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The Compass Church

Serving In Pittsburgh, PA
June 24, 2017
Community: Beechview
Partner: Grandview Church of God
Staff: Justin Borak

We're here!

by Jessica Janicki | June 24, 2017 7:11 PM

We arrived! We are so excited to be 'home! We can't wait to see what God does this week!

We're here!

Happy Birthday!

by Jessica Janicki | June 24, 2017 10:30 PM

 We got to celebrate Luke's 18th Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Morning Church!

by Justin Borak | June 25, 2017 10:12 AM

Hey everyone! I'm Justin Borak, the Assistant Trip Leader (ATL) for the week! We are here at Grandview Church of God celebrating His life! One of our awesome students from the compass is playing keyboard for service today! Great start to a great day! 

Morning Church!

Helping to worship

by Jessica Janicki | June 25, 2017 11:21 AM

Emma helped lead worship this morning!

Helping to worship

Worship is powerful

by Jessica Janicki | June 25, 2017 11:25 AM

Worship.  I can't help but think that this is what heaven will look like.  When we come together,  no matter where we come from,  what we look like, what church we go to, how old or young we are, we all worship the same amazing, powerful God. The God who loves us,  who saves us, who redeems us. 

Worship is powerful

Let's talk

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:16 AM

This morning we are learning how to talk. Talk to kids, adults, everyone! 

Let's talk

Strip District

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:17 AM

Sunday afternoon, we spent time out exploring the cultural district of Pittsburgh!
Strip District

Setting up for VBS

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:18 AM

Getting ready for VBS 
Setting up for VBS

Training day!

by Justin Borak | June 26, 2017 9:44 AM

We woke up, did devos, ate breakfast, and now we are training and getting ready for VBS to start tonight! 

Training day!

Album Cover or VBS?

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 12:52 PM

 Our guys looking fly in their Pittsburgh camo pants and VBS shirts!

Album Cover or VBS?

The First Day Of VBS

by Luke Tovsen | June 26, 2017 9:02 PM

We began the day with a reading of Mark 1 as individuals. Next, we participated in a group devotional covering the events of Mark 1. We also practiced communication skills with other members of our team. We shared our testimonies in groups throughout seven minute increments. We enjoyed lunch before taking the group photo. We decorated the rest of the Grandview gym before the kids arrived and we enjoyed a pasta dinner. The kids were excited to worship and spend time with their friends. God was fully present in our night as we had the opportunity to serve the kids at VBS. We had a discussion afterwards highlighting the importance of reaching the kids with God's word. I will pray that God continues to work in our Pittsburgh mission this week.

VBS

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:05 PM

Tonight,  we had 22 kids show up! They were excited about the God's army theme,  and we can't wait for tomorrow!

VBS

VBS

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:06 PM

Our greeters!
VBS

VBS

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:07 PM

Phil and Ben sharing the devo
VBS

VBS

by Jessica Janicki | June 26, 2017 9:08 PM

Craft time!
VBS

Prayer Warriors

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:28 PM

This morning we went up the Duquesne Incline to MtWashington to pray over the city.

Prayer Warriors

Prayer Warriors

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:29 PM

Praying over the city
Prayer Warriors

Pray hard

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:30 PM

Spending time in prayer for the city of Pittsburgh, and those we have met so far

Pray hard

Pray hard

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:30 PM

Spending time in prayer for the city of Pittsburgh, and those we have met so far

Pray hard

Riding the incline

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:31 PM

Having fun on the incline!
Riding the incline

Riding the incline

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:31 PM

Having fun on the incline!
Riding the incline

Our day of prayer

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:33 PM

After praying over the city we went into the community of where the church is and prayer walked through the neighborhood 
Our day of prayer

Our day of prayer

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:36 PM

After praying over the city we went into the community of where the church is and prayer walked through the neighborhood 

How can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15

Our day of prayer

Day 2 of VBS

by Jessica Janicki | June 27, 2017 5:37 PM

Jordan, Aunica and Alicia giving the message 
Day 2 of VBS

Day 2 of VBS!

by Justin Borak | June 27, 2017 6:11 PM

Everyone is having a blast on this awesome day! Also, we WENT UP IN NUMBERS! 25 kids came today!    We are thanking the lord for the awesome numbers and praying for even more tomorrow! 

Day 2 of VBS!

Taco Tuesday

by Elsa Barron | June 27, 2017 9:54 PM

Despite our greatest hopes and expectations (and yours from this title), there were no tacos this Tuesday. However, the pierogis we ate for dinner subdued all of our taco cravings. Dinner aside, today was a very reflective day, focused on prayer in all different forms. This morning we took The Duquesne Incline. With a breathtaking view of the city we learned a bit about Pittsburgh. Jess gave us some history of the city along with some current needs to pray for. We sat in individual reflection and prayer over the city. We got lunch at Primanti Bros., a Pittsburgh original. When we returned to the church, we turned right back around and headed into the community on a prayer walk. We had the opportunity to speak with a few people on the streets, and we also prayed over specific households as we passed by. We closed up the evening with the second day of VBS. Annika, Jordan, and Elisha gave a very strong message today, sharing the power of Jesus to make us right with God, and our need to put on the breastplate of righteousness each day. We would appreciate your prayers for the work we will do tomorrow and for Emma and I as we teach the next lesson on the shoes of the gospel of peace. Chum!

Morning Devo!

by Justin Borak | June 28, 2017 8:42 AM

Starting this beautiful Pittsburgh morning right with Devo time! Dave has been leading us all through Mark after we reflect on the chapter on our own! We've been going through the beginning of Mark this week, today was Mark 3! If you wanna follow along, we are doing Mark 4 for tomorrow so read along if you'd like! 

Morning Devo!

Prayer walk day 2

by Jessica Janicki | June 28, 2017 9:36 AM

We are heading out again this morning to keep covering the community in prayer 

Prayer walk day 2

Cemetery clean up

by Jessica Janicki | June 28, 2017 1:36 PM

Helping the church with the cemetery clean up 

Cemetery clean up

Clean up

by Jessica Janicki | June 28, 2017 1:37 PM

Helping the church with the cemetery clean up 

Clean up

Clean up

by Jessica Janicki | June 28, 2017 1:37 PM

Helping the church with the cemetery clean up 

Clean up

Clean up

by Jessica Janicki | June 28, 2017 3:59 PM

Helping the church with the cemetery clean up. Pastor Julie came down to help!

Clean up

MOM I'M OK

by Emma Plum | June 28, 2017 8:33 PM

I knew you would want me to tell you that. I am having the time of my life though, and I know you would want me to tell you that too. But hey all other family members and friends! Today was exhausting and so was yesterday and the day before but it is the most satisfying kind of tired I have ever been in. It's really amazing seeing God working in all of us students, and now in all of the kids at VBS! They are truly wonderful kids, and it was a pleasure to be able to pray with them to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts today. I am going to be so sad when this is all over, and I cannot believe that the week is almost over! Today we also prayer-walked, and we met a lot of pleasant people and walked up a lot of hills. I already have so much love for this city and it's inhabitants. Being one of the only 2 people from not-Wheaton, I love being a part of this team. It has been so much fun getting to know a whole new group of kids, and becoming close to such an amazing group of people. All you parents, you should be proud of what your kids are doing out here. Big thanks to Jess and Justin and Conce and Dave and everyone at home praying for our safety and success and ministry, love you lots. 

                              See you later alligator(s), Emma :)


New Hope

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 9:06 AM

Today, we are cooking and sorting donations, at New Hope. New Hope serves the homeless and poor around the North side of Pittsburgh.

New Hope

New Hope

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 9:06 AM

Today, we are cooking and sorting donations, at New Hope. New Hope serves the homeless and poor around the North side of Pittsburgh.

New Hope

New Hope

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 9:07 AM

Today, we are cooking and sorting donations, at New Hope. New Hope serves the homeless and poor around the North side of Pittsburgh.

New Hope

Serving the homeless

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 2:21 PM

Praying for each other

Serving the homeless

Serving the homeless

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 2:22 PM

Praying for Bob as he runs the homeless ministry 

Serving the homeless

Serving the homeless

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 2:23 PM

Elsa leading the prayer for lunch
Serving the homeless

Serving the homeless

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 2:24 PM

Noah sitting and having a great conversation with some of the guys
Serving the homeless

Prepping for the LAST day of VBS!

by Justin Borak | June 29, 2017 4:32 PM

Noah and Bryce preparing to speak and everyone getting ready to make out last day of VBS not a sad one for our kids, but an AWESOME one. Also, try to find Annika!

Prepping for the LAST day of VBS!

food family fun

by Jordan Wehrend and Annika Barron | June 29, 2017 9:56 PM

Whe have survived yet another exhausting day in Pittsburgh. 

This morning we went to serve the homeless and we met some new and cool peeps. It was very interesting to hear their stories and we all enjoyed it very much. It was not easy, as we were all put in a very new situation but I think we all jumped right in and made a huge impact. I (Annika) found myself sitting at a table full of homeless men thinking "How the heck am I going to keep these people engaged for a full meal." But, soon we were in deep conversation on the finer points of baseball, football, and hockey. It was really cool to see how God could use me to minister to people that I thought I wouldn't be able to connect with at all in the beginning.


Hey it's JOJO again,

Everything Annika said is true and it is all very amazing.  SO after we came back from lunch with the homeless people we all had a meeting about our VBS. We (Dave) decided that we would have our last VBS day tonight....and we did...and IT WAS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!! God made it so packed with fun things to do and we ended up doing 2 lessons and combining 2 skits into 1 longer skit for the kids. I would have to say that every night was getting better and better. We ALL  became even more exhausted each time, but it was worth it. Serving God's children gives me such a feeling of peace and Joy and I love how everyone of us are all His Children. Praise Jesus for loving us all so much and Praise Him for bringing us here safe and sound. Yes, We are all very tired BUT it feels so good when you are serving the Lord. After serving Jesus each day We feel a tiredness that is satisfying and awesome! This trip is DEFIANTLY helping our team and I grow closer and closer and closer to Jesus Christ! I do NOT regret coming on this trip!!!!!!!!! I want to do this all day, every day, 24/7! Serving Jesus gives me PURE JOY. I have also seen how much our team (family) has become even more on fire for Jesus! I LOVE IT! I LOVE YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

OK now it's Annika's turn again!!!

The last night of vbs was great! The kids gave us these gifts and sang a song for us that just brought tears to my eyes because I was able to see the impact that we have already made in their lives that will last forever. I am sad to see our work in the vbs end but rejoice in the fact that God brought us here to touch these kids and that we now have the opportunity to continue our ministry elsewhere. I can't wait to see what God does tomorrow and in the future.

Also short update. Today two members of our team (Joel and Phil) were feeling a little bit under the weather but took some time to rest and are now feeling a bit better (no need to worry mrs kropp and mrs gamble:). It was great to see how God gave them the energy to continue working for him even when they weren't feeling very good. But, please be praying for restored health as we head into the home stretch of our trip.

"well great" -joel kropp 2k17

fin


Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:02 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:03 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:03 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:03 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:04 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:05 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Vbs

by Jessica Janicki | June 29, 2017 10:05 PM

Vbs

Vbs

Light of life

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:22 PM

This morning we walked West Park with light of life, helping to clean up the community

Light of life

Light of life

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:22 PM

This morning we walked West Park with light of life, helping to clean up the community

Light of life

Light of life

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:22 PM

This morning we walked West Park with light of life, helping to clean up the community

Light of life

Light of life

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:23 PM

Praying over Light of life
Light of life

Snow Cones!

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:25 PM

We stopped at Gus and YiaYia's to get snow cones. Gus has been making snow cones since 1934! He loved what we have been doing in the city, he gave us all free popcorn!

Snow Cones!

Snow Cones!

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:26 PM

We stopped at Gus and YiaYia's to get snow cones. Gus has been making snow cones since 1934! He loved what we have been doing in the city, he gave us all free popcorn!

Snow Cones!

Snow Cones!

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 1:26 PM

We stopped at Gus and YiaYia's to get snow cones. Gus has been making snow cones since 1934! He loved what we have been doing in the city, he gave us all free popcorn! We also got to pray over Gus

Snow Cones!

Our bravest soldier

by Jessica Janicki | June 30, 2017 5:38 PM

Kevin, our bravest and best soldier

Our bravest soldier

See you later

by Jessica Janicki | July 1, 2017 10:50 AM

See you next time.  The round of words flow around us as we hug and pray and laugh with new and old friends.  

Our lives have been changed.  Our hearts have grown softer.  We've grown deeper in the Lord.  This week has been incredible.  We go away feeling this deep sense of awe and wonder and glory of who our God is.  How vast His love is.  How BIG He is.  

Thank you for sending us.  Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for supporting and praying for us.  Thank you for helping us to love this city better.  

As we go home, we think on how was can bring this mission home.  We know God will lead.

Thank you again.

God is so good.


Our week

by Jessica Janicki | July 1, 2017 10:57 AM

This is our week

Our week

Polaroid

by Jessica Janicki | July 2, 2017 10:32 AM

Our week 

Polaroid

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Comments

Dave Rogers

June 30, 2017 9:26 PM

I'm glad that the team is able to connect with the people of Pittsburgh. My Dad's family migrated from there in the 1920s, so the region has always been special to me. Keep up the hard and good work!

Dave Rogers

June 30, 2017 8:08 PM

I'm glad that the team is able to connect with the people of Pittsburgh. My Dad's family migrated from there in the 1920s, so the region has always been special to me. Keep up the hard and good work!

Irene Vogelpohl

June 30, 2017 10:42 AM

Wonderful to see through the pics and journaling how you are pouring yourselves out for the cause of Christ!

Cathy plum

June 29, 2017 4:16 PM

This photo journaling is so awesome! As I pray for the team and the Pittsburgh Mission, these pictures are are way for Jesus to show me his hands and feet thru all of you!! AMAZING WORKS!

Dave Rogers

June 29, 2017 2:11 PM

If your prayer walks go past 1602 Methyl Street, about half a mile from the church, that's one of the houses where my Dad grew up.

Carolyn Barron

June 29, 2017 10:51 AM

Thank you for your daily posts - we can see in action that you are doing what God has called you to do in Pittsburgh, PA. {P.S. Dave, we forgot to tell you we don't let Bryce use knives at home...}

Dave Rogers

June 29, 2017 5:35 AM

I'm glad that the team is able to connect with the people of Pittsburgh. My Dad's family migrated from there in the 1920s, so the region has always been special to me. Keep up the hard and good work!

Tanya Gamble

June 26, 2017 9:26 AM

Guys, it looks like all the planning is coming together! We are praying for the team!

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