“English for Kids” Camp: A True Mission Field

Team Photo CROPPED - English for Kids - St Georges, Quebec, Summer 2012
Published on June 26, 2014
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 Beauce) with their annual camp for children. Some of the children attending this camp come from Christian families or attend the host church, but most come from un-churched families, sent by parents only interested in them learning English and having fun. Knowing this, we saw these children as a true mission field and this camp the channel into their hearts. The week at camp was ... Continue

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."
Published on June 24, 2014
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” Bible Camp in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec, during the summers of 2012 and 2013.  River communicates his youthful zeal for missions in a compelling way which we hope may inspire other young men and women to consider opportunities for short-term missions in the OPC. “I believe Saint-Georges might be compared with Boston – containing plenty of little urban shops, several stately old buildings, homeless men ... Continue

A Personal Reflection on Ministry at the Chapel

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Published on October 1, 2013
by Caroline Grout, Summer Assistant at the Boardwalk Chapel (Summer 2013)   Life at the Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, is filled with witnessing, conversations, fellowship with fellow believers, learning, praying, the necessities of life (sleep somehow wanders in).  Amidst this burst of physical exhaustion, the Spirit fills us up.  On a personal level, there is no way to survive the summer intact without fleeing to the feet of the God we walk the boards to proclaim.  This reliance on Christ as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ brings joy-filled fellowship even relieving the staff as a whole of individualism as we focus on Christ together.  This draining of emotional, physical, and spiritual energy is all by the grace of God ... Continue

Evangelism Training in Key West

Bill Welzien prepares his presentation at Mallory Square in Key West
Published on July 26, 2013
by Ann Burden, New Hope OPC, Frederick, Maryland (July 2013)   In July 2013, 6 teen boys and 3 adults from New Hope OPC in Frederick, Maryland, traveled to beautiful Key West, Florida, to experience first hand the ministry of Bill Welzien and Keys Evangelistic Ministry. We really didn’t know what to expect when we first set out but were so blessed by Bill and his ministry that we are hoping to go back again soon.  We were given a wonderful place to stay and trained by Bill each morning in sharing the gospel with boldness. In the evenings our group went out to Mallory Square to participate with Bill in sharing the gospel with the people that would walk by ... Continue

Good Interactions in Quebec

Pharaoh - St-Georges, Quebec 2013 - photo from Olivia Durham
Published on July 21, 2013
by Olivia Durham, Covenant OPC, Barre, Vermont (July 2013)   “The Lord cares for those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7b) This was the key verse for our week of English immersion camp June 29th – July 6th, 2013.  Our theme was “Camping” and our Bible studies covered the deliverance of the Hebrews from the slavery of Pharaoh.   [Believe it or not, there is a link: the people were CAMPING in the wilderness after God delivered them, and Moses was CAMPING in the wilderness after he ran away from Egypt the first time!]  We had a great time, and the Lord did care for us all! This year marks the fifth year of “English for Kids” in Saint-Georges de Beauce, ... Continue

Thanks From The Hopps In Haiti

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Published on April 19, 2013
from Rev. Ben Hopp, OPC Missionary to Haiti (April 2013)   The Hopp family rejoices in a full year of enjoying their home in Haiti in its newly refurbished condition, significantly enlarged in April 2012 through the efforts of several short-term construction teams.  They were also particularly thankful for Mike Leep’s tireless efforts to coordinate the teams and for Lloyd Osterink’s coordination of the project.  The majority of the work was completed in just 2 weeks time! Click to view the “Thank You” flyer from the Hopps

Fresh Light on Difficult Circumstances

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Published on October 5, 2012
by Rev. Bill Snodgrass, Pastor, Grace Fellowship OPC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (October 2012)   Grace Fellowship OPC, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been hit hard in the past two years.  We have endured a flood, multiple moves, family hardships of many kinds, economic difficulties, and much more.  Discouragement had begun to show on people’s faces.  Their steps were slower.  Some came to worship less often.  Others left. Then, we had a wind blow in from the North – our Spirit-filled short-term crew! Where there was mildew, they brought water and paint. Where there were holes in the walls, they sealed them. Where there was discouragement, the crew brought encouragement and fellowship (especially to the pastor and his family!) Where ... Continue

Sorrow and Joy in Japan

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Published on August 31, 2012
by Miss Elizabeth Ridgeway, Geneva OPC, Woodstock, Georgia (August 2012)   This past July, I was a member of one of the OPC Short Term Missions Disaster Response teams sent to Sendai, Japan, to assist with tsunami relief work. We 10 Americans, hailing from states coast to coast, stayed dormitory-style for two weeks at the recently-dedicated Nozomi (Hope) Center in Yamamoto Cho. Throughout our time in Sendai, God allowed us to see both deep sorrow and redeeming joy, emphasizing not only the area’s great need for His Word, but also the wonderful works He is doing there. A year and a half after the tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, physical cleanup is progressing quickly. In the Fukoshima ... Continue

A Shower of Blessing upon a Disabled Brother

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Published on August 31, 2012
by Craig Comstock, Deacon; Covenant OPC, Barre, Vermont (August 2012)   In response to our request for a team, eight men from Harvest OPC in Wyoming, Michigan, arrived in Vermont at around midnight on Saturday June 23, 2012, after an 800 mile drive that day.  The missionaries stayed in campers in a campground about five miles from the church, and the house to be painted. On Sunday, June 24th, the congregation at Covenant OPC was blessed to have Pastor Crabtree preach on “The Authority of Christ” from Mark 1:16-39.   After worship, a fellowship meal at the church was enjoyed by all to allow us to get to know our brothers from Michigan and for them to get to know us.   ... Continue

No Boredom Witnessing on the Boardwalk

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Published on August 16, 2012
by Lowell Ivey, Student at Greenville Seminary; Summer Assistant at the Boardwalk Chapel (Summer 2012)   The Bible tells us that, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) Our God is a God of the unexpected. He is able and willing to do infinitely more than we can ever ask or hope. My wife and I had not expected to spend the summer in Wildwood, New Jersey at the Boardwalk Chapel. Neither of us had ever been to the Chapel or served on the Chapel staff and what little I knew came from a book I’d read in my ... Continue

Things the LORD Taught Me in Japan

Published on April 17, 2012
by OPC Short-Term Missions Disaster Response team member (April 2012)   He taught me a bit about his awesome power. We didn’t have a whole lot of time to look at all the devastation, but from Yamamoto all the way to Ishinomaki entire towns were leveled by the force of the tsunami. But as Cal put it, there is grace in the warning. The warning system prevented hundreds of thousands of lives lost. This is why the so called “health and wealth gospel” is so inadequate. If everyone trusted in their tsunami walls believing that their man-made walls could save them, so many more lives would have been lost. It was the warning system – and the people heeding that warning ... Continue

God Blessed Labors of Team in Rivera, Uruguay (2012)

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Published on January 25, 2012
by Rev. Steve Larson, OPC Missionary to Uruguay (January 2012)   After hosting a team of short-term missionaries in December 2011, we had the joy and sorrow of seeing our short-term missionaries, James Stafford, Vanessa Rubingh, and Rachel Knight, head back to the U.S. I say sorrow, because we hated to see such good helpers go, and joy, because of the work that they had done. The team not only invited many families to send their children to the VBS programs, but they taught VBS in two different locations during the week—in Mandubí in the morning and in Santa Isabel in the afternoon. They also made presentations to the young people of the central church and Santa Isabel, visited with families ... Continue

Reflections on the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

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Published on October 12, 2011
by Rev. Tom Trouwborst, Pastor, Calvary OPC, Schenectady, New York (October 2011)   “War zone” was certainly an apt description for Schoharie, New York, following the waters of Irene. To drive down Main Street brought tears to one’s eyes. Yes, the physical damage was overwhelming. House after house with water stained furniture and rotted sheet rock stacked shoulder high in the front of yard after yard. Oil storage tanks tumbled over. Baseball dugouts washed up to the side of the road. Corn fields flattened. Pews pushed around inside a church like they were pinballs in an arcade game. Overwhelming indeed. But I am not sure that these things are what brought tears to my eyes when I first drove through Schoharie. It ... Continue