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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

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

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

The Person I Am Becoming

Mission Year staff often talks about being stretched and being uncomfortable and I tell you, this hasn’t been the easiest journey. This transition into adulthood, planting myself in Chicago and internal battles has left me with major growing pains. Going home to  Atlanta for Christmas break was very unfamiliar and  made me realize how much Read More

Don’t Call Me a Missionary (Maybe)

Throughout my time here at Mission Year I’ve been called a missionary by a few people from home or people that I’ve met here in Chicago. Here’s the thing, I don’t know if that’s what I am. Dorothy Day once said, “Don’t call us saints, we don’t want to be written off that easily.” I Read More

Our Tireless God

“Your love never fails, it never gives up. It never runs out on me.” Somehow, God never gets tired. He never gets tired of revealing His truth to us or breaking our rhythms to make a way for His plans. He never, ever gets tired of loving us. He does everything, sees everything, knows everything… and Read More

My Mission

  My idea of mission before I came to Houston to join with Mission Year was very much centered on what I was going to do for God to further the Kingdom. I was convinced that my team and I were going to change the neighborhood for the better and that God was going to Read More

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Happy New Year! We look forward to blogging and reading more in 2017. Here are, in no particular order, five of our top blog posts of 2016.   “The first week of our tech fast I was more anxious, jittery, and distracted than I normally am, and I attribute that to not having my normal Read More

Banquets, Feasts, & Parties: Celebrating Kingdom Come

As any (in my case, former) YoungLife leader will tell you, Jesus was about way more than mind-numbing sermons, legalistic religiosity, and holier-than-thou separatism. “When God took flesh as Jesus,” we would tell high schoolers turned off by the stuffy stereotypes surrounding Christianity, “he partied!” And indeed, the first miracle described in John’s Gospel is Read More

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