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Cherith Campbell

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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.

Emily Lawler

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November 18, 2012

{Emily} Student Teaching Placement!!!

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Hey Everyone!

I hope you had a lovely week! I have a bit of an announcement! Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations. See you next week!!!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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November 16, 2012

God Loves Us All: Even The Children

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Have you ever worked with children?  Do you have little brothers or sisters, have you babysat, or are you employed where you work with children?  If any of those are true than you know how rough kids can be.  All three of those are true for me.  I have three little sisters, I’ve babysat many times before, and I have worked at a daycare/preschool for almost two years now.  After working with children so much, I’ve gained a few life lessons that will probably stick with me forever.

I’ve learned that children, sometimes, just need to be alone.  I’ve seen countless times when a child has gotten into trouble and all they needed to do was just go and be by themselves but a teacher would try to continually confront the child about the situation.  All they need sometime is just to be by themselves.  I feel like that is the same for us.  We have all of these problems in our lives and we can’t just let go.  We have to confront it and make sure its all better but we sometimes we need to step back, relax, and let things go.  Or sometimes we are in a situation we can’t really handle and we need to just go be alone ourselves.  We need that alone time to let things go, relax, and just ask God to help us out.

Another thing I’ve learned is that working at a preschool is tiring.  Kids don’t listen 99.9% of the time, they always want to do there own thing, they think they know whats best for themselves, and they constantly hurt one another in striving to get what they want for themselves.  Now what if I took the word “kids” out of the beginning of that last sentence and replaced it with “people”?  It makes just as much sense half of the time doesn’t it?  There is not a huge difference between adults and children.  We think we can do everything ourselves, that we know whats best, but then God looks at us and tells us otherwise and we still don’t listen.  How can we possibly know whats best for us?  A lot of Christians know that we don’t know what’s best for us, yet we continually to neglect living like that.  We need to learn to let go and trust in God.

The most important thing I would say that I learned after working with kids is that sometimes, it can feel hard to love them.  I KNOW that sounds terrible but sometimes children can be really mean, they don’t listen, and they don’t want a thing to do with you.  I do love every one of the children I work with, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the just get into so much trouble it’s crazy!  Then we have to discipline them, and then we have to tell their parents, and then we have to keep them from doing it again and it’s a never ending cycle of endless effort. This is the SAME thing we do with God.  We are childish sometimes.  We continually turn away from God and continually fall short.  Do you think God thinks that’s very fun?  Do you think He has fun constantly calling out to us and constantly seeing us get hurt or hurting one another?  It’s not, and yet He loves us with all of His heart.  There is no end to God’s love.  Working as a teacher has really opened my eyes to that.  God really does love us ALL!!  And that’s really been on my heart lately.

Working with children has definitely pulled me closer to God.  I can now see a SLIGHT glimpse of how God sees us sometimes (but of course I still can’t comprehend His thoughts or His love).  Even though I go home exhausted most every day, in the end it is worth it.  I get to see innocence at it’s finest, and it get to love that and allow it to be a part of my own life.

 

(sorry there’s no pictures, it’s illegal for me to have pictures of children from any public daycare/preschool service for anything outside of the daycare/preschool)

Cherith Campbell

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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.

 

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Kelsey Cranford

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November 14, 2012

Your peace which surpasses all understanding…

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The craziness of the semester has come to a hilt for me. This week has been the very essence of scrambling around trying to get everything done, turned in, and checked off my list. However, despite the stress, God has been making his blessings yet again evident to me and is continuing to give me his peace. So thankful for what he allowed me to experience and be a part of this week.

This last weekend there was a Nazarene youth conference called Breakaway here on campus. Nazarene youth groups from the Kansas City area joined together in College Church for a night of worship, speaking, and fellowship, as well as activities that lasted on throughout the night. My roommate Kai was a part of a MNU worship band a couple years ago called Sounds and Silences. Kai, her twin Marshall, and five other MNU students traveled to different Nazarene camps throughout the summer leading worship and participating as camp counselors and also lead worship for our chapels every week throughout the school year. Sounds and Silences was reunited to lead worship for Breakaway and asked me to join and sing with them. It was so refreshing getting to make music with these amazing people. Needless to say, we had a blast and this night was such an encouragement.

Don’t know if you’ve heard the buzz about this wonderful lady, but Miss Kylee Pearson is the newest addition to the Residential Life family, being the new Residential Educator in Spindle as of this semester. It has been so very good getting to know her heart because this gal is absolutely amazing. She brings a good conversation with her wherever she goes and always has a bright smile on her face, possessing the vibrant personality that makes every interaction with her most definitely worth-while. I have loved her genuineness and transparency, which is so refreshing, and her eagerness to hear others’ stories. What a blessing this woman has been and will continue to be to this community.

Yet another encouragement that God provided this week was getting to skype with a dear dear friend who lives in New York City. It was so crazy hearing about the chaos and havoc that has been so present in the city since Hurricane Sandy and all the damage that was caused. Yet, even though she has been immersed in parts of the city that have been completely devastated, helping clean out houses that are no more, she told me of the immense trust that she has in her Father. She explained that she has been experiencing such peace in him and is so rooted in the fact that he is in control. How intriguing and peace-giving it was for me to hear her heart and her deep trust in what God was doing in response to what was going on around her.

This all brings to mind a quote by C.S. Lewis that I’ll close out with.

“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Joey Alligier

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November 13, 2012

Breathe….

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I know life is crazy for me! Ups, downs, and every other possible direction! Sometimes, you just have to sit back and take in what God has to offer. When life gets busy and school gets psychotic, and everything becomes a blur, just remember to BREATHE. I mean look at the top picture, how does that not create awe? Everything is perfectly designed by God, in this picture and within us. Make time for Him and find Him in every facet of life! You just have to empty your hands so He can fill them. Even when you do this, Satan tries to make you worry and forget why you’ve trusted God for so long. When that happens just be like

After all, the dude has to FLEE at the sound of His GREAT name :) Don’t forget how you go this far!

Keep on and keep God my friends,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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November 12, 2012

Election Week

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It feels like the longest week in the history of my life.

The elephant on the blog is the presidential election this week. This was my first year to vote, and I feel like an adult officially! To remind us to vote, Professor Ford wore a Romney mask to class on Monday. He said he went to Wal-Mart for marked-down Halloween items. He wanted both a Romney and an Obama mask, but they sold out of Obama faces. He then suggested someone in a Stats class see if there is a correlation between masks sold on Halloween to which candidate wins office. Needless to say, this prof is a jokester!

I will say that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday everyone on Facebook and twitter seemed very angry one way or another about this election. I almost felt like we were all going to split apart into separate societies at times because of how everyone was posting political rants and points of view. (exaggeration.)  Longest 3 days ever!

But, the election is over. We have a president. And now we’re getting back on track with our lives. I’m thankful to live in a country where we can peacefully disagree with one another, discuss our points of view, and go back to being friends.

On Thursday during class, my good friend Emrald was chewing bubble gum. The administrative assistant for the business department keeps a treasure chest filled with candy for the students, and happened to fill it on this day. Lecture got a little dry and… well. We started screwing around. Long story short, I popped the biggest bubble ever and it got in her hair, covered her eye, and stuck in her eye lashes. Funniest moment of my day!

Then on Friday I was setting up for Senior Visit Day and a large group of people were out on the campus mall playing Ultimate Frisbee. My coworker and I were in a hurry so we took the above picture while driving about 10 MPH on a golf cart. Doesn’t seem that fast, but when there is no seat belt or door or road it feels like 60.

All of this to say, no matter what political party you represent, no matter how passionate you are about a particular candidate, here at MidAmerica we put our trust in the lamb, not the elephant or the donkey. At the end of the day, we care about each other and are friends to the end.

Over and out. Peace and Blessins.

Emily Lawler

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November 11, 2012

{Emily} DORM TOUR

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you enjoy seeing my room! Thanks for watching. See you next week.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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November 9, 2012

God Loves Us All: Even the Discouraged

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Discouragement:

  1. A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; despiritedness
  2. An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent

 

Why do we deal with discouragement so much?  Why does there always have to be something in the way?  Why does life have to be so hard?  These are questions I hear people ask every day.  There’s so many things in life that discourage us, as humans, that we can’t seem to avoid: death, failure, loss of friends, an abrupt change in plans.  Why does it seem that after we just get out of a bad time, and we finally experience peace, something has to throw us out of our happiness and into another trial?

I have noticed that in college, every day has a new trial.  Whether a paper is do, or you have a million things that need to get done, or you have to meet with your advisor, or work, or all of the above and a million more things.  My point is that there are a million things in this world that constantly bring us down.  Yet we still have to have faith as Christians that we can get through this.

In my Old Testament class we are going over the book of Job.  If anyone in history had an excuse to be discouraged it was Job.  In just the first few chapters of the book, Job loses everything: his family, his possessions, his health, he even loses his sense of connection with God.  Yet no matter what happened, he NEVER once curses God.  Even after his wife tries convincing him to curse God Job resists.  In chapter 2 verse 10 Job says “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  Job is accepting God, no matter what happens.  That’s so amazing to thing that even through his darkest times, Job was in love with the one and only God of the universe.  And in the New Testament, James says to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).  Not only are we to loved God in trials and discouragement, but we are to be joyful in them.  Why?  Because that is when we show God we love Him the most!

No matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you lose your confidence or enthusiasm, God is definitely something to be enthusiastic about.  So whether you have a series assignment due, you have to organize an event, your job is keeping you on your toes and you just don’t have the time to relax, or you just have your own personal trials to face, just remember it will be ok! Jesus says that “..in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  For I have overcome this world!” (John 16:33).  Jesus is more than this world, and He loves you with all of His heart.  No it is up to you to trust Him, even when you find trusting Him to be the hardest thing to do.

Cherith Campbell

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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…?

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