Help Refurbish OP Church Building in Utah

Utah - Christ Presbyterian Church
Published on October 28, 2014
by David Nakhla, OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator (October 2014)   Here’s an opportunity to participate in furthering the OPC’s witness in the heart of Mormon country. In September, I visited Pastor Jason Wallace and his congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Magna, Utah, outside Salt Lake City. Jason has been striving to establish a congregation there for 16 years. They have had their share of fits and starts. It’s a very difficult place to minister. As Jason works with folks to grow them in the Lord, they frequently reach a point where they realize that Utah is no place to raise a Christian family, and they decide to move! So, Jason finds that he is continually growing families and moving them ... Continue

Haiti Renovation Project (February 2015)

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Published on October 25, 2014
by Mr. Broc Seaman, Stated Supply, Concho Valley OPC, Concho, Arizona (October 2014)     A team is being organized to travel to Haiti in February 2015 to perform further renovations to the home of OP missionary Rev. Ben Hopp and his family in Kaliko.  Skilled volunteers are encouraged to review the project outline linked below, and contact Project Manager Broc Seaman directly if interested in serving.  Needed are volunteers experienced in: Tile  Plumbing  Electrical Kitchen renovation Cabinet construction and installation  See Broc’s letter, below, for more details, including the need to raise funds to carry out the work. If you have been following updates over the last several years from the Hopp family, OPC missionaries in Haiti, then you are probably aware ... Continue

English Speakers Needed to Help Train South Korean Missionaries

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Published on October 21, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (October 2014)   Here’s 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. “MTI is a place where Korean missionary trainees live and study together in a residential community setting. The language spoken here is English. Native English speakers from Australia, Canada, the USA, and the U.K. assist the students in the further development of their English language skills. We seek to make MTI an international community ... Continue

Teachers Needed in Uganda

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Published on October 9, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (October 2014)     Do you like to teach, and desire to serve on a foreign mission field? The Karamoja Station of the OP Uganda Mission is 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 following overview was received from Martha Wagar Wright of the OP Uganda Mission: The Work: Teaching: young children in the KEO nursery school (and possibly in the village nursery school) primary-school age children in local public schools young out-of-school housegirls and shepherd boys Possibly helping with local literacy outreaches The Ideal Candidate: Cooperative Creative Agreeable Interested in making the best out of not-always-perfect ... Continue

Trust Him Who Began the Work

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Published on September 16, 2014
by Alexander Patocs, Calvin OPC, Phoenix, Arizona (September 2014) with Audrey Southgate, First OPC, Portland, Oregon     NOTE: Alexander Patocs was one of several young men and women from the OPC who traveled to Quebec this summer to help conduct an “English for Teens” Camping Trip, sponsored by St. Marc’s Reformed Church in Quebec City, of which OP Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld is the Pastor.  Alex provided the following retrospective on the experience, with a contribution from his teammate, Audrey Southgate. Quebec: Canada’s Prodigal Province Quebec is unique compared to the rest of Canada. While the rest of Canada speaks English, Québécois speaks French. While the rest of Canada is influenced by Protestantism, Quebec has Catholic roots. It may seem ... Continue

Cohesiveness as a Team – A Great Blessing

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Published on September 15, 2014
by Anne Lehan, Bethel OPC, Wheaton, Illinois (September 2014)   NOTE:  Anne Lehan, a member of a short-term missions team that reached out to two local Indian Reservations this summer, tells her story and shares her thoughts, below. In July 2014, Pastor Karl Thompson and Pastor Gordon Oliver led a Vacation Bible School on the Indian Reservations at Menominee and Stockbridge, Wisconsin. It was my privilege to spend my 5th year in Zoar with about 25 of my brothers and sisters in Christ from several Illinois and Wisconsin OP churches as we shared the Gospel with the children on the reservations. The team lodged in the Zoar church for the week and was quickly knit together as a family, something that ... Continue

Life as a Disciple of Jesus

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Published on September 13, 2014
by Elizabeth Horst, Calvary OPC, Schenectady, New York (September 2014)     NOTE: Elizabeth Horst was one of a group of young men and women who served as full-time Staff at the OPC’s Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, living and working there from June through August, 2014. Below, Elizabeth shares her reflections on her summer at the Chapel. It is 3:20 PM on an ordinary July weekday at the Boardwalk Chapel. I stumble up from a rustic nap across three ancient chairs and walk barefoot across the boards to slump down on the closest bench. I glance back toward the Chapel. Our evangelism leader talks enthusiastically to a couple who stopped at the Heaven or Hell Machine and his ... Continue

Photo Gallery: Team Praha 2014

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Published on September 13, 2014
Photos from Members of Team Praha 2014 (September 2014)     From July 21 to August 11, 2014, The Presbytery of Southern California’s “Team Praha” was in the Czech Republic, working with OP missionaries Jerry and Marilyn Farnik.  Over the course of 3 weeks, the team led a VBS, participated in a Czech Mountain Adventure focusing on friendship evangelism and discipleship with Czech teens and young adults, and ran a Ready, Set, Go Camp for children in Prague. OP churches represented on this year’s 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) ... Continue

Photo Gallery: “English for Kids” Camps (2014)

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Published on September 3, 2014
Photos from Rev. Ben Westerveld, OPC Missionary and Pastor, St-Marc’s Reformed Church, Quebec (September 2014)   Every  summer, St-Marc’s Reformed Church in Québec City (Pastor: OPC Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld), reaches out to the community through “English for Kids” Bible Camps that aim to teach the Gospel truth by meeting the interest of French-speaking children in learning to speak English proficiently at a young age. English-speaking volunteers from sister Reformed and Presbyterian churches in North America work with a bilingual coordinator from St-Marc’s to conduct the Bible camps. In 2014, volunteers from the following OP churches partnered with volunteers from Canadian reformed churches to present three weeks of “English for Kids” camps at St-Marc’s church: First OPC, Portland, OR Lakeview OPC, Rockport, ... Continue

English for Kids and Teens Camps (2014)

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Published on August 30, 2014
by Suzy Djeki, Director, English for Kids and Teens Camps, Québec City, Canada (August 2014)   NOTE from Rev. Ben Westerveld, OPC Missionary and Pastor, St-Marc’s Reformed Church in Québec City:  “For several years, Suzy Djeki volunteered at our ‘English for Kids’ camps as a translator and assistant director. This past year, we hired her as Camp Director to coordinate the mission teams as well as to enroll the children and teens. Special thanks to Grace Covenant OPC in Sheffield, Ontario, for underwriting her salary.” Suzy’s Review of the 2014 Camps:   This summer, we hosted our 9th year of English immersion Bible camps here in Quebec –  ‘English for Kids’ and ‘English for Teens.’ As in previous years, the four weeks of camp ignited ... Continue

Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel

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Published on August 28, 2014
by Leah Baugh, Escondido OPC, Escondido, California (August 2014)   NOTE:  Leah Baugh was a member of two short-term missions teams that were sent by the Presbytery of Southern California to the Czech Republic during the summer of 2014:  “English Family Camp” and “Team Praha.”   Leah spent a total of one month serving in the Czech Republic, and here she describes her experience and encourages others to consider short-term missions themselves! ENGLISH FAMILY CAMP English Camp is one of those camps where you really feel the urgency and importance of proclaiming the gospel message. The gospel we proclaim is a life and death matter, more important than anything else. English Camp really brings you back to that truth. We are not ... Continue

Photo Gallery: “The Best English Camp in Ukraine”

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Published on August 27, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (August 2014)   This summer, OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator David Nakhla traveled to Ukraine with a team organized by Bethel OPC (Wheaton, Illinois) to participate in the popular “Leopolis Green English Camp” in the Carpathian Mountains outside L’viv, Ukraine.  OPC missionaries Heero and Anya Hacquebord are on the camp staff, and Heero served as the camp’s first director back in 2008. Described at the camp’s website as “the BEST English Camp in Ukraine,” the camp offers L’viv students 17 years and older the opportunity to practice speaking English with native English speakers.  There is 1 American teacher for every 3 Ukrainian students, so the students get lots of practice speaking English! The camp’s website goes on to say: “You will ... Continue

I Learned A Lot About Evangelizing

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Published on August 27, 2014
 by Aaron Cathey, Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church, California, Maryland (August 2014)   NOTE: In July 2014, Pastor Edd Cathey of Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church in California, MD, led a group of young men on a trip to Key West to learn evangelism with Pastor Bill Welzien of Keys Presbyterian Church.  We are pleased to share the following personal testimonial received from team member, Aaron Cathey. My experience at Key West was a different one. I had never been on a trip with a church group to learn specifically about evangelism. In addition, I wasn’t aware that we would be out in public actually physically doing the evangelizing. When I learned this would be the case, I was a bit anxious at first. But once we got ... Continue

Photo Gallery: Team Haiti 2014

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Published on August 26, 2014
Photos from Pastor Peter Sim, Theophilus OPC, Anaheim, California (August 2014)   Team Haiti, sent out by the Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California, traveled to Haiti this summer from June 23 to July 3, 2014.  This is the ninth year that a short-term mission team has been sent to Haiti from this presbytery! The team worked with OPC missionaries Ben and Heather Hopp, accompanying them to the island of Lagonav, off the coast of Haiti, to conduct mini VBS programs based on Reformed catechetical instruction in the Creole language with the assistance of translators. OP churches represented on this year’s Team Haiti: Prescott Presbyterian (Prescott, AZ) Verde Valley Reformed Chapel (Verde Valley, AZ) Theophilus OPC (Anaheim, CA) Sovereign Grace OPC (Redlands, CA) Harvest ... Continue

I Was There To Serve Him

Czech Republic (photo credit: Stacy Nelson, English Camp 2013)
Published on August 25, 2014
by Kristina Mellon, Trinity OPC, Capistrano Beach, CA (August 2014)   NOTE:  In July 2014, Kristina Mellon joined the team that was organized by Bayview OPC (Chula Vista, CA) and traveled to the Czech Republic to present the gospel in the form of an English Family Camp. Kristina shared with us the following letter, which she sent to friends and family upon her return from the short-term mission trip. Thank you for your prayers and various means of support for me to go on this mission to the Czech Republic. I have been back in the U.S. one week and I have spent part of that time thinking about what to say and how to sum up the mission trip to ... Continue