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The Beautiful and The Useful

Last week at the Farmers’ Market, a woman from the local news and her videographer strolled the stands, observing vendor-customer interactions and crafting something to say about the food revolution in Johnson City. The videographer takes a shot of my bucket of kale and green salad heads.  “This seems weird to say, but everything looks so Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Tina Hodge

We asked some of our incoming team members why they’ve chosen to do Mission Year. Here’s what one of our future Philly team members had to say.   I am doing Mission Year because, God has instilled in me a love for justice, for service, for people and for Him. Mission Year is the next Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Luke Hillier

We asked some of our incoming team members why they’ve chosen to do Mission Year. Here’s what one of our future Philadelphia team members had to say.     I’m ready for new teachers to learn from about who Jesus is and how he works. I’m ready to shatter the ceiling I’ve placed on what obedience Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Nikki Runion

We asked some of our incoming team members why they’ve chosen to do Mission Year. Here’s what one of our future Chicago team members had to say.   I believe it is the Lord’s calling for me as I enter this next chapter of my life. I had my mind set on doing some form Read More


Do Not Worry

I worry too much. I worry about everything. What I will wear. What I will eat. What I will do. Who I will be. Where I will go. Honestly, there are very few aspects of my life that allow me to have very little worry at all. What I have come to realize is that Read More


This is a Story About Mary

So, this is a story about Mary. And about Jesus, and about me. I met Mary when I was on my lunch break. I walked down the block to the little burger joint on the corner (they have the BEST milkshakes, so on particularly exhausting weeks I like to treat myself). I was waiting by Read More


One Month

One. Month. That’s how long I have here.  That’s how long I have with the roommates that have become family, with the neighbors that have become friends, with the smells and skies and sounds that have become home. Some days one month seems like it can’t come soon enough and some days it feels like it’s too Read More

Jobs vs. Year-Long Programs, pt 4

We get a lot of questions about why someone might choose to do a year-long program like Mission Year, instead of getting a job right out of college, or why someone might step away from a job in their 20’s, for a year. We asked one of our alumni her thoughts.   1. Did you feel pressure when Read More


Juneteenth Reflection

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday to remember the emancipation of African American slaves in our country. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, many slaves in the south were not made aware of it until 2 and a half years later. Today we celebrate the victory of freedom and justice over centuries of institutional chattel slavery. Read More



As he bebops around our living room, break-dancing to one of today’s popular rap songs on the radio… I realize how much I have come to care for this 5 year old. Earlier we had been sitting on the porch listening to one of my teammates play the guitar, and while he was singing about loving Jesus, I asked Read More

Sometimes, I Don’t Want to Choose Joy

Over the past several months, our Mission Year family has talked a lot about seeking “deep joy” over “cheap fun,” and when we gather together, we share the ways that we’ve experienced joy during the week. Sometimes, these are real challenges. Sometimes, “cheap fun” just seems more fun, and sometimes there are weeks when it Read More

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