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Word from Mission Year Executive Director on Racism and Violence in Charlottesville

The recent events in Charlottesville tell us that we have a lot of work to do in our nation and churches if we are going to get real about racism and racial injustice in our country. Racial justice is central to our work at Mission Year and resisting evil, racial hatred, and violence is core Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Jelenny Martinez

I have thought about why I’m doing Mission Year nearly everyday since I committed to the program several months ago. On my application I wrote about me wanting to get out of my comfort zone and grow from God using me to do good works. And that is still true. Like most people, it took Read More

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Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Sam Morrison

I am doing Mission Year because I feel called to it. I have a strong desire to serve first God, then people. Mission Year is all about both. Growing up in a small town, I am both nervous to live in the inner-city neighborhoods of Houston, but also excited to see God at work within Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emily Bennin

When God calls us into action, we are told to go: go to make more disciples, go to love, go to represent Him who dwells in us every second of every day. But how often do we follow through with that? I know for myself, the answer so far in my life has been not Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Dani Hobbs

Ever since traveling to Europe in 6th grade, I’ve considered myself a bit of a hopeless wanderer. I’m fairly restless, and am always itching for a new place to go. It’s not until recently, however, that I realized I’m not a hopeless wanderer; I’m actually a hope-filled wanderer, because I am a follower of Christ. Read More

I Need Community

As we close the final two months we have been challenged to think about the things we have learned to honor this year and the things we seek to honor once our Mission Year is finished. Since being in Mission Year I have learned the beauty of community. Community is incredibly challenging yet necessary. Here Read More

What Do You Love About Houston?

This past trimester has certainly had its trials and frustrations. It seemed that with each topic I attempted I would end up feeling unsatisfied with the results. Then I had a conversation with one of my coworkers, and he asked me a question. “What do you love about Houston?” One of the main things I Read More

The Beginning of the End

Although there’s still a part of me that’s not been able to fully grasp it yet, we have officially begun our third and final trimester within MissionYear’s programmatic structure – ready or not. There is an abundance of fruit to be gained from each trimester, ones unique to what they uniquely offer. First tri gives Read More

Great Expectations

When I entered Mission Year, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I would live in a house, with several other people, volunteer at a service site four days a week, and engage in the neighborhood in which I would be placed. Simple, right? Little did I know that upon entering this journey Read More

Tell Me If You Know All This

  I don’t have to tell anyone that Lent is about waiting. Waiting can mean the same thing or a new thing every year – waiting on God, waiting on oneself, waiting on freedom, waiting on vocation, waiting on health, waiting on community, waiting on justice, waiting on companionship. I’ve been thinking a lot this Read More

Why Do You Endure?

In different seasons of perseverance I find myself thinking about resiliency, about the ability to bounce back and keep going. About freedom and what that really means or looks like and how that can be or can it be in fact alive in the midst of suffering and trials, or even more so be birthed Read More

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