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Vol. 4: No. 11
November 25, 2015

In this issue:
Refugee Relief
Thank Offering Videos
A Summer of Service

Summer 2016 Opportunities for Service:
Summer 2016: English Camp (Czech Republic)
Summer 2016: The Boardwalk Chapel
Summer 2016: Team Praha (Czech Republic)

Current Opportunities for Service:
Year-Round Evangelism Training in Key West, FL
Year-Round Evangelism Opportunity in Quebec
Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda
Year-Round Need for Short-Term Teachers in South Korea
Help Refurbish Church Building in Utah
Skilled Volunteers Needed in Kentucky and New Jersey

STM Resources:
Can Your Church Use a Team?

Print a Bulletin Insert or 8.5x11 Poster of this report


Refugee Relief

by David Nakhla

Thus says the Lord of hosts, render true judgments, 
show kindness and mercy to one another . . .
 Zechariah 7:9 (ESV)

To follow up on the refugee crisis report that appeared in our Sept. 30th issue, and in response to those in the OPC community who have expressed an interest in contributing towards refugee relief, we wanted to let you know that the Committee on Diaconal Ministries (CDM) is now receiving gifts designated for this purpose.

The need is great! The world is facing a record number of internally displaced people and/or refugees today. Some suggest that number could be upwards of 60 million people!  

The CDM is in the process of exploring the refugee ministries of several of our sister denominations in order to identify places where the use of diaconal gifts will be accompanied by the ministry of the Word. The CDM has reserve funds from which to draw for this purpose, but should you or your church also wish to participate, you can do so as follows:

  • Gifts may be made out to “Orthodox Presbyterian Church,” noted for “Refugee Relief,” and mailed to the OPC Administrative Offices at 607 N. Easton Road, Bldg. E, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

Please pray for the CDM for wisdom as it seeks to faithfully carry out this labor on behalf of the church.


Churches are encouraged to spread the word about this year's Thank Offering by sharing these videos in Sunday School or on their websites or Facebook pages.


Thank Offering 2015 Promotional Videos

The link below will take you to five promotional videos that complement the Thank Offering 2015 posters and bulletin inserts that were mailed to all churches in October.  


A Summer of Service

by Patricia E. Clawson

"Orthodox Presbyterians from at least sixty-five congregations showed that summertime is for more than just riding the waves. More than five hundred members of the OPC gave heartfelt service on different short-term mission trips . . . "


This review of last summer's short-term missions activities appeared in New Horizons (October 2015).  Link to the full article:


Short-Term Missions:
Summer 2016 Opportunities


Summer 2014 English Camp Participants

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

Mrs. Sherry Wagner


Summer 2016:
English Camp in the Czech Republic

You are invited to apply to join the team that will be organized by Bayview OPC in Chula Vista, CA, to conduct a Bible-centered family English Camp in the Czech Republic (July 13-25, 2016).


Summer 2016:
The Boardwalk Chapel

The OPC's Boardwalk Chapel, entering its 72nd consecutive year of ministry in Wildwood, New Jersey, offers opportunities for individuals to serve as Volunteer Staff for the 12-week summer season, and church groups to serve as Ministry Teams for one-week periods.  


Summer 2015 Boardwalk Chapel Staff

Rev. Jim Zozzaro
Ms. Elizabeth Horst


The Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California invites you to apply to join "Team Praha," traveling to the Czech Republic, July 25-August 16, 2016.

Mr. David Winslow


Summer 2016:
Team Praha

As in previous years, the team will participate in 3 weeks of ministry, including a Vacation Bible School, a mountain hiking trip, and other outreach activities focusing on children, teens, and young adults in the Czech Republic.


Short-Term Missions:
Current Opportunities


Year-Round Evangelism Training in Key West, Florida 

A great idea for a winter activity for your youth group!

Rev. Bill Welzien, Pastor of Keys Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Key West, Florida, who has presented the gospel three times a week for over 20 years in an engaging open-air style during the popular Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, invites your group to come and receive classroom training and practical experience in evangelism.  

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


​Quebec City is a beautiful place to visit in any season!

Rev. Ben Westerveld





Year-Round Evangelism Opportunity 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! 


Year-Round Opportunities for Service in Uganda

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.


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


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


Year-Round Need
for Short-Term Teachers 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

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 weekly, local 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


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