Author: Trish Duggan

by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator There is no doubt the connected church is at work in Neon! Just look at the numbers: thus far in the Neon disaster response effort, 102 volunteers have served over 240 days with an average of 8-hours of work per day, which means 1,952 volunteer hours have been served thus far. Praise

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Neon Kentucky Flooding Photo Album

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On Monday night, September 19, OPC Disaster Response held a live information session via Zoom for our disaster response registrants. Members of the Neon Disaster Oversight Committee took turns reporting on the progress and future of the effort. Each disaster committee consists of local church deacons, elders, pastors, as well as presbytery members and OPC Disaster Response Administrator, David Nakhla.

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It’s been forty-nine days since six-and-a-half feet of water ravaged the church building of Neon Reformed OPC. Even though much has been accomplished, there is still much more to do. The Lord hears your prayers and is strengthening the community in Neon, even in this disaster! The church building has been mucked

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Crews are cutting and hanging the drywall that was delivered earlier this week to Neon Reformed OPC. Praise the Lord for the progress on the church building. We are so thankful for Art Allen, deacon at Shiloh OPC in Raleigh, NC who, this week began serving as the Site Coordinator for the Neon church rebuild, upon conclusion of Reuben Long’s

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator As we make our way toward the one-month mark since the record rainfall and flooding in Neon, the town (and surrounding region) continues the hard work of recovering from the devastation. As you drive along the debris-filled roadways, it’s obvious that Neon Reformed OPC’s building has made progress in its clean up

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Mucking Out the Community Teams from OP Churches in North Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan have already come to help in Neon after the catastrophic floods devastated Neon Reformed OPC and its community in Neon, Kentucky. After first mucking out, cleaning and sanitizing the church, volunteers are now aiding others in the community. There is much to do, and many more

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Meet Bonnie Bonnie is just one of the business and homeowners of Neon who are dealing with what’s left of Neon after the flood two weeks ago. Pastor Jay Bennett talks to Bonnie about her loss and the need for volunteers to help clean out homes and businesses. Volunteers are needed for cleanup now and for the next month. Contact

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Restoring Worship in Neon by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It’s been two weeks since six-and-a-half feet of water ravaged Neon Reformed OPC. Even though much has been accomplished in the these 14 days, the first phase is just now ending. The dehumidifiers in the church are collecting in excess of 75 gallons of water per day! Your

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Wash, Rinse, Treat by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It seems almost counter-intuitive to be using water in the first phases of cleaning out an area devastated by flood, but it’s a necessary step—actually, a really, a crucial one. You can’t close up a wall when mold is present or has the ability to provide a hospitable environment

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Work Begins in Neon Flood by Mike Cloy, elder, Landis OPC, Marion, NC July 31, 2022: Elder Mike Cloy, a Presbytery of the Southeast Diaconal Committee Member and Disaster Response Coordinator, traveled to Neon to see firsthand the clean-up progress of the members of the church and the DART (Disaster Advanced Response Team). They were able to muck out the

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From Elder Mike Cloy (Landis OPC, Marion, NC) Day 1 Clean Up Neon Disaster Response July 30, 2022 “The dehumidifier trailer arrived around 10 am, delivered by two members of Landis OPC, Marion. [Presbytery of the Southeast’s] DART (Disaster Response Advanced Team) arrived with six men around 3 pm and joined eight church members already mucking the mud out of

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by David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator Pastor Jay Bennett and his family went to bed as normal on Wednesday evening, July 27th.  At 2:30 am they were awakened by a blaring flood warning on Jay’s phone. By the time they were roused and looked outside, the floodwaters had reached a level that would have been unsafe to wade through. Living

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by Trish Duggan, Communications Coordinator for OPC Disaster Response Although the news headlines have veered some from the war in Ukraine, the turmoil in that region continues, with no end in sight. Reports from our missionary contacts tell us that the mood in Ukraine remains tense, with air raid sirens echoing through every town each time a threat is perceived,

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By Cheryl Wade Retirement is not the end of busy work lives for the men and women who OPC Disaster Response sends around the country to repair damage dealt by hurricanes, tornados, and floods.  Church leaders say that these senior citizens make up the backbone of their volunteers. Here are laborers and planners, fixers and rebuilders, with years of prior

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By David Nakhla, Administrator for the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia…begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints.” II Corinthians 8: 1 & 4 Five countries, nine days, ten organizations; a whirlwind trip, to be certain! My travelling

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May 16, 2022 To date, the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries has received over $623,230.00 in donations for the Ukrainian Crisis! We thank God for the charity of his church and for all those who have sought to aid individuals, families, and churches in crisis. As God is gracious in providing funds for the provision of the most needy across

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photo and story by Sarah Klazinga, Administrative Assistant for the Committee on Diaconal Ministries Taken from the STORM Report, April, 2022 Odessa, Ukraine The smell of chocolate fills the air, oozing out of open shop doors. People bustle up and down the cobblestone streets. A horn drones from a ship in the port. Restaurants are full of people slipping in

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April 4, 2022 Ukraine Crisis Fund update: The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries has received over $370,585.00 in generous donations! The Committee continues to work toward using these funds to aid Ukraine refugees through the ministries of our missionaries and other sister churches that are ministering to these refugees. Thank you! If you would like to donate toward this fund,

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by David Nakhla, Administrator for the Committee on Diaconal Ministries The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries rejoices in the generous and rapid response to the Ukraine Crisis Fund, now at $288,000, giving evidence of the concern for OPC missionaries in Ukraine and all those to whom and with whom they minister.  As you may know, OPC missionaries, Heero and Anya Hacquebord,

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Ukraine Crisis Fund update: The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries has received over $230,000 in generous donations. The Committee is currently working to use these funds to aid Ukraine refugees through the ministries of our missionaries and other sister churches that are ministering to these refugees. Thank you! If you would like to donate toward this fund, please go to

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March 17, 2022 From Laurie Lauer: We are thankful for God’s mercy to us and to all those whom we know as no one was seriously injured.   This quake was very long, and the damage was equal to, some say worse than, last year’s February quake.  As you know, the proximity to the epicenter as well as the depth of

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March 12, 2022 Over $110,000 in generous donations have been received to the OPC Ukraine Crisis Fund. Thank you!

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Gifts exceeding $50,000 have been received to the Ukraine Crisis Fund in just one week! We know the needs in this region will be great and your generous donations are appreciated. The focus, through our missionaries and other reformed churches, will be on ministering to the basic needs of internally displaced refugees in Ukraine. We will update as information becomes

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March 2, 2022 Given the significant damage and disruption to society caused by the bombing and occupation, it is easy to anticipate significant needs for those who remain, as they face shortages of supplies and/or significant inflation for everyday necessities.  Some may face the loss of employment and others may face the tragic loss of loved ones—possibly even their only source

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February 25, 2022 With the anticipation of needs due to the war in Ukraine, the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries Disaster Response Subcommittee has determined to immediately send an initial $5,000 to our missionaries serving in L’viv, Ukraine, and is prayerfully considering opening a disaster response fund to aid future needs. Updates to come, as the details of needs become

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OPC Disaster Response has been quiet recently, praise the Lord! Even though there are no active disasters for volunteers of OPC Disaster Response, we continue to work behind the scenes on building our registry and dispersing funds to those in need. Two opportunities in particular have developed. The first came by the way of generous donations toward the recent Kentucky tornadoes. Money designated

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UPDATE as of 12/13/21: We thank the Lord that there is no known direct impact to the OPC from the recent devastating tornadoes. We do know that the MNA Disaster Response (of the PCA) will likely be mobilizing, pending confirmation of the impact on their churches. If you would like to donate or volunteer, we commend this like-minded sister organization

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EF2 TORNADO IN PHILADELPHIA  We give thanks that the Lord has spared the OPC of loss of life and predominantly loss of property as Hurricane Ida made its way up the eastern seaboard. One exception is Rev. Dave Holmlund, Presbytery of Philadelphia’s regional home missionary. His neighborhood was hit on Wednesday afternoon by an EF2 tornado. A large tree caused

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Hurricane Ida Update: Praise the Lord! Both OP Churches in Louisiana are reporting that Hurricane Ida did not impact them! Continue to pray as the storm moves northeast, potentially impacting other congregations.We will update as information becomes available.If you would like to register as a volunteer, please visit our website: opcdisasterresponse.org/volunteer-registry/

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Please continue to pray for the situation in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that recently impacted its southern peninsula. Praise and thank the Lord that all those we know in Haiti were not directly affected by the recent earthquake and tropical storm. Since the Haiti OPC Mission does not have any reformed contacts in the affected area of Haiti, OPC

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The OPC COVID-19 Pandemic Response Funds are being shared all over the world! $18,000 of the nearly $96,000 in generous donations to the OPC COVID-19 Pandemic Fund (CPR) have been shared with those in dire need in India through the efforts of Word & Deed. If you would like to donate to the CPR Fund, go to our website: https://give.opc.org/diaco…/covid19-pandemic-response-fund.

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David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator, presented this video to the commissioners at the recent 87th OPC General Assembly. The Midland Disaster Response Effort was truly a team effort. So many from all over the country jumped in to help the two families devastated by the flood. Friendships were made within the body of Christ, while working side by side

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by Glenn MootsHomeowner, Midland, Michigan It is hard to accept help from others. As Christians, we hear the direction of Paul telling us to be “cheerful givers.” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Paul also tells us (quoting Jesus) “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We are tempted to infer from this that God loves givers more than

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by David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator Almost from its beginning, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church has been concerned with bringing “a cup of cold water” in the name of Christ to those affected by disasters. Yet most would agree that it was Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that served as the catalyst for our current form of disaster response. The Lord

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Immediate need for professional plumbers! In the world of disaster response, we just never know what will come our way! This is for sure a bit unusual, but our goals are the same—to get churches back to worship and families back to normal. The Lord knows what is needed and we are very thankful for the many who have been checking in with

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On February 13th an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude rocked the country of Japan. We thank the Lord that our missionaries there are safe and are using this opportunity to build relationships and care for others. Laurie, wife of OPC Missionary Woody Lauer, says, “We are deeply grateful for your prayers for us, Yamamoto, and Japan and thankful for God’s mercy in

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We give thanks to the Lord for the over 100 volunteers and more than 200 generous donors that He provided for the Midland, Michigan disaster response effort! The project is a now a wrap! The houses of the Moots and Kennedy’s are officially restored. Words can’t really describe the impact on those involved—both by volunteers and the homeowners. Take a

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The following article about the OPC Disaster Response effort appeared in the January 9, 2021 issue of Southern Maryland News. By Caleb M. Soptelean Southern Maryland News  Jan 7, 2021 Two local congregations are stepping up to help a mother and son who were impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias in early August. About 5 inches of water got inside the Maypole Road home of David and Dolores Bowles, according to Bob Steinbach, a deacon at Grace and Peace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in California. The family had been living in a ranch-style house in St. Mary’s County just west of the Leonardtown city limits. In order to be livable after the flood, the flooring and 2 feet of the lower wallboard in thehouse had to be replaced due to mold, according to the deacon. The floodwater also rose to several feet in a garage on the property, Steinbach said, and left all three of the vehicles on the

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“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 After seven months of living away from home, this past Saturday was move-in day for the Moots! Well, sort of.  Just after receiving their certificate of occupancy last week, the Moots began to excitedly plan to collect their salvaged

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Just some of the volunteers from over the past seven months! It’s been a long seven months now since the flooding in Midland, Michigan. Two families from our OPC in Midland experienced devastating loss as a result of two dams being breached because of overflowing rainwater. That was then, this is now. While one family was completely displaced, the other,

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Praising the Lord for a good report from Pineville OPC, Pineville, LA on Hurricane Delta:This storm was minor league compared to Laura. More rainfall with extremely sporadic flooding, little infrastructure damage to the community. The church is no worse for wear, little debris, no power at the church, but planning on service w/o power as it is much cooler than

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October:This week we will be finishing laying the tar paper (Tom Sills – Grace and Peace OPC helped yesterday), to be followed by underlayment installation.  Once we have completed the underlayment, we are at all stop until we have a way forward with the electrical distribution and complete whatever changes are required. We need an electrician to evaluate the electrical

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by Cheryl Wade I recently created a tiny nonprofit organization to provide little bits of help to people in my community who are experiencing sight loss. Through this work, I learned that there are tiny little things that need to be done—and there is no organized way to get them done. So, I have become a “doer of little things.”

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by Trish DugganCommunications Coordinator, OPC Disaster Response How can we fully describe Summer like the one we’ve just experienced? And why in the world would we choose a photo of Glenn and Michelle Moots smiling? Their home was destroyed by floods, after all! The summer was good. Yes, it was good.The summer for OPC Short Term Missions and Disaster Response was different for

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October 5, 2020:Pastor Gene Crow of Redding Reformed Fellowship OPC says, “Regarding the Zogg fire here near us. Just since [the end of last week], the wind has stayed low and by God’s great grace, the attack on the fire has been very effective. This morning they are reporting that the fire did not grow overnight and it is now

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September 22, 2020 Pastor John Schortmann, Covenant OPC, Pensacola, FL reports they were able to worship yesterday, without power, preaching to the light of battery-powered lantern. He praises the Lord for the care of the congregation. One member was flooded, but seems to be covered by insurance, thank the Lord. Many from church came out to clean up on Saturday

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by Trish Duggan Taken from OPC.org feature story August 25, 2020 It’s not often you get a year like 2020! Maybe never?! I think everyone has a story to tell about the changes that have gone on since the COVID-19 pandemic began. It’s no different for OPC Disaster Response this year. We are now in the midst of organizing efforts

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by Charley DeBoerElder, Trinity-Easton OPCEaston, PA “When I first drove up to the site it was emotional for me! The Moots’ house was emptied by waters. When I met Glenn and Michell, they were so upbeat, both with smiles on their faces, a true testimony of trusting in God. We took a quick tour of the house and made a

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Tropical Storm Isaias hit the East Coast of the United States last week. OPC Disaster Response Coordinator, David Nakhla traveled to Maryland where he met with a homeowner left with several inches of rain rush inside his home as a result of Isaias. David also met with Pastor Edd Cathey, deacons at Grace and Peace OPC in California, Maryland, members of the Presbytery of the

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Featured on OPC.org Sarah Klazinga  In the last three months our country has seen devastation of every kind, from airborne microbes shutting down or significantly limiting every norm of our daily lives, to riots in nearly every city across the nation, to natural disasters in every category – earthquakes in Utah and Idaho, tornadoes in the southeast, and floods in

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By David Nakhla “I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.” Ps 116:1 ESV With thanksgiving, we are glad to report that the OPC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response (CPR) Fund has received nearly $20,000 in gifts.  With the gifts, the Committee on Diaconal Ministries has already been able to respond to some requests for

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We are keeping in touch with the churches in the south where they experienced another round of tornadoes this past weekend. Deacon Dan Zuldema from Cornerstone OPC in Chattanooga sent us this note: Greetings from Cornerstone OPC in Chattanooga!  We wanted to send this note of update to you in the wake of the storms that swept through the Chattanooga area last

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We can reach out to our neighbors anytime, but during this time of uncertainty, shifts in schedules and everyday stresses, we have been given a unique opportunity for service to our neighbors. We encourage you to use this card, share this link with your church family in order to glorify God in all that we do and say.

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American carpenters in Japan to help with the October 2019 typhoon restoration.

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