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Vol. 4: No. 6
June 24, 2015

In this issue:

Summer STMs Take Off!
STM Prayer Calendar 2015
Fifty OP Churches Represented on STM Teams This Summer
Don't Forget Your Travel Medical Insurance
Hurricane Sandy Service Trip
Boardwalk Chapel Newsletter
Guitarist and Drummer Needed at Boardwalk Chapel
Evangelism Training in Key West, FL
Handy Volunteers Needed in St. Augustine, FL
Help Lead "English for Teens" Bible Camping Trip in Quebec
Help Present VBS in Middletown, PA
Help with Peach Festival Outreach in Delaware
Can Your Church Use a Team?
Short-Term Teachers Needed in South Korea
English Cafe Evangelism in Quebec
Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda

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Summer STMs Take Off!


Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Psalm 96:3 (ESV)

Summer short-term missions took off this month with the start of the Boardwalk Chapel's 12-week season as well as the departure of the following 3 teams on Monday:

June 22-29: A work team from Long Beach, CA, has traveled to Magna, Utah, to help with church refurbishment projects.

June 22-July 2: Team Haiti is helping present catechetical instruction in the Creole language with the help of translators.

June 22-July 23: Team Uganda is helping present the Children's Catechism, recently translated into the Karimojong language.

It's not too late to get involved in short-term missions this summer:  Scroll down for "Summer 2015" opportunities that are still available!


STM Prayer Calendar 2015


Volunteer staff and ministry teams serve at the Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey

June 22-29
Church Refurbishment Project in Magna, Utah

June 22-July 2
Team Haiti

June 22-July 23
Team Uganda 

June 27–July 4
English for Kids Bible Camp in St George de Beauce, Quebec

June 28-July 4 
English for Kids Bible Camp in Quebec City

July 3-13
English Camp for University Students in L’viv, Ukraine

July 5-11
English for Kids Bible Camp in Quebec City

July 11-18
Hurricane Sandy Service Trip to Brick, NJ

July 12-18 
English for Kids Bible Camp in Quebec City

July 18-24
Venture Mission Youth Outreach in Wisconsin

July 27-31
English for Teens Bible Camping Trip in Quebec

July 29–August 10
Nozomi (Hope) Center Community Outreach in Japan

Click below for a guide to praying for short-term missionaries.


Fifty OP Churches Represented
on STM Teams This Summer


Photo: Calvin OPC (Phoenix, AZ), participating in 3 STMs this summer

Fifty OP churches (to our knowledge thus far) from 13 presbyteries have short-term missionaries serving this summer:

BRICK, NJ - Hurricane Sandy Service Trip

  • Bethel, Oostburg, WI
  • Covenant, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Covenant, Orland Park, IL
  • Grace, Hanover Park, IL

HAITI - Team Haiti

  • Branch of Hope, Torrance, CA
  • Calvin, Phoenix, AZ
  • Concho Valley, Concho, AZ
  • Grace and Peace, California, MD
  • Grace, Bend, OR
  • Grace, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Grace, Sheboygan, WI
  • Harvest, Wyoming, MI
  • Prescott, Prescott, AZ
  • Sovereign Grace, Hickory, NC
  • Sovereign Grace, Redlands, CA

JAPAN - Community Outreach at Nozomi Center

  • Christ Covenant, Sheridan, IN
  • Cornerstone, Jersey Village, TX
  • Covenant, Grove City, PA
  • Immanuel, Bellmawr, NJ
  • Redeemer, Beavercreek, OH

MAGNA, UT - Church Refurbishment Project

  • Faith, Long Beach, CA

QUEBEC - English for Kids & Teens Bible Camps

  • Calvary, Schenectady, NY
  • Calvin, Phoenix, AZ
  • Church of the Covenant, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Covenant, Barre, VT
  • Covenant, Brighton, MI
  • First Congregational (OPC), Merrimack, NH
  • Grace, Southwest Philadelphia, PA
  • Jaffrey, Jaffrey, NH
  • Merrimack Valley, North Andover, MA
  • New Life, Montoursville, PA
  • Pilgrim, Bangor, ME
  • Westminster, Hollidaysburg, PA

UGANDA - Team Uganda

  • Bayview, Chula Vista, CA
  • Branch of Hope, Torrance, CA
  • Calvin, Phoenix, AZ
  • Emmanuel, Kent, WA
  • Grace, Springfield, IL
  • Providence, Pataskala, OH
  • Sovereign Grace, Redlands, CA
  • Theophilus, Anaheim, CA

UKRAINE - English Camp for University Students

  • Calvary, Glenside, PA
  • First Presbyterian, Ipswich, MA

WILDWOOD, NJ - Boardwalk Chapel

  • Calvary, Glenside, PA
  • Calvary, Middletown, PA
  • Calvary, Schenectady, NY
  • Church of the Covenant, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Emmanuel, Wilmington, DE
  • Faith Bible, Brick, NJ
  • Faith, Pole Tavern, NJ
  • Franklin Square, Franklin Square, NY
  • Grace, Vienna, VA
  • Immanuel, Bellmawr, NJ
  • Immanuel, Medford, NJ
  • Living Hope, Clarksville, MD
  • Matthews, Matthews, NC
  • New Hope, Frederick, MD
  • Providence, Mantua, NJ
  • River of Life, Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Sovereign Grace, Hickory, NC

WISCONSIN - Venture Mission

  • Bethel, Oostburg, WI

Don't Forget Your
Travel Medical Insurance!

International Travel Medical Insurance

Leaving the country for a short-term missions trip (or for any 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:


Hurricane Sandy Service Trip


Photo: Roller coaster near Brick, NJ, following Hurricane Sandy (2012)

We are excited to report on an initiative taken in the Presbytery of the Midwest (PMW) to answer the call of Faith Bible Church (OPC) in Brick, NJ, for help with recovery that is still taking place following Hurricane Sandy (which occurred in October 2012)!

A team of PMW high school students led by 3 adults will travel to New Jersey from July 11th to 18th.  Construction projects will be assessed and approved specifically for students.

The trip will also include a visit to the OPC’s nearby Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, NJ, where the students will have the opportunity to grow in their evangelistic knowledge and experience!

Click below for the full story: 


Boardwalk Chapel Newsletter


The OPC's Boardwalk Chapel now has a monthly newsletter to help you stay up to date on what's happening at the Chapel!

Click below for this month's 2-page newsletter: 


Summer 2015:
Guitarist and Drummer Needed
at the Boardwalk Chapel


The Boardwalk Chapel is still looking for a guitarist and a drummer to join their Volunteer Staff Music Team this summer!  

If you can raise $500.00 to cover food, the Chapel will provide a scholarship to cover your remaining expenses!

From the Boardwalk Chapel's Website:

  • Volunteer Staff positions are open to anyone 17 years old and over who has completed their Junior Year of High School and is a communicant member in good and regular standing of a Bible believing Christian Church.
  • The basic program fee for all staff members is $1,500.  This fee covers room and board expenses as well as all training supplies and a staff shirt.
  • There are 3 types of volunteer staff:  Full-time, Part-time, Tent-making.
  • There are 4 types of volunteer staff service: Evangelism, Music, Drama, or Support.

Rev. Jim Zozzaro
Director, Boardwalk Chapel
Phone 609-522-8489

Elizabeth Horst
Administrative Assistant
Boardwalk Chapel

Get ALL the details and an application form by clicking below!


Summer 2015:
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:


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


The congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida, has acquired 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

Walter Muller
Deacon and overseer of the renovation project

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 2015:
Help Lead "English for Teens" 
Bible Camping Trip 
in Quebec


Two to three young men with camping experience are needed to help serve as camp leaders for the annual "English for Teens" Bible Camping Trip (July 27-31, 2015) sponsored by St. Marc's Reformed Church in Quebec (where OPC Missionary Ben Westerveld is the Pastor). 

The camping trip aims to teach the Gospel truth while meeting the interest of French-speaking teens in learning to speak English proficiently at a young age. The camp is intended for non-believing families in the larger St-Marc church neighborhood.

All participants must complete the “Application for Québec Short-Term Mission Program.”  Click below to download the 2015 application form.

Rev. Ben Westerveld at
Jennifer Nelson at

Get all the details by clicking below:


Summer 2015:
Help Present VBS in Middletown, PA


It’s been many years since Calvary OPC in Middletown, Pennsylvania, has held its VBS program!  They are currently seeking short-term volunteers to come help them resume the program this summer: evenings from July 20 to 24, 2015, with a closing program on the morning of July 25, 2015!  A curriculum has been selected from Great Commission Publications entitled, “The King is Coming.”

Volunteers Needed to:

  • Teach/lead VBS classes
  • Make decorations
  • Create props for skits
  • Direct the skits
  • Lead the music
  • Run the crafts
  • Oversee recreation periods

Mr. Theron Perez

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
  • Anyone who enjoys reaching out to children

Pastor Bob Harting

Get all the details by clicking below:


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!


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

Get all the details by clicking below:


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.



Bulletin Insert
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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