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Learning Grace

Learning Grace

Coming into Mission Year I thought I had grace all figured out; grace was undeserved and freely given…just like the “GRACE period” that all of my loans gave me for the first six months post-graduation. During the last couple of weeks I have learned a new meaning of grace, and surprisingly I had no idea what it actually meant until I lived in an apartment with six other women. The picture above is a “grace wall” that my housemates and […]

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Standing With Ferguson

Standing With Ferguson

  The Catholic peace activist Kathy Kelly summed it up well: “Where you stand determines what you see.” The city of Ferguson, in St. Louis, MO, looks different walking the streets with youth in the community than it does when watching from a distance on television. History looks different too, depending on where you stand. The hard truth is that Christians have not always stood on the right side of history. It’s easy to criticize past generations for their failure […]

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Solitude and Growth

Solitude and Growth

It’s crazy to think that I have been in Houston for over a month! Time is flying by, and the past few weeks have been filled with joys, struggles, and much grace. I have been seeing many things with new eyes, and hearing things with new ears. In the midst of the struggles and the homesickness, I have also seen much provision and I have learned a lot about how weak and desperate I am. I am learning that I […]

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Why I Work For Mission Year

Why I Work For Mission Year

  At orientation every year, we have a time set aside when incoming team members can ask staff questions. This year someone asked staff why we each work for Mission Year. My immediate response was that Mission Year is interested in community change and not just in fixing small parts of big problems. For example, as someone who worked with homeless youth for several years, it’s important to me that we not only ask the question, “How do we treat […]

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5 Self Care Activities

5 Self Care Activities

As humans, ministry workers, and activists we’re not often encouraged enough to take a break and reconnect to ourselves. Practicing self care takes a back seat to everything we tell ourselves needs to be done. Here are a few things to try this month.   1. Go on a long walk. Where have you wanted to explore in your neighborhood? In another neighborhood? Leave your music at home, walk, and take in the scenery.   2. Go to the movies by […]

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The Kingdom of Heaven is for Butterflies

The Kingdom of Heaven is for Butterflies

I believe in things unseen. I believe in mystery. I believe in one who never ended and who never began and I know that is hard to understand but there is so much that we don’t see. We only dwell in dimensions one, two and three and if you ask me, there are probably more colors than R.O.Y, B.I.V and G. Scientists say that even butterflies have more rods and cones than me, maybe that’s what Jesus meant by the […]

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Welcome Home

Welcome Home

“The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order…the continuous thread of revelation”  -Eudora Welty   I am finally back in Philadelphia, and it feels amazing to be home. Last night we had our first official community dinner. Since my four teammates are all new to the neighborhood and are still forming relationships, I reached out to people I met last year and invited them over. We […]

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Mission Year 1 Curriculum

Mission Year 1 Curriculum

One of the unique things about Mission Year’s program is that we design a curriculum for each trimester of our year, fostering conversations about what team members might be experiencing and about the history of many of their neighborhoods. During the first trimester of our program, team members in Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia will be reading some or all of the below books. Will you join us?   Welcoming Justice by John Perkins The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen Why Are […]

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A Response to a Culture

A Response to a Culture

If only we had died by the LORD’S hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted. We had refrigerators that dispensed crushed ice with filtered water and were full of leftover pizza and had a special shelf in the door dedicated entirely to condiments with three half empty ketchup bottles because it’s hard to remember if we have ketchup when we are at the grocery store deciding if we want regular […]

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Service Site Highlight: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia

Service Site Highlight: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia

  Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.   1. How long has your organization/program been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve?  St. Vincent de Paul has been serving clients in Atlanta for over100 years and our Dill Avenue location has […]

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Creating versus Consuming

Creating versus Consuming

In the beginning God consumed. God said, “Let there be stuff to buy, television to watch.” God spent the evenings on the couch eating junk food. God consumed the earth’s resources with no regard for the consequences for future generations. God worked non-stop to feed an endless need for more. Humankind was made in the image of God to be consumers. Obviously, this is not what Scripture says about God. But if we truly are reflections of God’s image, this […]

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Service Site Highlight: Covenant House Georgia

Service Site Highlight: Covenant House Georgia

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.   1. How long has Covenant House Georgia been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve? Covenant House Georgia has been in Atlanta since 2000. We serve youth ages 18 to 21 who may have […]

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Service Site Highlight: Star of Hope

Service Site Highlight: Star of Hope

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.     1. How long has Star of Hope been in Houston and whom do you predominantly serve? Star of Hope began providing services to homeless men in 1907. Since then the scope of our services […]

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Service Site Highlight: Charis Community Housing

Service Site Highlight: Charis Community Housing

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.   1. How long has Charis Community Housing been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve?  Charis Community Housing has been around for about 30 years. We currently serve the low income families positioned in […]

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Service Site Highlight: Gateway Center

Service Site Highlight: Gateway Center

    Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Gateway Center been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve? Gateway Center opened its doors in the summer of 2005. We serve all who are experiencing homelessness: men, […]

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Service Site Highlight: Project HOME

Service Site Highlight: Project HOME

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Project HOME been in Philadelphia and whom do you predominantly serve? Project HOME was born in 1989 as a temporary emergency shelter for homeless men. Approaching its 25th anniversary, Project HOME […]

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Service Site Highlight: Esperanza Health Center

Service Site Highlight: Esperanza Health Center

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Esperanza Health Center been in Philadelphia and whom do you predominantly serve? Esperanza Health Center was founded in 1989 in “El Centro de Oro,” the heart of North Philadelphia’s Latino community […]

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Let My People Go

Let My People Go

“Aaron: In fact, Moses, when did you start caring about slaves? Was it when you found out that you were one of us? Tzipporah: Don’t listen to him! Moses: No, he’s right. I did not see because… I did not wish to see. Aaron: Oh, you didn’t see because you didn’t… wish to see! Ah! Well that makes everything fine then, doesn’t it?” – The Prince of Egypt “Let my people go.” The words are whispered inside my head, as I stare at […]

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8 Things I’ve Learned

8 Things I’ve Learned

As I strive to stay present in the story that continues to unfold here in Houston, I’ve found June and July to bring sweet moments of reflection over the past two years with Mission Year with friends, family, coworkers, and my team. One particular evening while sharing cake with friends, I was asked what I sense the Lord has been teaching me with my two years with Mission Year. In that moment, I sensed that it was the right time […]

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De Miedo a Esperanza, From Fear to Hope

De Miedo a Esperanza, From Fear to Hope

I assumed writing one of my last blog posts would be simple but let’s be honest good byes aren’t easy. I couldn’t decide what to write about so I decided to revisit every newsletter I’ve written, to reflect on the year. What I found was unexpected and heartwarming. Reading past newsletters revealed to me God’s faithfulness throughout the year. In my first newsletter I wrote about my fears coming to Chicago. Those fears were about not being accepted, not being […]

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      Coming into Mission Year I thought I had grace all figured out; grace was undeserved and freely given…just like the “GRACE [...] Read More

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      It’s crazy to think that I have been in Houston for over a month! Time is flying by, and the past few weeks have been filled with joys, [...] Read More

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