A little over six months ago, we embarked on a journey with the purpose of helping youth in our community 'navigate' life. What I didn't realize at that time was how much I would learn when I allow God to navigate my life. My constant prayer the last 6 months has been for God to go before me, open doors, and give me the clarity and faith to walk through them. This might be easy for some people, but for me it is a great challenge to not press on ahead in the direction I think I should go and bust open the doors I think should be opened. Learning to wait on the Lord, trust His timing, and trust His direction has resulted in greater faith and peace in my life. As I type this, I find myself amazed and humbled at the many doors that have opened and how things have come together.
Without a doubt, the main highlight so far have been the incredible support I have received from many pastors, other non-profits, friends, and family. Prior to The Compass, I had never been part of a non-profit other then a church and definitely had never been involved in starting one from the ground up. I was in much need to have people with experience and knowledge help guide me and the people God has brought into my path to help The Compass get going has been nothing short of miraculous...I couldn't have imagined it any better and am thankful that I for the most part have stayed out of the way and let God be in control.
In the last six month we have been able to develop a website, incorporate with the State of Alaska, form a Board of Directors, get set up to accept donations, put together Bylaws, among many other things. We are planning on submitting our application for our 501c3 by the end of the year. After that we are transitioning to finding a location, fundraising, and setting up the organizational structure.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and prayed for The Compass as well all the rest who will do so in the coming weeks and years. We couldn't do this without you!