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Vol. 4: No. 3
March 18, 2015

In this issue:
Haiti Mission Home Renovation Project Completed
Teach English to College Students in Asia
Handy Volunteers Needed in St. Augustine, FL
STM Trip to Nozomi Center in Japan
New Boardwalk Chapel Newsletter
Work Teams Needed at the Boardwalk Chapel
Serve at the Boardwalk Chapel
"English for Kids" Bible Camps in Quebec
Help Present VBS in Schenectady, NY
Help Present VBS in Middletown, DE
Help with Peach Festival Outreach
Help Refurbish Church Building in Utah
Teach English to South Korean Missionaries
English Cafe Evangelism in Quebec
Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda
Evangelism Training in Key West

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STM Planning Tool 

by David Nakhla

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3 (NASB)

Five years after publishing their watershed book, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, co-authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert have now applied these principles directly to the field of short-term missions in Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Leader’s Guide.

The authors explore the glaring woes of the multi-billion dollar STM industry that can “unintentionally harm materially poor communities and the ministries that work in them,” as well as cultural misunderstandings that arise due to the different ways in which Westerners and those they seek to serve approach the concept of time, degrees of directness in personal interactions, or the role of self within communities.

This excellent guide presents STM leaders with training materials to help better prepare their teams to serve in impoverished areas, as well as suggestions for post-trip reflections.  It includes a “Participant’s Guide,” which is also sold separately.  It provides access to a number of online videos that feature instruction, vignettes, and interviews with organizations that have successfully applied the When Helping Hurts principles.

I highly commend this book as a helpful tool to anyone considering STM service in the OPC, particularly if it will involve ministry to the poor!

Click below for additional STM Resources:


New OPC STM Logo!

We are pleased to present our new OPC Short-Term Missions Logo!  You are here!

Many thanks to Kevin Laubach, OPC member and professional graphic designer (Laubach Five Creative)!


Haiti Mission Home Renovation
Project Completed


OPC Missionaries to Haiti, Ben and Heather Hopp and their family, were blessed last month to receive a team of skilled workers that traveled to Haiti to carry out a ministry of mercy!

Excerpt from Wrap-Up Report from Ben Hopp
"We are so grateful for these 10 men and 1 woman who spent their week serving the OPC Haiti Mission by working at the Kaliko Mission Home.  They worked long hours and accomplished a lot!  New kitchen cabinets, tile throughout much of the upper floor, new windows in the kitchen and screened-in porch, plus a myriad of smaller items including new electrical circuits for the kitchen.

“God very clearly brought together a team with just the skills that would be needed.  We give thanks for the team members who came from California, Arizona, Minnesota, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina.  A special thank you to project manager Broc Seaman. God is good!”

Read the full report by clicking below:


Summer/Fall 2015: 
Teach English to
College Students 
in Asia 


There are exciting opportunities to teach English to college students in Asia this summer or throughout the coming school year!  Invest in the lives of college students who are uniquely positioned to impact this region of the world.

SUMMER 2015:
June 27 - August 1-3, 2015

  • Volunteers who have finished their junior year of college, or mature persons who have finished their sophomore year, will be considered.
  • You need to be in good health and willing to work as part of a team.
  • You will teach class 1-2 hours per weekday, plus lesson preparation, homework grading, student interaction.
  • Room and board is provided, but you are responsible for your airfare and spending money.

SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (in any field) and be native or near-native English speakers.
  • No prior teaching experience is necessary – however, applicants with a background in English, Education, or TESOL are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must raise their own support.
  • Deadline to submit applications to start in the fall of 2015 is May 31, 2015.

For further information and application forms, contact:
Rev. Douglas Clawson
Associate General Secretary
OPC Committee on Foreign Missions

Get more details by clicking below:


Spring 2015:
Handy Volunteers Needed
in St. Augustine, FL


The congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida, is in the final stages of acquiring a vacated property to serve as their new church building!  They have “a ton of renovations to do” and would welcome the help of handy volunteers from the OPC who would enjoy a working getaway to this beautiful coastal city!

Projects will include:

  • Relocating a wall
  • Rough carpentry and finish carpentry
  • Interior painting
  • Removing old carpet
  • Lay new flooring (4,800 sq. feet  of tile)
  • Replacing deteriorating wood on gable ends and overhang
  • Landscaping
  • Erecting aluminum carports
  • Light plumbing

Work visits are currently being scheduled for mid-April through May. For details on accommodations and unique local attractions, click on the link below!

Walter Muller
Deacon and overseer of the renovation project

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 2015:
STM Trip to Nozomi Center in Japan  


2014 Presbytery of Ohio Team in Japan

Disaster relief work continues in Japan, four years after the Tsunami of March 2011.  The Presbytery of Ohio Foreign Missions Committee invites you to apply to be part of a 7-person team that will serve alongside our missionaries in Japan from July 29 to August 10, 2015, at the Nozomi (Hope) Center in Yamamoto-cho, a cooperative relief center sponsored by the Reformed Church in Japan and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  

You must be at least 18 years old by July 29, 2015, to apply to serve on this team.  Deadline to apply is May 2, 2015.

Projects will include:

  • Assisting the largely agricultural community and neighborhood around Yamamoto with various outdoor manual labor projects
  • Hosting a BBQ lunch for the community
  • Assisting with kid’s Bible camp

Rev. Ken B. Montgomery

Get all the details by clicking below:


New! Boardwalk Chapel Newsletter

In March 2015, the Boardwalk Chapel launched a newsletter to keep everyone updated on what is currently happening at the Chapel and what they are looking forward to in the coming ministry season.

Click on button at left for a link!


May-June 2015:
Work Teams Needed at
Boardwalk Chapel  


The OPC's Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, is in need of volunteers to help spruce up the Chapel and its ancillary buildings as it heads into its 71st consecutive season of ministry at the Jersey shore!  

Projects will include:

  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • Construction/renovation
  • Plumbing

Attention Plumbers
There is great need for the help of a plumber since there are a number of things that need to be replaced or fixed!

Work can be performed on the weekends of May and early June. Contact Elizabeth or Rich, below, to schedule!

Items Needed by Donation
Can you donate any of the following items to help refurbish the Chapel's staff housing?

  • Two round tables, 3-4 foot in diameter, bar height
  • Several bar stools
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Two refrigerators, regular or commercial-sized
  • Two gas stoves​
  • Large stainless steel pots

Elizabeth Horst at
Rich Seither at


Summer 2015:
Serve at the Boardwalk Chapel


2014 Boardwalk Chapel Staff

There are exciting opportunities to serve at the OPC's Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, this summer!

Volunteer Staff Positions
There are currently 9 openings for volunteer staff (3 women, 6 men) to serve June through August this summer - testifying on the boardwalk, on the beaches, and during the nightly Chapel services.

Attention Musicians
Are you a guitarist? A drummer?  Musicians are particularly needed on the Volunteer Staff (above) this summer!

House Parents
A couple is needed to serve as house parents!  House parents function as "Dad and Mom" for the staff by nurturing them, holding them accountable to perform their duties, keeping them safe at the staff house, and helping to provide a loving and peaceful family atmosphere.

Rev. James A. Zozzaro at
Elizabeth Horst at

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 2015:
"English for Kids" Bible Camps 

in Quebec


Bring a team to work with a bilingual coordinator and help conduct "English for Kids" Bible Camps at St-Marc's Reformed Church in Quebec (Pastor, OPC Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld) this summer.  The aim is to teach the Gospel truth while helping local French-speaking children gain proficiency in the English language!

  • Teams should include a sufficient number of adults to supervise and direct the camp, and enough youth to help energize and work with the children.
  • The ideal team will have between 15 and 20 members, but if smaller, can sometimes be matched with another small group.
  • Costs for volunteer teams include housing, food, transportation, and more (though a considerable part of these costs are covered by children's registration fees).

"English for Kids" Camps
June 29 - July 3, 2015
July 6 -10, 2015 (a team is already in place for this week)
July 13 - 17, 2015

ALSO: "English for Teens" Camping Trip
Needed: 2-3 young men with camping experience to help serve as camp leaders. This camp will take place the week of July 20 or July 27 based on volunteers' availability.

Rev. Ben Westerveld at
Jennifer Nelson at

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 2015:
Help Present VBS in Schenectady, NY  


Calvary OPC in Schenectady, New York, is seeking volunteers to come help them run their VBS program this summer!  Popular themes in the past were "The Sola System" (photo above) based on the Reformation Solas in an outer space setting, and "Pete's Parables" in a dude-ranch setting. This year's VBS theme will be the story of Jonah, and will be held from July 27-31, 2015.

Volunteers Needed:

  • A teacher for 6-7 year-old children (an extra class is being added in order to relieve overcrowding).
  • A teacher to work with games.
  • Various assistants for crafts, snacks, and memory verse recitation would be helpful.
  • Arriving early (Sat. July 25th) to help decorate the church would be wonderful!

Caroline Weerstra

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 2015:
Help Present VBS in Middletown, DE


Pastor Bob Harting of Grace OPC  in Middletown, Delaware, is looking for committed young people to help conduct the church's weekday-morning VBS the week of June 15-19, 2015.

  • This fun-filled week of ministry from God’s Word reaches about 40-60 children, ages 3 through 14.
  • Experienced teachers are in place for each class, but help is needed with every other aspect of the VBS, including recess!
  • Middletown is a little over 1 hour south of Philadelphia, and about 1.5 hours from Baltimore.
  • Housing, meals, pastoral oversight, activities, and side-trips will be provided for volunteers.

Pastor Bob Harting

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 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

Pastor Bob Harting

Get all the details by clicking below:


Help Refurbish OP Church Building
in Magna, Utah


OPC Pastor Jason Wallace of Christ Presbyterian Church in Magna, Utah, outside Salt Lake City, has established quite a presence in witnessing to the local Mormon community, especially by way of his local, weekly call-in TV show that has drawn visitors to the church.  Here's an opportunity to participate in this important ministry - by helping the congregation complete renovations to their church building!

Projects include:

  • Carpentry
  • Drywall installation
  • Painting
  • Light electrical work

Rev. D. Jason Wallace

Get all the details by clicking below:


The Missionary Training Institute in South Korea, founded by OPC missionaries Dr. Young and Mary Lou Son in 1983, is seeking individuals to come and teach English as a Second Language to South Korean missionaries and missionary candidates!

Mihyang Choi-Yoon

Get all the details by clicking below:


Teach English to South Korean Missionaries


Subjects taught:
Speaking, listening, writing and reading during the day. Chapels and Bible study will be done by students; teachers help them as facilitators.

Teaching materials:
Books and resources are provided. Curriculum provided by MTI. Daily lesson plans generated by teacher.


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

Get all the details by clicking below:


Evangelism Training in Key West, Florida

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.

Get all the details by clicking below:


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



Hurricane Sandy response work is nearly complete! There is still some work to be done on one OPC member's home. If you can help:

Mr. Charlie Farrell 


Skilled Volunteers Still Needed

Skilled workers will be needed when construction resumes on the church/manse building of Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church this winter in Neon, Kentucky. If you can help:

Pastor M. Jay Bennett





Summer and school-year opportunities to teach English in Asia - see post, above.

An individual able to speak French (or interested in learning to speak French) to assist in the outreach and discipleship ministries of Église réformée St-Marc's


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.



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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