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Vol. 4: No. 7
July 22, 2015

In this issue:

Report: Church Refurbishment in Utah
Report: English for Kids Bible Camp
Report: Team Haiti
Report: Team Uganda
Testimonial: Look to Him in Missions
Testimonial: The Very Strength of God
Testimonial: Proclaiming the Only Hope and Light
Photo Gallery: Team Haiti
Photo Gallery: Team Uganda
Photo Gallery: Boardwalk Chapel
Opportunities for Service:
Help with Peach Festival Outreach in Delaware
Evangelism Training in Key West, FL
Short-Term Teachers Needed in South Korea
English Cafe Evangelism in Quebec
Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda
STM Resources:
Newsletter: Boardwalk Chapel
Don't Forget Your Travel Medical Insurance
Can Your Church Use a Team?

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Reports from the Field

by David Nakhla

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10b (ESV) 

Personally participating in short-term missions is a healthy exercise (and privilege!) for this Short-Term Missions Coordinator!  I was blessed to participate again this year (July 5-11) in the English Camp Outreach to University Students in Ukraine - this time with my wife, Faith, by my side!

It was wonderful to be reminded how a short-term trip can be used by the Lord not only to help our full-time missionaries in their work, but to powerfully shape and mold the camp participants in their walk with the Lord.  We were humbled to see Him actively work in the lives of those around us.  We were often made aware of our own sin and inadequacy, particularly when we tried to rely on our own strength.  And we were renewed in our zeal to live our lives completely for Him.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of the S.T.O.R.M. Report, which includes an assortment of reports, testimonials, and photo galleries demonstrating what the Lord is doing this summer in and through the OPC’s many short-term missionaries.  I'd like to acknowledge the persistent and effective labors of my assistant, Janet Birkmann, in compiling this information for our benefit.


Reports from the Field


Church Refurbishment

Courtney Habeggar
Faith OPC
Long Beach, CA


June 22-29, a team of 4 young people from California traveled to Magna, Utah, to help with ongoing refurbishment of the church building of Christ Presbyterian Church, where OP Pastor Jason Wallace has established a witness in the local Mormon community.

"Our team was honored to be able to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by helping the Magna church. This congregation and its pastor are truly a light in a very dark corner of our country..."

Read the full report:


English for Kids
Bible Camp in St-Georges, Quebec

Olivia Durham
Covenant OPC
Barre, VT


June 29-July 4, a team from the Presbytery of New York and New England presented the annual "English for Kids" Bible Camp in St Georges de Beauce, Quebec, where camp enrollment has more than doubled from 22 in 2009 to 50 in 2015!

"In St Georges, the English camp is a wonderful week of fellowship and service for the American and French teams, and growth for the teens learning to lead and work together..."

Read the full report:


Team Haiti

OP Missionary to Haiti, Rev. Ben Hopp, shared several excellent reports on the work of Team Haiti on Facebook.


"We are grateful for (the team's) maturity, stamina, and the joy they brought to the job of declaring God’s glory to the children of Haiti.

"Although we are all tired, it is exciting to think that over 300 kids now know more about Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King and why they need to put their trust in him..."

Read the full report:


Team Uganda

OP Missionary to Uganda, Rev. Al Tricarico, gave a report on the work of Team Uganda in his excellent newsletter, Notes from Naakale.


"The teaching focus was eight questions and answers on the offices of Christ — our prophet, priest, and king.

"Give thanks with us for the team and other visitors currently present with us.

"Pray for lasting effect of the lessons in the schools..."

Read the full report:




Look to Him in Missions

Jordan Francoeur
First Church of Merrimack Merrimack, NH 


"I recently had the privilege to travel to St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, with several youths and adults from my home church in New Hampshire to assist other area OP churches in conducting the English for Kids Camp . . .

"Jesus is being taught to all the nations and we need Him to shine His face upon us as we serve Him in this way. Look to Him in missions, not yourself. Look to Him from whom all blessings flow..."

Read the full testimonial:


The Very Strength
of God

Caleb Nelson
First Church of Merrimack Merrimack, NH 


"Our team was huge — 21 Americans and 4 Quebecois serving as full-time staff for an English for Kids camp with 50 French-speaking campers... 

"Behind this stood the generosity of our churches back home, paying our way, reimbursing our van rental, buying us meals, and praying for us...

"The strength in the church is the very strength of God..."

Read the full testimonial:


Proclaiming the Only Hope and Light

Meagan Nijenhuis
Emmanuel Canadian Reformed Church of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario


Our sister Canadian Reformed churches are active participants in conducting the English for Kids Bible camps at St. Marc's Reformed Church in Quebec City, where OP Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld serves as Pastor.

"This was my fourth year back at the English for Kids camp at St. Marc. It is so awesome to see so many kids who come back each year and their younger siblings coming in as well. This year two of our translators were girls who have been in the camp in the past. It was such a blessing they could continue to be involved..."

Read the full testimonial:


Photo Galleries


Photo Gallery:
Team Haiti

June 22 - July 2, Team Haiti was sent out by the Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California.  This is the 10th time this presbytery has sent a team to Haiti!

Eleven OP churches from around the country were represented on the team.

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Team Uganda

June 22 - July 23, Team Uganda was sent out by the Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California.  This is the 1st time this presbytery has sent a team to Uganda!

Eight OP churches from around the country were represented on the team.

Photo Gallery:


Photo Gallery:
Boardwalk Chapel

July 15, 2015


If you live in the "tri-state" area (PA, NJ, DE), consider a day trip to Wildwood, New Jersey, where you can enjoy a day on the beach followed by the 8:30 pm program of music, skits, teaching, and sharing at the OPC's Boardwalk Chapel!

Photo Gallery:


Coming Up Soon


Pray for Cultural Outreach
in Naples, FL
 (July 25-August 1)

A short-term missions team of youth and adults from Lake Sherwood OPC (Orlando, FL) will arrive in Naples, Florida, on July 25 and stay through August 1st, helping Christ the King OPC with service projects and cross cultural outreach to their neighbors, including working at a charter school, teaching conversational English, and serving at a local relief and recovery center.

Click below for the full story:


Opportunities for Service


August 2015:
Help with Peach Festival Outreach 


Grace OPC in Middletown, Delaware, invites you to help them reach out to the community during the Annual Middletown Peach Festival, scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2015.

The festival attracts 30,000 visitors and includes "activities for children, a local artist exhibit, historical exhibits, a peach pie contest, crafts, music, food, games, and of course – Peaches!” 

This is a great opportunity for:

  • Musicians who like to perform in a casual setting
  • Artists with “peach-themed” art to display
  • Anyone who enjoys greeting people and sharing the love of Christ
  • Anyone who enjoys reaching out to children

Pastor Bob Harting

Get all the details by clicking below:


Evangelism Training in Key West, FL 


OPC Pastor Bill Welzien of Keys Presbyterian Church in Key West, Florida, presents the gospel three times a week in an engaging open-air style during the popular Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.  Rev. Welzien invites you to come and receive classroom training and practical experience in evangelism, and grow in your ability to speak with boldness about the eternal hope that is in you.

This opportunity is available year-round, and is made very affordable by Keys Evangelistic Ministries which provides housing for up to 12 in its four bedroom dormitory, where teams are welcome to stay for a week at a time. 

Rev. Bill Welzien

Get all the details by clicking below:


The Missionary Training Institute in Yeosu, South Korea, is seeking short-term teachers for missionaries and missionary candidates from South Korea and other nearby countries.

MTI was founded in 1983 by OP missionaries Dr. Young J. Son and his wife Mary Lou.

MTI Website:

Mihyang Choi-Yoon

Get all the details by clicking below:


Short-Term Teachers Needed Year-Round in South Korea


English as a Second Language (ESL):

  • Some background in ESL helpful but not required
  • Curriculum, meals, and housing provided
  • Teach for one or more 10-week school terms

Specialty Teachers:

  • Stay for 2-3 weeks within one of four school terms
  • Meals and housing provided
  • Experts in the following topics sought: Theology, Missiology, Missionary member-care, Writing, Speech

English Cafe: Year-Round Evangelism in Quebec

OPC Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld invites you to come join in a "Cafe Anglais" (English Cafe) in the parks and malls of Quebec City.  Since the mother tongue of most of the citizens of Quebec is French, they welcome any opportunity to practice English with real Anglophones (those whose mother tongue is English). This type of outreach can provide opportunities to share the gospel and the Reformed faith! 


Rev. Ben Westerveld

Get all the details by clicking below:


The Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Missions (OPUM) is the largest mission station in the OPC, and is ripe with opportunities for short-term mission work year-round!  

With an operating medical clinic, a farm project, the Karamoja Education Outreach project (KEO), and village evangelism, not to mention the continual construction projects including well-drilling, there are many ways for a short-term visitor to serve on this field.


Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda

Visit OPUM's excellent website for an application form and an extensive and carefully detailed visitor’s handbook which is must-reading for anyone interested in serving in this remote region of the world. 

Mrs. Sunshine Okken
Karamoja, Uganda

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Reconstruction following 2012's Hurricane Sandy continues along the Jersey shore!  If you can help:

Mr. Charlie Farrell 


Skilled Volunteers Still Needed

Reconstruction continues on the church/manse building of Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church in Neon, Kentucky. If you can help:

Pastor M. Jay Bennett





Individuals able to teach English at the university level (must have at least a Bachelor's degree) to start in February or August 2016. Minimum commitment of one year.  

An individual (particularly a young man) able to speak French (or interested in learning to speak French) to assist in the outreach and discipleship ministries of St. Marc's Reformed Church.


Missionary Associate Openings

A missionary associate (MA) is an individual who is appointed by the Committee on Foreign Missions to labor on an OP foreign mission field without cost to the committee. There is an application process, and terms of service are generally 3 months to 2 years.

Rev. Douglas Clawson
General Secretary,
Committee on
Foreign Missions



Two individuals to assist our missionary families in Mbale with homeschooling and more.

Two individuals to participate in the Karamoja Education Outreach program.

Skilled individuals to assist our missionary deacons.


STM Resources


Boardwalk Chapel

The Boardwalk Chapel began offering a monthly newsletter in March 2015 to help keep everyone updated on what is going on at the chapel.


News as well as praise, prayer requests, and physical needs are included.  

"The ministry of the Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood is the Lord's work and could not continue without the faithful support of our brothers and sisters.  Please consider helping the Chapel in any way you are able." 

Read the latest newsletter:


Don't Forget Your Travel Medical Insurance!

Leaving the country for a short-term missions trip (or any other reason!) this summer? 


 Be sure to get your travel insurance ... not "trip cancellation insurance" ... but medical/ emergency evacuation insurance.  Lots can go wrong ... and your U.S. health insurance most likely won't cover you!

Your short-term missions travel plans need to include acquiring International Travel Medical Insurance!

Click below to learn more:


Can Your Church Use a Team? 


Is there a project that your church could undertake if it had the help of volunteers from another OP church or presbytery?

  • Need help with Vacation Bible School?
  • Need help with community outreach?
  • Need help making improvements to your church building?

In making such a need known, your church actually provides an opportunity for those who seek to share their time, gifts, and skills with others in the OPC!

We can help you get the word out and look for a team!  Contact us at for further information.

Click below to complete a form to request a team to help your church!



Bulletin Insert
or Poster

version of this S.T.O.R.M. Report


David P. Nakhla
Short-Term Missions and Disaster Response Coordinator

Office 215-935-1007
Cell 562-760-7606




Questions and comments regarding the S.T.O.R.M. Report may also be directed to:

Janet L. Birkmann
Administrative Assistant
Short-Term Missions and Disaster Response