As seen on the back cover of New Horizons (March 2015)
by David Nakhla, OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator
OP churches and church plants! Since we have fewer overseas options this year for those who wish to participate in short-term missions, what 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 told to use our gifts in serving one another (1 Peter 4:10)! If you request a team to help out at your church, you will 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. Using 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 OPC members from across the country responded to the call!
Pastor Tim Herndon reports, “The saints of Providence Presbyterian were so blessed by the warm fellowship and generous service of those who came to work with us! 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 activity going on inside and out!”
OP churches and church plants in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin were also blessed to receive short-term missions 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?