What We Do
Coronavirus Emergency Response Program
The world is experiencing a catastrophic pandemic referred to as the “COVID-19” virus, also known as the “Coronavirus.” Throughout the globe many countries are experiencing massive COVID-19 infection rates which has manifested itself with skyrocketing deaths amongst the most vulnerable members of their population. Science and government have been forced to take extreme measures to try and bring this pandemic under control, and, as a result, the strain on the economy, and society as a whole, has been immense. Government and scientific entities report that this crisis will get much worse before it gets better and that the number of fatalities is certain to increase.
In Safe Harbor’s local community, Orange County, CA, due to a lack of COVID-19 testing occurring, it is feared that there are many who are unknowingly carrying and spreading the virus, and, as a result, the actual infection rate has yet to be accurately reported. The government and medical professionals have identified those being 65 years of age or older, those with respiratory and cardiovascular system challenges, diabetes and generally any chronic medical condition, as those most at risk of being seriously affected by exposure to the COVID-19 virus. It is critical that those in this “at risk” group practice what has come to be known as “Social Distancing” by quarantining themselves from essential normal societal interactions.
This “Social Distancing” has been difficult even for the healthiest members of our society, however, for those who have been identified as being in an “at risk” group, the isolation has proven to be unbearable. With being quarantined, economic challenges, lack of transportation and long lines at the grocery stores, their ability to procure food, toiletries and other essentials has been drastically reduced if not completely eliminated.
Safe Harbor believes that in times such as this it is essential that the Christian community come alongside and offer relief to those most affected by this significant crisis, and, in the process, present the Gospel to the world in a real and practical manner. Since 1994, Safe Harbor International Relief has provided much needed support, both spiritually and with material needs such as food, medicine, and other provisions, to those who find themselves in desperate need.
Currently, under the umbrella of “Safe Harbor,” we have the privilege of serving alongside “Second Impressions,” a ministry to the local homeless and the most at-risk segment of our population within Orange County. Together, Safe Harbor and Second Impressions are coming alongside local churches to provide for the needs of those who are isolated in their homes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in doing so, communicating to the world our motivation for doing so - bringing them the good news of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Even as you read this, Safe Harbor has been procuring food and supplies, and, with the help of volunteers from our partner churches and local community, will be distributing these essentials to those who have been identified as “at risk” and in need of this ministry.
If you or your church would like to be part of this ministry opportunity to the community, please contact Safe Harbor International Relief at 949 899-0465 (Our special COVID-19 Outreach phone), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, Second Impressions, at www.secondimpressions.org.
If you would like to contribute financially to help us minister during this time of crisis, please visit Safe Harbor’s website, go to the ‘Donate’ page and specify, Local COVID-19 relief. Your financial contribution is tax deductible as Safe Harbor is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization.
Thank you and may God richly bless you!
Relief & Development
Safe Harbor exists to serve the Body of Christ worldwide in proclaiming Jesus Christ and ministering to the practical needs of those living in spiritual darkness, despair, and poverty. Since 1994, we have responded to disasters and crises across Africa, Asia, and the Americas through a variety of avenues including:
El Salvador Outreach 2015-present
Alongside Lupita's Hope, Safe Harbor has also identified a soon-to-be launched program that will help meet the educational and spiritual needs of the youth living in these rural communities. For the young girls, the program's objective is to develop their education, physical well-being, and spiritual discipleship. For the young boys, Safe Harbor is focusing on establishing a "leadership" program that will mentor them in the challenging pursuit of becoming Godly men. The entirety of this ministry is founded on the irrevocable truths of scripture that Christ has uniquely made and purposed each one of their lives for His glory and to bring hope, empowerment and growth through the knowledge of Him as their Savior.
Join Safe Harbor this May as a team sets out to continue working alongside both ministries and prepares to launch the youth program! If this is an outreach you feel called to be a part of, please contact our Operations Outreach Director, Alex, at email@example.com.
Literacy Program- Kenya (2012 - present)
This program fulfills a need for literacy training and continuing education in the impoverished community as many of the adult students come from areas facing social and economic challenges.
Each semester, Winifred shares student's testimonies of how their lives are impacted by the program and above all, the Gospel.
Long-term Community TransformationBy God's grace and through His provision alone, Safe Harbor has been used to transform communities from crisis situations that were seemingly hopeless to thriving communities that have been changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and the service of His people.
Listed below are countries where Safe Harbor has stayed and responded to crisis for a period of more than 5 years.
Project Midigo, Uganda (1998-2011)Safe Harbor International has been active in North West Uganda since the mid-90's, when the migration of Southern Sudan refugees resulted in a cholera outbreak. Beginning with a doctor and a nurse, we have seen a growing church, health care program, school, and agricultural project develop. Calvary Chapel Midigo has since become an independent NGO in Uganda, and is taking on the responsibility to fund and implement the ministry, education, and health programs. We are grateful to the Lord for the fruitful years of ministry and for contribution of many, many partners. God has truly performed this wonderful work.
Vibrant church plant- over 200 members committed to growing in the truth of the gospel. This growth led to two more church plants and is now considered a ministry hub for training, discipleship, and sending. These churches now operate as independent Calvary Chapels.
Clinic health services- expanded into a fully operational hospital focusing on women, children and other vulnerable persons, serving nearly 30,000 patients per year. We specialized in maternal and infant care, HIV / AIDS, mobile medical care to remote areas, and surgical operations.
Education program- offering high quality, Christian academics to over 100 Primary school students in 2011 from nearby church, non-Christian, and Sudanese families. Calvary School doubled in enrollment in one year, and is working towards expanding educational services through secondary school. The school has since become independent under the guidance of Calvary Chapel Midigo.
Agricultural project- contributing to Project Midigo's local sustainability while providing jobs, training, services, and further outreach to the local communities. The community gave us 117 acres for this project.
· Church development
· Medical care, health education, and hospital development
Nyinbuli, Sudan (2003-2009)Nyinbuli is an extremely remote village located in South Sudan. Safe Harbor arrived in 2003 and began it's "Operation Restore Life" project by bringing food to 22,000 local people suffering from extreme starvation and disease. At this time, the villagers of Nyinbuli were also tortured and killed by soldiers passing through. God allowed Safe Harbor to minister to these people for more than five years:
· Tens of thousands of metric tons of food were delivered to the people
· Seeds were provided for crops
· Wells were established (before Safe Harbor arrived, there was only one operating well)
· Missionaries accepted the call to live among the people there
· SHI built a medical clinic
Tonj, Sudan (1998-2008)In 1998, the brutal civil war in South Sudan resulted in a devastating famine. Safe Harbor traveled to Tonj to respond not only with food and medical aid, but also with the good news of Jesus Christ. The Lord allowed Safe Harbor to serve the people of Tonj for nearly a decade by:
· Supplying 300 tons of food and seeds to the people
· Missionaries were planted to carry on the ministry
· A medical clinic, Bible school and pastoral training center were established