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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

What do I see? What do I seek?

A few years ago I went on a week-long mission trip to Boston with my youth group and Boston Project Ministries. Each summer BPM would have a theme for their trips, and this particular summer the theme was “What do you see? What do you seek?” The point was to get us to look deeper Read More


  On my housemate’s 21st birthday, her and I went out for an early walk for our community day. We left our house around 7:00 am and it was a cold morning. As we started our walk, we passed our neighbor who was also out walking his dog and puppy. We quickly stopped to talk to him Read More

Still Dreaming

I found myself at a MLK rally, tears welling up in my eyes as the speaker lamented over the racial injustice present in the Philadelphia school systems. While state funding for education is supposed to help bring equality in district resources, Pennsylvania ranks the worst in allocating state funds to schools – widening the gap Read More

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017

Happy New Year! We look forward to blogging and reading more in 2018. Here are, in no particular order, five of our top blog posts of 2017. — “The old me would have been afraid to question my thoughts and actions and probably would have ignored my feelings on the inside. My awareness would have Read More

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