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Vol. 4: No. 9
September 30, 2015

In this issue:
The Refugee Crisis: A Man-Made Disaster
Testimonial: Boardwalk Chapel Ministry Team
Testimonial: Nozomi Center Service Team
Testimonial: Team Uganda

Opportunities for Service:
Summer 2016: English Camp in Czech Republic
Help Refurbish Church Building in Utah
Short-Term Teachers Needed in South Korea
English Cafe Evangelism in Quebec
Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda
Evangelism Training in Key West, FL
Skilled Volunteers Needed in Kentucky and New Jersey

STM Resources:
Can Your Church Use a Team?

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The Refugee Crisis:
A Man-Made Disaster

by David Nakhla

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: 
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27 (ESV)


unstained from the world. James 1:27 (ESV)


I recently heard someone recall a quote of Stalin's - that “a single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic" - in reference to the body of a young Syrian refugee boy that had washed up on the beach and captivated the attention and ire of the world as the current refugee crisis builds. This crisis isn’t new, but it has escalated rapidly and cost many lives.

To date, there is a record number of refugees and/or internally displaced people in the world. That number is pushing 60 million or 1/122 people. In many places, this is being driven by the overt slaughter of civilians, many of them singled out for being Christians or belonging to other minority groups. Even as it has been said that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” the refugee crisis is creating opportunities for a gospel witness in places and with people that previously seemed impossible to reach.

Many hearts have been stirred to action. We have heard from some of you, asking, "How can we help? What can we do?" The Committee on Diaconal Ministries is asking these same questions. We have learned of other churches and Christian organizations that are on the front lines striving to show forth the compassion of Christ to those orphans and widows in their distress. We also anticipate that it may not be long before these orphans and widows come to our own cities and neighborhoods.

Please pray for the Committee on Diaconal Ministries as it considers how the OPC might become involved in this ministry. And continue to be in prayer for many who are suffering – most importantly, our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for Christ’s sake.


Summer STM Testimonials


Boardwalk Chapel
Ministry Team


"The Boardwalk Chapel challenged me to put Christian apologetics to practical use. And it was terrifying. Following the nightly Chapel services, teams of Chapel workers stroll the boardwalk, striking up conversations with strangers about Christianity. The first few times you do this, every doubt you’ve ever had about the Christian faith is drawn to the forefront of your mind . . ."

Katharine Olinger


Nozomi Center Service Team



"The ministry being done in Japan is a slow and daunting feat but is greatly needed. The people of Yamamoto are gaining a deeper thirst and desire for a faith that can withstand disasters and heartbreak. Through the work done at the Nozomi Center, the Japanese can see the unique and selfless love of Christ and they want to know more . . ." 

Maria Crawford


Team Uganda


"Unless someone tells them about Jesus, they are going to stay spiritually dead. We can easily formulate reasons not to proclaim Jesus. We can evaluate the risk of success and determine it is not worth it. But, we are called to fear God, not man (Matthew 10:28). God has chosen the foolish, weak, low, and despised to accomplish His ends (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) . . ."

Alexander Patocs


Short-Term Missions Opportunities


Reading lessons are from Scripture and oral discussions revolve around the stories presented in the lessons.

This is a tremendous opportunity to present the Word of God, and student response and interaction is usually energetic!

Mrs. Sherry Wagner




Summer 2016:
Join English Camp Team in Czech Republic

You are welcomed to apply to join a short-term missions trip to the Czech Republic next summer (July 13-25, 2016)!  

Bayview OPC in Chula Vista, CA, is once again organizing a team to help our missionaries in the Czech Republic conduct a family English Camp.

Advertised as a camp that is run by Christians, families are invited to a hotel/resort for one week to attend classes, go on day trips, enjoy sporting activities, and put on skits and talent shows! 


Help Refurbish Church Building
in 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 work - by helping the congregation complete renovations to their church building!

The church was very encouraged to receive a hard-working team from Faith OPC (Long Beach, CA) this past summer!  But additional help is still needed!


Rev. D. Jason Wallace


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


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


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




Evangelism Training In Key West, Florida:

Rev. Bill Welzien, Pastor of Keys Presbyterian Church (OPC) 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 people in its four-bedroom dormitory, where teams are welcome to stay for a week at a time. 

Rev. Bill Welzien


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

Mr. Charlie Farrell 


Skilled Volunteers Still Needed

Help needed to install a laminated wood floor and build a master bathroom as work continues on the church/manse building of Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church in Neon, Kentucky. If you can help:

Rev. 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 (KEO) program.

Skilled individuals to assist our missionary deacons.


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!

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!




Bulletin Insert
or 8.5x11 Poster

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