Awareness and Privilege

Awareness and Privilege

As we have begun to sink into our monthly schedule and are finally able to catch our breath, my housemates and I have been able to get acclimated within our neighborhood and service sites. While we have been meeting and establishing more relationships with those...
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

During our first week in Houston, TX we received local orientation which involved hearing lectures from nonprofit managers and community activists. One such lecture was about the work that Black Lives Matter Houston is doing and how we can get involved in it. Because...
Lessons From A First Grader

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...
Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

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...
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

These last two weeks have been some of the longest in my life – but not in a bad way. Upon arriving in Chicago for national orientation, I quickly realized I was surrounded by people who, like me, are passionate about following Jesus’ example of loving...
Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Jelenny Martinez

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Jelenny Martinez

I have thought about why I’m doing Mission Year nearly everyday since I committed to the program several months ago. On my application I wrote about me wanting to get out of my comfort zone and grow from God using me to do good works. And that is still true....

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Sam Morrison

I am doing Mission Year because I feel called to it. I have a strong desire to serve first God, then people. Mission Year is all about both. Growing up in a small town, I am both nervous to live in the inner-city neighborhoods of Houston, but also excited to see God...
Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emily Bennin

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emily Bennin

When God calls us into action, we are told to go: go to make more disciples, go to love, go to represent Him who dwells in us every second of every day. But how often do we follow through with that? I know for myself, the answer so far in my life has been not very...
Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Dani Hobbs

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Dani Hobbs

Ever since traveling to Europe in 6th grade, I’ve considered myself a bit of a hopeless wanderer. I’m fairly restless, and am always itching for a new place to go. It’s not until recently, however, that I realized I’m not a hopeless wanderer; I’m actually a...