“Missionaries” – Not Just “Volunteers!”

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“We consider our brothers and sisters in Christ from OPC mission teams ‘missionaries’ instead of just ‘volunteers’ because of their dedicated service to bring Gospel to the town of Yamamoto by loving the locals in a tangible way . . . “

OPC Volunteers at Work in New Hampshire!

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

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 . . .

Doing the Work of Evangelism in Key West!

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I was struck when I witnessed Pastor Bill Welzien’s gospel presentation in Mallory Square the first night. I had seen various methods in my time as a Christian but none so captivating, so clear . . .

Team Haiti 2014 Testimonial VIDEO

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

This 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 . . .

Trust Him Who Began the Work

English for Teens 2014 - photo 31 from Alexander Patocs

As one who has been on several mission trips both domestically and abroad, it is interesting how much things stay the same, regardless of where you are. Spiritual starvation. While the culture and language may be different, the reality of sin doesn’t disappear . . .

Cohesiveness as a Team – A Great Blessing

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The children this year were very responsive to and receptive of the message we were sharing through the means of drama. Many children even remembered lessons learned from previous years’ skits and lessons . . .

Life as a Disciple of Jesus

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The Boardwalk Chapel ministry has blessed countless people from all over the world, both saved and unsaved, and the Lord has sustained and grown many disciples within its walls. All this, and much more, I have been blessed to know firsthand . . .

Sowing the Seeds of the Gospel

2014 Team Praha - GROUP PHOTO CROPPED - photo from Leah Baugh

Team Praha impacts you but it also impacts those around you. When you see people thinking deeply about Scripture, questioning it, searching it, you know they are close to the kingdom. It made us all rejoice to know that seeds might fall on good soil . . .

I Learned A Lot About Evangelizing

Bill Welzien prepares his presentation

I learned a lot about evangelizing, and I also learned some things about myself; areas where I am lacking and areas where I have strengths I wasn’t even aware of. It was a fantastic trip overall . . .

I Was There To Serve Him

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

Every day leading up to and during the camp, my mind and heart were consumed with how to serve the Lord or I was reminded that I was there to serve Him. Instead of thinking about where I would eat and what sights I would see, I was thankful for health and God’s provision as fuel to serve Him everyday . . .

Relationship Growth with God and Each Other

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The experience I had there was incredible and I definitely grew closer to God over the week. I also grew much closer to the guys I went with and am very thankful for their friendship . . .

Reflections on My Trip to Key West

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

The specific technique taught by Bill was called “word painting.” This involves shapes that are pre-drawn on paper, which are subsequently filled in to reveal block letters of his message. It was a good way of captivating an audience at Mallory Square in Key West . . .

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

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

Our week’s theme was David and Goliath and the theme verse was “The LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Dt. 20:4 ). The teachers tried to explain that Jesus, like David, fights for us against our enemies of sin and death . . .

“English for Kids” Camp: A True Mission Field

Team Photo CROPPED - English for Kids - St Georges, Quebec, Summer 2012

The Lord grew me while helping in Quebec and helped me to step outside my comfort zone. It was hard to help teach classes. It was hard to interact with the children. It was hard to be tired all the time. But the Lord helped me through and I am so glad I went . . .

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."

The children at the camp learned that the Bible is God’s truth, they memorized some of its verses, and they sang songs of God’s love. Even more, they saw men and women of all ages travel across a national border to bring them not only fun and education, but, clearly and sincerely, Christ’s love . . .