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Intimacy

Intimacy

This story is about my sister and me. My sister is 10 months older than me, which means that for two months of each year, we are the same age. When we were little, I would long for my birthday month to arrive so I could jubilantly remind her of this – “You can’t tell me what to do now!” I would shout. “I’m just as old as you are!” Though we’re close in age, we haven’t always known each […]

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The Daily Journey

The Daily Journey

The journey, sometimes it is exciting and new, something that is looked upon with enthusiasm, and other times it just becomes mundane. Either way I have come to realize that it is beautiful and filled with great joy. Now my daily journey is not anything that people would look at and say to themselves “man I want that” especially when it is rainy in Houston. It is a journey filled with conversation between a teammate and I. Heading to and […]

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Green Your Green: Alumni Interview

Green Your Green: Alumni Interview

We love to hear what our alumni are doing, how Mission Year has influenced them, an dhow they are loving God and people well. This week, we asked one of our alumni, Laura Tremblay a few questions about her Houston business, Green Your Green.   1. Where did the idea for Green Your Green come from? Where do you work? We have a garden at our house, where I’ve gotten to do a good bit of working and thinking. In […]

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Before Your Eyes

Before Your Eyes

Every so often, I have a moment of crisis where I question my choices or wonder how I ended up in my situation. In college, I had what I dubbed “The Sophomore Slump,” where I reconsidered my career ambitions and poorly played a lot of Taylor Swift songs on guitar. In Miami, I yelled at the reflection of my own face one night after realizing that I was in the proverbial “real world.” In Philadelphia, I began questioning God’s purpose […]

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Simple Luxuries

Simple Luxuries

Yes. Simple luxuries. That’s an oxymoron. Committing to a lifestyle of simplicity out of solidarity with our neighbors isn’t as convenient or abundant as we are used to, but we always receive and have enough. I’ve pulled together a list of things that I’ve realized are simple luxuries in my former life, or even simple luxuries specific to a Singaporean. Please note all details given are just so you can picture life here; not a brag of how “saintly” we are, or […]

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Love and Discipline

Love and Discipline

I’ve hit the halfway point! It is mind blowing to think of where I have come from and all the lessons I have learned and all that is still waiting for me. Over the last month I have been trying to balance many different aspects of life. Two of the big things I have been balancing are rest and work. I enjoy my involvement in most of the activities here in Houston, which make this a bit more difficult for […]

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Why I Work For Mission Year

Why I Work For Mission Year

  I work for Mission Year because I believe it is possible to change the world with power of love. Not a love that I can fabricate, but a love that comes from the transformational work of God in our lives. It’s a love that Jesus taught and continues to teach. It’s a love that is rooted in selflessness, humility, servanthood, honoring the dignity of our humanity, and extending that honor in compassionate action. I work for Mission Year because […]

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12 Ways to Remember Those in Prison

12 Ways to Remember Those in Prison

  1. Write a letter to someone in prison or lobby congress on their behalf. 2. Look into a program that helps people visit a prison to build relationships of care and support with prisoners. 3. Look into teaching a class or skill in prison, or support someone who does. 4. Read about the prison system to be more informed (The Convict Christ by Jens Soering; The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Bad Neighborhoods Worse by Todd Clear; or Wanted: A […]

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What Do You Love?

What Do You Love?

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the […]

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6 Books to Read During Black History Month

6 Books to Read During Black History Month

Looking for a few books to read during Black History month? Here’s a small collection we recommend that focus on Black history and Christianity. What are your favorite books on Black history? 1. African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett 2. Black Prophetic Fire by Cornel West 3. The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone 4. Sisters in the Wilderness by Delores Williams 5. Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr. 6. Wounds of the […]

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Hospitality

Hospitality

Recently I was invited to a student’s house to be taught how to make tamales.  This particular student had been asking me for weeks and I promised her that this time I would come. I arrived to her house 10 minutes early. I didn’t want to be late! She invited me in, introducing me to her husband, granddaughter (8 months), daughter, and son-in-law and we got right to work. She explained how she had prepared the meat. It took me 3 minutes […]

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Leadership Spotlight: CIC Students

Leadership Spotlight: CIC Students

  My service site placement has me serving as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Digital Inclusion and Technology (CDIT). I live “behind-the-scenes.” Because I work more on the administrative end, I don’t have as much face-to-face contact with students as others in our department do. Although this is the case, I am intentional in meeting our students — adults, teens, kids — all coming to our building to learn skill sets on how to navigate and create on a […]

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Let There Be

Let There Be

Does it ever amaze you, the power that you have to create? The power to make life real through story, the power you have to create hope in other people, to bring something that was not there into being? We are reflections of a Creator who said “Let there be.” Out of the darkness was brought light. Out of lifelessness was drawn breath and all life that is, from bacteria to reptiles to worms to humans. Infinite and beautiful things […]

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Why I Work For Mission Year

Why I Work For Mission Year

Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives.  – Fredrick F. Flack I work for Mission Year because […]

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Becoming > Doing

Becoming > Doing

This past week our City Director challenged our team to shift from doing to becoming. What does that mean? Think of the many people who made the 2015 new years resolution to lose weight. Doing versus becoming is the difference between doing what’s necessary to lose a few pounds versus adopting the proper lifestyle to become a healthier person. As you may have witnessed, people who fall under the category of the latter are more likely to keep the weight off… just saying.A part of what drew me […]

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A Beautiful Exchange

A Beautiful Exchange

I was late to work. I typically read during my commute and while I was consumed by the material, I neglected to notice that I had missed my stop. Needless to say, I wasn’t really in the best of moods. Fortunately enough, my bus had arrived as soon as I exited the Alleghany station. I interpreted it as God giving me a little help in the midst of my commute troubles. As I sat on the bus, I witnessed a […]

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God is good?

God is good?

God is good! All the time! All the time? Really? Do we believe God is good at all times? All moments? All situations? There are many times when life is definitely not good. There are so many things that are broken in our world, in our churches, and in ourselves. There are so many broken things in our cities and communities. Even so, God is good. God is good because God is love, and love never fails. God is good […]

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Thankful

Thankful

Here are some of the things I’ve been thankful for during my months in Houston: Presence. My time in Houston started with a technology fast. I’ve really appreciated the space that was created for me to be present and intentional with my team, neighborhood, surroundings, feelings and what God was doing as I settled into an entirely new environment. We’re often so quick to escape and numb ourselves with technology in difficult or trying times, but it has been life-giving to be able […]

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We Must Not Forget

We Must Not Forget

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18) A young girl, pregnant before marriage, shamed by her family and community, was my Savior’s mother. “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in […]

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24 Resolutions for 2015

24 Resolutions for 2015

How are you starting out 2015? Are you ready for something new? Here’s 24 creative resolutions to take advantage of the new year. What are yours?   1. Once a week, take public transportation or ride your bike instead of driving. 2. Invite someone from a different ethnic/economic background to your house for dinner. 3. Tip your waiter/waitress the amount you would want to be tipped. 4. Join a local protest in your community. 5. Read books by multicultural authors. 6. Start […]

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