Spreading the Seeds of the Gospel

2014 Team Praha - GROUP PHOTO CROPPED - photo from Leah Baugh
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 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 month serving in the Czech Republic, and here shares her experiences 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 there simply to see the sights or ... Continue

Photo Gallery: “The Best English Camp in Ukraine”

Ukraine 2014 -13- www.lvivcamp.com
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

Bill Welzien prepares his presentation
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

Teachers Needed in Uganda

Uganda - KEO kids - photo from Martha Wright
Published on August 27, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (August 2014)   Do you like to teach, and desire to serve on a foreign mission field? The Karamoja Station of the Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission (OPUM) is currently looking for individuals to: work with Karimojong preschoolers in OPUM’s Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO) program participate in outreaches to local primary schools where literacy, Bible, and English are taught help out with the home-schooling of missionaries’ children This is not a paid job. Ideally, teachers could begin this fall and stay for 9-12 months.  However, a later start date and a stay of as little as 3 months is also possible. Visit the comprehensive OPUM website, where you can find a a carefully detailed Visitor’s Handbook (Karamoja Handbook) which ... Continue

Photo Gallery: Team Haiti 2014

2014 Team Haiti 13 - photo from Peter Sim
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.  This year’s Team Leader, Rev. Peter Sim, shared some great photos with us! OP churches represented on this year’s Team Haiti: Prescott Presbyterian (Prescott, AZ) Verde Valley Reformed Chapel (Verde Valley, ... 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

Photo Gallery: “English for Teens” Camping Trip 2014

English for Teens 2014 - photo 30 from Alexander Patocs
Published on August 21, 2014
Photos by Alexander Patocs, Calvin OPC, Phoenix, Arizona (August 2014)   NOTE: Alexander Patocs was a member of the team that traveled to Quebec in July 2014 to help lead an “English for Teens” Camping Trip, an annual summer outreach program of Église réformée St-Marc (St. Mark’s Reformed Church) in Québec City, of which OPC Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld is the Pastor.  Alexander’s photos give us a glimpse into this short-term missions experience!   Thank you, Alexander Patocs, for sharing your photos!  

Relationship Growth with God and Each Other

KEY WEST 2014-07 CROPPED -- KEM Intern John Gildersleeve and Joshua Gardner
Published on August 21, 2014
by Joshua Gardner, 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, Joshua Gardner. “This summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Keys Presbyterian Church in Key West with four other members from our own church, Grace and Peace OPC in Southern Maryland. The focus of our trip was evangelism and relationship growth with both God and each other. The experience I had there was incredible and I definitely grew ... Continue

Reflections on My Trip to Key West

KEY WEST 2014-07 Key West group from California, MD with Bill Welzien
Published on August 18, 2014
by Tom Sills, Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church, California, Maryland (August 17, 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.  Read an overview that Rev. Cathey provided on the trip by clicking here.  We are pleased to share the following personal testimonial received from team member, Tom Sills. “I am very glad that I was fortunate enough to visit Bill Welzien in Key West for a week with a group of men from my church. During this time I drew closer to God, deepened relationships with the other men, and challenged myself ... Continue

Photo Gallery: Czech Republic “English Camp” 2014

2014 Bayview OPC -- CROPPED -- Czech Republic English Camp - photo 14 from Zach Chione
Published on August 18, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (August 2014)   Every summer, Bayview OPC (Chula Vista, California) partners with Jerry and Marilyn Farnik (missionaries to the Czech Republic) by bringing a team to the Czech Republic to present the gospel in the form of a summer family “English Camp.”  Click here to read Bayview OPC’s excellent overview of the background, mission, and responsibilities of this wonderful short-term mission opportunity!  Below, see photos (shared by Zachary Chione from Harvest OPC, San Marcos, CA) from the 2014 English Camp (July 9-21, 2014)! OP churches represented on the 2014 Czech English Camp team: Calvin Presbyterian Church (Phoenix, AZ) Bonita OPC (Bonita, CA) Trinity Presbyterian Church (Capistrano Beach, CA) Bayview OPC (Chula Vista, CA) Escondido OPC (Escondido, CA) Harvest OPC (San Marcos, ... Continue

STM Outreach on Indian Reservations in Wisconsin

Zoar 2014 outreach Venture Mission - photo from Karl Thompson
Published on August 15, 2014
by Pastor Karl E. Thompson, Menominee OPC, Zoar, Wisconsin (August 2014)     “Venture Missions-Zoar” is a short-term summer ministry that takes place on the Menominee and Stockbridge Indian Reservations in Wisconsin.  It is sponsored by the two OP churches located on these reservations:  Menominee OPC (Zoar, WI) and Old Stockbridge OPC (Gresham, WI).  This year, we had 23 team members from every corner of the Presbytery of the Midwest and a few from the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario. Training: The process started with some intense training of the team members, covering topics like “Ministry to Children,” “Cross Cultural Ministry,” and “Effective Ministry to the Poor.”  We also did a brief lesson entitled “Canvasing 101.” Ministry: We held a pair of two-day vacation ... Continue

Green Bay’s STM Trip to Naples, Florida

Green Bay team in Naples CROPPED
Published on August 1, 2014
by Pastor Eric R. Hausler, Naples OPC, Naples, Florida (July 2014)   July 28, 2014: Here at Naples OPC in Naples, Florida,  we are hosting a short-term mission team from New Hope OPC (Green Bay, Wisconsin) this week.  Associate Pastor Paul Mourreale and the group from Green Bay arrived in two vans on Saturday evening and will be here until Friday morning.  They will canvass neighborhoods for us and do service projects, including a day of service at St. Matthew’s House (a faith-based non-profit ministry to the homeless and those in addiction recovery).  Our church has its office space at St. Matthew’s, and it is through St. Matthew’s that I have access to the inmates at the jail for ministry.  We are so ... Continue

Key West Discipleship Trip!

Aaron Cathey, Samuel Shelton, Pastor Edd Cathey, Tom Sills, Rev. Bill Welzien, Joshua Gardner
Published on July 25, 2014
by Rev. S. Edd Cathey, Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church, California, MD (July 2014)   Pastor Edd Cathey of Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church (California, MD), led a team of young men on a discipleship/evangelism training trip to Keys Evangelistic Ministries (Key West, FL), on July 12-18, 2014.  Pastor Bill Welzien of Keys Presbyterian Church makes this short-term missions opportunity available to all OP churches (for more information, click here).  Rev. Cathey shared the following report with us: We travelled by airline from Baltimore to Miami and drove a rented SUV 3 ½ hours to Key West. There we were the guests of KEM (Keys Evangelistic Ministries) and Keys Presbyterian Church (OPC). We stayed in their comfortable dormitory which includes ... Continue

David and Goliath in St-Georges, Quebec!

2014 English for Kids in St-Georges, Quebec - photo from Olivia Durham
Published on July 23, 2014
by Olivia Durham, Covenant OPC, Barre, VT (July 22, 2014)   The following report on the “English for Kids” camp held in St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, (June 30 – July 4, 2014) was received from camp organizer Olivia Durham, wife of Pastor Carl Durham of Covenant OPC, Barre, Vermont.  Mrs. Durham carries out the responsibility of running this camp in cooperation with OPC Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld, who also holds “English for Kids” camps at his church, St-Marc’s, in Quebec City. Dear Friends:  Thanks so much for your prayers and support of English for Kids St Georges this summer. We are thankful for God’s care and watchful protection over the whole group and can report a safe, fun, and instructive ... Continue

Help Refurbish New Hampshire Church Building: Sept.-Oct. 2014

Fall Foliage for New Hampshire post
Published on July 23, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)   Individuals or teams are needed this fall to help Providence Presbyterian Church, an OPC mission work in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, refresh and remodel its newly acquired church building!  Until the church building is ready, the congregation is meeting in nearby Norwich, Vermont.  Read more about this area, known as the “Upper Valley,” by clicking here. Jobs include: Painting Yard work Tree pruning / removal Light plumbing General cleaning Dates: The best time for workers to schedule their visit is between September 20th and October 18th, 2014. New England Foliage: These dates conveniently fall during the beautiful New England autumn leaf season!  You may want to combine a fall foliage road trip with your labors! ... Continue