We are pleased and honored to present to you the 2019 Annual Report for One Harbor Church. It is good to boast, not in our own strength, but in what has been done by the bride of Christ through the power of the Spirit.
This report is a sampling of His work and our boast of His goodness. Each story is a memorial of remembrance and thanksgiving.
So as you read, join us in giving thanks for the many ways God has been at work in and through our humble church. May the stories of the past increase our faith for what the Lord will do in our future.
For those who have been participants in this journey of making disciples and pushing back darkness, we give thanks for you. We hope that our partnership in the gospel has been a joy and privilege for you as it has for us. May the Lord continue to find us faithful, and in His sovereign ways, make us increasingly fruitful.
For the sake of the gospel,
The Elders of One Harbor Church
We want to make disciples who are on mission in their communities. Rather than meeting in one centralized place, we gather in multiple locations, called sites.
Disaster Recovery from hurricanes Florence and Dorian was a major ministry arm of One Harbor in 2019. Reach Global Crisis Response (RGCR) continued to bring in volunteers every month, for a total of 480 over the year, to assist in rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Florence and sharing the Gospel with the residents. From September on, resources were devoted specifically to Ocracoke in the wake of Dorian’s destruction. Many local (and non-local) churches and volunteers rallied their time and money to aid Ocracoke in gutting homes, tarping roofs and removing trees the first week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall. It’s truly amazing the doors that God opened for us to serve our neighbor. Overall for 2019, $85,000 in grant money was awarded to One Harbor Church for disaster recovery, $41,000 was given by fellow churches and individual donors, and over $50,000 was donated directly for our Orcacoke efforts. It’s with that generosity that we have been in over 500 different homes this year, replaced 39 roofs, made countless numbers of friendships, and have even seen new professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result of this ministry.
“On January 13th 2012, my wife Mary and I lost our daughter Hannah. We were lost. We vowed to devote our lives to give back to the community that supported us through our season of grieving. Thinking we could do it alone, we opened a community market. We found a new purpose. Although we struggled 7 days a week for over four years, we didn’t realize that the path we were on was pointing us straight towards Jesus.
“Fast forward to Hurricane Florence. I was asked to help with the relief efforts of cutting down trees that had come down from the storm. I was introduced to Doug and Andrew from One Harbor Swansboro. I was so impressed by the turn out of volunteers from One Harbor! I went back and shared with Mary and I spent the next week volunteering and serving.
“It had been on our hearts to find a church for quite some time. After remembering the impact that One Harbor had on us through the relief efforts, we decided to attend one Sunday at the 9:00am service. What a day! We were greeted with love and hugs all around, fellowship, praise and an overall feeling of belonging. We left that day full of The Holy Spirit. We were found! We went back to The Market and changed our Sunday hours so we could attend future services and dive deeper into the Gospel. We found our way to Jesus and the Gospel. Excited to find out more, we joined a Community group. We are both so excited for Sundays to roll around, and each and every day to be able to witness and learn more of the Gospel.
“We gave our lives back to Jesus and were baptized in the ocean on October 13th 2019. On that day, we also put our trust in God and gave up the 40-year habit of smoking cigarettes. We are now 100+ days smoke free! All in all, our lives and paths are more clear every day. Our lives personally, professionally and spiritually are now such a blessing and we have a guide and a path to follow with our new church family at One Harbor Swansboro. Our lives have been forever changed since that first Sunday we walked through the doors at One Harbor.” — Jeff and Mary Miller
App Downloads in 2019
Sermons Played in 2019
App Interactions in 2019
One Harbor Morehead, by God’s grace, reached its tenth birthday in February of 2019. The celebration of the past quickly transitioned to another year of continued growth, in ways both deep and wide. Regarding the former, Frikkie Grobbelaar joined our team to help strengthen our pastoral and counseling muscles, skills in which he is uniquely gifted. Regarding the latter, Travis and Becky Evans started an evening service to both reach those unable to attend morning services and to create more space in our corporate worship and Kid’s Ministry. Four months in, that service has created new ministry opportunities and has also caused the tide of leadership to rise again: many One Harbor Partners have stepped up to help carry the weight, and have done so with excellence.
In terms of community outreach, we hosted 480 volunteers from around the country who came to do disaster relief ministry through Reach Global Crisis Response — a feat which would have been nearly impossible without our building to host them. Additionally, we mobilized hundres of volunteers on a number of short term trips to help our friends on Ocracoke in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
As fishers of men, we are sometimes unprepared for the harvest that happens when Jesus “gets into our boat,” so to speak. We earnestly ask you to pray with us that God would help us faithfully steward the growth he has caused. At the present time, many of our resources seem insufficient, to include: the number of Community Group leaders, the amount of space for youth and Kid’s Ministry, volunteers for Kid’s ministry, space for children with special needs, and our general fund giving. As we pray for God to continue to provide, we are confident that He will meet our every need for our good and his glory.
“My name is John Markham. Growing up, I lived what I thought was a pretty good life. I got good grades, played football, and started partying young. Girls, drugs and alcohol were my hobbies and I felt like a hot shot. At 16 I got my daughter’s mother pregnant and at 18 I found out that my daughter, Rylee, was my child via court order.
“As a young man, I was in and out of trouble with the law, jumping from job to job. I continued drinking and using until I joined the Fire Service in Fayetteville. The fire department started a new lifestyle change for me and I quit the partying lifestyle. Shortly after being an employed fire fighter, I met my wife – Anna! She was like an angel sent to me. I quit the party lifestyle. After getting married in October of 2015, we decided to move to the beach. I came down before Anna and Rylee to start working at Morehead City Fire Department. While I was down here alone, I started drinking at nights, by myself. When my family joined me, it kept getting worse, even though I tried to hide it. I could see it was wearing down both Anna and Rylee.
“I hit rock bottom one night in May 2019 and I treated Anna and Rylee very inappropriately. They left and at first I didn’t know why. I thought to myself, “It’s not like I hit them.” But I knew something wasn’t right. I was a wreck and hurting in a way that I haven’t before. Eventually, I called Chief Fulk and Donnie and asked for help, which was something very unlike me. They talked with me and recommended I go to a treatment center immediately. That caught me off guard, but I said I was willing to try since I didn’t know how else to fix things.
“When I was in treatment, God continually spoke to me. I realized it didn’t matter how bad I wanted to stop drinking, I couldn’t have done it without Him. I was powerless and He had all the power. I realized that God was shining light into the darkest part of me, my heart. For the first time I truly let Him in. He has shown me that drinking wasn’t my only problem – I had been living a life full of sin. I was told in treatment that I had a disease, but I learned that I also had a sin problem and that a relationship with God was the medicine I needed.
“Not only did God help me get sober, He totally restored my relationship with Anna and Rylee. I pray that I continue to keep my relationship with Jesus at the center of my heart and mind. Because of all He has done for me, I know to look for His will and I want to spread the message of the gospel to others!”
Leaders Discipling Students
Students Being Discipled in Small Groups
Average Number of Kids Hearing the Gospel in Kids Ministry on Sundays
The Bible says that God gave His only Son, Jesus, so that we would be saved. But not only did God save us, He lavishes on us uncountable blessings and an eternal inheritance we can’t comprehend. God’s generosity towards us compels us to be generous in return. Therefore, our giving is first and foremost an act of worship. (This figure represents tithes and offerings and contributions to designated funds, such as the Disaster Relief Fund.)
In 2019, we continued to grow and see God change lives in Swansboro. We continued to meet in the Swansboro Town Hall but we have outgrown the space. This past year, we purchased a piece of land to build our own facility for One Harbor Swansboro to call home. This new facility will be a “base” from which we can better serve the community and beyond with the life, truth and freedom that the Gospel brings. We hope to be in our new building by the end of 2020.
One Harbor Swansboro hosted our very first Vacation Bible School during the summer of 2019. We had an amazing response from within our church and the community with over 70 kids in attendance. We also witnessed 21 baptisms and many which took place in the ocean on our beautiful coast. We have seen numerous marriages restored and families reunited.
Please continue to pray as we look for new ways to be a blessing to the community and put the Gospel on display. As a leadership team, we are incredibly grateful to God for all that He has and is doing here with all of us.
People in Community Groups
From Havelock’s Trevor Lodes: “Let me tell you about my friend Alfredo (pictured left). When I deployed with him, he bashed Christianity. He never shied away from an argument to disrespect my faith. For months, he said he couldn’t believe it. After I started a bible study in the barracks, my friend would stand at a distance sometimes, and watch. After a few months, I found my friend reading scripture at work, and began asking questions about what he read. He told me that Christ found him, and saved him. Now, he attends bible study, community group, church, and reads scripture with me all because an outlet with the Lord was available in the barracks.”
In Havelock, 2019 was defined by steady faithful growth. As we look back over the year, we see God growing us numerically but also growing us deep.
Here are some of the ways we’ve seen God grow us deeper. Community Groups are the front lines for discipleship and care. By God’s grace we have close to 90% of our adult attenders in a group. In addition to that, our Youth Ministry’s discipleship group attendance grew from 16 at the beginning of the year to a full house (literally) of 34 at the Christmas party in December. In June, we did a 21 day Community Bible Reading challenge that jump-started a good number of us back into a regular rhythm of scripture reading and prayer.
As our commitment to community deepened, so did our commitment to serve and love others. We jumped in to bring hope to our neighbors in Ocracoke after Hurricane Dorian; we entered into the fight against addiction in various ways; we painted the Recreation Center’s gym for the city of Havelock; we partnered with the Base Chapel to feed single Marines; and we filled and sent 231 boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
While we started 2019 with an average attendance of 195, by the end of the year we were regularly above 230 and out of space. That is all going to change as we move to the Havelock Tourist & Event Center in February 2020, which is double our current capacity. As we celebrate that growth, let’s also realize that it came with one baptism. While we rejoice over every single person God saves, we want to see more and more salvations. Join us in praying for and reaching out to the lost in 2020. May God give us favor to see many brought from death to life!
New Partners in 2019
One Harbor Partners
We take seriously our responsibility to help the poor and powerless. The figure reported here includes those dollars given away through our benevolence ministry and to other local non-profits with whom we are in partnership. (It does not include dollars given to disaster relief and addiction recovery, which are reported separately.)
Dollars given away
People helped or being helped into rehab and/or sober living programs
Corbett Davis worked side by side with Woody Daughety for years, and all the while he would invite Woody to church. Woody always said he was open to going, but something held him back. When Corbett switched jobs, Woody went with him to the new job. Then Corbett switched jobs two more times, and each time Woody came along to the new job! Corbett knew that God was keeping Woody in his life for a reason, so he kept reaching out and inviting him to church. Finally, while experiencing some difficulty in life, Woody finally visited One Harbor Beaufort. He didn’t immediately give his life to Christ. In fact, when meeting with Brian, he said he wanted to really think about if Jesus could actually be God. After several months of attending, observing, and wrestling, Woody came up to Brian and Corbett and said, “I’m in. I believe it all.” Not only has Woody been baptized, and joined a Community Group, but Woody also went to Ocracoke every chance he got to serve our neighbors. God loves to use our faithful witness!
Advance is a global movement of churches partnering together to plant and strengthen churches. Advance is a practical way of describing our partnership and expresses our primary purpose of taking new ground for the Gospel in small towns, suburbs, cities, and nations. In September of 2019, One Harbor Church hosted the first Advance East Coast Regional Conference for pastors and leaders from churches as far away as Miami and Toronto. Check out the recap video to get a glimpse into some of their time together! Also, the recorded sessions from the conference are available here. Additionally, we encourage you to check out the 2019 Advance Review – it will stir your faith!
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