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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

Philadlephia

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

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

What I Do Here

This is about Sacred Heart, a Catholic school in the heart of South Camden and also my service site two days a week. Sacred Heart is comprised of students grades kindergarten through 8th grade with the addition of a Montessori pre-K program. My role at the school has been to collect classes and deliver them again Read More

The Person I Am Becoming

Mission Year staff often talks about being stretched and being uncomfortable and I tell you, this hasn’t been the easiest journey. This transition into adulthood, planting myself in Chicago and internal battles has left me with major growing pains. Going home to  Atlanta for Christmas break was very unfamiliar and  made me realize how much Read More

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