Category: Global STMs
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 Bible theme will revolve around our stewardship of God’s creation, even as he calls us to be new creatures in Christ Jesus. Special emphasis will be placed on taking care of our bodies through heathy eating and remaining active. We’ll also integrate a few environmental awareness activities…
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…
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…
What a tremendous week of ministry this has been for our mission! We praise the Lord for blessing our second annual English Club where a total of forty-four children and adults practiced their English, listened to gospel messages, and personally interacted with our team…
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…
English for Kids Bible Camps are an outreach of St-Marc’s Reformed Church in Quebec city, where OP Missionary Rev. Ben Westerveld serves as Pastor. Teams of volunteers from the OPC and other reformed denominations lead each week of camp…
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…
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 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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. The team also participates in day trips, sporting activities, and talent shows with Czech families . . .
“English House” is an opportunity to teach English Conversation in a university classroom and live in a student residence on a university campus for a month in Asia! You will be part of a team that often consists of volunteers from around the world . . .
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 . . .
Each summer, St-Marc’s Reformed Church reaches out to their community in Quebec City with three Bible-centered, English-immersion day camps for kids and a camping trip for teens . . .
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 . . .
Each summer, a team from the Presbytery of New York and New England conducts a week-long Bible-centered, English-immersion day camp for children in St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec . . .
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
The teens enjoy getting out of the city and spending a more intensive time together with their friends and the camp leaders. We’re praying for an opportunity to truly connect with the youth and see them grow in their desire to discover and know God the Father . . .
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 . . .
Here is an opportunity to serve as a full-time university instructor of interactive English conversation for one to years, investing in the lives of students who are uniquely positioned to impact this region of the world…
The Missionary Training Institute in South Korea brings in volunteers from around the world to teach ESL to the missionaries, missionary candidates, and college students studying there…
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 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 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 . . .
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 . . .
(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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . .
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 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 . . .
The team’s teaching focus was eight questions and answers on the offices of Christ—our prophet, priest, and king. Their ministry of teaching the Catechism, as well as other Biblical material, will be brought to four more schools and two Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO) venues during the next two weeks . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Praise God for another successful English Camp this summer in the Ukraine! We had an absolute blast with students practicing English, playing sports and games, and discussing God’s truth, all in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains of Western Ukraine . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .