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My Mission

  My idea of mission before I came to Houston to join with Mission Year was very much centered on what I was going to do for God to further the Kingdom. I was convinced that my team and I were going to change the neighborhood for the better and that God was going to Read More

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Happy New Year! We look forward to blogging and reading more in 2017. Here are, in no particular order, five of our top blog posts of 2016.   “The first week of our tech fast I was more anxious, jittery, and distracted than I normally am, and I attribute that to not having my normal Read More

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Banquets, Feasts, & Parties: Celebrating Kingdom Come

As any (in my case, former) YoungLife leader will tell you, Jesus was about way more than mind-numbing sermons, legalistic religiosity, and holier-than-thou separatism. “When God took flesh as Jesus,” we would tell high schoolers turned off by the stuffy stereotypes surrounding Christianity, “he partied!” And indeed, the first miracle described in John’s Gospel is Read More

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God With Us

About a month ago I was challenged with the idea that whole of the Gospel can be summed up in the name that was given at Jesus’ birth: Emmanuel- meaning “God is with us”. God loved those who were made in his image so much that he came to be with us. To live the Read More

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Grief

  This month has entailed so many rich, full events that God has blessed me through in different ways. We have met this man in our neighborhood who gardens with us on Saturdays. He was absent for a couple weeks, but made an appearance this week. I got to chat with him about why he Read More

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A Thanksgiving Thank You Note

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Phil. 1:3 One of our spiritual practices at Mission Year is writing thank you notes! Each year, Mission Year team members and staff write over a thousand personal thank you notes. This is not something separate from our work; it’s actually part of it. Not only Read More

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Statement from the Executive Director at Mission Year

  I am heavy hearted. The election and the results have exposed deep divisions within our country and the Body of Christ that will not easily be mended. Many of our neighbors and friends in the city are fearful what this election means for them and wondering if the church sees them and feels their Read More

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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 a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects Read More

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Lessons From Tech Fast

I recently completed a five week technology fast, which is part of Mission Year’s programming. It was incredibly good for our house, my life, and my spirit. The parameters were that we could not use our phone, laptops, or other technological devices; we could listen to music out loud in a group setting, no headphones; due Read More

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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

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Fundraising

Ah, the dreaded post. Fundraising. Asking people for money. Ugh. I would say for most people that asking people to donate money would not rank very highly on their idea of a good time. We dread it, we fear it, we shake in our boots. When I accepted the position with Mission Year, I knew Read More

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