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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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Statement from Mission Year Executive Director

Statement from Mission Year Executive Director

We affirm that ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. The horrible tragedies and miscarriages of justice that we have witnessed over these past months have awakened the conscience of our nation and drawn the attention of the world. We are in the midst of a beautiful moment of solidarity and a sacred opportunity to do things differently, to do things right. It’s a moment to speak truth, acknowledge inequality, repent of racism, and do the deep work of justice. I think this is a moment to move […]

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Are People For Me?

Are People For Me?

An attribute that God has been teaching and cultivating within me these past several months and even more so in Mission Year, is vulnerability. As some of us would agree, too often we live in shame and fear, afraid of allowing others or even the Lord into our mess. As Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden, we also hide which ultimately leads us to a place of isolation and despair. We were designed to be in community. […]

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Deep Gratitude

Deep Gratitude

  I am thankful for you. I am filled with deep gratitude for your commitment to God’s work in the city. I am thankful that you believe in the ministry of Mission Year and sustain our work. I am thankful that you are part of this diverse movement of people dedicated to loving God and loving people. You have blessed many through your generosity. Your earthly investments are making eternal impacts. You are empowering the next generation of leaders to […]

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Sitting on the Stoop

Sitting on the Stoop

  When I was younger I would watch all kinds of movies where I saw people sitting outside on the front porch in a yard chair, on the steps, and even in a rocking chair by the window… just sitting. I always wondered, what are they looking at? Are they watching cars pass by? Waiting on the pizza man? A package delivery? Are they thinking? Are they bored? It never made much sense to me until a few weeks ago. […]

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Why I Work For Mission Year

Why I Work For Mission Year

  For much of my life, I had a deep longing to be part of an authentic community that was serious about living out their faith and transforming the world. I was looking for a place where I could pursue Jesus and justice with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Joining Mission Year back in 2004 was an answer to a lifelong prayer. I discovered passionate people who looked for ways to embody the love, reconciliation, and justice they […]

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Still I Will Worship

Still I Will Worship

Yesterday, a song by Shane and Shane randomly popped into my head. Out of no where. But also, at just the right time. Some of the lyrics go like this: Though You slay me Yet I will praise You Though You take from me I will bless Your name Though You ruin me Still I will worship Sing a song to the One who’s all I need Heavy stuff. And in the middle of one recording of the song, John […]

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7 Books on Community and Faith

7 Books on Community and Faith

Want to deepen your knowledge of community and faith but not quite sure where to start? These are a few of our favorite book resources:   1. Community and Growth by Jean Vanier 2. Everyday Missions by Leroy Barber 3. The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris 4. Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro 5. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 6. The Power of Serving Others: You Can Start Where You […]

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    • 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 [...] Read More

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      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 [...] Read More

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      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 [...] Read More

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