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NEW HORIZONS, February 2019: When you come across short-term mission opportunities and think of the many reasons why they might not be right for you, please also try to remember some of the many reasons to participate…
The English For Kids Bible Camp at St-Georges, Quebec, has been a part of my life for seven years now. I have loved being able to see how the camp has grown and changed over the years. I have also been able to watch the kids grow and change…
I asked him how the visit with their grandparents went and he broke down in tears. There is so much that goes on in these kids’ lives and the opportunity to love them at English for Kids is an amazing gift…
I told my pastor that I was interested in going, but that I didn’t think my motives were right. He told me that I should go anyway, as I could be put to good use if I went…
Although the team was made up of people from several different churches from North America and Canada, everyone acted in unity, as though we had been hand-picked and chosen for this particular task by One who knew exactly what was needed for the job…
One thing that really stuck out to me about this trip was the way everyone served so willingly and joyfully. The team was comprised of many, very different, members and yet the Lord knit us together into a strong and unified group that was able to serve him effectively…
I think the thing that stuck with me the most was how everyone threw themselves into service for those 10 days, not just when we were teaching and doing crafts and games with the kids, but also when we went back to the guest house or the Hopp’s house. It was 10 days full of hearing stories and learning things…
Thankfully, God Himself works through His imperfect servants. He is there to help, comfort, and shield. Others’ salvation is not up to us, but He can help us plant His seeds…
One night on the boardwalk after the nightly program, we went out to evangelize. This time was different because as we prayed we asked our Heavenly Father for soft hearts to receive the Gospel. So, on a calm cool night not only did we meet soft hearts, but other groups said the same as well…
I think of my time there as a drip in the seed-watering process. Long-term workers have been planting and watering seeds there for years through building relationships, translating literature, training leaders…
She started telling me about how hard it is to be the way she is. I told her that I had just been reading part of the Bible that tells us how God knows us and understands us completely. Almost before the words were out of my mouth, she passionately said, “I need religion…”
The camping experience was great…Discussions about God the Creator and our stewardship were well received. A couple of spontaneous discussions about faith and church gave me insight into the teen’s spiritual reflections…
Friends, thank you so much for your prayers. English for Kids is the highlight of my year and I love your teens! Directing a staff of willing volunteers is like sailing before the wind…
It was a joy for us to develop friendships with the missionaries and their children; “live” the missionary life for a week; immerse ourselves in a different culture, diet and language; pour ourselves out in meeting new people and teaching them…
During and after Menominee Missions, I really began thinking about God’s love and what an essential part of His character it is. He loves us even when we come to Him in smelly, filthy rags with burdens of sin on our back. How can we not then love our neighbors…
This was my fourth year at English for Kids, my second year in sports, and my first year as a leader. I was the Sports Leader, along with my assistant Alyssa Lagee. There was a heatwave going on during the first three days of camp, but that didn’t stop us…
The Boardwalk Chapel started in July 1945. The work continues to this day with the efforts of trained staff and volunteers who proclaim the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ all summer long…
The float we’re building will be used at Cedar OPC’s Memorial Day parade in Jenison, and then the name changed to Meadow Springs for the July 4th parade. This is Presbyterianism at some of its best!”
Everyone, both North Americans and Uruguayans, enjoyed developing new friendships and learning not just languages but cultures. Each night, the adults got to hear a 10-minute evangelistic sermonette. Seeds were planted…
A sweet girl of about 9 came up to me on Tuesday with a huge hug and “Thank you so much! I love English camp!” Some priceless moments like this balance out the nitty gritty details and coordination “weeds” that come with our labor…
How do you show the grace of God to sinners? The team members gave an admirable testimony by their actions and words. I was also thankful for a couple occasions to take some kids aside, to get to know them better, and to work through with them the claims of the Gospel…
The team had the opportunity to worship with the saints at Doglace. Pastor Charlie preached for us and we were able to sing Haitian Creole hymns along with the congregation. Everyone had a delightful time interacting with the kids and adults after the service…
We received biblical training, spent much time in prayer, and enjoyed sweet Christian fellowship, both amongst our team and with the Boardwalk staff. The staff was amazing; I had never been amongst a group of young people that lived and breathed and radiated the love of Christ like they did…
To raise funds for it youth group to travel to Wildwood, New Jersey, and serve as a Ministry Team at the Boardwalk Chapel this summer, Covenant OPC (Orland Park, IL), replicated the atmosphere and nightly program of the Boardwalk Chapel…
The reputation of our church, and the credibility of our cause for the Gospel, has been significantly enhanced among our neighbors based on these good works…
Pray for the workers in May, the staff and church teams in June, July, and August, and the youth groups in September. Please pray that the Lord would bless them in their preparations…
Their smiling faces show their tiredness after a week of hard work. They all went above and beyond to plaster the inside of the guest house wall, the cistern, and three sets of stairs…
Shiloh OPC (Raleigh, NC) provided the funding, and a couple from Redeemer OPC (Ada, MI) volunteered to do the work! A great example of churches helping churches as two congregations came together to serve the OPC church plant in Neon, KY…
For short-term teams traveling to underdeveloped countries, your trip might end up being expressed this way, “It was an incredible experience, BUT…” That “BUT” may take many forms. In places like Haiti, events can quickly take a turn toward the unexpected…
“I would never have seen myself leading short-term mission trips, and yet by His grace God has used me.” The story of how one OPC member in California created an STM team in response to a call for help in Utah…
I think this experience helped with my comfort level in talking to people about Christ. I had never really told anyone about Him before this. When they started asking questions, I was happy because it helped them to learn about God and it helped me see that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be . . .
Jesus commands us to go out and make disciples. We must be bold in proclaiming the gospel. I really enjoyed my time at the Boardwalk Chapel and I was definitely strengthened and encouraged. I really hope I can come next year . . .
My wife, Natalie, and I joined the caravan of high-schoolers heading down to Wildwood, New Jersey. In God’s providence, our trip to the Boardwalk Chapel taught us not only about the youth group, but also about the value of short-term mission trips . . .
The evangelism training my team and I received in Key West inspired me to be “bold and courageous,” and to have peace in my heart knowing that the God who is the God of my life is also the God of the lives of the people I’m witnessing to . . .
God provided me with an amazing team and an amazing co-leader, Kathleen Winslow. This team of eleven young adults and Kathleen were more than anyone could ask for, they were willing, efficient, loving, kind, diligent, God fearing, and God honoring . . .
This summer I got to experience short-term missions from a new perspective—as a Missionary Associate in the Czech Republic who had been on the field for a full twelve months before the summer STM teams arrived . . .
The English Camp team – a wonderful group of believers from several different states, united by a strong desire to help Czechs learn English and give them an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Team Praha – twelve energetic and very musical, young Christians from Arizona, California, and Washington . . .
I prayed that God would give me the courage to be bold, and God answered my prayers! Not only did He give me the courage to have serious conversations about salvation, relationships, and life after death, but He also gave the Czech teens the courage to have those conversations with me . . .
The Sunset Celebration takes place every evening, and there are a number of different vendors and acts that are there to attract the locals and tourists who show up. This means that there are a lot of “distractions” from Bill’s message, but as he says, there is no real competition . . .
I wanted to more boldly share the gospel with them since my time was running out. That week, I asked my church to pray for me to not waste my words during the final week that I had left in Asia….God opened the door for a conversation about the Bible and allowed me to share the good news of His
Montevideo, Uruguay, is a cosmopolitan city where atheism abounds. It was winter which, in my opinion, matched the spiritual darkness or apathy of the people toward God. It was really an eye-opener for me to see the hard work our missionaries have to do in this country . . .
God opened the door for English Camp and made it clear that there was a need I could fill. The format of English Camp provides an incredible way to share the gospel while giving the Czechs a valuable skill . . .
I (used to) have a very small, enclosed bubble of what I was comfortable doing and who I was comfortable talking to. Going on the trip would mean essentially popping that bubble and doing things far outside my comfort zone . . .
TEAM UTAH 2017: This trip was something I was nervous about because I felt like I didn’t have enough experience, but I was blessed with an amazing team who patiently taught me everything I needed to know . . .
The most important thing I took away from these experiences were the relationships I made. The people of Menominee OPC will always be dear to me. In my other teammates, I found some of the best friends and mentors I could ever hope for . . .
TEAM UTAH 2017: During our times of corporate worship, Bible discussion, prayer meetings, evangelism walks, refurbishment work, and downtime together, the unity found in Christ was powerfully displayed in each moment . . .
The Lord blessed the English camp exceedingly abundantly and I pray that he will water and grow the many seeds that were planted that week, and that those seeds may grow into an abundant harvest for His glory . . .
I was stressed at first because I’d never done anything like this before, but they took me in, made me feel like I was part of the team, and suddenly all the stress was gone! Some of the team members brought lessons, others did crafts, it was amazing . . .
I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we had a time we will never forget! Daily working for the Lord, praying, learning, singing, performing skits, living like a little family, were just some of the highlights of the week . . .
“Venture Missions” is a growing experience for high school and college students who want to grow closer to Christ and gain experience spreading the gospel. The beautiful Menominee Indian Reservation is full of friendly people, but it is a place that needs the gospel . . .
I loved it! I found it was a great opportunity to serve and to be an example of what a life with Jesus looks like. I also enjoyed being part of a team of all different ages and I learned from my team and was greatly encouraged by them as well . . .
A team of 5 adults from Delta Oaks OPC (Pittsburg, CA) is helping with “English Club” outreach in Montevideo, Uruguay, July 4-7, during the “winter break” there! Pray that the Lord would fill our “classrooms” for this event, and that he would glorify His name through the salvation of souls . . .
My class included children from traditional Quebecois homes as well as children whose families hailed from places as far away as Haiti, Madagascar, Albania, Tanzania, Burundi, and China. “English For Kids” has three goals (in this order): Fun, speaking English, and learning the Bible . . .
What a great idea it was to start each craft explanation by reading them something from my Bible! On the day we were going to make shields, my morning reading included Psalm 18, so I was able to say to them, “As I was reading my Bible this morning, God brought me to Psalm 18, which talks about God being
As a senior citizen working with these young people, it was a challenge to keep up and keep connecting. But God did it! Each day I had the energy and ideas I needed to love these kids and apply the gospel. It was a joyful experience for me and a great opportunity for me to use gifts that should not
I think this year topped any other year that I have been on this trip. Seeing old friends, meeting new ones, working with the kids in my class for eight hours a day, and serving our Lord and Savior . . .
Looking back on English for Kids Bible Camp 2017 (in St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec), I think if there was one word that could summarize the entire trip from beginning to end, it would be: grateful . . .
While these camps contribute to our mission in the province of Quebec, we also desire that each mission team member might grow in his relationship with the heavenly Father, in love for brothers and sisters from different Churches and countries, and in passion for the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .
I found our mission trip to Key West extremely encouraging. I really enjoyed going to Mallory Square and helping Bill Welzien witness to people. Also, our afternoon snorkeling was one of the highlights of the trip . . . . It was a great time of learning and fellowship . . .
As the minutes ticked by and the time was getting closer for me to stand up and open-air preach, my throat grew parched and my palms sweaty. Bill had prepared me for this, and yet, I still had knees knocking, with an anxiety about being ready . . .
In early February, Pete Onnink and his daughter Jessica drove down from Illinois to begin their work. Mark and Patti Palmer from Alabama joined them there. David and Donna Taylor from Bradenton were vacationing nearby at this time and when they heard of the work going on at Keys Church, they came to pitch in, too . . .
NEW HORIZONS, February 2017: The opportunities for outreach in Wildwood are truly endless. With the Lord providing more manpower and increased resources each year, we hope to use the practical gifts we have been given to work harder for the kingdom of Jesus . . .
More than anything else, this summer at the Chapel was characterized by one word: prayer. We prayed more intentionally, regularly, spontaneously, and fervently than we did last summer or at any other time or place I have ever seen . . .
I met many young men and women there who need the light of the gospel in every corner of their lives. In the short time I was there, I felt that those teens reached out for friendship and the Lord certainly worked in their hearts for good . . .
The words of a song can draw people in and bring them to a better understanding of Christ, but so can faces full of joy! When you see a young adult smiling, singing proudly, and worshipping Jesus on stage, you can tell that there is something different about him or her . . .
The Lord blessed the trip and the team greatly, and we long to see fruit from the seeds that were planted. Though the Czech Republic is a spiritually dark area of the world, we know God can cause a revival and that hearts can be changed . . .
The best part of the English Camp team is the diverse range of ages of team members, from young people to more seasoned adults, all working together . . . everybody doing their own job that fits the gifts that God has supplied them with. Short term missions are not only for the young but for the whole body of
I encourage anyone considering a short term mission trip to remember that there are two sides to it. While we are there primarily to help the missionaries and those they minister to, we will also personally experience God’s blessing and grow in Him as a result . . .
It is both humbling and encouraging to experience the love and unity of the body of Christ in this way. Our church family loves this team dearly and feels a strong kinship for the saints at Trinity . . .
I realized that even what seems to be simple needs prayer because God is in control, not us, so trust in and pray to Him. When I did this, I was not upset, but at peace! Throughout the week, I kept being reminded of my need to do this . . .
I was able to see clearly how God’s grace and mercy is working in the hearts of American and Czech Christians whose lives have been changed by hearing the Word, repentance, and regeneration. In their stories I heard my own story — hopelessly lost and graciously found, being made new in Christ . . .
Here at the Boardwalk Chapel we aren’t just another group of young Christians on a summer mission’s trip. The Boardwalk Chapel is different. We live together in one house as a community of believers, and each night we perform a program at the Chapel so we can share with people walking along the Boardwalk the love and joy that Christ
(Testimonial: English for Kids Bible Camp) When I looked at it as “HOW AM I” going to do it, it seemed like a virtually impossible task, but when I looked at it as “GOD CAN,” it didn’t seem nearly as impossible. It wasn’t my love, my strength, my words, or any of me that would be able to care for
(Testimonial: English for Kids Bible Camp) I found these moments particularly special because not only was I given the perfect opportunity to encourage these children in their interest in the Gospel, but also because, through answering these questions, I felt my own faith growing . . .
In this brief video, Susanna Buckley, Pro-Life Coordinator at the Boardwalk Chapel, explains her role and shares some of the materials designed to help her bring hope and truth to those seeking answers about abortion and life . . .
I was blessed to be in the position of teacher to those children who taught me much themselves. God is going to see new life sown, watered, and grown as He wills. Nothing can stop His kingdom, for His Word will be heard wherever and to whomever He wishes, and work its way powerfully into people’s lives throughout the whole
One of the leaders of the English for Kids Bible Camp taking place in St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, sends out a daily newsletter to keep all those supporting and praying for the camp up to date . . .
NEW HORIZONS, June 2016: As an international hot spot, Wildwood is particularly ripe with opportunity for young believers to proclaim the gospel boldly while learning to face culture shock for future mission endeavors . . .
In May 2015, a team of men from OPC churches across the United States traveled to Haiti to do repairs on the mission homes. The Delfils’ family are grateful not only for the work that two men accomplished at their house, but also for the fellowship they enjoyed together . . .
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 . . .
We came to the university to serve in the English Conversation Office, where we each taught one or two classes. While teaching was our task, we were also dedicated to shining the light of the Gospel into the darkness our students lived in, through relationship-building, prayer, and welcoming students into our lives . . .
My visit to the chapel influenced me in more ways than I ever anticipated it would, and I’ve come to see Christianity from many new perspectives that continue to build my relationships with God and his people . . .
Being a member of Team Uganda 2015 was an experience that changed my life. Actually, it didn’t just change my life. It changed me. Short-term mission trips do that to people. We go in thinking that we have all of this knowledge and wisdom to share, but in the end, we are the ones who learn so much . .
Much relies on the maturity and initiative of the team members, many of whom have served year after year and have grown both in their commitment to missions and their love for the children they meet . . .
No other week has given me greater proof that God is active in His relationship with me. I came to the Chapel looking to be revitalized with a stronger passion for Christ, and the Spirit answered my prayers far beyond what I could have ever expected . . .
God answered our prayers and we had three successful camps. Please continue to pray for the kids that we taught. We may not be seeing the fruit of our labors right away, but we hope and pray that God uses the seeds we have sown to bring these people to Him . . .
I found it very interesting seeing how all those different people on the pier reacted to God’s word. In our sometimes protected world we never see the effects of God’s word on unbelievers, and seeing the wide variety of responses people had was very eye-opening . . .
I was keenly conscious of having been sent. We were not in St-Georges de Beauce on our own authority. We were there because our church had sent us, supported us, and told us to speak in the name of Jesus . . .
Jesus is being taught to all the nations and we need Him to shine His face upon us as we serve Him in this way. Look to Him in missions, not yourself. Look to Him from whom all blessings flow . . .
In St Georges, the English camp is a wonderful week of fellowship and service for the American and French teams, and growth for the teens learning to lead and work together . . .
TEAM UTAH 2015: Our team was honored to be able to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by helping Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Magna, Utah. They are truly a light in a very dark corner of our country . . .
Team Haiti taught the Children’s Catechism questions on Christ’s offices of prophet, priest and king. We are grateful for their maturity, stamina, and the joy they brought to the job of declaring God’s glory to the children of Haiti . . .
We are so grateful for these 10 men and 1 woman who spent their week serving the OPC Haiti Mission by working at the Kaliko Mission Home. They worked long hours and accomplished a lot! God very clearly brought together a team with just the skills that would be needed . . .
An OPC church plant in New Hampshire put out a call for help with building refurbishment and received volunteers from California, Ohio, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts…
I was struck when I witnessed Pastor Bill Welzien’s gospel presentation in Mallory Square the first night. I had seen various methods in my time as a Christian but none so captivating, so clear . . .
As one who has been on several mission trips both domestically and abroad, it is interesting how much things stay the same, regardless of where you are. Spiritual starvation. While the culture and language may be different, the reality of sin doesn’t disappear . . .
The children this year were very responsive to and receptive of the message we were sharing through the means of drama. Many children even remembered lessons learned from previous years’ skits and lessons . . .
The Boardwalk Chapel ministry has blessed countless people from all over the world, both saved and unsaved, and the Lord has sustained and grown many disciples within its walls. All this, and much more, I have been blessed to know firsthand . . .
This summer, we hosted our 9th year of English immersion Bible camps here in Quebec – ‘English for Kids’ and ‘English for Teens.’ As in previous years, the four weeks of camp ignited much energy and enthusiasm . . .
Team Praha impacts you but it also impacts those around you. When you see people thinking deeply about Scripture, questioning it, searching it, you know they are close to the kingdom. It made us all rejoice to know that seeds might fall on good soil . . .
Every day leading up to and during English Camp, my mind and heart were consumed with how to serve the Lord or I was reminded that I was there to serve Him. Instead of thinking about where I would eat and what sights I would see, I was thankful for health and God’s provision as fuel to serve Him everyday
The experience I had there was incredible and I definitely grew closer to God over the week. I also grew much closer to the guys I went with and am very thankful for their friendship . . .
The specific technique taught by Bill was called “word painting.” This involves shapes that are pre-drawn on paper, which are subsequently filled in to reveal block letters of his message. It was a good way of captivating an audience at Mallory Square in Key West . . .
Our week’s theme was David and Goliath and the theme verse was “The LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Dt. 20:4 ). The teachers tried to explain that Jesus, like David, fights for us against our enemies of sin and death . . .
KENTWOOD, MI (2014): With the help of 3 other OP churches in Michigan, Meadow Springs Community Church (OPC) reached out to their community with a “Dragon Master” theme during the Annual July 4th Carnival in Kentwood, Michigan . . .
The Lord grew me while helping in Quebec and helped me to step outside my comfort zone. It was hard to help teach classes. It was hard to interact with the children. It was hard to be tired all the time. But the Lord helped me through and I am so glad I went . . .
The children at the camp learned that the Bible is God’s truth, they memorized some of its verses, and they sang songs of God’s love. Even more, they saw men and women of all ages travel across a national border to bring them not only fun and education, but, clearly and sincerely, Christ’s love . . .
What can you accomplish during a week of work in the hot Haitian sun? A lot! The Hopps are so thankful for the team of eight that came from four different churches around the country. They left behind the snow and ice to help us build a new gate . . .
David Nakhla’s goal for each OPC short-term missions team is to help the missionaries on the field in bringing the gospel to the nations. He also hopes to enrich the experience of the team volunteers, so that when they return from a trip, they will continue to pray for the mission . . .
We thank the Lord that we have grown closer to our sister church through mutual service and encouragement in the Lord. We are so grateful for their generosity. They have given of their resources to build up the body of Christ in northeast San Antonio . . .
Amidst this burst of physical exhaustion, the Spirit fills us up. On a personal level, there is no way to survive the summer intact without fleeing to the feet of the God we walk the boards to proclaim. This reliance on Christ as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ brings joy-filled fellowship . . .
I’m also thankful for Christian teens showing strong ability to learn, adapt, and serve in their first tough leadership experiences. Planning, teaching and managing a classroom of kids is an adult tasks, and the learning curve is very steep as these teens adapt to the challenge day by day . . .
Where might one find himself having more gospel conversations with unbelievers, even professed atheists, in the course of one week than possibly the rest of the year combined? For me, that would describe my time here at the English Camp in the Czech Republic . . .
NEW HORIZONS, October 2012: On July 9, 2012, a group of more than thirty people came from nine churches across the country to transform the inside, outside, and grounds of New Covenant OPC in South San Francisco, California . . .
GRACE OPC, GERMANTOWN, PA (2012): Where there was discouragement, the crew brought encouragement and fellowship (especially to the pastor and his family!) Where saints felt isolated and alone, the lingering impact of this crew’s presence brought an increase of traffic that made it clear that we had a new and more visible presence in the community . . .
BARRE, VT (2012): In response to a request for a team to paint a house, eight men from Harvest OPC in Wyoming, Michigan, drove to Barre, Vermont. The homeowner was extremely grateful for this outpouring of Christian love from the missionary team from Harvest.
The team not only invited many families to send their children to the VBS programs, but they taught VBS in two different locations during the week . . . I get tired just thinking about all the work they did! And the Lord, in His mercy, saw fit to greatly bless their labors . . .