A New Understanding of Mission

When I first began my YAV year, I wrote a blog post about struggling to know how to respond to people when they thanked us for our service and remarked at how "good" we are to be taking a year to do mission work (post linked here). I'd hoped that as the year went by … Continue reading A New Understanding of Mission

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Honest Advice for a Future YAV

As I enter into the last 1/3 of my year, I've put together a few pieces of advice for future YAVs - but I think they also double as life lessons I've learned over the past 7 months. Expect the unexpected. There's no such thing as a normative YAV year. Let me say that again … Continue reading Honest Advice for a Future YAV

Isn’t this what church is?

Last weekend, I skipped church to attend the 2019 Albuquerque Women's March. However, even though I wasn't sitting in a pew, I still felt like I was experiencing "church." As we marched in downtown Albuquerque, chanting and holding signs with thousands of others, this experience reminded me in the most unexpected way of my transforming Pilgrimage experience from a few months ago (you can read my blog here if you missed … Continue reading Isn’t this what church is?

Stories from the Border // part 2.

This is the second in a series of stories from a recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. If you missed the first, please read it here. My attempt at telling these stories is not to speak for those that we met living in the borderlands - or the hundreds of thousands of others experiencing similar things - but to share what I experienced and the ways that it is already beginning to shape me.  Along the Port of Entry, two rows of concertina wire, added the day before we arrived in Douglas-Agua Prieta, serve … Continue reading Stories from the Border // part 2.