by Pastor Kevin Scott
Much has happened at Oak Harbor Adventist Church since our last camp meeting. It is hard to believe that it has only been one year!
Bible Study Outreach: Oak Harbor Church is part of FreeBibleStudyOffer.org. Through that outreach and also Bible study card mail outs, several Bible studies were generated. Our team led by physician Nina Correa and Emil Baer were faithful in making contacts, mailing out Bible studies, and giving away other faith-building literature. Throughout the year, we also offered healthy cooking classes led by our resident chef and Bible worker Joshua Vazquez and even chef and member Glen Allbritton.
Free Health Clinic: On September 8, Oak Harbor Church hosted an AMEN Clinic. Offered at the clinic were eye exams and glasses, dental procedures, consultations with and spiritual encouragement. Approximately 70 volunteers were serving over 140 clientele in the space of about 9 hours. The entire church experienced a tremendous blessing, and the community was very impressed by how many people were helped and the difference that was made in Oak Harbor. The church was very thankful again for the leadership of Josh Vazquez in organizing and managing that event.
Island Evangelism: Beginning September 27 and continuing through October 20, we held an entire island evangelistic series of meetings. Pastor Kevin Scott was the speaker for the meetings in Oak Harbor, and Josh Vazquez led in the south in Freeland. This was the first time an evangelistic campaign was held in the south of Whidbey Island in 44 years. Because of those meetings and the generosity of Lloyd Boyd, a small group began worshiping in Freeland on Sabbaths and also having midweek Bible studies. Four Mormon missionaries were regular attendees at that Bible study.
New Member Ministries: Jack Lindsley had been attending a lay led weekly small group for nearly a year before the fall 2019 evangelistic meeting started. Jack attended each night of the evangelistic meeting and at the end he was baptized by Pastor Scott. Morgan Kostoryz is a member of the Oak Harbor Church who was also baptized during a recent evangelistic meeting. After getting baptized, Morgan felt impressed to reach out to those that are incarcerated. She has since started a prison ministry chapter for the Oak Harbor Church.
Christian Education: Our church school led by Mr. and Mrs. Byron Schurch was also very involved in soul-winning as several of the non-SDA children expressed interest in baptism and having a growing relationship with Jesus.
Sadly, the Covid19 pandemic slowed much of our traditional outreach, but with the restrictions being lifted, we have plans once again to be very active in making a difference for Jesus on beautiful Whidbey Island. God bless you all.