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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” – Dante Alighieri, Inferno I Read More

Off and Running

When you enter One Hope Community Church it becomes quite clear that handshakes are not part of the program. They learn your name, teach you theirs and then commence in giving you the best hug of your life before and frequently during their bi-lingual service. A small congregation base, you get the feeling everyone knows Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Jada Hudson

“Love God. Love People.” Such a simple mission, but one that comes as more challenging than we’d all like. Mission Year’s motto is one that I have thought about constantly since I heard it. It’s one of the biggest reasons I was drawn to the program. And while I know I don’t practice it nearly Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Saajidah Abdul-Hameem

I recently returned from serving with the United States Peace Corps as an English teacher in East Java, Indonesia. I lived in community with beautiful people who identified with a different nationality than me, a different culture, religion, language, customs, food, etc. I arrived as a stranger and left as a friend, teacher, basketball coach, Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Adam Blyckert

Over the past few years of being in close proximity with my (now) wife, I’ve begun to realize that many of my habits are not the only way to do things. For instance, I squeeze the toothpaste up from the bottom (not in the middle). I tuck the corners of sheets a particular way. I Read More

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