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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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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

As a new year begins, it seems like a great time to revisit – in no particular order - the top 10 most popular posts of 2014 and feature them again here on the blog. Here’s a list of some great posts to start off your 2015. Thanks for reading!   1. Who We Are and What We Carry Within  Alum Emily Arvizu reflects on pain, what everyone carries with them, and her Mission Year experience. 2. Fear and Art “I never realized how fearful […]

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What Being Black Means to Me

What Being Black Means to Me

An identity crisis of sorts is what you can call the shifts that have been made during the past couple of months. What does it mean for me to be black? How do I feel about being black? How does this identity fit into the life I had before coming into Mission Year and the life that I wish to lead afterwards? These have been difficult questions that I have been wrestling with over the past couple of weeks, especially […]

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14 Recommended Books from 2014

14 Recommended Books from 2014

  As 2014 closes, we wanted to share a list of some of our favorite books of the year. Written by friends, speaker partners, and respected Christian voices across the country, we know they will challenge and inspire you to love God and love people in your city (books are not listed in any order).   1. Forgive Us by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, Soong Chan Rah (Zondervan) Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized […]

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Why I Work For Mission Year

Why I Work For Mission Year

  When I first began recruiting for Mission Year, I had the opportunity to go to Chicago to visit college campuses with our Executive Director Shawn. As we travelled from school to school, I began navigating how I would like to share my Mission Year story in a way that highlighted the places that I have experienced transformation and growth. As I entered into the National Recruiter and Houston Program Assistant role, I was transitioning from two years of service […]

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In the Midst of Hurt

In the Midst of Hurt

Yesterday, I started a blog post about the difficulties I’ve been facing recently. I decided that I was tired of telling stories that somehow tied up nice and neat and made it sound like even though such-and-such a challenge came along, I learned such-and-such from it and everything was smoothly and beautifully redeemed. Now, that’s not to say that brokenness isn’t redeemed, or that we shouldn’t express our experiences of healing. I was just desperate to communicate that sometimes, hurts […]

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Keep Havin’ a Good Day

Keep Havin’ a Good Day

As I walk to work each day, I pass a green electricity box on which somebody wrote a note reminding me to, “Keep havin’ a good day.” Usually on my way to work, I’ve already had my coffee, breakfast, and quiet time. I spend most mornings in peaceful worship and contemplation since I know the day is about to bring people asking computer questions, then kids bouncing around either physically or emotionally, then making dinner, then planning with the Young Adult Ministry, […]

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