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Why I Work For Mission Year

I work for Mission Year because my experience in the program changed me, and has gone on to shape, and continues to reshaped my understanding of myself, others and God. Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, Read More

12 Ways to Remember Those in Prison

1. Write a letter to someone in prison or lobby congress on their behalf. 2. Visit the prison to build relationships of care and support with prisoners. 3. Look into teaching a class or skill in prison, or financially supporting one. 4. Read about the prison system to be more informed (We recommend The New Jim 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

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