The C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Center
In 2007, we moved our headquarters to Green, a small suburb of Akron in Summit County, Ohio. A local property owner generously offered the use of 30 acres. This provides us with office space, training areas, a fishing lake and Victory Acres, a small miniature donkey farm. We named our remote, farm-like setting the C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Center—Community Outreach Mission Providing Adolescence Skills & Services.
On a weekly basis, young men from nearby Juvenile Prisons come out for the day to work, learn, eat, and fellowship with our volunteer missionaries. The C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Center is used to minister to youth as well as provide a place where they can be at peace. We also teach vocational skills such as woodworking, automobile, tool and equipment maintenance, animal husbandry and gardening at the Center.
The farm is more than just a piece of land. God has blessed us with peaceful, restorative grounds that include vistas of His glorious creation. As He orders the seasons, God gives us first-hand views of the budding of spring through the beauty of winter’s bare branches. As the fruit trees and the flower and vegetable gardens flourish throughout the growing season, God’s provision is evident wherever you look.
The grounds also provide a growing place for miniature donkeys, bees and chickens. As He brings favorable weather for the land to produce, so too God has given us the opportunity to be stewards of some of his animals.
Located on the grounds is a barn for the donkeys with a storage area attached for the farm equipment. Wide tree and flower-lined walking trails lead visitors from the entry lane to the main office building which also houses the workshop. Just outside the main building is the “buggy shop,” which serves as our fellowship hall for meetings and meals. Benches and other seating areas are located throughout the Center—both for resting and for reflection.