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Just Breathe

Sit with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire next steps. Exhale throughout your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips lightly if this seems awkward. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound Close your Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Agnes Filiatreau

July 2016 was the end of my first year at a Christian summer camp called Barefoot Republic. On the last night our director had us sum our summer up in one word. My word was changed. Proceeding our choosing, she then had us look up in the index in the Bible App the word we had Read More

Why We Are Doing Mission Year

Josh and I grew up in the church, going to church camp, volunteering our time, and doing what was easy. We wanted to do something more, something challenging!  We wanted to stretch our faith and grow with each other and in Christ but we didn’t know what that looked like. Josh and I were adult Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Chor See Chan

Having been a Christian for all my life and a full-time community organizer in a low-income urban renewal spot neighborhood in Hong Kong for 3.5 years, I am desperate to sort out a lot of things. How could we stay hopeful in this unjust world? How could we not become burnt out when pursuing justice? Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emma-Claire Martin

Campus ministry was not on my list of what to look for in a potential college. For me, God existed at summer camp. God sounded like guitars singing through cheap speakers, smelled like midnight campfires, and faded away as I drove home on Saturday. It wasn’t until my first year on staff that I wondered what life Read More

God Was the Light Left On

This is my first year as a city director for Mission Year, and within that role I have the privilege of walking alongside the team members in Philly as they live out the highs and lows of their year. A reoccurring conversation that I’ve been a part of with a few of them has centered Read More

Being a Person

When I returned back from Spring Break, Sacred Heart’s break had only just begun. This meant that last week was my first week back at work and it had been two weeks since I had been there. Factoring in snow days and missing art on Tuesday, that came to about 23 days without interacting with Read More

The Ideal versus The Actual

I have been thinking a lot about the difference between the ideal and the actual. The ideal is who we want to be, what we project ourselves to be to others, and where we believe we are. The actual is who and where we really are. Honestly, it’s much easier to focus on the ideal Read More

Poverty Sells

“Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old Read More

What I Do at My Service Site

My Mission Year service site is the Star of Hope Mission. It’s a nonprofit organization that has been providing Christ-centered services to the homeless population of Houston, TX since 1907 (that’s 110 years!). I was assigned to the new Cornerstone Community location that houses women and families. At Star of Hope there is an emergency shelter for all residents that Read More

From Death to Resurrection

For years and years I asked God to show me himself. For years and years I prayed for the Spirit of God to fall on me and empower me in undeniable ways. For years and years I dreamed of being resurrected into this perfect version of a Christian that I had imagined – one who Read More

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