Lessons From Tech Fast

Lessons From Tech Fast

I recently completed a five week technology fast, which is part of Mission Year’s programming. It was incredibly good for our house, my life, and my spirit. The parameters were that we could not use our phone, laptops, or other technological devices; we could...
What Shalom Means to Me

What Shalom Means to Me

“Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all of those things are gone. Yes, they’re gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have...
A Different Kind of Chaplain

A Different Kind of Chaplain

When people ask me why I became a chaplain, I always find myself starting with “well… I did this thing called Mission Year.”  At first glance, the two are not necessarily related. However, I find that I can’t tell the story of why I spend my...
A Different Kind of Student

A Different Kind of Student

I look around during a lecture on human anatomy and see a student on their phone checking Facebook. I see a pair of students watching a movie on their laptop, someone sleeping, another pair laughing at how the professor spoke. A third of the class isn’t...
Where Do I Go From Here?

Where Do I Go From Here?

This is now third trimester of Mission Year and I am determined to make the most of it. How am I to make sure that I do that? Well I believe that it starts with not living like Mission Year is over and taking it one day at a time. Why did I decide to do Mission Year?...
A Different Kind Of Nurse

A Different Kind Of Nurse

Prior to committing to Mission Year, I was 5 years into my career as a registered nurse in an inpatient, acute care setting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was confident and comfortable. There’s danger in comfort sometimes. It can lead to complacency, stagnation, and...