Author: Allison Groot
Final Counts for Crates for Ukraine 3.0 The goal of Crates for Ukraine is, at the request of the Ukrainian Church and our national partners, to provide personal and humanitarian aid from the hands of churches in the U.S. to the hands of churches and displaced communities in Ukraine. This aid is presented with a Bible verse and the website
Thankfulness in Plenty and Want Most often when we consider thankfulness it’s for those things we enjoy; at least that’s how my mind works. And so I was convicted in reading Rev. Al Tricarico’s helpful article in the November 2023 issue of New Horizons on the circumstances under which the author of one of my favorite Thanksgiving hymns, “Now thank we all
Crates for Ukraine Live Video Update https://player.vimeo.com/video/873795576?h=61359a1f7e&color=ee3425 Clip of TRD Episode Opportunities for Witness in Ukraine from OPC Disaster Response on Vimeo. An additional nine OP Churches have jumped on board to provide aid through Crates for Ukraine since our last STORM Report: Harvest OPC, Wyoming, MI; Covenant OPC, Sinking Spring, PA; Grace OPC, Columbus, OH; Christ OPC, Marietta, GA; First
Crates for Ukraine 3.0 Update There is one month left to register for Crates for Ukraine 3.0! Right now, we’re up to 19 OP Churches providing 75 crates of aid. Thank you to the churches who were the first in the OPC to register for Crates for Ukraine: Faith OPC, Lincoln, NB; Jaffrey OPC, Jaffrey, NH; Trinity OPC, Hatboro, PA;
Crates for Ukraine 3.0: New Goal! The OPC has once again been invited to join the PCA in bringing a cup of cold water to the people of war-torn Ukraine. Just like the last iteration, we’ve set the goal at 400 Crates again for this round of Crates for Ukraine. Currently, there are 49 crates registered for the OPC. How
Crates for Ukraine is Back! We’re thankful to the PCA for once again inviting us to participate in the next iteration of Crates for Ukraine—known as 3.0—their third iteration of the Crates for Ukraine effort. The aim of this effort, like the two previous, is to help those in need in war-torn Ukraine. We need your help—and don’t worry, you
Hurricane Idalia We are thankful to the Lord that there are currently no known needs in any OP Churches or OP members’ homes as a result of Hurricane Idalia which hit Florida and Georgia yesterday. Please pray for those who are suffering from flooding and loss of power in this region.
Dan Bair’s Emotional Testimony Covenant OPC, Barre member and Vermont flood site coordinator Dan Bair reports, “It has been a good couple days here with brothers coming together to provide relief and shine some light into our neighbors’ lives. It seems that each job we go to has more work to be done than anticipated which has turned out to
Fires in Maui Redeemer OPC in Waipahu, Hawaii, sits some 115 miles northwest and two islands away from Maui, where in the past several weeks devastating fires have killed over 115 people, left an additional 800 missing, burned more than 2,000 acres, and destroyed over 2,200 buildings, countless homes and automobiles. Redeemer OPC’s pastor, Doug Watson reports that he does
Neon Rebuild Complete July 28, 2023 was the one year anniversary since Neon Reformed OPC in Neon, KY, was flooded with more than 6′ of filthy water. While we rejoice in the rebuild of the church building (see photo), ruling elder Seth Long reports, “Prayers appreciated. It was a pretty heavy day for a lot of folks I interacted with
Catastrophic Flooding Strikes Barre, VT A UH-72 Lakota Helicopter assigned to the 1t Battalion, 224th Aviation Battalion, Vermont National Guard, flies over the Capital of Vermont in Montpellier, Vermont, July 11, 2023. This units mission was to survey heavy rain damage and report if there were stranded people that needed rescuing due to the recent storm that caused flooding throughout
Refugees Give Thanks for Your Prayers Pastor Sofonias, a husband and father who had to flee Khartoum with his family as a result of war violence in the area, has a message for the prayer warriors in the OPC. In a photo with his family, he holds a sign which reads, “We thank you so much for all the prayers
Update: Refugees Twice Over About two months ago, we asked you to pray for the pastor of Bethlehem Reformed Church, Sofonias, as he and a group of eight others were fleeing from a particularly dangerous part of Africa. We’ve recently learned that they are now safe in Juba, headed toward Uganda. The Lord provided a way for them to get
Amidst Turmoil, God Revives the Lost Across the southern portion of Turkey where multiple devastating earthquakes struck earlier this year, people continue to hurt physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Many first response and recovery efforts have run their course, but crises still remain. In all of this, God is working, stirring hearts and using the hands and feet of His people.
Crates for Ukraine Report Presentation The Crates for Ukraine—Winter Edition was a wonderful collaboration of OPC, PCA, and others to provide much needed supplies to Ukraine and encouraged the Saints there. David Nakhla recently reported to his home church, Calvary OPC in Glenside, PA on his visit to follow the crates to the distribution center in L’viv. You can watch
Seeds of Hope in Ukraine Pastor George, far right, with members of the OP team. by Jamie Dean, OPC Communications Coordinator When an Armenian living in Ukraine decided to practice his English on a couple of Americans he heard speaking on a street corner years ago, he had no idea the encounter would change the course of his life. He
Neon Reformed OPC is Getting a Facelift! From day one, Neon Reformed OPC’s building, a former store, has never looked much like a church building, but now, and because of the devastating flood last July, it is well on its way to becoming one of the nicest buildings in town. And, although a building is not what makes a church, the previous
Refugees Twice Over Pastor of Bethlehem, Sofonias, is in the center of this photo. Please pray for a group of brothers and sisters who are refugees twice over. A number of people from a nation in the Horn of Africa (intentionally vague) have become refugees in Khartoum, Sudan. Among them are a significant number of Christians. The Mobile Theological Mentoring
Measuring Success: Sheds of Hope in Neon by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator Eight weeks and more than halfway through the Spring Community Outreach effort in Neon, Kentucky, site coordinators Mike and Sylvia Kelly’s time there has been measurably successful. Sheds have been built, repairs have been made and contacts have been established. Yet this humble couple would
How Crates for Ukraine May Become Seeds for Church Planting Members of the MTW Ukraine Crisis Team By Jamie Dean, OPC Communications Coordinator Not long after Russia invaded Ukraine last year, an American missionary living in the former Soviet state found himself consulting a crisis manual published in the Dominican Republic. It wasn’t what MTW missionary Doug Shepherd expected to
April 2023 Tornadoes We are happy to report, after checking with the OPC Presbyteries in the affected regions, there are no known needs after the recent storms and tornadoes hit in the midwest and southern U.S. Please join us in praising the Lord for the loving protection shown to His church and pray for those of whom were affected.
Deadly Tornadoes Strike the Southern U.S. We are saddened to hear of the devastation across many states from the recent tornadoes in the South. Due to our lack of presence in the affected regions, it is doubtful, at this point, that OPC Disaster Response will be directly involved in this response effort. We know of one OPC family in Georgia
Turkey Earthquake Fund Update To date, the OPC Turkey Earthquake Fund has received $112,507.27 in donations! Thanks to all those who have given! Recently OPC Disaster Response agreed to send $20,000 of those funds to one of our ministry partners in the region and is considering other avenues where these funds may minister while sharing the gospel. If you would