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Vol. 5: No. 8
August 31, 2016

English Camp, Czech Republic, July 2016

Rejoice in What the Lord Has Done!

by David Nakhla

The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
Psalm 126:3 (ESV)

It’s easy to put a lot of focused time, energy, and resources into going on a short-term missions trip. As a matter of fact, the travel itself demands it. Plans need to be made. Funds need to be raised. Flights need to be booked. Lessons need to be prepared. 

What is difficult is the time and energy we need to put into returning home from the field. Life went rolling along without us, and we have to catch up. Bills came in. The email box filled up. The lawn grew. There is news our loved ones want to share. Does this allow time to reflect on what the LORD did in and through us while we were away?

In view of this, I’ve been very thankful to see that more and more of our short-term missionaries, in the midst of the busyness of "returning," are taking the time to reflect on - and share with us - the great things the LORD did for them. And it makes me glad!  May you also rejoice in the LORD as you review, below, the work of his servants this summer!


VBS Outreach in Uruguay


Mission Tejas (San Antonio, TX)


Venture Mission (Zoar, WI)


English Camp (Czech Republic)
New: Full Camp Photo


Team Praha (Czech Republic)


You Will Never Regret Doing Our Lord's Work on Earth

Testimonial by Gwen Waggoner from Calvin OPC (Phoenix, AZ), who served on Team Praha in the Czech Republic this summer!


Short-Term Missions Are Not Only For The Young

Testimonial by Eli Hirtzel from Branch of Hope OPC (Torrance, CA), who served on both the English Camp Team and Team Praha in the Czech Republic this summer!


We Long To See Fruit

Testimonial by Charisa Dorn from Faith OPC (Long Beach, CA), who served on Team Praha in the Czech Republic this summer!


He Works Through Our Weaknesses

Testimonial by Adam Thibault from Grace OPC (Costa Mesa, CA), who served on the English for Kids Bible Camp team in Quebec this summer!


Christians Have A Reason
To Sing!

Testimonial by Megan Siegle from Immanuel OPC (Bellmawr, NJ), who served as the Music Intern at the Boardwalk Chapel this summer!


Video Greetings from the Boardwalk Chapel 

Hear from staff members Ben, Megan, Chris, and Anastasia . . .


Hear from staff members and friends Jenny, Gregory, ElissaWilfredo, and Morielle . . . 


Irish Pipe Brigade at the Boardwalk Chapel

Did you know that the Cape-Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade stops outside the Boardwalk Chapel each week to serenade the crowd with “Amazing Grace?”


View all of this summer's short-term missions

reports, testimonials, photos, and videos:


Current Opportunities


Missionary Associate Needed in Quebec

If you are a young man or woman who . . . 

  • is a professing believer of Reformed conviction
  • can speak French or desires to learn the language
  • can make a commitment of at least one year
  • desires to assist in outreach and discipleship ministries on a foreign mission field
  • could be available by January 2017

. . .  you are encouraged to apply to serve as a Missionary Associate to work with Rev. Ben Westerveld, OP Missionary and Pastor of St-Marc's Reformed Church in Quebec City.

Rev. Douglas Clawson
Associate General Secretary
Committee on Foreign Missions


Current Opportunities
for Service

Visit to learn about opportunities for short-term service in Uganda, South Korea, Quebec, and the USA. Missionary Associates are needed in Asia, Quebec, and Uganda.


Mr. David Nakhla


STM Resources


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? For example:

  • 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!


In 2016, San Antonio Reformed (OPC) was helped by a team from Trinity OPC in Hatboro, PA, and Christ Presbyterian (OPC) in Magna, UT, was helped by a team from Cedar OPC in Hudsonville, MI, and Faith OPC in Long Beach, CA. 

We can help you get the word out and look for a team!  Contact us at for further information, or click below to complete a form to request a team to help your church!


Short-Term Missions Brochures

Contact us if you would like a supply of Short-Term Missions brochures to distribute in your church.

Mr. David Nakhla


Download a

Bulletin Insert
or 8.5 x 11 Poster

of this
S.T.O.R.M. Report


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

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