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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

Deliberate

Time has completely flown by without any regard of my preference lately. Here in Hunting Park the flowers have been blossoming, car stereo’s loud, cookout smells in the air and the neighborhood very energetic. Summer is almost here and it makes me happy. I love the warm weather! With that being said, its hard to Read More

Rooted in Relationship

“We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.” – Cornel West   Mission Year started on the premise that kingdom ministry is rooted in relationships. If you think about it, God works almost exclusively through relationships. As Scripture says, Christ shows Read More

Our Tireless God

“Your love never fails, it never gives up. It never runs out on me.” Somehow, God never gets tired. He never gets tired of revealing His truth to us or breaking our rhythms to make a way for His plans. He never, ever gets tired of loving us. He does everything, sees everything, knows everything… and Read More

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

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

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

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

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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