opportunity for those who desire to use their gifts in short-term service this summer.

Consider the example of Providence Presbyterian Church in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Through www.opcstm.org and the S.T.O.R.M. Report, they made known their need for help in getting their church building fixed up, and were blessed by OPC members from across the country who responded to the call!  See full article, below.

OP churches/church plants in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin were also blessed to receive short-term mission teams in 2014!

Might your church be the next to accomplish a project with the help of your OPC brothers and sisters? Might you be a blessing to those who come by giving them the gift of an opportunity to serve?


Contact us at OPCShortTermMissions@opc.org or click here to complete a form to request a team and get started! 

OPC Volunteers at Work in New Hampshire!


Some of the men, women, and children who came to help out at Providence OPC!


Last August, we shared a request from Pastor Tim Herndon of Providence Presbyterian (an OP church plant in West Lebanon, New Hampshire) for volunteers to come and help with the refurbishment of their recently acquired church building!


Providence Presbyterian received a GREAT response to their call for help!

Pastor Tim Herndon recently shared this follow-up report:


The saints of Providence Presbyterian were SO blessed by the warm fellowship and generous service of those who came to help!  Our little diamond in the ROUGH of a building now stands out in our neighborhood as the nicely kept church building - with the lights on and with activity going on inside and out!


  • Bruce and Cheryl Kliewer (Redeemer OPC, Santa Maria, California), helped us get our front porch trim painted. They made a long weekend of it, saw some fall foliage, and then helped another church in the presbytery!
  • Stephen Diercks (Providence OPC, Pataskala, Ohio) and Matthew Gertler (Knox OPC, Mt. Vernon, Ohio), spent 10 days with us, doing general demolition inside, general brush clean-up outside, painting most of the exterior trim, and even playing piano for Sunday worship! 
  • Caleb Pearson (Pilgrim OPC, Bangor, Maine), spent a long weekend leading in some light carpentry, helping with a workday, and painting the last of the trim.
  • Work teams from Covenant OPC (Barre, Vermont) and Merrimack Valley OPC (North Andover, Massachusetts) came for a Saturday clean-up outside, working with chain saws, trimmers, and rakes, and planting flower beds.


See more photos at www.opcstm.org under "News" by clicking here!


Summer 2015 Opportunity:
"English for Kids" Camps in Quebec!



St-Marc's Reformed Church in Quebec City is seeking teams of English-speaking volunteers to come and work with a bilingual coordinator to conduct "English for Kids" Bible Camps in Quebec once again this summer!


The aim of the camps is to teach the Gospel truth by meeting the interest of French-speaking citizens in gaining proficiency in the English language at a young age!

Volunteers Needed:
  • The volunteer team should include a sufficient number of adults to supervise and direct the camp, and enough youth to help energize and work with the children.  
  • An ideal team will have between 15 and 20 members.  Sometimes two smaller teams are matched together.
  • Teams are invited to provide their own camp materials and curriculum which will be reviewed and accepted beforehand.
  • Costs for volunteer teams include housing, food, transportation, as well as teaching materials, rental of the church facility, and publicity (though a considerable part of these costs are covered by children's registration fees).


"English for Kids" Camps:

  • June 29 - July 3, 2015 (a team is already assigned for this week!)
  • July 6 -10, 2015
  • July 13 - 17, 2015

"English for Teens" Camping Trip:

  • Will be scheduled for 1 week based on availability of volunteers

Rev. Ben Westerveld

OPC Missionary and Pastor of St-Marc's
Phone 418-659-7943

Suzy Djeki

English Camp Coordinator
Email: englishforkidsvbs.quebec@gmail.com

Read all the details and download an application form at www.opcstm.org under "Global STMs - Quebec," by clicking here.


Summer 2015 Opportunity:
Share Your Skills in Karamoja, Uganda!
photo by Dr. Donald Theriault, who served at the medical clinic in 2013

The Karamoja Station of the Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission (OPUM) invites you to take part in the active ministry of word and deed carried out daily in the Karamoja region of Uganda!


OPUM welcomes short-term visitors year-round, but seeks in particular individuals with the following skills for the summer of 2015:

  • those with medical skills to work at the Akisyon A Yesu medical clinic
  • those with pastoral interests to work with the ministers
  • those with teaching experience to work with Karamoja Education Outreach (see "Teachers Needed in Uganda")
  • those with construction/mechanical skills to work on diaconal projects
The deadline to submit applications for summer service is March 15, 2015.


Mrs. Sunshine Okken
Karamoja, Uganda

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


Summer 2015 Opportunity:
Serve at the Boardwalk Chapel!



There are exciting opportunities for service at the OPC's Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey this summer! 

Volunteer Staff Positions

There are currently 10 volunteer staff positions available for those interested in serving for 12 weeks this summer - testifying on the boardwalk, on the beaches, and during the nightly Chapel services. (Get details here.)

Ministry Team Participation

Individuals, families, church groups, youth groups, and music groups are invited to apply to serve at the Chapel for one-week periods. (Get details here.)

House Parents

A couple is needed to serve as house parents!  House parents function as "Dad and Mom" for the staff by nurturing them, holding them accountable to perform their duties, keeping them safe at the staff house, and helping to provide a loving and peaceful family atmosphere. If you are interested in serving, please contact Rev. Jim Zozzaro (below) for more information.


Learn More About the Boardwalk Chapel


Visit the Chapel's website and Facebook page!


Rev. James A. Zozzaro
Director, The Boardwalk Chapel
Email: Director@BoardwalkChapel.org

Read all the details at www.opcstm.org under "National STMs - Boardwalk Chapel" by clicking here!


Summer 2015 Opportunity:
Join Team Uganda!



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 Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission (OPUM) 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!


Summer 2015 Opportunity:
Join Team Haiti!


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!

Flag of South Korea

Further Information:

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



Mihyang Choi-Yoon


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 call-in show on a local TV station, and 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!


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 much-needed refurbishing of the apartments and staff housing at the OPC's 
Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey!


In order to accomplish this project, the following items are needed by donation:

  • Two round tables, 3-4 foot in diameter, bar height
  • Several bar stools
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Two refrigerators, regular or commercial-sized
  • Two gas stoves
  • Large stainless steel pots



If you are able to help with any of these items, please contact:


Elizabeth Horst

Coordinator of Domestic Operations, Boardwalk Chapel 

Email: eghorst@gmail.com


Skilled Volunteers Still Needed!



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 with this work, please contact:

Pastor M. Jay Bennett



Site Coordinator Charlie Farrell reports that Hurricane Sandy (October 2012) restoration work is nearing completion in Brick, New Jersey.


If you can help with this work, please contact:

Mr. Charlie Farrell, Site Coordinator



Year-Round Opportunities for Service 



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.



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



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.



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






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