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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

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

The Beginning of the End

Although there’s still a part of me that’s not been able to fully grasp it yet, we have officially begun our third and final trimester within MissionYear’s programmatic structure – ready or not. There is an abundance of fruit to be gained from each trimester, ones unique to what they uniquely offer. First tri gives Read More

Great Expectations

When I entered Mission Year, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I would live in a house, with several other people, volunteer at a service site four days a week, and engage in the neighborhood in which I would be placed. Simple, right? Little did I know that upon entering this journey Read More

Tell Me If You Know All This

  I don’t have to tell anyone that Lent is about waiting. Waiting can mean the same thing or a new thing every year – waiting on God, waiting on oneself, waiting on freedom, waiting on vocation, waiting on health, waiting on community, waiting on justice, waiting on companionship. I’ve been thinking a lot this Read More

Why Do You Endure?

In different seasons of perseverance I find myself thinking about resiliency, about the ability to bounce back and keep going. About freedom and what that really means or looks like and how that can be or can it be in fact alive in the midst of suffering and trials, or even more so be birthed 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

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

Why Do You Endure?

I endure because it’s the most honest thing I can do. It’s the most honoring and real thing I can do; for myself, for those who have gone before me, and for those who long for what I long for – the courage to move towards hope and a place to belong. When I think Read More

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