“Missionaries” – Not Just “Volunteers!”

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by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (January 2015)   We recently received the following note referring to the teams that the OPC has been sending to Japan since the Tsunami of 2011 to help with the continuing recovery and outreach taking place at the Nozomi (Hope) Center, established by the Reformed Church in Japan and a coalition of missions including

OPC Volunteers at Work in New Hampshire!

New Hampshire - STM team photo 10 CROPPED from Tim Herndon-Facebook page

by Rev. Timothy G. Herndon, Providence Presbyterian Church, West Lebanon, New Hampshire (January 2015)   Last fall, Providence OPC, a church plant in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, requested volunteers to come and help with the refurbishment of their recently acquired church building! They received a GREAT response to their call for help! Pastor Tim Herndon shared this

Doing the Work of Evangelism in Key West!

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by Rev. Chad Mullinix et al., Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (December 2014)     Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2014, Rev. Chad Mullinix and three men from his congregation participated in evangelism training with Rev. Bill Welzien of Keys Evangelistic Ministries and Keys Presbyterian Church (OPC).  Each of them has shared his reflections on this experience, below. Matthew Buttner

Team Haiti 2014 Testimonial VIDEO

Team Haiti 2014 - Brenna and 3 girls - photo from Peter Sim

by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (November 2014)   The following 9-minute video features clips from interviews with five members of Team Haiti 2014!  We hope that the personal reflections of these short-term missionaries will be helpful to anyone considering short-term service in the OPC.     More photos are posted in our Team Haiti Photo Gallery!

Trust Him Who Began the Work

English for Teens 2014 - photo 31 from Alexander Patocs

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

Cohesiveness as a Team – A Great Blessing

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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

Life as a Disciple of Jesus

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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

Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel

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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

I Learned A Lot About Evangelizing

Bill Welzien prepares his presentation

 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

I Was There To Serve Him

Czech Republic (photo credit: Stacy Nelson, English Camp 2013)

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

Relationship Growth with God and Each Other

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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

Reflections on My Trip to Key West

KEY WEST 2014-07 Key West group from California, MD with Bill Welzien

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

David and Goliath in St-Georges, Quebec (2014)

2014 English for Kids in St-Georges, Quebec - photo from Olivia Durham

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

“English for Kids” Camp: A True Mission Field

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by Schylie La Belle, Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod, Barnstable, Massachusetts (June 2014)   During the summers of 2012 and 2013, I spent one week in Quebec helping at an English for Kids Camp in Saint-Georges de Beauce. Our team from the US helped the members of a Christian Reformed church (Église Chrétienne Réformée de

The Lord’s Grace Shining Forth

"Rejéan 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."

by River La Belle, Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod (OPC), Barnstable, Massachusetts (June 2014)    NOTE: 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”