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Be Real

Before this Mission Year started my overall goal was to be an authentic leader. When I thought of an authentic leader I thought of someone who was aware of their gifts and worked in them, humble enough to accept and acknowledge weaknesses and fears, unwavering in beliefs regardless of the circumstance, and spoke their true 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

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

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

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

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