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February 13, 2013

The one where the Kingdom came!

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Hey everyone!

I hope your week is going well. Here at MNU it’s spiritual deepening week! Yesterday morning at chapel we had Dr. Green from Trevecca speak and he was very excited and enthusiastic about sharing with us how our faith should maybe be ‘childlike.’

Last night was KINGDOM COME! Kingdom Come is a monthly worship service and it is amazing. Students gather at Bell and just worship the Lord and partake in the Lord’s supper. This is probably my favorite event that we have on campus because God truly moves in every service and I enjoy every second of being there. There have been many times where the band has just kept singing and then many of us students stay to worship! Kingdom Come is such a great time to praise and pray and reflect alongside fellow believers and classmates.

This week is also VALENTINE’S DAY! Whether you have a special someone or not Valentine’s can be fun. My friend Hannah and I went around the ales of Walmart making fun of all of the cheesy Valentine’s gifts and it was a blast! But then the next day we went shopping on the Plaza for our Valentine’s date outfits. We have had such a fun week both making fun of the day of love and preparing for/looking forward to it. Yeah love is complicated and weird like that.

Well I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of the week. Have fun tomorrow–on a date or kickin it solo!

 

Learn some new things about Valentine’s Day today:  

- 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.

- ”I love you” in German is “Ich liebe dich.” (I learned this while living in Europe!)

- Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156, while the average woman will only spend $85. :)

- More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift.

 

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February 6, 2013

The one where you learn TWENTY-one new things.

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Learn TWENTY new things today:

  1. A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongue out.
  2. A shrimp’s heart is in it’s head.
  3. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  4. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  5. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head/neck and die. –> So let it blow!
  6. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants. –> That’s a lot of rat kissing.
  7. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  8. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match
  9. 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  10. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
  11. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts. –> We’ve all done it..or at least thought about it..you know you have.
  12. Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
  13. Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.
  14. The duckbill platypus can store as many as six hundred worms in the pouches of its cheeks.
  15. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
  16. The female lion does 90% of the hunting. –> GIRL POWER.
  17. A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
  18. Money isn’t made out of just paper; it’s made out of cotton and linen. –> So when Lil Wayne says that he’s “gettin paper” what’s he gettin?…copy paper?…a note?…an unmade airplane?
  19. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.
  20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Learn something new and HILARIOUS today:  Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear any pants. :)

Cherith Campbell

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January 30, 2013

The one where God is good.

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So we are in the middle of my second week back at MNU and it has been going good. Except for today. This morning I woke up and my hair was a mess. I looked out the window and it was snowing and icy everywhere. My car doors were froze shut. I had to scrape my windshield. Then I realized that I lost my drivers license and debit card. I drove to Starbucks and they gave me the wrong drink. All the way to my job/internship downtown the traffic was so bad that I didn’t go over 45/50 miles an hour. Then the women that I work with had car trouble and were running late. But then we got in and started working.

But God is good. 

Moving on from all the negativity. Last night we had orientation for the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Our orientation was fun because a lot of girls on my hall were invited as well and so we were all together–I sat by SAMANTHA LEE HERRING-MOORE. As we were walking out of the meeting the soccer guys were playing futsol in the gym and that was really fun to watch. Tonight some friends and I went to Starbucks and that was a blast! And when we got back we started quoting and singing Pitch Perfect! Such a good movie–if you haven’t seen it go watch it……..LIKE NOW.

This weekend and next week have quite a bit going on. I have  homework to do, people to see, projects to work on, basketball games to watch, and tons of fun to have. I hope that your week goes wonderfully!

Learn something new today: There’s an actual coffee shop in South Carolina where everyone pays for the next person’s coffee!

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January 21, 2013

The one where break ends.

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Well tomorrow I start my second semester of my sophomore year of college. Woah. I cannot believe that I will be half way done with my college experience after this semester. I am so excited to be back on campus with all of my friends and professors. Tomorrow is going to great. I think we are getting welcomed back and talking a little bit about our experience in Europe during chapel. Ill get to see a ton of people that I haven’t seen since last spring when we left for summer. Since the last time that I lived on campus I have had an insanely awesome time but I am very ready to get back in the swing of campus life.

This semester I am taking classes that are focused on my major and I’m anxious to see how well I enjoy them. This is going to give me a great opportunity to really dive into the business world and see how I like it. I also have my new internship/job and that is also giving me such amazing opportunities to see myself in the actual business world. It has been a wonderful experience so far to be working within the company and I have loved getting to know the woman that I work with.

Tonight is my first night back on campus and it feels great. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Learn something new today: A crocodile can’t stick out it’s tongue.

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January 9, 2013

The one where I couldn’t think of a title.

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Well hello there people. It’s been awhile…wow the last time I posted I was in Europe! It feels like I have been back in the states for forever but it has only been a month. The semester that I lived in Europe was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am definitely missing the European scene that I was apart of and I can’t wait until I get to go back! But since being back I have got to see so many of my friends that I missed like crazy while I was gone. I cannot wait to get back and be apart of campus life this next semester. I missed all of the events and sports games and just being able to chill with some of the best friends that I’ve ever had.

There has been a lot going on lately in the life of Cherith Brooke. I recently got offered an amazing opportunity to intern at a wonderful company that I will be learning so much in. I am excited to start putting the things that I have learned in my business classes into action! I have also been nervous because this is my first job in the career field that I am studying and want to work in. All of my other jobs have been in child care or other fields but this internship is giving me the chance to see if this is really what I want to do.

It’s 2013 and this year is going to hold so many wonderful memories! I can only imagine what this spring semester will consist of. Some pretty awesome times are ahead and I am so looking forward to being apart of them all!

Learn something new today: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 6 whole years.

Anybody have any supernaturally awesome cures for the dreaded hiccups?..

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November 28, 2012

The one where I explored the streets of Rome.

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Well this past week I was in ROME! So here is a recap of all that I got to do. :)

Day ONE: We arrived. Got checked in to the cutest B&B I have ever seen. Then we went out and ran into Auralian’s wall and then ate at a pizzeria. Each of us got a massive full sized pizza for only 5 euros!

Day TWO: We got up. Bought our Roma passes for transportation and discounts to all the places we wanted to go. Headed to the area of the Roman forums and passed Capitoline hill and Trajon’s column on the way. We got our first glimpse of the Colosseum and had our first gelato! Then in front of the forum we were approached and offered a tour. The girl was from England and the guy from North Carolina. We went with a guide named Fabio! On the tour we met this couple that was on a four month journey across the globe! They were from Australia and had been through Asia and now were in Europe. We saw the Imperial Forum, Palentine hill, and the Colosseum. Everything was so amazing. Later we picked a restaurant to have our Thanksgiving dinner at called ‘Wanted.’

Day THREE: We saw the Baths of Caracalla this day. They were massive! It was actually a complex and was more for social swimming…without swimsuits. Also we went through the Capitoline hill museums and that was really cool. There were beautiful paintings and sculptures and murals. Then we went to the Piazza Novana where the artists district was and bought some paintings. The Pantheon was next. It is one of the most well preserved buildings and you can definitely tell when you see it. After the Pantheon we went to the Trevi fountain! I threw in a coin and can only hope that the saying is true- that when you throw a coin in the Trevi you will return to Rome. For some reason I have had this attachment to the Trevi and I had looked forward to seeing it the whole time. And let me say- it was everything I had hyped it up to be. I was not disappointed. I loved it! We went to the Trevi multiple times during the week. :) That night we went to the Hard Rock Cafe Rome and had an American meal for the first time in three months! IT WAS FANTASTIC! I have a bacon cheese burger and french fries and a hot fudge brownie sundae. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)

DAY FOUR: This was the Catacombs which was pretty cool but not my favorite place. The history and stories behind it is amazing though. We walked done some roads out on the Catacombs and that was absolutely beautiful. We were more out of the city so the landscape was incredible. We also went through an open market which was a lot of fun but very hectic as well. There were vendors trying to get you to look at their stuff and bargaining was kinda crazy. We ate a basement restaurant that night and witnessed a lady translate in three languages at the same time within ten minutes! It was so cool to experience that.

Day FIVE: This day was dedicated to the Vatican City. We ended up getting a tour for this as well and getting to cut thousands of people to get in! There were people that waited in line for hours with just hopes of getting in before they closed the doors. Inside it was so packed and getting around was madness. But it was so worth seeing all of the famous sculptures and painting, especially by Michael Angelo and Rafael. We saw the School of Athens painting and the Sistine Chapel! The Sistine Chapel is truly incredible. We then later cut hundreds of people on our own to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. Waiting in lines are for squares. When in Rome right?!  :)  We went to a little hole in the wall pizzeria by the Vatican for lunch and it was definitely some of the best pizza I have ever had! Then we had gelato on the Spanish steps after that. On our way back to the B&B we stopped by the Colosseum one last time. Hayley and I sang the song ‘This is what dreams of made of’ from the Lizzie McGuire Movie in front of the Colosseum! Probably one of my favorite memories- it was so much fun and a perfect way to end a wonderful trip!

And as for all of the little details and inside jokes/memories…What happens in Rome stays in Rome.  ;) 

Learn something new today: Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world there is a duck watching you.

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November 20, 2012

The one when God answers prayer…with ME!

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Hello there reader. Did you know that God is so awesome. Well just listen to this story.

I went to ICF this past Sunday with a girl that I became friends with here named Corinna. She picked me up and off we went to the celebration.- They call their services ‘celebrations’ because they want everyone to know that they celebrate the Lord. Upon arrival we are waved down by her friends in the front that had saved us spots. -CELEBRATION HAPPENS- After it gets over one of the  girls sitting by my friend starts talking to me. We talked about what I was doing here and she asked me about America and what I missed and what I will miss when I leave. I found out that she had spend like three months over in North America. The conversation went on for a long time with her continuing to ask questions. She was so intrigued and eager to be talking to me but I didn’t really think anything of it. After awhile we finally split and mingled with other that were there. Later in the car on the way home Corinna told me that she wanted to tell me something. She continued and said that her friend that talked to me for so long told her that I was an answer to her prayer. I was totally taken back by this and asked why and Corinna told me that apparently the girl had been missing her time in North America and so she had prayed that day before for God to send her someone that she could speak English with. HOW COOL IS THAT! I was so excited hearing about this and I thought it was so awesome that I got to be someones answer to their prayers. Such an amazing thing to be a part of God’s work…and maybe not even know it!

Okay well nothing is gonna be able to follow that story so I’ll just briefly list a few random things that happened this past week in my Swiss life.

  • I chopped my hair off.
  • We fed a TON of bread to the ducks and swans on the dock of the Rhein.
  • Had a super awesome crazy girls night! – with facials and ice cream and a random dance party that was planned and the Lizzie Mcguire Movie. :)
  • Visited the island of Reichenau.
  •  Had an afternoon of candle making in Gailingen. – So cool! (but takes forever)
  • Had a bonfire.

TOMORROW I LEAVE FOR…………….ROME!  I will be spending our Thanksgiving break with Hannah, Erin, and Hayley exploring and soaking in the wonders of Rome for five days. It is going to be fabulous.

Learn something new today: A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside. -Just a heads up for those of you thinking about getting a pet hippo. *Keep out of reach of children.

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November 16, 2012

The one where an Asian lady gets attacked by a swan.

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HEY!  I’m so sorry that this is late- for some reason I couldn’t log in earlier this week. :( But I can now so here we go!

This past week I went to Lucerne and St. Gallen in Switzerland! We also had a fall banquet which was so amazing!

Our fall banquet was a super nice night for all of us to get together with the staff and neighbors that live in Busingen. We all got dressed up, as much as we could with what we had, and had a great time. The dinner that we had was Raclette style which is a special cheese fondue. It was so much fun learning about the ways of Raclette and laughing at Brady’s ‘jokes.’ As cheesy as they were we loved his effort. The night was just a great time of fellowship and memory making.

Lucerne! Oh. my. goodness. One of my favorite places that I have been to all semester! It was the ideal ‘Swiss town’ with its buildings and houses and boats and cafes. Hayley, George, and I actually planned this little day trip the night before going on it and it was so much fun. I loved every second of this trip. We saw the lion of Lucerne, which is a dying lion in the side of this cliff rock type thing. It was so detailed and big! We also experienced an Asian lady getting attacked by swans-HILARIOUS! I photobombed a few times. :) And then we went on a 2 1/2 hour boat ride down the Reuss (Uri) river and through the Alps. It was truly magical. Being on that boat surrounded by massive mountains was breathe-taking.

St. Gallen! This trip was also planned the night before going. We were bored so just decided to plan a trip through Switzerland.-Yeah so cool I know!  Anyways so Hayley and I went earlier than Brady and Erin because we wanted to be there longer. When we got there we went around the city seeing crazy awesome things and then picked Brady and Erin up at the train station a little later. We visited the city red lounge. And yes we lounged there. This is an area where all of the ground and massive lounging furniture things were covered in red playground tar. It was really neat. There were also giant beans hanging above us. We went to a historical monastery- yes another monastery- and it was very interesting. There was a chapel there and that was BEAUTIFUL. Definitely one of my favorite churches that we have been to. We also went where the oldest library in Europe is. We later went to a cafe and got some coffee and studied…yes studied- we studied for our European history midterm in St. Gallen, Switzerland- pretty cool. :)

We had a fun and busy past week and its only going to get crazier. ICF is Sunday- we leave for Rome on Wednesday- we are gone for five days in Rome- we get home and have our wrap-up retreat- we pack- ICF again/Hannah leaves- and then I leave!

Learn something new today: The most frequent pick pocketing occurs in areas where there are signs that say “be aware of pick pocketing” because when people see the signs they immediately reach to check for their money and valuables. Then the pick pocketers in the area see where they check and they know where to take it from.

 

CHECK THIS OUT! 

 

 

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November 7, 2012

The one with the epiphany.

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For the past week I have livin it up in Frankfurt. As soon as I got off the train I knew I was going to like it there. And I was right. I absolutely loved this week! I learned many things about myself and God revealed so much to me about personal areas of my life as well as my future plans-His plans. We worked with Chris Zimmerman. Some of you might/should remember him speaking there at MNU earlier this semester. Well I am just gonna let my little notes about this whole experience speak for themselves.

Ready. Set. Go.

*Our vision is Heaven on Earth. Wanna join?

  • EVERYONE is made in the image of God. Not just Christians.
  • Jesus became part of the people and society. He gained the authority to proclaim. He didn’t start his speaking, preaching, and teaching ministry until he was thirty!

“There’s no holiness without social holiness.” -John Wesley

  • THE MISSIONAL CHURCH: So often we have the view that everything starts with the Church and that missions is just a little branch that some select few specialize in. Then we throw in some Christ where we feel it comfortably fits. *This view should be reversed.
  • Church view: Believe. Behave. Belong. — you must first believe what we believe. Then you have to change in order to behave as we do; the right way. And THEN you may belong and be accepted by us.
  • Missional view: Belong. Behave. Believe.– you feel a sense of love and belonging and acceptance and so then you gradually begin to see and behave in ways that glorify God. Then God works in you and continues to reveal to you in ways that you should think and believe.
  • Action teaches more than teaching does.
  • Don’t be limited to Sunday morning fellowship and service.
  • Don’t pray for God to be with you and ‘wait on Him’ before you enter into foreign territory. He is most likely already there waiting on you.
  • You pray when you are walking on water because you don’t want to sink but there is no need to pray when you’re sitting in the boat. Get out of the boat.
  • Stop praying abstract prayers asking for God to bring people to church. Get off your butt and go to where those people are.
  • The kingdom of God is for TODAY.
  • Action comes first. Prayer comes after. Just like Jesus says in Luke to the 72- we are to be praying as we go, as we are already on our way and in action.
  • GO! I AM SENDING YOU OUT LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES.–He is sending us out just as he came. He says that just as he came we should go. Vulnerable as a baby. Dependent on his parents growing up. Wounded when they beat him and hung him on a cross.
  • The kingdom of God works and operates through people who are fully dependent on him.
  • Step out in faith not knowing what may happen.
  • Do not be distracted. You are on a mission.
  • Offer peace to everyone. No matter their background or religion or values. It shouldn’t be a test of whether they are worth of peace or God’s blessings.
  • The kingdom of God is at hand. Offer peace for whoever you meet and accept all that THEY want to give you.
  • *Jesus passed the bread and wine, offered his body and blood, even to the man that he knew was going to betray him. He offered himself even to his enemy.
  • We don’t bring God to the people. We just need to help them understand and see that God is ALREADY with them.
  • I may not know how God can help but I do know that we/I can ask him to help.

Who are we sent to?

Who am I sent to?

Who are you sent to?

Am I living out God’s vision and call as radically as I can?

This week God spoke to me in so many ways. He opened my eyes to the plans that he has for me. Ephesians 3:20 says, ”By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope for.” God wants to do amazing things in me and through me…so why was I standing in the way? Well not anymore. God’s got some insane plans for me and my future. And I’m ready to be apart of them.

Check this out.

www.crippledjesus.com

Learn something new today is gonna be a little different this time..

Ponder this: The hill billy story. The hill billy went into a church that was very nice and sophisticated and everyone was dressed fancy. The church and pastor were disturbed by the hill billy’s attire and so the pastor went to him after church and asked him how he liked the service. The hill billy replied that he thought it was okay and he enjoyed it. The pastor then asked if he would be coming back. The hill billy said yes he would like to come back again. The pastor went on to say okay well for next time how about you talk to Jesus and ask him about how you should dress when you come to church here. The hill billy said that he would. – The next Sunday the hill billy showed up at church and was wearing the same clothes as the Sunday before. The pastor and church were very upset about this and so the pastor approached the hill billy and said I thought last Sunday we talked about your clothes and you said you were going to talk to Jesus and ask him what you should wear and look like when coming to church here..? The hill billy said that he did talk to Jesus and ask him how he should dress. The puzzled pastor then asked well what did he say? The hill billy responded, “Jesus said that he has never been to your church so he doesn’t know how I should dress or what I should look like when coming here.”

are you pondering…?

what are you pondering…?

…?

 

 

 

Cherith Campbell

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October 29, 2012

The one where we worshipped in three languages, got ‘adopted,’ and walked like an Egyptian!

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A lot has happened in Switzerland this week. So here’s a recap!

ICF: A group of us went to Neuhausen to a youth/adult worship event and it was amazing. There were people from around ages 15 to about 30. Everyone got there and socialized while others bought coffee and snacks. Then at eight the craziness began. We filed into a big room with a stage. A video introducing all of the worship team played and then they all appeared. The whole night was multilingual and that was definitely my favorite aspect of the entire evening. We rocked out to songs in English then they would go right into singing in Swiss German and then there were High German lyrics below everything. Being amongst all those people was such a great experience. In the middle of worship I looked around and realized what an awesome thing I was witnessing. So many of the people in that room were from completely different backgrounds, cultures, and even languages. Yet, we were all worshipping the same God and He was speaking and working in all of us despite our differences. God was touching Swiss, German, Dutch, and us Americans all at the same time. In each of our languages, in each of our circumstances, and in each of our individual lives. That was insanely cool to be apart of!

Adopted family: Hayley and I got invited to go over to a couples’ house from the international church this past Sunday. We spend the afternoon at their house with their family and had a blast! They have three little girls that are absolutely adorable. Lilly is 3, Maddy is 5, and Katie is 8. They are actually from the states and are living here for about five years on business. We had dinner and played with the girls; they showed us around and told us jokes. They started working on art pictures to give Hayley and I when we had to leave so we will be getting those at church next time. :) It was really great to be in a home and family atmosphere because we haven’t had that in awhile. We got to know them and we shared our stories as well. It was good to have that hospitality and openness with them and their girls.

Halloween: We had a Halloween costume party  and it was wonderful. We had Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood and a Christmas present and Rosie the Riveter and a wolf and a grandma and pirates and a peacock and a Mexican selling bananas. Yes- quite the range of characters. Linda and I went as Pharaoh and Cleopatra. We looked pretty dang good if i do say so myself. It.was.great.

I’m leaving for Frankfurt, Germany and will be there for a week so I’ll have to catch up on everything when I get back.

Learn something new today: When you look at your reflection in the outside of a spoon you will look normal but turn the spoon and look into the indented inside of the spoon and you will be upside down. Blew my mind. :)