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April 5, 2015

What Easter Means to Me

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Hi y’all.

To wrap up Easter weekend, I’m going to share how mine went!

It was crazy busy as always. On Friday night, my roommate and I went back to my home town for an annual play at my home church. I was in it until I was 17 and the rest of my family is still in it, so naturally I had to go see them! The Passion Play is a big hit and I couldn’t miss it, even though it meant two trips home in one weekend. The play is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ highlighting the important moments in His life. I was also excited to bring my roommate home for the first time to show her my world. Here are some photos!

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My sister gave her testimony in front of a ton of people! Im so proud of her!

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My mommy!

My mom!

So happy to see him again

So happy to see him again

After the play, I went back home in order to work Saturday morning, then afterwards, I went with my roomie and my Drexel buddies to Drexel church to do some cleanup work. We mainly scraped paint, polished the pews, set out Easter eggs, and had a fantastic time. We got a lot of work done in a short amount of time cause we worked really hard! It was nice to see some improvements too since there hasn’t been any in a long time. It was also great because it was all done in preparation for our Sunday service.
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For Easter Sunday today, we woke up real early for the Drexel community sunrise service. As cold as it was, we kept the service short with some worship songs and a small devotion. God knew about our service and painted a breathtaking sunrise. I wasn’t able to catch the full beauty on camera but I tried! After the sunrise service, we had our normal gathering of our own back at our church. We had so much fun with it.
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Drexel has become home to me. It’s a small town with that perfect home-town feel. I absolutely adore it. It’s been a tremendous blessing to me and my growth this semester. We are continuing next semester and hopefully recruiting incoming freshman ministry majors — and others who are interested. It’s a real encouragement to the community of Drexel and even to the MNU community!

Easter is important to me because of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to be thankful for all He’s done, spend time with family, and of course eat food. (: In the midst of everything going on, knowing Christ is risen from the dead gives me hope each and every day.

Thanks guys!

Katie Linsey

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April 3, 2015

Instagram-aholic

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So, if you know me at all, you know that I love social media. I love the idea that I can keep in touch with people and see what is happening in people’s lives even when I don’t have time to constantly reach out to them personally. It’s a pretty neat-o thing. My favorite form of social media is Instagram, because, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” It really is a hobby of mine.

I’ve been pretty busy this week, so I haven’t had a lot of time to think about a blogging topic. I thought I’d post photos from some of my all time favorite Instagram posts for y’all to see… so, in a way you can thank me for the little amount of reading this time. ;) I’ll be sure to make up for it next week!

Here are a few of my favorite Insta photos:

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-KT

Luther Okeyo

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April 1, 2015

The Track Season is Underway!!!

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Well the track season is here and the HCA (Heritage Christian Academy, in case you didn’t know) Track & Field Team has been working hard getting ready for the upcoming season. We have about 40 kids running track this year and in the few weeks I have been able to work with them, I’ve seen amazing growth and last Thursday we had our first meet… The Sherwood Invitational which was in Creighton, Missouri and there were 6 other schools competing with us as well.

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The Varsity Squad (high school) did great. You could tell that we still had some work to do, but overall Coach and I saw some great potential and you already know that I’ll get them ready for the next meet.

You know what… I just realized that I haven’t even  told you guys anything about these guys. I will but first… I gotta be honest,coaching these has been such a blessing. It is awesome that I am able to pass on the little that I know about track to these kids. They are everything a coach would want in athletes. they work hard, they listen (well most of the time), they want to get better and are always willing to learn. Despite all these positives, there is one big negative, (well it wouldn’t be as fun if it was good all the time) they do whine a lot but what do you expect from and I’m willing to put up with whining like it but  if they are going to give me their all when it comes time to compete.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the head honcho, the boss lady, the lady with the master the master plan, Heritage Christian Head Track Coach Christen Moore.  I wish you could just sit and talk to her, she is a kind and gentle soul ( I know the picture doesn't look

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the head honcho, the boss lady, the lady with the master the master plan, the Heritage Christian Head Track & Field Coach, Christen Moore. I wish you could just sit and talk to her, she is a kind and gentle soul (I know the picture doesn’t show it but she really one of the kindest people I have ever met.) She has two kids who also run track for Heritage Christian and they are studs by the way, but they are in middle school and their first meet isn’t for another week. She is a nurse and and she teaches a class for other upcoming prospective nurses how to pass their nursing exams. Oh yea she also runs MARATHONS! Yea… I’m not kidding… marathons and she is going to be running at the Boston Marathon this year!

We were missing a couple people from our varsity squad due to other commitments and I’ll introduce you to them later but here are the members of the Heritage Christian Varsity Squad:

First of all we have our arguably two best athletes. They are actually playing two sports right now, they both also play soccer. Allan on the left and CJ on the right. Allan ran track last year and he primarily runs the short distance track events. He ran the 100, 200, and was apart of our 4x100 relay team. CJ has never ran track before but boy it sure didn't look like it. He balled out and Coach Moore and I are so excited to see him develop as we keep going through the season. Both of these guys did great and they made a lot of noise at the track meet so now we can't hid them from anybody anymore. Well so much for strategy

First of all we have our arguably two best athletes. They are actually playing two sports right now, they both also play soccer.

Allan on the left and CJ on the right. Allan ran track last year and he primarily runs the short distance track events. He ran the 100, 200, and was apart of our 4×100 relay team. CJ has never ran track before but boy it sure didn’t look like it. He balled out and Coach Moore and I are so excited to see him develop as we keep going through the season. Both of these guys did great and they made a lot of noise at the track meet so now we can’t hid them from anybody anymore. Well so much for strategy.

Here we have Ross and Mathew. They are our distance runners. They are a couple of quiet guys who just take their lunch pail to work everyday and get the job done, in a manner of speaking.

Here we have Ross and Mathew. They are our distance runners. They are a couple of quiet guys who just take their lunch pail to work everyday and get the job done, in a manner of speaking.

Ross on the left and Mathew on the right, both of these guys run track last year for HCA as well. Ross is a guy with a lot of potential, during the meet coach and I figured out that his best race is the 800 (2 laps around the track as fast as you can… yea I know it sounds terrible.) But he also ran the 400, was apart of the 4×100 relay team, and he threw discuss. This guy is just a jack of all trades. Mathew reminds me a lot of myself, he runs basically the same events that I did and he has the same body type as me. (Unfortunately he isn’t as funny as I am, but I’m nowhere near a survivalist like he is. I’m pretty sure if there was a zombie apocalypse or something this guy would know what to do.) Mathew came in second in high jump, but he also ran the 1600, 800 (he actually beat Ross… I smell a rivalry brewing!), and was apart of the 4×100 relay.

Here we have two members of the squad (#squadgoals, sorry I promised them I would put it in the blog) Katie aka "elbows" and Bonnie aka "cheeks". Unfortunately the other two members of the squad Annie and Abby (who are twins by the way) were on vacation in Florida at the time and couldn't be apart of the meet.

Here we have two members of the squad (#squadgoals, sorry I promised them I would put it in the blog) Katie aka “elbows” and Bonnie aka “cheeks”. Unfortunately the other two members of the squad Annie and Abby (who are twins by the way) were on vacation in Florida at the time and couldn’t be apart of the meet. All 4 members of the squad are all cheerleaders for HCA.

The squad is inseparable. You should’ve seen them when they all got together on Friday after the meet. It was ridiculous it was the twins were gone for like a month or something but they were really only gone like 5 days. I guess now I know the meaning of true friendship. They do everything together at practice and I mean EVERYTHING! They warm up together, run together, they all talk at the same time and can still carry a conversation, they even laugh at the same things, I’m always amazed at how in synch they all are. Anyway, Katie ran the 100, 200, 400, and threw the shot put. I call her elbows because when she ran she never moved them, to be honest it was really weird. In practice I kept screaming elbows at her so she would move her elbows and pretty soon the name just stuck as her nickname. If you’ve been paying attention you probably already guessed that Bonnie ran the EXACT same races that elbows did. I call her cheeks because she reminds of Alexis Pacheco who plays softball for MNU, who I sometimes baby cheeks, because her brother Kyle who used to attend MNU and I played football with… his nickname was cheeks. So now the nickname is going around.

Last but not least is Kelly aka Machine Gun Key (yea like that one guy). Kelly is stud and she has never ran track before this year. She plays basketball for HCA. I posed with her because she didn't anybody to pose for a picture with her eveyrbody was already taken but you know I got a fresh cut for the meet tho!

Last but not least is Kelly aka Machine Gun Key (yea like that one guy). Kelly is stud and she has never ran track before this year. She plays basketball for HCA. I posed with her because she didn’t anybody to pose for a picture with her everybody was already taken but you know I got a fresh cut for the meet tho!

Kelly is everything in a track runner I wish I was in high school. She is a leader, she always wants to learn more, she is constantly asking questions in order to get better. All while publicly stating that she HATES track, as matter of fact she DESPISES it. It’s amazing that she never ran track before. She won her heat in the 100 (and it wasn’t even close). She ran the 100, 200, she long jumped, and threw shot put. I called her Machine Guy Kelly cause she is rapid fire in everything she does. I’m so excited to watch her run this season.

Our next meet is actually tomorrow (aka Thursday, April 2) in Ottawa, Kansas for the Ottawa Invitational. I am not going to that meet, I’m staying behind to train the middle school kids. I’m bummed I can’t go but I get to run practice my way this time and I can’t wait to run these kids into the ground… Hahaha just kidding… or am I?

Oh yea… Happy April Fools Day.

Samantha Moore

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April 1, 2015

Be: Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women

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Really sad I did not team up with KT this week, fellow blogger, for my blog post. If you haven’t seen our blog from last week you definitely need to check it out, http://www.mnu.edu/mnublogs/senior-segment/. BUT, I do have a lot to say this week as I am gearing up to leave this school in 32 short days… 32 PEOPLE. Is this even real?

I have recently come into contact with a few things going through my mind that have starting hitting the surface in my life. Leaving school I have a great job set up as an Executive Team Leader at Target on the management track, I hope to be on Forbes 100 most powerful women in the World some day. I have been thinking a lot about what this new job will look like for me and what store I will be placed in to start off after my 5 weeks of training. And it occurred to me, it’s not in my control. Target was wanting to send me a little far outside my comfort zone about an hour and a half way and I found myself stuck with this decision of what should I answer. I wish it were as easy as letting someone make my decisions for me. I was worried and stressing over what I tell them, because if I told them yes I would have to immediately live in a state and a city I was unfamiliar with, on my own, paying rent for a apartment right out of college. I think sometimes we are tested on how faithful we will be when tough questions are thrown our way that all affect our future. This answer was clear and it should have been the moment it was presented to me, but I think sometimes we question things because we are challenging ourselves. So many people are afraid of the what ifs and not enough interested in how this will help me grow. We as Christians are challenged daily with the question of what if, but it is what we do with our what ifs that define who we are.

If you are wondering what I told Target, I told them I did not think it was best for me to be so far away from home right now. I also think many college graduates think they need to be on their own and make their own decisions right off the bat coming out of college without their parents help. I think without my parents I would drown. They really do know what is best even if it feels like they are not on your side sometimes. I am thankful for parents who put my best interest in front of their own and are willing to give me a reality check sometimes when I need it.

I am excited to start my new journey in 32 days… 32 PEOPLE! As my time is closing here at MNU, every day I try to remember something great I received from going to this school. It is my own version of 30 days of thanks for MNU being shown to me and shaping me. This was one of my thanks I give to MNU for allowing me to know that it is okay to sometimes question and challenge our own thought process and decisions making, if we didn’t we wouldn’t grow into the people we were meant to be.

 

Food for thought, catch you later kittens!

-S

Haley Raydo

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March 30, 2015

Afternoon Thoughts

March 30, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends

Although I am just now sitting down to write this (9:43 pm) I had some incredible thoughts that took place this afternoon… Well at least some were incredible.

There is something about a nice sunny afternoon that just gets me thinking.  The boys I nanny sleeping, the wind is light, and I just sit and take a deep breath.  After some extended deep-thinking/worrying-about-the-future morning, the sun and a place to just sit in the calm is perfect.  Every once in awhile an image of my Cognitive Neuropsychology textbook will pop into my head, reminding me of my very important exam.  I could very well be in denial, but there is something refreshing letting my mind relax.

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As I reflect I recall the verses in Psalms 37 “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust in him and we do this: He will make your righteous reward like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”  What does it mean to take delight in Him?  To enjoy His presence, to believe and trust Him, to love Him, and to choose Him.  I think it is great to serve a God who longs to give me the desires of my heart.  That doesn’t mean he gives me whatever I want.  It means if I desire Him than I desire things that are godly and pleasing. And he longs to give those to me.  My passions and dreams are included.  What a promise to make us righteous, bright and shining like this afternoon sun.  After a morning of worry, a reassurance to trust and commit in the afternoon.  

I reflect, find the image of my Cognitive Neuropsychology book reappear and quickly exit my thoughts, and then shortly reminded of reality as cries from a cute baby boy exclaim his nap time must be over.  I rush to greet the cries so to not wake up the toddler asleep upstairs.  I look at this baby boy and smile to know that this boy is a part of God’s creation and is loved deeply by the Creator.  How cool to know that God has a plan and a purpose, even for a boy that just is beginning his life.

 

Then the reflecting time is over as toddler marches down the stairs.  Greeted by a “Hi Hay-ey” (he can not say his L’s) and a cute little smile before the demanding of Mickey Mouse.  Then my day is in full on rush of homework and worrying once again.

The point?  Take time to reflect.  Take time to breathe.  Take time to delight.  Take time to find the joy of Christ.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Mariah McCommon

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March 29, 2015

Home Away From Home

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Hey guys!

It was Palm Sunday today and that means it’s a week before Easter! :) I love Easter time. It means more good food, family time, and of course celebrating the resurrection of the One True King. I’m excited to go home, but I’m also excited for Easter Sunday at Drexel! We’re leaving campus around 5:45 in the a.m. to be there for the sunrise service at 7a.m. I might die. It will be completely worth it, though. The entire church community in Drexel is meeting at the community center for the service. After it, we get pancakes! :D  Then we have our own service back at our church.

As excited as I am for it, I’m also a bit sad. I don’t like to admit it, but I’m a very sensitive person. Easter means the school year is about over. I cannot grasp the time that has gone by between graduating senior year of high school to now: almost ending my freshman year of college. The memories I have had and the friends I’ve made mean the world to me. I wouldn’t go back and change anything. I’ve figured out that the key to surviving college is knowing what truly matters. I wake up each day and remember the positive things in my life and work towards better things to come. I know college will rush past me before I even realize it, but I look forward to the future. I have big plans, big goals, and massive dreams.

Whenever I have a bad day I focus on the dreams that I have to travel the world. That mere thought can get me through any day. I’m already planning a trip to the east coast over Winter Break. It’s hard to think about that far ahead at times because I want to focus on what’s right in front of me too. This is my family here. The thought of leaving them breaks my heart each time I think about it: which is often. For four months, I’m not able to see the faces of people I see everyday. Summer was different in high school because everyone still lived close to each other. I was taken back when I realized college isn’t that way. People live EVERYWHERE. I mean, even in Europe. I’m happy to know the people I do and couldn’t imagine my life without them.

My Drexel family is very important to me. Next year I may not have the chance to be there every Sunday, but I’m hoping with a little convincing I’ll still be able to be a leader. It seriously has been the opportunity of a lifetime for a Ministry major.

That’s all I really have for this week. Bless you in this upcoming one!

 

Aaron Merrell

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March 29, 2015

Cracking Down

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Hey everyone,

Not sure what to blog about this week, so I figured I’d just talk about what’s going on.

It’s coming down to the wire here at MNU, with just a month left of school, and it seems like I have something stressful going on in every part of my life.

Thursday night, we had our second Awakening. This time, we had it outside on the circle lawn, and it was SO good. The setting was perfect, and we got closer again to accomplishing what we’ve set out to do: to see our campus set on fire for God.

Today, I visited a different church than my home church and had a great time. It’s called Mission Church and it’s in Lenexa, KS.

Tonight we have Nazzy Night Live. It’s being put on by ASG and it’s basically the MNU version of SNL. There will be sketches, videos and even a jazz band. I led a group that came up with a few of the sketch and video ideas, and we think we did a pretty good job, but tonight’s audience will be the judge of that.

I’m looking forward to serving as the ASG Director of Social Life for the next school year. Tonight after Nazzy Night Live we’re having a meeting about a leadership event we’re attending called Nazarene Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The event is being held at our Nazarene sister school, Olivet Nazarene University. We’re all very excited to go and learn about how to be an effective leader and work as a team.

Presley Wilson is the current ASG Director of Social Life, and I’ve started training and shadowing under her. We are in the process of getting things ready for our end of the year event, Glow With the Flow, so you can definitely expect to hear about that in a future blog.

My church’s annual egg hunt, Eggstreme Eggstravaganza, is coming up this Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited to see a bunch of little kids running around a field picking up plastic and candy. Kidding. It actually will be a really fun event, and a great community outreach opportunity however.

That’s what’s coming up in my life, thank you so much for reading.

Have a good week!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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March 26, 2015

Senior Segment

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My friend and fellow student blogger, Sam Moore, and I teamed up this week and made this video for  you guys to watch. Hope you enjoy!

-KT

PS: I didn’t catch a spelling mistake I made before I exported the video. See if you can find it. ;)

Luther Okeyo

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March 25, 2015

Spring Break 2015!

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So uh…. I’m not going to lie. I HAD AN AWESOME SPRING BREAK!!!! I mean sure I really didn’t go anywhere special or don’t anything really amazing. To be honest with you it was really just boring by spring break standards, but I can say for sure that I rediscovered my youth.

So what if I do have that aweseom spring break that most college students had. Hey I didn't spend too much money, do anything stupid and I still had a great spring break.

So what if I do have that awesome spring break that most college students had or even wish for. Hey I look at the positives, I didn’t spend too much money, I didn’t anything stupid and I still had a great spring break.

As you can tell from the big picture above the blog, I got really close to my inner child this past week. While actually doing a homework assignment for a class, I went into a crazy Hey Arnold binge and it was glorious. It should be expected and I’m not hiding it, my favorite is Gerald. Arnold’s best friend and all around baler extraordinaire . He’s bring the cool factor to Hey Arnold.

I mean look at him, he's a stud. That hair too... I mean there are no words to describe that hair.

I mean look at him, he’s a stud. That hair too… I mean there are no words to describe that hair.

Also, I rediscovered my love for one of the greatest shows of all time…

If you have not seen an episode of that 70s show... shame on you on. Thanks to ABC Family and Netflix, I fell in love with this show. It had everything the awesome catchy catchphrases, the basement meetings (you gotta watch the show to understand this one), the awesome  awkward romances. This show was amazing.

If you have not seen an episode of that 70s show… shame on you on. Thanks to ABC Family and Netflix, I fell in love with this show. It had everything the awesome catchy catchphrases, the basement meetings (you gotta watch the show to understand this one), the awesome awkward romances. This show was amazing. The show takes place in Point Place, Wisconsin, so you know they have to really think outside the box to make a boring place like Wisconsin fun. (Sorry to anybody reading this from Wisconsin.)

If I’m like anybody on the show, I’m like Hyde, just less edgy. Hyde is the black apple of the group. Like Eric Forman (you gotta watch the show) said, “Hyde… you’re the reason you we do so many stupid and senseless things.”

This describes Hyde perfectly....

This describes Hyde perfectly…

Even though Hyde is person I would love to be from that show, my favorite character on the show is Fez aka Wilmer Valderama.

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Hahaha I’m cracking up just typing this thing. Fez is an exchange student, but you never find out what country he came from. You really watch the guy grow through the show from awkward high schooler to a… somewhat awkward adult. Still Fez is a man of many talents, he is bilingual, a very talented dancer, and he is also a ladies man (I mean he dated Lindsay Lohan, yea he really dated Linday Lohan on the show… well the character she playing but still come on!)

My favorite episode is actually from the first season…(I know I’m really geeking out here, but I LOVE THIS SHOW!) Season 1 Episode 7, “The Disco Episode” where the gang goes to a disco. This is when we all learn that Fez is an amazing dancer.

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Here is a picture from that episode. Here you see Fez and Jackie getting down. Fez basically woos Jackie in this episode but he couldn’t close the deal. From this episode on I knew that Jackie and Fez were destined to be together.

It just only took until the finale till they were finally an item. Like almost 8 seasons later it finally happened but it did happen so I was right in the end.

It just only took until the finale till they were finally an item. Like almost 8 seasons later it finally happened but it did happen so I was right in the end.

The show also had big names in it…

You have Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Mila Kunis (Jackie),  Laura Prepon (Donna), Danny Masterson (Hyde), & Wilmer Valderama (Fez).

You have Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Laura Prepon (Donna), Danny Masterson (Hyde), & Wilmer Valderama (Fez).

Here is the link to the disco episode on Youtube. I dare to watch and not laugh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXIC9RxO6Fk

Well that was bascially what I did on my spring break, sure it wasn’t glamorous but it was still awesome.

 

 

 

Haley Raydo

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March 23, 2015

The Hunting Ground

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Hello friends

So today I wanted to write something that is very close to my heart.  I recently started to work with an organization that does advocacy for victims of sexual assault and rape.  One of their main purposes is to also educate the community about assault and rape.  Some are quick to conclude that education is not needed, “everyone knows what rape is.”  However, there are some major misconceptions within our society.  A majority of our population when hearing the word “rape” automatically pictures a stranger in a dark alley.  This is what we call “real rape”  because our society assumes that this is what rape looks like.  However, research has shown that this only accounts for around 10% of all cases.  So that means a majority of rapes and assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.

Because in most cases the perpetrator is known, a lot of victim blaming and shaming (however mostly unintentional) takes place.  A lot of victims, we like to call them “survivors,” have explained the things they were told and had heard.  “Well if she wasn’t wearing that”  or “if she wouldn’t drink.”  Most of these comments aren’t meant with harm, however when survivors hear this it only brings shame.  They hear, “If I didn’t wear this outfit I wouldn’t have gotten raped.”  (Also women are not the only ones this is happening to, men too).

Our culture tells us that rape is only the “real rape” kind, and anything else isn’t.  This makes reporting to police very difficult for victims.  They struggle with wondering if anyone would believe them or if it even was actually rape.  And can we blame them? I couldn’t even tell you how many times I have heard someone say “well she’s after something, that’s why she’s saying she has been raped.”  That isn’t our job as a society to judge.  Our job is to seek justice and healing for victims.

This documentary, The Hunting Ground,  takes a look at the cover-ups of rape and assault on college campuses.  Not all college campuses are this way, I am very blessed to attend a school that does not stand for these actions.  Unfortunately there are campuses in this country who are more worried about keeping a reputation.

As members of society we need to educate ourselves and others.  As potential jury members, government officials, teachers, parents, and/or college deans, we need to know how we can prevent, how we can bring justice, and how we can bring healing.

The amount of hate and discouragement I have seen reading the comments on this documentary’s trailer only further proves to me the importance of education and sensitivity our society needs.  If you haven’t thought about rape and assault in this way before, I would suggest learning more about it.  Not to bring discouragement, but to better improve our society.

As a Christian, I feel that I have a responsibility to be informed citizen and loving.  To be someone that represents Christ.  Learning more about this issue gives me more reason to pray and to pursue righteousness.

So if you’d like, the organization I work with pushed hard in getting a special screening of The Hunting Ground, come watch the screening at AMC in Olathe on 119th St.  on Friday April 10th or also on the same day at Glenwood Arts in Overland Park.

You can buy tickets early:

http://www.fandango.com/thehuntingground_179871/movietimes

Also visit the website:

http://www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com

Thanks for stopping by

Haley