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Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

During our first week in Houston, TX we received local orientation which involved hearing lectures from nonprofit managers and community activists. One such lecture was about the work that Black Lives Matter Houston is doing and how we can get involved in it. Because Hurricane Harvey had devastated the city just two weeks prior to Read More

“Are the Holes Just a Style Thing?”

There’s a house on the corner of our block that always has a calico cat sitting on the porch. I first noticed it one fateful night when I had sprinted barefoot out of our door after my housemate, Luke, who was taking our recently captured house mouse to be released into the wild. I had my reservations Read More

Awareness and Privilege

As we have begun to sink into our monthly schedule and are finally able to catch our breath, my housemates and I have been able to get acclimated within our neighborhood and service sites. While we have been meeting and establishing more relationships with those around us, we are starting to find that the things Read More

Lessons From A First Grader

I have taken up residency in the Windy City and Mission Year has finally materialized. Before I dive into what it’s like being here, y’all need context. So let’s get some of the logistics out of the way first. 1. I live in Southside Chicago (West Englewood) in an apartment with nine people…And I love Read More

Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

The beginning of this past June marked by my fourth and final “Come & See” weekend as a team member of Mission Year. These weekends create space for the family and friends we have from home to come join in on a weekend here in the city and share in the lives we have created Read More

Philadelphia

These last two weeks have been some of the longest in my life – but not in a bad way. Upon arriving in Chicago for national orientation, I quickly realized I was surrounded by people who, like me, are passionate about following Jesus’ example of loving others in the inner city. While I met many 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

Houston

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

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