Harbor Churches

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One Church Mission

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Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:18-20

Harbor Churches are committed to helping people find their way back to God through our broken and hurting world! We do this through global outreach, local missions, and church multiplication.

For information on upcoming global mission trips, click here.

Church Multiplication

Church Multiplication is at the heart of our mission both locally and globally. We not only plant new sites of Harbor Churches, but participate in the planting of churches in the US and around the world. Wonder why church planting is so central to our mission? Read this post adapted from an by Tim Keller called “Why Plant Churches.”

  • +Bolawat Churches: Nepal

    Through our relationship with Yakuv Gurung at the Nepali Speaking Community Church here in Grand Rapids, we have developed a partnership with Pastor Dhani Lal Gurung, Yakuv’s father. Pastor Dhani has planted over 40 churches in the foothills of the Himalayas since he was lead to Jesus by a travelling evangelist some 45 years ago. Dhani is currently working among the Magar, Tharu, and Chepang tribal groups in church planting, leadership development and discipleship. Together with his brother Prem, his father Dhani, and several friends in Nepal, Yakuv is working with us to create a church planting strategy in Nepal, which today is under .5% Christian, to reach a new generation for Christ.

     

  • +Compassion International: Managua, Nicaragua

    We are continuing and expanding our relationships with Compassion International and New Thing Network through church planting in the expanding villages surrounding Managua, Nicaragua. These new churches will also have Compassion sites helping to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

  • +Mulu Wongel Full Gospel Believers Church: Hawassa, Ethiopia

    Since 2008, we have been in a partnership with the Full Gospel Believers Church in Hawassa, Ethiopia. This historic church is well known as the birthplace of the only indigenous evangelical denomination in Ethiopia, which is know by the same name. Several of the pastors began the church through evangelism while imprisoned under communist regime of Mengistu in the 1970’s, some for up to 17 years. After their release, the church began and exploded to what is now estimated at over 35,000 members. Our partnership began with this church through Compassion International in what was then called the Church2Church program. We have partnered through sponsorship of children, developing new facilities for the Compassion Child Development Center and Child Survival Program including classrooms and bathrooms, and through several onsite visits. In 2016, we expanded that partnership to church multiplication. The Full Gospel Believers Church is a large church that has planted numerous sites around the Hawassa region, known as the southern capital of Ethiopia. We recently helped several pastors to attend the Viral Conference at Nairobi Chapel through whom we have developed a relationship via New Thing Network and are working on a partnership with this church to send church planters to reach the growing Muslim population in Somalia.

  • +Nepali Speaking Community Church: Grand Rapids, Michigan

    The Nepali Speaking Community Church began as a gathering of 5 Nepali speaking families meeting in each other’s homes weekly for Bible Study in its first 6 months. It now meets regularly as a church reaching out to the immigrant community of over 2000 Nepali and Nepali-speaking Bhutanese immigrants in Grand Rapids. NSCC has become a daughter church of Harbor Churches, and we continue to support the work of Pastors Yakuv Gurung and Falgun Sunuwar. Our support includes sponsoring young leaders in the Commissioned Pastor process, providing financial support to this immigrant church, coaching, and other relational support at various times. Yakuv has become a regular part of our leadership family, and we are blessed to partner with him and this church.

  • +New Thing Network: Nairobi, Kenya

    10491070_10154402064750725_8158344617375075666_n (1)Through our partnership with New Thing Network, Travis and Jen Radaz have embarked upon a global church planting residency to be part of a team being equipped as emerging movement makers of this generation to effectively plant reproducing churches in any major gateway city in the world helping people all over the globe find their way back to God.

  • +Hungarian Reformed Church: Debrecen, Hungary

    Daniel Puski is a pastor to college students at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Daniel is a pastor in the Hungarian Reformed Church and helped to catalyze a youth movement to revitalize the Christian witness in Hungary through a multi-site church planting effort connected to major colleges and Universities in city centers in Hungary. Daniel studied the Harbor Churches multi-site and has visited various other church planting movements in the US with other youth, including Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, New Thing Network, Willow Creek and others. Our participation is a collaboration with other Reformed Churches in the Regional Synod of the Great Lakes through a global Luminex Collaborative. Find out more about Daniel’s work here:

  • +Harbor Churches: greater Grand Rapids area

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    Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven. – C. Peter Wagner

    The continual planting of new congregations is the most crucial strategy for the growth of the body of Christ. – Tim Keller

    We believe that God has called our church to multiply and reproduce through planting new Harbor Churches sites and plants. We support these new churches with resources, coaching, funding, accountability, sending leaders, and hard work. Past efforts include Rock Harbor, South Harbor, Harbor Life, Jamestown Harbor Church, Harbor Chapel, and Walker Harbor Church.  Currently other possible church plants are in the research and development phase. Our current goal is to have 3 new sites in Phase 2 of our planting process (the planning and development phase) by December of 2017.

  • +Mission India: Punjab, India

    Having partnered with Mission India for many years, we are excited about a new partnership to reach a previously mostly unreached area in India. Over the next 3 years, Harbor Churches will be partnering with several other churches the RCA Global Missions to plant 569 new churches in India. The vision is to plant a church in every village, in every urban neighborhood, and in every ethnic community in the Amristar District in the state of Punjab in northern India. The Amristar District is one of the most unreached regions in India and a region where we see the potential for hundreds of thousands of people to come to Christ. The work will mainly be done through four evangelistic strategies:

    • Church Planter Training
    • Adult Literacy Classes leading to greater Biblical Literacy
    • Children’s Bible Clubs
    • Opportunities to form partnerships with local church plants

     

     

  • +Anglican Church: Mityana, Uganda

    In an extension of an ongoing partnership with Pastor Stephen Kazimba over many years, we were able to build the Lusaaba primary school and are participating in partnership with Compassion International in Mityana, supporting almost 100 children. We are currently exploring a church planting partnership with the Anglican Church of Uganda in the Mityana Diocese.

Local Missions Partners

  • +Byron Community Ministries

  • +Mark and Rebecca Essenburg

  • +Starlite Shores

  • +Westown Jubilee Housing

  • +Hand2Hand

    Hand2Hand began as a missional outreach of Fair Haven Church through the challenge of the Kingdom Assignment. Hand2Hand has since become a non-profit organization delivering hope to hungry children, early childhood through high school, by mobilizing schools and churches to provide nutritious food over the weekends. Each one of Harbor Churches participates in Hand2Hand in at least one local school while we also partner with the Hand2Hand organization to continue its expansion and reach. Pastors Greg VanderMeer and Tom Elenbaas serve on its board, former staff member Cheri Honderd is the Executive Director, and many Harbor Church members are involved, are on staff, and help to feed hungry kids every week.

    Click here to learn more about Hand2Hand

  • +KidsHope USA

    Click here to learn more about Kids Hope USA.

  • +Student Missions

    Student Missions: Fair Haven strongly supports our youth participating in life-changing mission trips. Our young people are at a critical moment in their lives where it is crucial they experience God’s call on their lives to serve the least of these, share the gospel of Christ, and live wholeheartedly for God. It is our prayer that these student mission experiences give our youth a life-long passion of reaching the world for Jesus. Each summer, our students participate in Youth Week, and we also provide some limited scholarships for youth global mission trips.   The Youth are also empowered to determine their passion for serving~ donating their time and resources well beyond Youth Week.  With this ongoing effort, the church is enthusiastically supporting and backing them with a multitude of  resources.

  • +Mobile Food Pantry

    Mobile Food Pantry: Fair Haven partners with Alpine Baptist Church to provide volunteers and financial resources for a Mobile Food Pantry to people living in poverty in the the Alpine Avenue area of Grand Rapids.

  • +Servant’s Community Church

    Servants Community Church is a church that is also located in the Westown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Servant’s is a church where everyone is welcome to be transformed by a growing awareness of who God is and who God has created them to be. Fair Haven partners with this church as they reach the lost, disciple believers, and equip and empower members to use their gifts for God.

  • +The Other Way Ministries

    The Other Way Ministries is a Christian ministry walking alongside Westown urban families of Grand Rapids as they strive to grow spiritually, relationally and economically. The Other Way Ministries provides a full spectrum of programs, classes and services. Each one is tailored to fit a specific need for today with an eye toward building sustainable family and community growth for tomorrow. Fair Haven has partnered with The Other Way for many years and desires to impact the lives of people in this Grand Rapids neighborhood.

Global Mission Partners

Harbor Churches partners and supports international organizations and missionaries around the world. We also send teams to meet the physical and spiritual needs of families and children who are at risk in other countries. For more information about our global support email info@harborchurches.org.

  • +Compassion International: Ethiopia, Uganda

    Releasing Children from Poverty in Jesus’ Name

    In partnership with Compassion International, Harbor Churches sponsors almost 400 children. Many of these children are concentrated with partners in Ethiopia at 2 Child Development and Child Survival Programs and in Uganda in our partnership with the Anglican Church in the Mityanna District. We occassional participate as well in Complementary Interventions to provide educational space, bathrooms, and vocational development.

  • +Dangerous Places

    We have a number of partnerships in areas of the world that are unsafe for Christians and where evangelism is illegal. For this reason, it would be putting our missionaries in jeopardy to publish their names and work publicly. Please pray for Christians around the world who are being persecuted and who find it dangerous and life-threatening to share their faith publicly.

  • +Asian Tribal Missions: Thailand

    Asian Tribal Missions is an evagelistic ministry to Tribal groups in Thailand. Over the last 25+ years ATM has expanded to include discipleship and leadership training, influencing nation leaders for peace, providing Development and Aid to Impoverished Communities in Thailand and Burma, providing shelter and care for abandoned women and their young children. The missionaries we support are Dahkota and Karenna Somphet, who are a young couple reaching out to Thai and Burmese people near Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our relationship with them began through a youth mission trip in 2015 in which many of our youth felt a call to support these two missionaries and their work. The main work that Dakhota and Karenna are engage in is local evangelism, discipleship, and caring for mothers and babies abandoned by their families and cultures through a Mother’s and Babies Shelter, health and parenting education, and vocational training.

  • +Matt and Anabella Parker: Latin America

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    Matt and Anabella Parker, along with their 2 year old son Dustin, serve as Missionaries with the Reach Beyond, a global mission organization. They have been serving in Latin America since 2000.  Matt is the Director of New Media for the Latin America region, responsible for maintaining all of Reach Beyond Latin American websites.   Matt also directs Control-Z, an internet radio and current issues website reaching out to Spanish-speaking teens. Control-Z has become a pre-evangelistic tool, directing interested listeners to a local youth-focused organization for follow through.   In addition, Matt also heads up a project called “Players of Hope”, where he and others prepare & distribute pre-programmed solar powered mp3 players to reach and disciple along the Amazon in Brazil.  These players provide on-going Bible resources communities where there are few missionaries, pastors or Christian radio.  The players contain audio Bible and Christian training materials.

  • +Anglican Church: Mityana, Uganda

    In an extension of an ongoing partnership with Pastor Stephen Kazimba over many years, we were able to build the Lusaaba primary school and are participating in partnership with Compassion International in Mityana, supporting almost 100 children. We are currently exploring a church planting partnership with the Anglican Church of Uganda in the Mityana Diocese.

 

Next Gen Missionaries

One of things we value is the development, support, resourcing, and equipping of future leaders in the church through short term global missions. For that reason, we support young people who are passionate for the gospel and are willing to give 6 months or more of their lives to missions in a global setting.

  • +Casa Jackson: Anisha Samy

  • +TeachBeyond: Andrew Gunnink

  • +YWAM: Haley Hulsing

    Haley Hulsing, as she puts it, “Once I graduated high school, I decided to take a short 6 months to do a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission…and, well, 3 years later I graduated from YWAM with a degree in Christian Missions Leadership.” After returning home, and sensing an ongoing calling to missions, Haley responded to an invitation to return to YWAM in Australia in January of 2017 to serve as a leader to create and lead a Discipleship Training School for YWAM Toowoomba. A Discipleship Training School is an international, interdenominational 6-month mission training program primarily for young adults. It is 3 months of learning and growing personally and setting a firm foundation of discipleship in your life, and 3 months of taking that knowledge on an overseas outreach (mission trip). Haley will lead be leading the development of this training environment for YWAM in Toowoomba.