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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

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

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

“Are the Holes Just a Style Thing?”

There’s a house on the corner of our block that always has a calico cat sitting on the porch. I first noticed it one fateful night when I had sprinted barefoot out of our door after my housemate, Luke, who was taking our recently captured house mouse to be released into the wild. I had my reservations Read More

Lessons From A First Grader

I have taken up residency in the Windy City and Mission Year has finally materialized. Before I dive into what it’s like being here, y’all need context. So let’s get some of the logistics out of the way first. 1. I live in Southside Chicago (West Englewood) in an apartment with nine people…And I love Read More

Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

The beginning of this past June marked by my fourth and final “Come & See” weekend as a team member of Mission Year. These weekends create space for the family and friends we have from home to come join in on a weekend here in the city and share in the lives we have created Read More

Great Expectations

When I entered Mission Year, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I would live in a house, with several other people, volunteer at a service site four days a week, and engage in the neighborhood in which I would be placed. Simple, right? Little did I know that upon entering this journey 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

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

This month has really been a great month of learning a lot about myself. It all started with just going to the local library to peruse of their computers to search for books. I also had to turn in a book I finished reading. As I was searching in the box for anything related to “Navajo” Read More

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