At Opequon, we are commited to reaching outside of our community to share our talents, gifts and love to the World. Here are some of the Organiztions the we aid and partner with.
After a visit in Fall 2013 to Ethiopia, the Mission Team and many families in OPC responded to the needy at the orphanage in Gore, Ethiopia. Through the Shenandoah Presbytery initiated iCARE, the sponsorships from OPC have been overwhelmingly positive. At present, there are 18+ sponsors, including groups and families from within the church membership. The sponsoring families/groups also received names and photos of their students receiving aid in the fall 2014.
ESL partnership with IBS (Illubabor Bethel synod)
Shenandoah presbytery linked to Illubabor Bethel synod for 25 years. Within the Illubabor Bethel Synod / Shenandoah Presbytery partnership, we have seen the presence of Christ with new eyes. As brothers and sisters in Christ, Ethiopian and American, we seek to enhance our relationship in both spiritual and societal aspects of service.
By using fair trade coffee, Presbyterians help guarantee that farmers will earn the income they need to feed their families, educate their children and improve their communities. Fair trade is a simple solution that means the difference between surviving and not surviving for small-scale coffee farmers. Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and other products continue to be sold every 4th Sunday in the Gathering Area. The purchase of Fair Trade products contributes to the ESL summer projects and gives small farmers an opportunity to have fair payment for their products.
Baja Mission Trip:
Yearly pilgrimage with youth, youth leaders, and other members of the congregation that assist in rehabilitation, projects, teachings, and god’s work through their lives giving to others.
Stephen and Brenda Stelle – Stephen and Brenda are a PCUSA pastor and teacher couple working in Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia.The Stelles have just gone to the field and will not be back in Virginia until 2015.
Nancy Mcgaghey – Nancy is a PCUSA missionary nurse working in Juba and Pibor in South Sudan. She works in association with IMA World Health.