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Joey Alligier

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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

 

Heather Engle

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October 13, 2013

Homecoming Happenings

October 13, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello Blog World!

So guess what this week was?…. Homecoming Week!!

Which means crazy madness. In a good way.

Also, guess what is also next week for me and some other students here at MNU?…… Midterms! Woohoo! 3 papers to write, and 4 midterm exams. These weeks have been hectic!

But i’ts okay! That’s what college is all about! Don’t get me wrong, there are always some super fun times here, but also, cracking down on my homework and making that a priority is essential. Oh yeah… I mean I guess that is why I am here…to get my degree…

Any who.. I want to tell you guys about some things I’ve been learning lately. I know this is a very generic lesson God has been teaching me lately, but I feel that I needed to share it with you guys! God has really been tugging at my heart to keep letting things go. To let go of the things that I worry about, whether that be big or small, and place it in His hands. I find myself over and over again making things a bigger and more stressful deal than they should be. God is definitely still in control, I know that for sure, but it is hard to see the big picture sometimes. So on the topic of this week, I definitely have let some little things get to me. But overall God is teaching me than even though I most of the time I cannot do things with my own strength, HIS strength is made perfect in MY weakness. And that is pretty awesome. I know the things I am struggling with right now, going through, and stressing out about are probably nothing compared to what other people are going through, However; I am so very thankful that my God is SO big. He is enough for us, and He wants to be enough for us. I don’t know what you guys are going through, but I hope this gives you at least some sort of hope or encouragement that God is with you always, and knows exactly where you’re at in your journey of life! :]

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

-2 Corinthians 12:9-10

In His love,

Heather Rose :]

p.s. Here are some pictures of cool homecoming happenings that have taken place this week!

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If you already saw this image on my Instagram, I am sorry. mainly for myself. But this is my wonderful friend Emily! For homecoming we had a hoe-down, so we all dressed up in western wear and did some square dancing, had some root beer, and ate some doughnuts! It was the bomb. There was also a very bright spotlight shining right in our faces as we were taking this picture. So naturally, I received a shadow mask on my face.

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 This is Uptown Theatre, where our Homecoming banquet was held!

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After the homecoming banquet, some of my friends and I went to Steak ‘n Shake! It was my first time there, and I definitely had a wonderful time with these lovely friends.

Thank you for reading!

Comment if you wish! I would love it if you did!

Haley Raydo

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October 12, 2013

Do It For the Blog!

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Hello friends!  So this week has been crazy to say the least! Homecoming, small groups, Smovie Night, Kingdom Come, and a hoedown, I barely had a chance to catch my breath!  My friends and I found ourselves saying multiple times this week, “Let’s do it for the blog!”  Of all the events, however, nothing could compare to my first MNU homecoming experience Friday night.

IMG_1930The night started out fairly normal.  Our group of girls (of course running extremely late as most girls do for a formal event) dressed up together and took pictures.  After a long discussion on who would drive downtown for homecoming (we are a rather indecisive bunch) we all packed into Ana and Sarah Heer’s car (they’re cousins obviously ;) ).

We made our way to Uptown Theater with just minutes to spare of the start of the evening.  We had appetizers and drinks to start, and ended with a delicious entree and dessert!  And no one there could forget the stand up comedy act Ron Jackson attempted ;).

After some exploring through some dark hallways (yes we are an adventurous bunch), we heard the music start and rushed in to start dancing.  Now let me throw this out there, I am not Nazarene.        But I have heard jokes most of my life about “Nazarenes don’t go to movies, and they definitely don’t dance!”   Now I will say that I was very impressed with the way the students handled the situation.  God was glorified through our terrible, but appropriate dancing.

We ran in the pouring rain to our cars after the dance.  We were anxious to get back when a man stopped us to tell us about our “*explicit* flat tire”.  We made our way nervously to a gas station two blocks away to find not just your average flat tire, but a tire that basically didn’t resemble a tire anymore.

IMG_1922So there we were soaking wet at a gas station all dressed up downtown watching some MNU guys change our tire (what a crazy situation, right?).  It took a little bit over an hour.  At one point we had a whole crowd gathered around us.  One guy even stood there eating a hot dog pretty disgustingly for quite awhile.

IMG_1919We were all very thankful to find two strangers from the area help us.  Eventually we made our way out of their safely, driving very slowly on the highway.  Let’s just say we were very thankful for the Lord’s protection.  This easily could have put a damper on the whole experience, but we decided to have a good outlook on it.  It makes a good story!  We did it for the blog so we say.  But all in all, I think that is a good way to handle situations that aren’t necessarily convenient.

Anyways,  Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Mario Flores

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October 12, 2013

Money and Money and Money and Money and Money and Peace?

October 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Greetings Friends!

I have some good news:

I paid $2.99 for gas today!!!

Oh the joy of under 3 dollars.

Oh the joy of under 3 dollars.

When I left my hometown in California

One of the posters that I have in my room.

One of the posters that I have in my room.

a couple of summers ago, gas was over 4 dollars!! This is a pleasant thing indeed. Now I must say I got this gas in Missouri- where the gas is always cheaper. So if you are ever there and are on your way to Kansas, fill up!

I'm personally a fan of QT!!

I’m personally a fan of QT!!

Well then, regarding the title of this blog,

Meet one of the very few presidential friends i have:  George

Meet one of the very few presidential friends i have: George

I thought it’d be important to share with you all the reality and importance of money. It’s been said several times that money causes problems, I would suggest that it’s the lack of money that causes problems. And, His Word says that it is, “the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10) So money is often related to stress. But friends, hear the words of Jesus; this will be relatively long, but trust me, and trust Him, His words are worth reading:

             “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

Can He get an Amen?

Friends, let me testify (bear witness/tell you what I have seen/what I know) He is faithful. God provides. I am thankful that he has provided for me a job that is on campus. There are people here that have cared enough to offer me work in the Campus Center Cafeteria. Steve Richmond is the man I am shouting out to! Then the peeps in the Office of University Advancement. Thanks to graduated Pioneer, Claire McCoy and my immediate supervisor Melanie Smith, and other supervisors, Lori, Paula, Kathy, Roger, Tom, Jeremy, Kevin and all the other great people that care about me in the UA Office!

Now I confess that I am spoiledly blessed. But friends know that there is not one that is any more special or loved by God He “does not show favoritism” -Romans 2:11. However, know that each and every individual is still special and loved by God!! For whatever reason, the Creator of the galaxies, the star breathing, universe creating-God deems us worthy and cares about us!
We matter to Him.

Being at MNU and having opportunities and doors open for me has been incredible. I’m doing my best not to take it for granted. He uses the people here to find me scholarships, and He impresses upon the hearts of His kids to demonstrate His love by being blessings to others.

Whatever your care–especially in the case of money, know that God is faithful to provide. Actively anticipate His work and direction in your life. Earnestly seek Him and Follow HIM!! When He opens doors, and presents opportunities: Carpe Diem.

You are loved friends. You can rest assured that you can trust Him. You can follow Him.

Toodles for now!

 

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores
“Make me to know Your ways oh Lord, teach me Your paths.” -Psalm 25:4.

Allegra Vieux

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October 10, 2013

Some funnies for your Thursday morning

October 10, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

These are my friends. They are aspiring worship remix artists and went crazy one night in Land Cafe (the “after hours” snack shop on campus)

They start with Lord I Lift Your Name On High and end with some Kirk Franklin Medley.

Watch when my bud Will joins the fun

Enjoy!

 

[Kim Campbell I hope you laugh so hard it sends you into labor]
Allegra Vieux

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October 9, 2013

10 MUSTS before starting homework…

October 9, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello Blog World.

Senioritus has settled in. It is barely midterms. BLAH

I never thought I’d be the apathetic student ready to finish school. Just a few short months ago, I wanted to get a job on campus after graduation so I could stick around because I love MNU so much. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Still love MNU, but ready to move on to the next step in my life.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that there are several completely illogical things that I HAVE to finish before I can even think about my homework. I know they’re illogical because I’m in intro to philosophy. You don’t have to tell me.

So may I present to you: 10 MUSTS before starting homework!

#1. Find a local Mexican bakery with friends and sustain yourself off the sweet-carbolicious goodness.

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#2. Make a late-night run to Applebees for half price appetizers (I’m a little embarrassed to say how often this happens)IMG_2285

#3. Design a new tattoo. I’m clearly an artist.IMG_2293

 

#4.) Meticulously make your bed. No wrinkles!

 

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#5. Read a book for pleasure. (I don’t even like reading, but this book is AWESOME when there’s homework to be done or not!)IMG_2295

 

#6. Sweep the bathroom floor.IMG_2297

 

#7. Organize the clothing in the dresser- you know, just in case my mom shows up and wants to see the inside.IMG_2298

#8. Pick out a shade of pink and sparkly to repaint my nails.. so what if it’s the 6th time this week?IMG_2299

#9. Re-organize the scarf collection.

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#10. Beat the high score on DOTS- If you don’t have this game, go download it! I scored a 301 without any powerups- WHATS UP.

IMG_7436And this dear friends, is why I’m blogging at 3am… with homework to be done yet.

Britney Lewis

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October 8, 2013

They Came In Like A Wrecking Ball.

October 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

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If you came to my blog thinking it would be about Miley Cyrus…then there’s a good chance that you’re probably going to be very upset with me because my blog has nothing to do with Miley…

It’s actually about Football.

Yup…that’s right…today’s post is dedicated to Saturday’s football game against Baker University.

Just imagine sitting outside in the stands on a sunny day.

The air is cool, and the wind has entangled itself around you.

The shouting crowd tingles your ear-buds and sends a rush of adrenaline straight to your heart. Everyone around you has their feet off the ground; they jump in unison, and create a loud bang as the bottom of their soles come crashing down into the steel bleachers underneath them.

You are pumped now.

The blood is racing through your veins, and you’re shouting from the top of your lungs.

“Go team, go!” you yell…

“You can do it!” you shout again.

You believe in your team and you know they have the potential to win.

But then the silence comes…

And the clouds cover the bright sky.

The blood in your veins have slowed, and you’re beginning to feel cold now.

You are dumbfounded, and you can not believe your eyes.

Your team has just lost to their BIGGEST rivals.

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The Crowd facing the lost of one of the most memorable football games.

First off, I’d like to say that our t-shirts cursed us! I mean, come on! It was the curse of the shirts! After a thirteen year streak of winning against Baker, I believe this was one of the first years we’ve decided to create a shirt.

I had actually considered burning this shirt...but I love MNU way too much.

I had actually considered burning this shirt…but I love MNU way too much.

We walked into the stadium confident…but it just wasn’t happening for us, and i’d like to blame it on the shirt!

 However, although we were losing, we found a way to keep our spirits high during half time.

I won’t say much as to what happened; I’ll let your imagination do all the talking…but just know…homecoming was a week away for us…and no, these are not the actual candidates.

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The King and Queen!

The King and Queen!

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The lost was hard–they did come in like a wrecking ball–and on days like this I have to remind myself that it’s just a game.

The world Isn’t going to end.

MNU Isn’t going to go out of business

and our football team will have good games, and they’ll have bad games.

It’s the people who make the team, and it’s the school who shapes those people. A game doesn’t define us as a whole. We are who we are and I love my school.

So, with that said, how do you cheer up a sad pioneer?

You take them to Oklahoma Joe’s!

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Until next time folks,

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Love,

Britney!

Heather Engle

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October 7, 2013

My Journey to MNU, Volleyball, and Wolf Shirts.

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Hello Blog World!
This is my first blog, ever. And I am so incredibly excited. First off I wanted to start by telling you guys how I got to MNU, and my amazing experience here so far!
So as I was looking for colleges I decided that I would probably prefer a Christian college over a state school. I looked at many colleges before MNU, but I never really got that feeling that I needed to be at any of them.
I have this friend that I know from church, her name is Kayla Rotola and she actually attended MNU! My mom is a realtor so she ended up helping her sell her house. So one day Kayla asked my mom where I was looking at for colleges and you know, I had no idea yet, and I also had never heard of MNU because I am not originally Nazarene, so my mom told her I was undecided. Kayla told her right after that, that we should definitely come check out MNU because it’s super amazing.
Shortly after this conversation we set up a visit to MNU, and I fell in love. I fell in love not only with this beautiful campus, but with the community here! As soon as we stepped on campus, I felt like I belonged here. It was definitely a God thing. I also love all of our Mission opportunities, the opportunities to serve around the community, and the majors that we offer.
Ever since that first visit I couldn’t get MNU out of my mind. It was a long process to get here, but I definitely don’t regret my decision AT ALL. :] So there’s my story of how I got here! Now for some lovely pictures of the events and all that has taken place since I first arrived on campus!

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This is my side of the room! :] it’s a tricky process getting in and out of bed sometimes, but overall, having a bunk bed makes me feel like a little kid again. Which is always great!

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This was one of the first nights we came to MNU, the people in these pictures are a
part of my freshman seminar class! We had a volleyball tournament that night and
sprayed our hair orange! It was a blast. Unfortunately we only one 1 game, but
overall it was a good time.

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This was our Black light event in Land Gym. They decorated the gym with these pretty lights and everyone dressed up! They had a chocolate fountain, music playing, and coffee, (which was my favorite part.)

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This was our first home volleyball game! They are pretty awesome! I played volleyball all throughout high school, so it was a great time watching them and cheering them on.

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Just this past week we had our thrift store prom! We go to a skating rink, dressed in the best thrift store attire. And yes, I am wearing a gross brown colored wolf shirt, a flower crown, AND a calculator watch. It was great. :]

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Last but not least, this past weekend I got the opportunity to go home with one of my friends Annie and play guitar and sing worship for her church! We had such a wonderful time and it was an amazing experience!

So this is just a glimpse of what my life has consisted of these past 7 weeks! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the things I’ve been doing and experiencing around here. I am so thankful for the amazing people the God has placed in my life already, and how he’s working on this campus!

-Heather Rose :]

Joey Alligier

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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

 

Mario Flores

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October 4, 2013

Assassins, Aristotle, Professor Ping-Pong?

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My Nerf gun weapon of choice for the Leegit game of Assassins!

My Nerf gun weapon of choice for the Leegit game of Assassins!