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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

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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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Neighborhood or, Thoughts on Resurrection

Despite the vocal love I held for the beautiful skies and cornfields of my hometown throughout college, I’ve never been very invested in having a sense of place (which can translate to never having been all that invested in a place). Growing up, Pataskala was simply the city that I lived in, and although I Read More

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A Bridge Between Two Worlds

This month has really been a great month of learning a lot about myself. It all started with just going to the local library to peruse of their computers to search for books. I also had to turn in a book I finished reading. As I was searching in the box for anything related to “Navajo” Read More

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What Shalom Means to Me

“Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all of those things are gone. Yes, they’re gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have wiped away every tear from every Read More

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A Different Kind of Artist

I come from a long line of art teachers and had planned to be an art teacher since I was six years old. After graduating high school I decided to wait a year before entering an art education program to do Mission Year. I had an inkling that it would drastically change my life but Read More

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A Different Kind of Mentor

Mission Year is this sacred gift that is open for anyone, but only few take it. It’s a space where a young person can wrestle with this world as it is, while looking for God’s hand and mercy. It’s a time to discover Jesus and walk along side Him daily without distraction. It’s a chance Read More

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A Different Kind of Activist

I moved from Michigan to Houston, Texas with the intent of taking a year of my life to pursue social justice. After a year I would then resume my life back in Michigan. Four years later, I’m still in Houston, pursuing social justice in unexpected ways. I grew up idolizing the spotlight, wanting to do Read More

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A Different Kind of Mom

  I’ve been loving the #DifferentKindof series because it’s been taking me back to all those years that I’ve asked how I can be a “different kind of ___.” A different kind of single person? Married person? Teacher? Friend? Daughter? Citizen? Church member? Mentor? Leader? Mother? Ironically, of all those listed identities, I’ve actually been Read More

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A Different Kind Of Educator

Recently I moved back to my home state of Virginia. I applied for a teaching position with a school located 23 miles from the city I reside, and, in the interview, began speaking my accomplishments. The thoughts that came to me were of awe and gratefulness. I am a product of the projects. The projects, Read More

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A Different Kind of Coach

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” –Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Coach   At 22 years old, I remember hearing this quote for the first time in my last semester of college. I was in an elective called “The Theory and Practice of Coaching.” I thought: “This can’t be true”. Winning is Read More

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