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Vol. 4: No. 2
February 18, 2015

In this issue:
Work Teams Needed at the Boardwalk Chapel
Serve at the Boardwalk Chapel
Join "Team Haiti"
Join "Team Uganda"
"English for Kids" Bible Camps in Quebec
Share Your Skills in Uganda
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
Evangelism Training in Key West

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What's New!

by David Nakhla

Be to me a rock of refuge ... Psalm 71:3 (ESV)

New Website Design!

What's new with OPC Short-Term Missions?

New OPCSTM Website Design (above)
A new design for ou website at better corresponds to the design of our mother website at!

New Disaster Response Logo (above)
See the new OPC Disaster Response logo in the right upper corner of our website! We hope that the display of this logo (on team members'  shirts or vehicles, for example) will communicate that the OPC’s labors in the aftermath of a disaster are carried out in obedience to Christ who demonstrated the ultimate act of compassion and mercy on the cross, that the lost might find their refuge in Him.

New Short-Term Missions Logo
A new logo for "OPC Short-Term Missions" is also in the works!

New S.T.O.R.M. Report Carrier
Our newsletter looks "new" because we have made a switch to a different carrier – Campaign Monitorin an effort to improve its delivery rate.  The S.T.O.R.M. Report has not always been successfully delivered to many of its intended recipients, but going forward, we hope more of the OPC community will indeed find this newsletter in their in-boxes!


"Missionaries" - Not Just "Volunteers"

We want to share the following thank you note we received for the OPC teams that have traveled to Japan to help with the work of recovery and outreach that has continued since the Tsunami of 2011.  Thank you, teams!


NOTE: A team will be sent to Japan again this summer!  Stay tuned to "Current Opportunities" at for details!


January 27, 2015

Greetings in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

I would like to thank you for sending many teams for the past few years to help us at the Nozomi Center.  People of Yamamoto and we, Nozomi staff, were greatly encouraged by the warmth and the power of the Holy Spirit that the team members brought with them each time.

We consider our brothers and sisters in Christ from OPC mission teams "missionaries" instead of just "volunteers" because of their dedicated service to bring Gospel to the town of Yamamoto by loving the locals in a tangible way.

Thank you very much for all your prayers and support.

In Christ,
Yui Hamada
Nozomi Center Staff


Work Teams Needed
at the 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 10 volunteer staff positions available for those interested in serving for 12 weeks 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

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The Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California will send out its 10th "Team Haiti" this summer (June 22 - July 2, 2015) and invites you to explore the possibility of joining the team!

  • The team will work with OPC missionaries Rev. Ben and Heather Hopp to conduct mini VBS programs at 3 churches on the island of Lagonav, off the coast of Haiti.
  • The teaching program is based on Reformed catechetical instruction in the Creole language with the assistance of translators. 
  • The team will also assist in various other work projects.

Summer 2015:
Join "Team Haiti"



February 28, 2015 is the deadline to submit an application, although the team may be selected before the final deadline if enough applications are received.


David Winslow

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Summer 2015:
Join "Team Uganda"

The Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California will send a team of 8 individuals to Uganda this summer (June 22 - July 23, 2015), and invites you to explore the possibility of joining the team!

  • The team's main focus will be to help the OP Uganda Mission utilize the newly translated First Catechism to teach Biblical truth to local children.
  • Additional activities will include construction and maintenance, helping with the mission's farm project, IT support, clerical tasks, and watching missionary children.

February 28, 2015 is the deadline to submit an application, although the team may be selected before the final deadline if enough applications are received.

David Winslow

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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

"English for Teens" Camping Trip
Week of July 20 or July 27 (based on volunteers' availability)

Rev. Ben Westerveld at
Jennifer Nelson at

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Summer 2015:
Share Your Skills 

in  Karamoja, Uganda


The Karamoja Station of the OP Uganda Mission welcomes short-term visitors year-round, but particularly seeks individuals with the following skills for the summer of 2015:

  • Medical skills to work at the Akisyon A Yesu medical clinic
  • Pastoral interests to work with ministers
  • Teaching experience to work with Karamoja Education Outreach ("Teachers Needed in Uganda")
  • Construction/mechanical skills to work with deacons 

March 15, 2015, is the deadline to submit applications for summer short-term service in Karamoja.

Mrs. Sunshine Okken at 

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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 at

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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 who have “peach-themed” art to display
  • Anyone who enjoys greeting people and sharing the love of Christ

Pastor Bob Harting at

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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 at

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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 at

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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. Bernard Westerveld

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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.


Evangelism Training in Key West, Florida

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 at

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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


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 



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

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