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Generosity and Proximity

“Go ahead and get on the bus! I got it!” These were the words of a man who saw Treshana and I struggling with our grocery cart that may have been close to 50 pounds.The man proceeded to pick up our cart and place it in a position so that it would not roll while Read More


Why Do You Endure?

 This year we asked Mission Year staff and writers to answer the question, “Why Do You Endure?” We’ll be sharing their answers on the blog each month.   “In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” – Dante Alighieri, Inferno I Read More


Off and Running

When you enter One Hope Community Church it becomes quite clear that handshakes are not part of the program. They learn your name, teach you theirs and then commence in giving you the best hug of your life before and frequently during their bi-lingual service. A small congregation base, you get the feeling everyone knows Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Jada Hudson

“Love God. Love People.” Such a simple mission, but one that comes as more challenging than we’d all like. Mission Year’s motto is one that I have thought about constantly since I heard it. It’s one of the biggest reasons I was drawn to the program. And while I know I don’t practice it nearly Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Saajidah Abdul-Hameem

I recently returned from serving with the United States Peace Corps as an English teacher in East Java, Indonesia. I lived in community with beautiful people who identified with a different nationality than me, a different culture, religion, language, customs, food, etc. I arrived as a stranger and left as a friend, teacher, basketball coach, Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Adam Blyckert

Over the past few years of being in close proximity with my (now) wife, I’ve begun to realize that many of my habits are not the only way to do things. For instance, I squeeze the toothpaste up from the bottom (not in the middle). I tuck the corners of sheets a particular way. I Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Andrea Furrer

I’m doing Mission Year because I want to be obedient. I want to live out the Great Commission, not just hear about it from the pews. I’m joining this program because I want to have an active faith, one that takes great leaps, knowing that God is going to catch me. To be in situations Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Treshana Lewis

I’m sure you’re all wondering what would make a millennial choose to spend a year in community serving people… well the answer is, this is what God has called me to do. I spent a lot of time seeking God in prayer about my next steps in life especially in regards to Mission Year. I Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: April Clay

There is a lot that could go into why I’m doing Mission Year. Honestly I don’t have a direct answer to that question. I didn’t wake up one morning thinking I wanted to be a missionary. I didn’t wake up one morning thinking I wanted to go away for year. I wanted to be a Read More


Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Gabrielle Williams

I am choosing Mission Year because of two main reasons:   1. Obedience to God.  I’m at a place in my life where I’m truly serious about going even deeper in my relationship with Christ and learning to love Him and others better. After going through a tough beginning of 2015, I drew closer to Read More


Walking on the Same Road

Philadelphia is believed to have more murals than any other city in the world; I have heard there are 3-5,000. However many there are, the number is continually growing. It is incredible. Many of them were created through the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, but also through numerous other organizations. Back in January, I, along Read More

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