Overview – All STM Opportunities with Printable PDF

Caption: Center: Boardwalk Chapel; Top left: English Camp, Czech Republic; Top right: Team Haiti; Bottom left: English for Kids, St-Georges, Quebec; Bottom right: Team Utah.

Provided below is a brief overview of each short-term missions opportunity in the OPC, with links to further information. You are welcome to write to the "Contacts" listed below for complete details or with any questions.

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Summer Opportunities:

GLOBAL:

  • Asia: Teach English to University Students for One Month
  • Czech Republic: English Camp for Families
  • Czech Republic: Team Praha
  • Haiti: Team Haiti
  • Japan: Outreach and Work Projects
  • Quebec: English for Kids Bible Camps (Quebec City)
  • Quebec: English for Kids Bible Camp (St-Georges)
  • Quebec: English for Teens Bible Camping Trip (Quebec)
  • Ukraine: English Camp for University Students
  • Uruguay: English Club

NATIONAL:

  • Naples, FL: Bring Your Team to Naples
  • Wildwood, NJ: Boardwalk Chapel
  • San Antonio, TX: Bring Your Team to San Antonio
  • Zoar, WI: Venture Missions

Year-Round Opportunities:

GLOBAL:

  • Asia: Teach English to University Students for 1-2 Years
  • Haiti: Work Teams
  • Quebec: English Café
  • South Korea: Teach ESL to Missionary Trainees
  • Uganda: Karamoja Education Outreach
  • Uganda: OP Uganda Mission

NATIONAL:

  • Key West, FL: Evangelism Training
  • Wildwood, NJ: Spring Work Teams at the Boardwalk Chapel
  • Wildwood, NJ: Fall Youth Group Weekends at the Boardwalk Chapel
  • Neon, KY: Church and Manse Refurbishment

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

Asia: Teach English to University Students:

What: Volunteers (college junior or older) teach daily English Conversation classes to university students in Asia. Living with the students in the “English House” residence provides further opportunity to get to know them and practice English.

When: Summer
Duration: Month of July
Sponsored by: OPC Committee on Foreign Missions
Costs: Transportation to and from Asia, and spending money

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Douglas Clawson
Associate General Secretary, OPC Committee on Foreign Missions
douglas.clawson@opc.org

Czech Republic: English Camp for Families:

What: The English Camp team helps OP missionaries Marilyn and Jerry Farnik lead a popular family camp at which English is taught using lessons from Scripture; day trips, sports, games, and talent shows round out the activities.

When: Summer
Duration: 12 days
Sponsored by: Bayview OPC, Chula Vista, California
Costs: Estimated at $2,500-$3,000 including airfare

Further Information:

Contact:

Sherry Wagner
English Camp Coordinator
sherrylwagner@me.com

Czech Republic: Team Praha:

What: Team Praha helps OP missionaries Marilyn and Jerry Farnik with two VBS programs for children and a friendship evangelism “Mountain Adventure” with teens and young adults.

When: Summer
Duration: 3 weeks
Sponsored by: Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California
Costs in 2017: $800 registration fee, plus airfare estimated at $1,000-$1500

Further Information:

Haiti: Team Haiti:

What: Team Haiti helps OP missionaries Heather and Ben Hopp present VBS programs based on Reformed catechetical instruction in the Creole language with the assistance of local translators.

When: Summer
Duration: 10 days
Sponsored by: Youth Committee of the Presbytery of Southern California
Costs: $1,750 (due in increments) depending on airfare, plus any necessary immunizations

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. David Thibault
Presbytery of Southern California
davidthibault@sbcglobal.net

Japan: Community Outreach and Work Projects:

What: A team organized by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) does community outreach and work projects with missionary Woody Lauer in Yamamoto, Japan.

When: Summer
Duration: 1-2 weeks
Sponsored by: Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America
Costs: $2,000 plus airfare

Contact:

Matt Filbert
RP Missions (RPCNA)
ProclaimChrist@rpmissions.org

Quebec City, Quebec: "English for Kids" Bible Camp:

What: Teams lead three Bible-centered, English-immersion day camps that seek to share the gospel with non-believing, French-speaking families who seek opportunities for their children to start learning English at a young age.

When: Summer
Duration: Each camp is 1 week long
Sponsored by:  St-Marc's Reformed Church, Quebec City, Quebec
Costs: Kids Camp: transportation to and from Quebec, most meals, housing at about $1,000 per team, program costs of about $500-$1,000 per team.

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Ben Westerveld
OP Missionary and Pastor, St-Marc's Reformed Church
b_westerveld@hotmail.com

St-Georges, Quebec: "English for Kids" Bible Camp:

What: A team leads a Bible-centered, English-immersion day camp that seeks to share the gospel with non-believing, French-speaking families who seek opportunities for their children to start learning English at a young age.

Where: St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec
When: Summer
Duration: 1 week
Sponsored by: Presbytery of New York and New England
Costs: Estimated at $175-$200 per team member

Further Information:

Contact:

Mrs. Olivia Durham
Presbytery of New York and New England
Olivia@copcvt.org

Quebec: "English for Teens" Bible Camping Trip:

What: A team leads a Bible-centered, English-immersion camping trip that seeks to share the gospel with non-believing, French-speaking families who seek opportunities for their teenaged children to learn and practice English.

Where: Outside Quebec City. Quebec
When: Summer
Duration: 1 week
Sponsored by:  St-Marc's Reformed Church, Quebec City, Quebec
Costs: Transportation to and from Quebec, and a few meals.

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Ben Westerveld
OP Missionary and Pastor, St-Marc's Reformed Church
b_westerveld@hotmail.com

Ukraine: English Camp for University Students:

What: The popular “Leopolis Green English Camp” offers local university students an opportunity to practice speaking English with native English speakers in a fun-filled camp atmosphere that includes Bible lessons and discussions.

  • Where: Carpathian Mountains outside L’viv, Ukraine
  • When: Summer
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Sponsored by: lvivcamp.com
  • Costs: Transportation to and from Ukraine

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Heero Hacquebord
OP Missionary to Ukraine
Hacquebord.1@opc.org

Uruguay: English Club:

What: Volunteers with teaching experience help the OP Mission in Uruguay lead an English Club for teens and adults that includes English conversation classes, games, music, and a gospel message.

Where: Montevideo, Uruguay
When: Summer
Duration: 7 days (Saturday to Saturday)
Sponsored by: OP Uruguay Mission
Costs: Transportation to and from Uruguay, and some meals

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Mark Richline
OP Uruguay Mission
markrichline@gmail.com

Naples, FL: Service and Outreach in Naples:

What: Church groups travel to Naples, Florida, to participate in local outreach and service projects, led by the local pastor, to help enhance this OP church plant's testimony in the community.

When: June through August
Duration: 5-7 days
Sponsored by: Christ the King OPC, Naples, Florida
Costs: Transportation to and from Naples, local transportation, food, and lodging

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Eric Hausler
Pastor, Christ the King OPC
naplesopc@gmail.com

Wildwood, NJ: Boardwalk Chapel:

What: Volunteer Staff members serve full-time or part-time on the evangelism, music, drama, or support teams. Church groups serve as Ministry Teams for one week at a time.

When:  Memorial Day through Labor Day
Duration: Volunteer Staff for up to 3 months; Ministry teams for one week
Sponsored by: Presbytery of New Jersey
Costs: $1,500-$2,000 plus transportation to and from Wildwood

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Jim Zozzaro, Director
Elizabeth Horst, Administrative Assistant
boardwalkchapel@gmail.com

San Antonio, TX: Service and Outreach in San Antonio:

What: Church groups travel to San Antonio, Texas, to participate in local outreach and service projects, led by the local pastor, to help enhance this OP church plant's testimony in the community.

When: June through August
Duration: 5-7 days
Sponsored by: San Antonio Reformed Church (OPC), San Antonio, Texas
Costs: Transportation to and from San Antonio, local transportation, food, and lodging (Note: lodging in church member homes may be available)

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Andrew Moody
Pastor, San Antonio Reformed Church (OPC)
moody.1@opc.org

Zoar, WI: Venture Missions:

What: A team is trained in cross-cultural missions, then leads a VBS with Bible lessons, skits, and games, and shares the gospel one-on-one with children on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

When: Summer
Duration: 1 week
Sponsored by: Menominee OPC, Zoar, Wisconsin
Costs: Estimated at $100-$150 per team member

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Micah Shin
Pastor, Menominee OPC (Zoar, WI) and Old Stockbridge OPC (Morgan Siding, WI)
ichthus1516@gmail.com

YEAR-ROUND OPPORTUNITIES

Asia: Teach English to University Students:

What: Volunteers with at least a Bachelor's degree and two years of teaching or tutoring experience teach conversational English in the classroom at a university in Asia.

When: Start in September or February
Duration: 1-2 years
Sponsored by: OPC Committee on Foreign Missions
Costs: Must be able to raise one's own support to cover all expenses

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Douglas Clawson
Associate General Secretary, OPC Committee on Foreign Missions
douglas.clawson@opc.org

Haiti: Work Teams:

What: On occasion, the OP Haiti Mission will request that skilled volunteers travel to Haiti to help with construction or maintenance projects, or mechanical repairs.

Where: Haiti
When: Year-Round, as needed
Duration: Variable
Sponsored by: OP Haiti Mission
Costs: Transportation to and from Haiti

Contact:

Rev. Benjamin Hopp
OP Missionary to Haiti
bkhopp@gmail.com

Quebec: English Cafe:

What: Teams of 3-8 people, aged 18 and over, who are at ease giving a Christian testimony, set up tables in parks or malls in Quebec City to offer local French-speaking citizens a highly desirable opportunity to practice speaking English.

Where: Quebec City, Quebec
When: Year-Round
Duration: Optional
Sponsored by: St-Marc's Reformed Church, Quebec City, Quebec
Costs: Transportation to and from Quebec, local transportation, housing, meals, and $200 per team towards advertising the cafe

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Ben Westerveld
OP Missionary and Pastor, St-Marc's Reformed Church
b_westerveld@hotmail.com

South Korea: Teach ESL to Missionary Trainees:

What: Volunteers live at the residential Missionary Training Institute in South Korea and teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to missionary trainees for one or more terms.

When: Four terms each year
Duration: 10 weeks per term
Sponsored by: Missionary Training Institute, South Korea
Costs: Transportation to and from South Korea

Further Information:

Contact:

Ms. Mihyang Choi-Yoon
Missionary Training Institute
mihyangc@hotmail.com

Uganda: Karamoja Education Outreach:

What: Teaching assistants help KEO teachers teach literacy, numeracy, health, Bible verses, and songs to preschoolers; help prepare Bible lessons to be taught in local primary schools; help with day to day running of the preschool.

  • Where: Karamoja, Uganda
  • When: Year-Round
  • Duration: 6 months at the least is ideal
  • Sponsored by: OP Uganda Mission
  • Costs: Variable person to person, depending on length of stay, current airfare rates, vaccinations needed, etc.

Further Information:

Contact:

Miss Angela Voskuil
Missionary Associate, OP Uganda Mission
voskuila30@gmail.com

Uganda: OP Uganda Mission:

What: Short-term volunteers help the OP Uganda Mission (OPUM) with its medical clinic, farm project, village evangelism, construction projects, and more!

Where: Karamoja, Uganda
When: Year-Round
Duration: Optional
Sponsored by: OP Uganda Mission
Costs: Variable expenses include vaccinations, airfare, local transportation, housing, meals

Further Information:

Contact:

Mrs. Sunshine Okken
OP Uganda Mission
dsokken@gmail.com

Key West, FL: Evangelism Training:

What: Church groups receive classroom instruction and practical experience in evangelism from OPC Pastor Bill Welzien, who has been presenting the gospel in an open-air fashion three times a week for over 30 years at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida.

When: Year-Round
Duration: Up to 1 week
Sponsored by: Keys Evangelistic Ministries (KEM)
Costs: Transportation to and from Key West, local transportation, and meals

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Bill Welzien
Keys Evangelistic Ministries
wvwelzien@aol.com

Neon, KY: Church Refurbishment:

What: Skilled volunteers help with refurbishment projects in the building that houses the church and manse of Neon OPC.

  • When: Year-Round
  • Duration: Optional
  • Sponsored by: Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church (OPC)
  • Costs: Transportation to and from Neon, Kentucky

Contact:

Rev. Jay Bennett
Pastor, Neon Reformed OPC
neonopc@gmail.com

Wildwood, NJ: Boardwalk Chapel - Off Season:

What: MAY: Work teams help with building maintenance projects. SEPTEMBER: Youth groups visit the Chapel for weekends of music, fun, and fellowship.

When:  May; September
Duration: Weekend
Sponsored by: Presbytery of New Jersey
Costs: May work teams: transportation to and from Wildwood. September youth groups: $500 fee per team plus transportation to and from Wildwood.

Further Information:

Contact:

Rev. Jim Zozzaro, Director
Elizabeth Horst, Administrative Assistant
boardwalkchapel@gmail.com

HURRICANE RELIEF 2017-2018

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