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Paradox Church

Serving In Pittsburgh, PA
July 8, 2017
Community: Downtown (Dahntahn), North Side, West End/Elliott
Partner: Duquesne Incline (Praying for Pittsburgh), Emmanuel UMC, North Shore & Point State Park, North Side Common Ministries
Staff: Andrew Janicki, Justin Borak


by Andrew Janicki | July 9, 2017 8:51 AM

We arrived last night and settled into our rooms.  Today we are ready for church on this beautiful morning and we are excited to begin our week!


Church Time!

by Justin Borak | July 9, 2017 9:31 AM

Our group is attending Church of Our Savior in a local Pittsburgh community, Northview Heights, led by our awesome partner, Pastor Diana! Very excited to start this week off with some great worship! 

Church Time!

The Strip District

by Andrew Janicki | July 9, 2017 12:10 PM

Exploring a cultural area of Pittsburgh called the Strip District.  Food, crafts, art and souvenirs. What a cool place!

The Strip District

Happy Birthday Tony!

by Andrew Janicki | July 9, 2017 5:02 PM

Celebrating Tony's 14th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Tony!

Beto's Pizza

by Justin Borak | July 9, 2017 11:13 PM

For some Sunday night dinner, had some obscure but awesome pizza! And that's the night, can't wait to see what God has in store for our team and Pittsburgh this week!

Beto's Pizza

Northside Common Ministry

by Justin Borak | July 10, 2017 9:00 AM

Our group is out in the community garden at Northside Common Ministries bringing much needed color to some banners, benches and garden boxes that haven't been painted in years!

Northside Common Ministry

Garden Painting!

by Justin Borak | July 10, 2017 9:02 AM

Some awesome painting ministry happening out here on the northside of Pittsburgh!
Garden Painting!

Primanti Bros.

by Justin Borak | July 10, 2017 4:45 PM

Having  dinner at Primanti Brothers! A Pittsburgh tradition, amazing sandwiches with their own twist! 

Primanti Bros.

Kids Meal Network

by Andrew Janicki | July 10, 2017 4:59 PM

Having fun in the park with the kids from the West End after lunch today.  We had a great time connecting with the kids!

Kids Meal Network

Northside Common Ministry

by Justin Borak | July 11, 2017 8:30 AM

Before we start our Day 2 of painting, we got a tour from the awesome man who runs the ministry, Jay, and we were able to watch a Pittsburgh-made video about homelessness centered around Northside! 

Northside Common Ministry

Northside Common Ministry

by Justin Borak | July 11, 2017 8:41 AM

Day 2 of painting has begun! Everyone is hard at work bring some color and fun to our awesome city! 
Northside Common Ministry

Northside Common Ministry

by Justin Borak | July 11, 2017 8:50 AM

Emma and Cherry have a super cool base coat on their boxes! Having a blast and doing it for the Lord! 
Northside Common Ministry

Northside Common Ministry

by Justin Borak | July 11, 2017 8:51 AM

People from Michigan just really like painting...even leaders! Lisa is killing it! 
Northside Common Ministry

Northside Common Ministry

by Justin Borak | July 11, 2017 8:53 AM

When we don't paint, we build benches! What can't this group do?! Go Tony and Stephen! 
Northside Common Ministry


by Andrew Janicki | July 11, 2017 1:01 PM

The team serving tea, coffee & cookies while playing cards with the residents of MeTowers.


Praying over Pittsburgh

by Justin Borak | July 11, 2017 7:35 PM

Taking sometime tonight to pray over this city, and ask God to shed a little much needed light on this awesome town we are visiting! 

Praying over Pittsburgh

Mt. Washington

by Andrew Janicki | July 11, 2017 11:41 PM

Taking in the views from Mt. Washington.

Mt. Washington

Calvary Church Cleanup

by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 9:51 AM

Today we got the privilege to clean one of the most historical churches in America! Calvary UMC! Did a great job, and maybe had a little fun too! Maybe too much fun, maybe someone found a banana suit! This group is having a blast so far! 

Calvary Church Cleanup

Impromptu Concert

by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 9:56 AM

Calvary is home to one of the oldest and most preserved organs in the world! While cleaning, we were able to persuade the resident organist to give the group a treat and play some songs and answer some awesome questions! Such beautiful sound! 
Impromptu Concert

Organ time!

by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 10:02 AM

Getting to come up to the Organ Pit! Learning some awesome facts and music today! 
Organ time!


by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 10:07 AM

Also, if you're wondering what makes this church so beautiful and historical, ask one of the students or leaders when they get back about these awesome TIFFANY windows! 


by Andrew Janicki | July 12, 2017 12:21 PM

Playing tag with the kids from the community after sharing lunch at the Kids Meal Network in the West End. 


Northside Last Day!

by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 1:52 PM

Finishin up painting and bench building on our last day! On a tight schedule but we can do it!! Lisa is the first to finish her box! It's so cool! 
Northside Last Day!

Northside Last Day

by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 1:56 PM

This one is almost done! Painted by Emma and Charity! Lettering by Ms. April! 
Northside Last Day

Northside Last Day

by Justin Borak | July 12, 2017 1:59 PM

We can't forget about the AMAZING potato work done by our resident genius Caleb!
Northside Last Day

Light of Life

by Andrew Janicki | July 13, 2017 10:35 AM

Working hard sorting donations at Light of Life.  Enjoying our last morning of ministry before our recreation time this afternoon. 

Light of Life

Working Hard!

by Justin Borak | July 13, 2017 10:37 AM

Sorting hygiene bags, clothes, and  food! Doing a lot of awesome things for God's glory here at Light of Life missions! 

Working Hard!


by Andrew Janicki | July 13, 2017 10:38 AM

Packing toiletry bags.

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July 13, 2017 9:50 PM

I give you all two enthusiastic thumbs ups! Great job team. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the work you all did soon!

Sally Wilsher

July 13, 2017 7:44 PM

Man we really missed out! Praying for you all! You are sure letting your light shine for the Lord! Looks like you are all having a great time. Hopefully Lilly and I can plan for the next one. God bless and most importantly, have fun :)

Carol Carouvich

July 13, 2017 7:09 PM

I can tell you all are Super Heroes because you have messages from your Super Hero friends!! Thank you for doing your part in saving the world!!

Derp Derp

July 13, 2017 6:42 PM

Wonderful to see so many great things were done. So proud of you all. Know that you all had a real lasting impact this week. The Lord uses everything we do. So the works you did this week either planted the seeds for the future, Watered or nurtured a young faith, or you even helped reap a harvest! Which ever it was it was done for the Glory of the Lord! God bless you and God speed your return!

Creepy Baby

July 13, 2017 6:24 PM

Nikki and The Nanks, What an awesome week. Im sure the time for you flew by. We sure missed you and cant wait to have you back!! We are so proud of you and the great things you accomplished! Watching the updates here was GREAT! Have a safe trip home..and dont worry. All your chores have been waiting for you to finish here at home. What? you too good to do chores now? Hurry back because the dishes are backing up!!


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July 13, 2017 10:46 AM

From side kick to side kick, you guys are doing wonderful work! Your hero might be a little bigger than the Bat but you guys are doing his work and spreading his word just like you should be! Keep up the good work!

Hal Jordan

July 13, 2017 7:51 AM

I'm green with envy that you get another day to be a lantern, shining God's light upon the city of Pittsburg. May the name of Jesus ring well today in the ears of those you speak it to. I wish I could join you, but for some reason all the Pitt sports teams have yellow in their color schemes, and I'm not a fan. God's peace be with you.

Mike Nank

July 12, 2017 10:37 PM

Homestretch. Finish the race strong. 1 Cor 9:24-27. You will win not by trying harder, but by surrendering to God's lead and then he will do the heavy lifting. Don't forget to place your rocks. I miss my girls. See you soon!


July 12, 2017 5:53 PM

So proud of all of you. It looks like you are having a nice time while doing the Lord's work. Looking forward to hear how you were blessed and who you blessed. <3

Jennifer Minelli

July 12, 2017 3:26 PM

Love this ability to comment! Praying for our Paradox group. We are all so proud of you guys! Nikki, we are so very proud of you and how you are so willing to let the Lord use you in this way. In all ways, really. You and the team will grow in your faith and your relationship with Him. While you show others Christ's love. Obeying His instructions. Stay safe! We love you. And our other "children" as well!! See you back home soon!!!!!


July 12, 2017 3:16 PM

Great job everyone, keep up the awesome work we have an awesome God that loves us, we as a people can make a difference thank you god for giving the team this opportunity and many more yet to come, great job team keep it up.. Tony i love you and miss you alot good job honey...

Aunt KeekKee

July 12, 2017 11:02 AM

So proud of the Paradox team that is serving. What a great inspiration you are to us all. Thank you for sharing your love of the Lord with others. It looks like you are having a great trip and keep the updates coming, we love seeing them. We love you all!

Wonder Woman

July 12, 2017 10:24 AM

You guys are doing an amazing job in Pittsburgh this week! I'm proud of all of you and thankful you are helping my fellow heros and I keep our world safe! You guys are giving all to the Lord! Great job!


July 12, 2017 10:21 AM

You cover the land, I'll cover sea! Together, we can do all the good works possible and keep the earth as safe and happy as we can! Great job guys! Keep doing God's work!

Green Arrow!

July 12, 2017 10:11 AM

While I'm keeping it safe here in Star City, you guys are doing a beautiful job in Pittsburgh! Keep up the good work and if you need some protection, you always got your main man in the Green hood!

Sam Crank

July 12, 2017 8:49 AM

So glad to see the fruits of your mission. And how it will live on long after you leave. Thank you all for your hard work and know you are appreciated!! Praying God's very best for each and every one of you!

Someone proud of each of you!

July 12, 2017 8:28 AM

"No matter how convenient it is for us to reach out to people remotely, sometimes the most important task is to show up in person." -Blake Mycoskie

Aunt Maggie

July 11, 2017 8:05 PM

Praise the Lord! I think God that he is using you in so many incredible ways! Keep up the great work! We are so proud of you!


July 11, 2017 8:32 AM

You guys are doing some amazing work! I might not be there right now, but that's okay because you guys are the real superheroes of Pittsburgh! Thank you all! Ok, I gotta go save some people! Up, up, and away!

The Flash

July 9, 2017 11:16 PM

Stay quick on your feet and move fast for the Lord! From your favorite scarlet speedster!

Mike Nank

July 9, 2017 9:42 PM

Sounds like you had a fun first day in Pitt. Now get to work! For real though, I am praying you guys have a great time and connect with God, each other and the community he brought you to. It doesn't matter what you are doing, so long as it is done with God. Peace!

Mike Nank

July 9, 2017 9:42 PM

Sounds like you had a fun first day in Pitt. Now get to work! For real though, I am praying you guys have a great time and connect with God, each other and the community he brought you to. It doesn't matter what you are doing, so long as it is done with God. Peace!


July 9, 2017 6:17 PM

Praying that by the end of this mission trip that you guys would have made a difference in these kids lives....

Sam Crank

July 9, 2017 3:46 PM

Praying you will make your presence known in a way that amazes even you!!!


July 9, 2017 2:34 PM

Praying that you fill hearts with Jesus' love and that your own hearts will be full from it. Be safe, my friends.

Zeena Kasperski

July 9, 2017 12:20 PM

Anthony Toma, Happy Birthday, baby!! Wishing you the best year yet! You're one amazing nephew and I am so proud of you and all that you're becoming! Sending you happy and safe travels as you embark on an incredible journey to helping others and humbling yourself! I love you so much!! XOXO Sending prayers to your church group, for the lord to protect you all and to bless you for the time you've taken to helping others! Sending love and prayers your way! Love, Auntie Zeena & family!


July 9, 2017 11:13 AM

Glad to see you made it safely. We will be praying for your trip and will miss you tomorrow night and be a little jealous that we are not with you serving God in the mission field. I pray that God uses all of you in ways that you never thought were possible...Don't forget to journal! It truly is a great experience even for us non journalist . Will check in throughout the week to see your journey.


July 9, 2017 7:32 AM

Hi love happy birthday i miss you already, i cant believe you are 14 wow you are growing to be a great young man, im praying that god guides you in the right path on the reason your there i prayed that everyone had a safe ride there and back i cant wait to see you home love you happy birthday...


July 8, 2017 10:55 PM

Welcome to Pittsburgh. It's no Gotham, but it can still be rough so watch your back. Follow you leaders. They're awesome. Eat you vegetable. Except beets. You don't need to eat those. Pray. Do some sit-ups to work your 9 pack. Pray some more. Get some rest. Tomorrow you begin kicking the devil's butt. Just watch out for his sharp pointy tail. Look over there!!! (you turn back to the screen and I am gone...so mysterious)

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