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December 5, 2013

Dear Santa,

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The taste of the chicken flavor is becoming mundane and you just watched the series finale of Prison Break.
This is the most wonderful time of the year for college students who consistently indulge in Ramen Noodles and their roommate’s Netflix.
It’s December. Which means:

School is out soon
Christmas is around the corner
Socks with Rudolph on them are socially acceptable

As the jolly man in the, simply put, soft-large-red-onesie is fast-approaching, instead of paying attention in class, I daydream of the things on my WANT list. This year that includes:

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A phone case

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Adidas watch

Cool and classy

Camera tripod

I need straighter pictures

Slim style khakis

Nothin' better, oh oh oh

Body wash

So fresh and so clean

Laundry soap

Cheap and Lasting

As you can see these things are not on the typical person’s list, unless you’re about 35. I mean when I was younger, getting socks would have ticked me off, now it would be like manna from heaven. Seriously, I think the washer eats them,and usually just one out of the pair

A strange phenomenon happens as one transitions from the teenage years to young adulthood. We start to desire actually pretty useful and everyday materials…. Sure the PS4 would be cool, but I NEED BODY WASH.

I know that finals are around the corner and I should probably study instead of sending screenshots of hoped for gifts to my mother. Yet, even in the adolescent search for these gifts I am finding a sense of maturity.

This time of year is one to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, and the beauty of life. The little things like stocking-stuffers symbolize my mom’s corny sense of humor which I obviously inherited and emphasizes how important my family is. The simple happenings such as the pictures I get to take with the accessories I hope for or the whiff of Dove for men when I raise my arms in excitement of the season. And the beauty of life is found in the “Reason for the Season.” The greatest gift was the not-so-silent-yet-beautifully-kinda-gross night when Jesus was born in an animal trough amidst a barn type structure.

Overall, I could get nothing on my “Grown-up Christmas List” and still be satisfied and content. While I wouldn’t be upset if an Ipad Mini was underneath the cheesy-Santa-Claus/Rudolph wrapping-paper, I will feel the same if beneath the cheesiness is a 12 pack of calf-high socks.

Enjoy the season for what it brings, just don’t forget to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

P.S.- I don’t know who Ryan is…..

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November 27, 2013

Thas’ why we Friends!

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This is the Thanksgiving Break edition of the “Thas why we Friends” series here on my blog.

I set out to make a creative and funny, yet informative video with my friends. A parody, a funny high school story, or maybe try to gauge the impact that college has.

Instead, this is what I got…..

Thanks Katie and Amber, nothing changes. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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November 14, 2013

The Girls ask the Guys, it’s always a Surprise

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Your heart is beating out of your chest, your hands are clammy, the answer seems to be inevitably NO, but you hope for a miracle, questions and concerns involving the “what ifs” are running rampant, breathing is not possible because you forgot how, AHHHHH… welcome to TWIRP week.

The main topic of blogs this week is TWIRP- The Woman Is Required to Pay. It’s obvious that this event can be for those with significant others or someone who is simply eyeballin’. 
The ladies define this as a risky scenario of putting themselves on the front line of the battlefield known as dating. 

A couple of our other bloggers have made it a point to address this. Now from a man’s point of view. 
Here are 4 reasons this time of the year is a bipolar occasion for the fellas as well. 

1) A taste of their own medicine. The ladies get to experience what guys do the other 51 weeks of the year. The fear of rejection, laughter, and possible urination station is experienced on the reg! Us guys go through the “asking out” antics consistently. This is a breathe of fresh air and relaxation for guys to sit back and let the ladies flock….or not. 

2) That awkward moment when… This time could also be a morally convicting one. There are girls that TWIRP you, as we call it, that came out of the woodwork. Basically, you didn’t see it coming! The moral standard is to be a good guy and say yes. However, some guys, like Terrin Garber #shoutout get asked by 3 different girls #hotcommodity and you have to decide if you’re going to be “that guy” and turn the poor girl down or you would feel too bad because you know the taste of rejection all too well.  I would say always say yes, it’s free. Plus, the ratio of good to bad TWIRPs is in the positive’s favor. 

3) In my khaki pants, OH OH OH. The ability to live out the beautiful structure of Relient K’s ever-famous Sadie Hawkins Dance. It’s as simple as that. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to be stopped by a girllll soooo stunning.

4) Chivalry is…? hmmm The ladies pay in this scenario. For some of us dudes, it’s not cool to let the lady pay! We want to be the care taker and open the door and pull out the chair and pay. It’s weird being the one who is receiving the chivalry. While it’s weird, it won’t always be around. My advice: EMBRACE IT MY BROS! 

TWIRP, overall, has got to be a fellas favorite time of year. Beautiful ladies, free stuff, and women experiencing what us men do regularly. 

FELLAS: Wear the clean underwear, fix your hair, for goodness sake shower at least twice this week, BE TWIRP-ABLE
LADIES: Rejection is known by the gentlemen, they feel the pain. Get out there and be stunning to stop the dude in his tracks. 

Keep on and keep God, 

Joey Alligier

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October 30, 2013

Passion in Pictures

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Pictures capture a moment in time. A spot in history that can never be truly replicated. Snapping the obnoxious laughter from a more-corny-than-actually-humorous joke or catching the relief of a runner crossing the finish line is a fulfilling feeling. But it’s not fulfilling simply because the picture isn’t blurry. It’s fulfilling because there’s a story behind the picture. This story can impact the way you live because it molds the way you view life, people, and individual moments. Maybe it’s obvious and maybe it’s up to interpretation. For example, the corny joke is from a blooming friendship that is an answered prayer and the relieved runner has been training for months after forgetting what running meant.

There are numerous different things in life that can present opportunity for you to pour yourself into. For me, photography is one.

Here’s some of my “work”
(LOL, work? I was just being creepy, well like, kind of, never mind…)
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Such a Time Cam Mario Madsion Deal Kylee Dylan Dr. Spittal Pumpkin RunLook at life through a different pair of glasses; who knows, maybe it will be a perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to try new things. They can become the things that mean the most to you. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it! The passion is yours, do with it what you will and make it matter.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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October 23, 2013

How bout’ them Chiefs?

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I am a recently-turned 20 year old who has in the past few years taken a genuine interest in sports on a deeper level. As I came into my own in this sense I already had some teams that interested me. One of them was the good ol’ Kansas City Chiefs. This interest was definitely an inherited passion. My recollection is of my brother Brandon’s influence impacting me. In the time I have earnestly followed the team it has been a less than enjoyable experience. I would say that we have had quite a bit of talent, especially last year, just missing a few integral parts. With all of the struggle aside, the anticipation of this season continuously built  in the off-season; healthy players, Alex Smith, and a quality draft pick topped the list of excitement factors.

Obviously I am a happy camper at this point.
7-0
One of the best defenses
More points thus far than in the past year and a half
Best record in the league
And playing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. 

If you don’t think the Chiefs are valid; fair enough. The schedule hasn’t necessarily been the American Gladiator-gauntlet of NFL teams and it’s still pretty early in the large scheme of things. However, here are a few reasons you should at least golf-applaud the Chiefs thus far. 

1) Andy Reid.
The Eagles were predicted to run the field last year and that hype faded quick. Kansas City had some hype before the season started, and let’s be honest, with the rep of KC a giant downfall wouldn’t have been a surprise. He is making it work and making it look good. Plus,
THAT STACHE THOUGH. And speaking of coaches, quite a few of the MNU coaches have been involved in this organization. OBVIOUSLY, they breed quality fellas.

2) There’s no “I” in team
Typically the KC defense would show signs of life and then the offense would wrap their hands around that neck and suffocate that same life. We were worn on the field and even off the field with injuries. However, now there is Alex Smith and two machines named Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and we could even include Dontari Poe. The Chiefs are a well-rounded team that  is fully of developed players. Don’t a couple that run the show, but a team effort.

3) CHIEEEEEEEEEEFS!!
If you have ever been to a KC game, you’ll understand.
The atmosphere, even in the midst of a horrid season, is unmatched. The fans are loyal, even if they may not fill the stadium…. With the Chiefs being the 6th smallest market in the NFL it can be hard to be competitive. However, in a place like Arrowhead; which has become the loudest open stadium by having a decibel level of 137.7 in the 6th oldest stadium, the fans make a difference and the Chiefs have been relatively competitive very frequently. Basically, they are a classic organization with fans that have heart.

Those are just 3 reasons that the Chiefs should catch your eye. I’m not saying become a bandwagoner, but it sounds pretty sweet at this point right?

IF YOU EVER WANNA COME WATCH A GAME IN MY ROOM, FEEL FREE. JUST ANOTHER PART OF THE MNU COMMUNITY!!
and I guess you can come if you wanna talk smack too ;)

I have always been and always will be a Chiefs fan, but that’s a lot better and simply more fun when they win! However, my loyalty will stay.

Isn't it just beautiful?

Isn’t it just beautiful?

..Hopefully this doesn’t jinx them this weekend….

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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October 14, 2013

Friendz Fuh Dayz

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Eleanor Roosevelt, in all of her sorta-creepy-I-married-my-fifth-cousin, wisdom tells us,

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”

While I would respect this opinion and agree that it could hold some weight in a normal person’s view, I would contend that true friends don’t just leave footprints.

True friends come in and jack stuff up.

They decide to rearrange the completely thought out organization of your life. They even like to steal your popcorn maker your mom got you for your birthday or prank you with literal dog poop. See, you don’t always realize the impact these type of friends leave because you’re too busy laughing and having no idea what  is actually happening. You realize the impact when you look back and see how their life has collided with yours and now that’s just the norm. 

I would like to dedicate this blog to one of my great-not-always-mentioned-and-makes-a-big-deal-when-she-isn’t-in-my-blog-obnoxious friends

Annie Huff 

Annie and I met last year at the White Light event. Josh, my roommate, knew her and her roommate Lauren (Josh and Lauren are dating now, totes dorbs). My name tag said, “Yosef”. The beast I am, I pulled it off, at least for about 20 minutes. I am ridiculed to this day about how our friendship is based on lies. I think that’s why Annie and I got on each other’s nerves on and off for a large part of our freshman year. Yet, something changed when we found out we were going to be on the MNU Serve Team together this summer.

This is where Annie and I’s friendship took off. We put aside our differences and Annie even started a count-up of our legitimate friendship. We even reserved the back two seats of the van for all of our shenanigans. Needless to say, it got REAL crazy.

We had endless inside jokes, numerous random photo ops, spurts of energy that annoyed everyone in the van, great deep theological talks, and even some pranks.

IMG_8637 IMG_1118This is just a sample of how we get. I like to classify Annie as THAT friend that brings out the weird in people. It’s literally a phenomena that even the scientific method can’t come close to comprehending it.
Through all of the crazy, off-the-wall ventures of this summer Annie’s and I friendship no longer needed a count-up. I think we became actually friends.

In all reality, Annie is one of the most inspirational to me. She is someone who has a heart for missions and is always seeking God in that. Her insight is typically a breath of fresh air to my typical narrowed-man thinking. She is who she is and she isn’t ashamed of it. I can honestly say she has impacted my life in such a positive manner;  whether keeping me in check or putting things in perspective.

Now, you may be wondering how this reflects MidAmerica; understandable. See, friendships like Annie and I’s are not hard to come by at place like this. You can see the transformation the Lord has done in both of our lives which has allowed our friendship to flourish. To be honest, we have both matured. Which is weird because we are pretty immature. Anyway, this one example just reflects the Lord’s power and is an example of how he uses people to direct your life.

Shortly put, THIS IS MNU

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

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October 6, 2013

Run Pumkpin Run!!

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Hearing the roar and cheer of over 2,000 people accompanied by the footsteps of yours and those around. Out of nowhere the corner is rounded to match the noise with bodies and visible encouragement, the unspoken knowledge as well as feeling is that this is the moment. This moment defines the past 22 minutes. The strides get bigger and the breath gets heavier. The mind and body start to focus and run off of pure adrenaline. The focus on that finish line and the one guy left ahead. Pushing harder and harder even when the energy reserves seem to be depleted. The line is crossed and there is partial relief and some aspects of “What if?”.

This past weekend was the 15th annual Jared Coones 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. This was my 2nd time participating under the 2 year head sponsor team of MNU. This being my 3rd 5K I am obviously a pro…..okay definitely far from! However, this is the one I came the most prepared for. Throughout the week, the forecast seemed to predict my despising of the cold and dropped in temperature day after day. My utility belt the day of the race contained a jacket, long johns, beanie, ear muffs, another hoodie, nasal spray, cough medicine, another shirt, and gloves. Needless to say my body and mind feared “44 and cloudy”, yet I was prepared.

Besides the fact I was more prepared, this race was also different because of my blog about the same event last year. At the annual MNU community fair this year, Jared’s dad and Jayne’s husband, Tom approached me and expressed the gratefulness for what I had wrote. This seems so simple, yet it was powerful. Powerful because it proved that this blog outreach for MNU goes beyond our gorgeous campus, but into the lives of many. Also, it proved the sincerity of this man. He has been through so much and is still so selfless enough to give gratitude to a young man who wrote a blog.

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 I can imagine that I wasn’t the only one who has asked, “What if?” when it comes to a race and this race specifically. Tom Coones has got to be one of my inspirations that definitely continues to tug on my heart strings. This event has gone from simply hundreds of attendants to a record number of 3, 583 race participants. It may be ignorant of me to infer, but I have to think that Tom has faced the breakdown in his own mind of battling with powerful questions similar to, “What if?”. Obviously he has been encouraged and answered those questions with a hopeful heart. A huge heart at that.

Tom’s life was not defined by a moment just as the fact I didn’t catch that darn guy in the blue shirt did not define my success. Success is not win and lose, seems contradictory right?, it is defined by what you say it is. I ran a personal best and finished 7th in my age bracket. Plus, I was met with nothing but love from my MNU family and maybe a hand-fed cupcake from Nate Howard. It was a successful day, except at Baker University….

 The gain and success in this event has not been based on the loss of lives, but found in the living on of those same lives through more than 3,583 people who challenge themselves and fight to find a cure and stand behind a great man who is Tom Coones.

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

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September 26, 2013

Kickin’ it Old School

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Well, in honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a trip down the memory lane of
Joseph Blake Alligier

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Starting off I was born premature at 27 weeks, addicted to illegal substances, and I also had a brain atrophy. In short I wasn’t supposed to live and when I did, I was not supposed to walk, talk, or really function in a sufficient manner. Little did the world know,
this is where my life would start.

*fun fact- my biological mother is 4ft 8in, Caucasian, has blonde hair, green eyes, and no recollection of who my father is. Just let that sink in and then take a gander at my features…

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Shortly after I was born I was adopted by my Great Aunt Karen, who from this point on would be; “Mom” and the best one I could ask for at that. Another twist in the plot is that my name changed. It went from being Izrael (Izzy) DeShawn to Joseph Blake (Joey was chosen based on the premise of a nurse’s comment and a babysitter’s dream) after official adoption. I like this change as well. About three years later we adopted my half sister Brieana (same biological mother, different dad). Yes, you got it, my Mom was brave enough to adopt two kids Oh, and did I mention she was 48 at this point and divorced with 2 other kids already basically raised.

Yes, yes, she is a superhero.
Mom by day and Mom by night.

As my life progressed I was extremely blessed. I was raised in the church, attended a private school for 6 years, and the Lord always provided. 


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From the pictures above you can see I may have been a bit too blessed…..
Let’s just say my cup, or in this case plate, runneth over. From 2nd grade to about mid junior year of high school my weight fluctuated. Whether from delicious fast food brought in by the private school to having a “too-comfortable” attitude while having a girlfriend during my sophomore and junior year of high school. Below is the time span of all four years.

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Some parts of my story are definitely more serious than others, but they both serve a purpose. My life has been formed by my story and where I have “traveled” in my own little Haysville, Kansas world. Sports, extra-curriculars, clubs, organizations, friends, family, struggles all have played their part in who I am today. In the search to find out who I am, with mistakes and successes, I have learned to lean on the Lord and his promises; even when I wondered off the path of the Christian life and had NO idea what I was doing.

*this is all an overview and not necessarily the depths of my story,
FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS!

Needless to say, I am a changed man today. I owe all of it to the Lord’s choice of vessels in the foundations I obtained when I was younger and through the years and also to MidAmerica. I can truly say my time here has helped me to take a 180 degree turn in a lot of areas. This summer was ESPECIALLY a part of that. The best part is that I’m still growing with no plans of relenting. I’ll keep going where He leads me #fuhdayz 

IMG_1739In the midst of the #throwbackthursday you have seen the past of my life in multiple facets. I hope it gives you some sense of satisfaction; maybe the sick kind of seeing my fat pictures or the joyful kind of seeing my superhero of a mother.

Take a second this week to take a look into your own life and the people who share in the same community and “Kick it Old School” by reminiscing on your fat pictures or hopefully how God has transformed you.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

*for more fat pictures and other information on my life check out my Instagram- @praya_warrior

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September 20, 2013

Who Needs Zack Morris Anyway?

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Welcome to class everyone!

Just call me A.C. Slater!
I wish….

I haven’t ever been a huge fan of the idea of “Shew-lll”

I mean, the idea of going to a brick, cement building at a time my eyes longed to observe the intricate design of my eyelids just sounds like… (Insert pun of boring, meticulous, soul-stealing venture).

NOT A CHOICE FAVORITE.

However, if school could be the social aspect, I think I would be down. If it could be similar to New Student Orientation week here at MNU, I would love it. Volleyball tournaments and slip n’ slides FUHDAYZ! Or maybe if it were similar to Bayside High, that would be awesome! Have you ever seen Saved by the Bell? The homework is minimal, the principal is the bomb, and it has events all the time. PLUS the shenanigans.

Now, I know this isn’t Bayside, home of the Tigers and no, we don’t have The Max as an after school hangout. BUT this is MidAmerica and we do have Campus Center and Spicy Chicken Thursdays; I’d say it’s a good trade-off. 

Besides that we have diverse, interactive classes, an amazing president in Dr. Spittal, and coincidentally we have events all the time. Plus, have you seen some of the pranks? FUHDAYZMaybe we are similar to Bayside and maybe I do look like Mario Lopez…

Mario and I

At least a little…?
I know, I know, the main difference is that our hair is molded different directions!

As I said I never really liked the whole idea of organized schooling and the work associated. So, I decided to take all major-specific classes this semester:

Arabic, Randy Cloud: We are learning about the culture and intricasies of the Arabic people along with some language, but not very much. It’s so interesting to separate my preconceived ideas from what is true. We have guest speakers, field trips, and FOOD!

Introduction to Christian Mission, Dean Flemming: The basis of this class is not just international missionary work. It’s about digging deeper into what our mission is, no matter the area we are called to. The discussion here is superb along with Dr. Dean’s fashion choices. (Follow the trend on Twitter: #drdeanfashionshow)

Organizational Leadership, Yorton Clark: This is an upper level class where I am the only sophomore.. It was pretty intimidating at first, but I absolutely love leadership and business so now I fit pretty well (I think..) We are reading interesting books and simply defining different types of leaders and how success is brought about.

Social and Cultural Anthropology, Bo Cassell: This class is all about learning how to dig into other cultures and what it looks like to make connections between past, present, and future. We watch alllll kinds of videos and have group forums.

Urban Ministries, Tammy Condon: I love the idea of an urban setting! We are learning what that setting looks like, where it came from, and where our place is in it. I love observing the different mindsets we all have toward another group of individuals God’s love is sometimes far from, or at least they think so. We have a lot of discussion and we have field trips planned as well!

So, I guess school isn’t too bad now. It’s so cool to see how all my classes fit together and feed off of each other. I’ll learn something in Intro to Christian Mission that is COMPLETELY applicable in Urban Ministries. My professors are awesome and my class sizes help me to get involved. The best part, however, is that these classes are helping me find out more about Christ, His people, and what my actions should look like in regards to that.

So I may not get the chance to be stacked like Mario Lopez or be a Bayside Tiger,
but Land Gym is my where I’m on my workout flow and I’m proud to be a Pioneer
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Class Dismissed.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

*Once again, let me know if you have any topics you would like to have discussed or what parts of my inner most being you want me to spill on here rather than just on Twitter!

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September 12, 2013

The End is Where We Begin

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Everyone….

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for..

I would go as far to say the most anticipated event within the last 3 minutes!

No, it’s not any other scandalous happening with Miley Cyrus, thankfully.

However, the window into my life is open once again!

Well, the last time we talked I was about to embark on what I would later learn to be the BEST summer of my life. It was one, if not the greatest, learning and growing experience I have been apart of! I traveled on behalf of MNU as a camp counselor all over the Midwest. 10 strangers, one van, one team, numerous of preconceived ideas, purposeful prayer, and a multitude of personalities all went into the oven of life to bake together! The end result; best friends, numerous incidences of God working, still 10 people shoved in a van, inside jokes #fuhdayz and memories enough for a lifetime or so.

This is where we started….

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And we ended up here…

SergioIt may not look like much a difference, after all what can 3 months really do?

However, a small animal did make its way onto my face :)

The contrast between the pictures is largely symbolic of our relation to each other and vulnerability that we developed as a group. Needless to say, the Lord went before us, with us, and transformed lives from the inside out (mine for certain)!

Yet, with any great experience the question that soon follows is, “What now?”
Where do you take the memories, commitments, and lessons learned?

That’s yet another beautiful part of the community here at MidAmerica! I am surrounded by these same people and you can bet your bottom dollar (one of those sayings you refer to only from previous exposure and NOT because you know the true meaning) that memories and feelings flood back once I catch a glimpse of these beautiful faces around campus. We are all still here to support each other, even though we are all facing different and some pivotal points in our young adult lives; marriage, graduation, jobs, or even deciding what person to reach out to today. The Lord didn’t stay at those camps, He came back with us. If you ask most any MNU student or Faculty member they would contend that something is different this year and it’s not too hard to figure out WHO it is :)

This is the point where this new life begins. The one that Christ has filled me with by the power of His Holy Spirit. I am beginning the next step in the life God is designing for me as I go.

Anyway, that’s a short glimpse of my summer and where I am right now! If you want to know more, have any questions, or would like to suggest a post topic feel free to contact my by:

1)Comment
2)Facebook: Joey Alligier
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3)Twitter: @praya_warriortwitter

“TUNE IN” NEXT WEEK TO “HEAR” ABOUT MY NEW CLASS SCHEDULE

Keep on and keep God!