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Journey Serves — Community Impact and Missions


When Jesus showed up on the scene, he said that he was all about “good news for the poor.” So, like him, we want to spread good news for the poor, the dejected, the unseen, the broken, the wounded, the outcasts. Through Journey Serves, we hope to spread good news by feeding people, clothing people, helping people back on their feet, cleaning up our local parks, partnering globally in communities like Carrefour, Haiti and Tecate, Mexico.

Keep up to date on ways to serve by visiting this page often. Together, we can bring heaven to earth.

Human Trafficking Documentary Showing

August 28, 2015 4:30 pm

a-path-appears-dvd_500“A Path Appears” Human Trafficking Documentary
Saturday, September 12th
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Encounter Room at Journey
Parents, Students, Teachers – Anyone interested in learning more – All Invited!

No need to sign up, just show up to this free event. If you have questions, please contact Journey Against Exploitation here.

We hear about human trafficking, but did you know it’s happening right here in our community? Human trafficking is occurring in our east county neighborhoods and Journey Against Exploitation (JAE) would like to help us better understand what it is and how we can respond to it.

“A Path Appears” examines human trafficking across the U.S., and highlights programs that are bringing hope to survivors and change to our neighborhoods. Hear from survivors and organizations bringing change, learn the risk factors and how you can help.

Q&A to follow with Fanny Yu: Deputy District Attorney, Juvenile Division.

 “A Path Appears”, from the creative team behind the series “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”, follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists  Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and a group of dedicated actor/advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States. They uncover the harshest forms of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow: including sex trafficking, teen-pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery and the effective solutions being forged to combat them.

Journey Serves: Africa

August 24, 2015 3:00 pm

rwanda water

Clean Water/Good Health — Africa

What does clean, available water mean to a country like Rwanda? Clean water means protection against water-borne pathogens, which cause 1.5 million deaths from diarrhea in Africa each year. The availability of clean-water provides an opportunity for children to attend school. Without it children, primarily young girls, spend hours each day trudging water from often distant streams to their homes.

Alex and Lisa Barlow, a Journey couple with young children, have adopted Rwanda as their interest and their passion. Alex has found that his business expertise, the design and installation of rain gutter systems, has application in Rwanda. Like many underdeveloped countries, clean water is scarce in Rwanda, and, when available, is often is tainted with disease-inducing contaminants. Rwanda also is a place with heavy annual rainfall. Alex works for a group that builds systems that capture rainwater falling on rooftops and contains it in large tanks for use by a community. Lisa teaches health and hygiene in the community.

From 1 to 2:30 pm on Sunday, September 20, Alex and Lisa will be holding a workshop in Journey Java where they will tell us about conditions in Africa and Rwanda, what they are doing to improve conditions there, and the results of their work.

Join us! A light lunch will be served to those who register.

Sunday, September 20
1 – 2:30 pm
Journey Java



Introducing a new local and global outreach at JCC: Mission Tech.

Using technology and education, our goal is to offer solutions to affected communities throughout the world that struggle with access to clean water.

The facts:

  • 1 in 7 do not have clean water.
  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from contaminated water.
  • Clean water is the first step towards economic stability.

Join us as we discuss life saving technologies that bring clean water to communities and our foundational water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs that can be used anywhere in the world.  We are excited to share our past experiences with how God has used this ministry in Rwanda as well as introduce an opportunity to take part in an upcoming clean water mission trip, Mission Tech: Rwanda. Have a heart for a community, either locally or globally, that struggles with this issue?  Mission Tech can equip you to to make a significant and lasting difference in that location.

San Diego: Coastal Cleanup Day

August 23, 2015 5:23 pm

CA Coastal Cleanup Day
September 19 from 9 am until noon

Each year, I Love A Clean San Diego sponsors Coastal Cleanup Day. It is the largest volunteer effort in San Diego, with more than 8,000 volunteers at nearly 100 sites throughout the County.


Registration open August 1. Go to their website (, check out the options, choose the one that interests you, and help make San Diego America’s Cleanest City!

Journey Serves: Safe Routes To School

August 17, 2015 3:27 pm

Safe Routes Across The Generations

The City of La Mesa supports and promotes Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs in local schools as a way to halt an increasing trend in obesity and encourage more children to once again walk or bike to school. As summer break comes to an end and students start back to school, the City of La Mesa is looking for volunteers to be the “eyes on the street” as students walk/bike to school.

For several years, the County of San Diego has supported and promoted Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs in local schools as a way to halt this increasing trend in obesity and encourage more children to once again walk or bike to school. Parents, school officials and county/community partners have worked together to remove barriers such as dangerous intersections and a lack of eyes on the street, that prevent children from biking or walking to school.

Another powerful team of allies has also joined the cause in recent years: Older adults! Through funding and support from the Health and Human Services Agency Aging & Independence Services, several Intergenerational SRTS programs have been created around the county, reaping rewards across the generations. In addition to the obvious benefits that children derive from increased physical activity, older adults gain rewards such as a decrease in isolation, improved mood and better overall health as well.

For more information, see: or contact Misty Thompson at 619.667.1319 or email.

Journey Serves: Teachers & Schools

August 10, 2015 11:59 am

Caring For Our Students | Supporting Our Teachers | Helping Our Schools

School supplies

Deadline extended through Sunday, August 16th!

For the past two years, Journey has provided classroom supplies to JCC teachers and JCC partner schools (San Miguel Elementary, La Mesa Middle School, Bancroft Elementary, Monte Vista High School).


School Supplies
91 percent of teachers buy basic school supplies for their

2 in 3 teachers (67%) purchase food or snacks to satisfy the basic nutritional needs of their students — even ones who are already enrolled in their schools’ free or reduced-price meal program.

1 in 3 teachers purchase clothing for children, including jackets, hats and gloves (30%) or shoes and shoelaces (15%).

Personal Care
18 percent of teachers purchase personal care items, such as toothbrushes and sanitary products.

Hygiene Products
Nearly 1 in 3 teachers (29%) purchase items such as toilet paper and soap that their school cannot provide enough of due to budget cuts.

Field Trips
More than half of all teachers have paid the costs of field trips
for students who couldn’t afford to participate otherwise.

Alarm Clocks
Several teachers reported purchasing alarm clocks for students. Due to work schedules or family circumstances, guardians were unable to wake their children for school, which led to absences and academic under-performance.


Download a printer friendly Shopping List.

Please support our partner schools!

•    San Miguel Elementary   •    La Mesa Middle School
•    Bancroft Elementary        •    Monte Vista High School

Please consider helping out by purchasing one/some/all of the following. Deposit donations in bins located in the lobby of Worship Center, Journey Java and in front of the Church Office.  Donations accepted through August 9. Deadline extended through Sunday, August 16th!

o    Backpacks
o    Ball Point Pens (Black, Red and Blue)
o    Black felt pens (thin tip)
o    Colored pencils
o    Construction Paper – 12×18” and 8×10”
o    Copy Paper
o    Crayola Crayons and markers
o    Dry erase pens
o    EXPO White Board Markers
o    Glue Sticks
o    Highlighters
o    Kleenex
o    Lined Paper – College Rule and Wide Spaced
o    Mr. Sketch pens
o    Pocket Folders
o    Post-Its
o    Sentence Strips
o    Spiral Notebooks – College Ruled
o    Ticonderoga Pencils #2 (The Best!)

Would you like to help with the preparation and delivery of these gifts to the teachers? It’s a wonderful experience! Contact Dave Merk.

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