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Serving Two by Two

Janet Birkmann

Mark 6:7 ...he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. Luke 10:1 ...the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two.

In addition to joining larger established short-term mission teams and trips, a trend on the rise in the OPC is married couples or pairs of friends setting out "two by two" in response to the need for volunteers on a foreign or domestic short-term mission or disaster response field.

Photos of couples who have served in 2019:

Top left: Andy and Beth Wieberdink (Calvary OPC, Cedar Grove, WI) installed laminate flooring at the Keys OPC facility in Key West.

Top right: Joe and Jan Tobias (Covenant OPC, Dayton, OH) cataloged and reorganized the Reformation Book Room in Mbale, Uganda.

Lower left: Fred and Brenda de Ru (Grace OPC, Wasilla, AK) served from October 2018 through May 2019 with hurricane relief in North Carolina, with Fred serving as Site Coordinator.

Lower right: Martha and Peter Bacon (Merrimack Valley OPC, North Andover, MA) taught the adult English classes at the OP Uruguay Mission's English Club outreach for families in Montevideo

Teams of Two

Married couples have also coordinated hurricane relief efforts in Houston; rebuilt the kitchen at the Keys OPC facility in Key West; rebuilt the master bath at the Neon OPC manse in Neon, Kentucky; and served as House Parents for the summer at the Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey.

A father and son team helped lead the English for Teens Bible Camping trip in Quebec; a father and daughter team served alongside the husband and wife teams rebuilding the kitchen at Keys OPC.

Two-man teams have traveled to Uganda to make missionary home upgrades and repairs; a two-man team from Wisconsin travels to Haiti on a regular basis to perform a variety of maintenance projects.

Visit to learn more about Short-Term Missions in the OPC!

Janet Birkmann
Communications Coordinator
OPC Short-Term Missions and Disaster Response
Phone: (215) 935-1007
Facebook: OPC Short-Term Missions

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