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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.

Journey Serves: Local Schools & Teachers

July 15, 2014 10:34 am

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

School supplies

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 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 10.

o    Kleenex
o    Dry erase pens
o    Xerox paper
o    Colored pencils
o    Glue Sticks
o    Black felt pens (thin tip)
o    College Ruled Spiral Notebooks
o    Mr. Sketch pens
o    Post-Its
o    EXPO white board markers
o    Crayola Crayons and markers
o    Construction Paper – 12×18 and 8×10
o    Ball Point Pens (Black and Red)
o    Ticonderoga Pencils #2
(We go through 50 dozen every two weeks)
o    Highlighters
o    Lined paper – college ruled and wide spacing
o    Pocket Folders
o    Sentence Strips
o    Backpacks

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

Journey Serves: Motel Church

June 30, 2014 11:43 am

Church in a Parking Lot!

Did you know that Journey participates in MotelChurch San Diego?

Twice each month (2nd and 4th Saturdays) volunteers provide breakfast, worship and a “church service” at a local, by-the-week motel — The Hitching Post Motel on Guava Ave in La Mesa. These motels have become home to the working poor and transitional homeless. For some, this is the last stop before they (and their families) are living in their car or on the street.

For a variety of reasons, guests at these motels are not likely to attend a “traditional” church. This is why we are bringing the church to them! Volunteers serve from 9:15 to 11:15 am. We serve breakfast, have a time of worship (led by Bryce Turner) followed by a bible lesson all the while building connections with the adults and kids who live in the motel complex.

Our next service will be on Saturday, July 12th. Please contact us for the address and directions to our motel site.

For information:

Free Summer Meals For Kids!

June 30, 2014 11:39 am

Summer is a tough time for some families. Out of school for a few months, kids are not receiving the meals that many obtain during the school year. If you or someone you know has children who would benefit from a free lunch, Monday through Friday, a summer food site near you can be found at

Interested in a Missions Trip?

May 19, 2014 10:56 am

Have you been curious and tossing around the idea of going on one of our missions trips? Maybe you have questions about our partnerships in Haiti, Tecate, and El Salvador that you’d like answered. Now’s your opportunity to learn more.

Please come and join us for a short class on Short-Term Missions to learn more. We are offering two times so you will have one that works best with your schedule and normal church attendance and commitments. Come on Friday, June 20, 2014 in The Corner Room at 7 pm or on Sunday, June 22nd in That Room (next to the church office) at 11 am. We look forward to meeting you and helping you connect with a future life-changing trip. Don’t wait; sign up today. Contact Lance for more info or RSVP here:


Summer Missions Trip Opportunities

May 5, 2014 11:13 am

Journey has 3 great opportunities to Take A Leap of Faith and Serve in another country this summer!

El Salvador Missions Trip, June 1 – 7
• Help teach English at the Youth Center, share Jesus’ love in public schools, participate in a Community outreach program, and minister in an orphanage
• Deadline for application and deposit: May 11.

Tecate Summer Fun Camp, July 22 – 26
• Serve Close To Home!
• Be a part of the second year of our Summer Fun Camp at HIS Ministries

Haiti Summer Fun Camp, August 1 – 11
• Together with a team from Journey and members of our sister church, minister to the children of Carrefour
• A few spots are still open!


Email Lance for more information or to sign up!

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