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Emily Lawler


February 10, 2013

{Emily} 100th Day of School

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Hey Guys,

My kids celebrated their 100th day of school on Friday, here is a quick video to tell you about it.


Phillip Prado


February 8, 2013

Vices in the Life of an MNU Pioneer

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1 Assignment! 2 Assignment! 3 Assignment! 4! 5 Assignment! 6 Assignment! 7 Assignment! MORE!

Then there’s a speech.

And an essay too!

I’m so overwhelmed!

My world is consumed!

I need to focus!

To get my work done!

Even if it’s boring!

And it’s really no fun!

I hope you enjoyed that poem right there!  I worked really hard on it. A whole three minutes maybe! But it is very fitting, don’t you think?  Homework is SOOOO consuming sometimes.  Yet we still need to focus and get it done.  I personally need to focus on my studies even more than I do now.  Procrastination is a weakness of mine, a vice!  If I think about it, there are a lot of “vices” that I have: my longboard, my bike, my lack of motivation to do homework, friends, the internet, and an unending list of other things that hold me back from reaching my full studious potential.  There really are a million things I can think of that I would rather do than my homework. No matter how much time I set aside to do my homework I still have to make it a point to get it done.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t HATE homework.  Honestly, it’s not that bad.  I just have a lot of other things I would rather do.  So here is a little incite to the college life: the hardest part about homework in college isn’t that it is difficult, but that there is a lot more fun, cool, exciting things to do than to do work and be bored.  Just keep that in mind as you are going into college for your first time.  Try building the habit of doing homework and eliminate the vices that hold you back.

P.S. – So this week is SCOUT week, by the way! SO HELLO to all you SCOUTers that came out here to MNU to “check out university turf!”  We are all glad you guys could make it and we hope you see something special in MNU like the rest of us here already do!  Thank you guys for coming out and we hope you enjoyed your time here.

Cherith Campbell


February 6, 2013

The one where you learn TWENTY-one new things.

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Learn TWENTY new things today:

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

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

Emily Lawler


February 6, 2013

{Emily} Substitute

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Hope you are having a lovely week.


Joey Alligier


February 5, 2013


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I know it’s just the beginning of February and the weather isn’t quite up to par with the mid-year months, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the best time of the year, right? Typically the summertime is full of carefree attitudes, little responsibility, and lots of adventures. I mean, with no school, no bedtime, and no guidelines things can get a little crazy, of course in a sane, wholesome, moral way!

However, this summer may be a little different. It will most likely not lack adventure, but will include hard work and some responsibility. As of now there are a few options on the table for what could happen.

1) Do nothing


2) Go back to Wichita to work and intern at a church


3) Try and be part of the PR team at MNU


4) Go to Europe for school


All of these options seem plausible and most seem to fit in God’s plan or would at least allow Him to work. It’s these times that are the hardest. It’s when you want to honor Him with all you do and there seems to be more than one “right” way. It’s not that I think God will smite me if I choose doing nothing, but I want to be placed where it benefits the Kingdom, helps others grow, and develops myself in who He is. I guess all I need to do is pray and pursue different options. Often times we need to quit trying so hard and just do something. If I wait until I’m “sure” of what I should do I will have most likely miss out on most, if not all, of these opportunities.

Don’t let the fear of failure or the wrong decision EVER keep you back from striving. God honors the fight, the desire when your heart is in the right place. I’m not saying don’t ask for direction or purpose from Him, but don’t sit on the sidelines so long that you miss the opportunity to play the game.

Life will present a lot of plausible paths, lots of questions, and numerous obstacles. Always remember to keep on and keep God


Allegra Vieux


February 1, 2013

My First Vlog

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Have I ever mentioned that my goal in life is to have my own talk show?

Seriously though. I’ve watched Oprah since I was 6. I’m not so much into the “Vlogging” concept, but I am into talking to people.

See, the way I see it is if people make millions off of talking to people, then that must mean people are interested in the lives of others. And if I like talking to people, and you like learning about other people then…

Ladies and Gents of MNU Blogs, I present, my first talk show. I’ll be interviewing real Pioneers in their real day to day lives. Title suggestions for the show are welcomed and encouraged.

Now, before you watch, let me make this perfectly clear: I lack all video production skills. Judge how awful the editing is if it’s what you feel the Lord calling you to do.

Terrin Garber Interview

Special thanks to Brent and Laurie Myers for hosting the show, Terrin Garber for sharing his life with us, and Jesus for making this possible.

Over and Out!

Phillip Prado


January 31, 2013

Be Mindful — Have No Fear

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Is it just me, or has this week been pretty bipolar???  I feel like I just fell straight out of a Katy Perry Song! Just a few days ago it was so hot I was dying of heat in my dorm.  Now its so cold I can’t feel my face! (Did ya catch the Hot ‘N Cold reference?? hehe) But for real, this Kansas weather is so dangerously close to the Nebraskan weather I am oh so use to: unexpected rise and falls in temperature.  This whole week has just been up and down!  First with the weather, then with homework, and even with things to do outside of school!  One day I’m packed with homework  and that’s the time everyone wants to do something! Then the next day I have no homework and there is NOTHING to do :\.

I just can’t wait for things to get into a steady groove!!  These first two weeks are super shaky and I am just waiting for all of the dust to settle; for all of the schedules to become routine; for the days to just fall into place.  Then the other day, when I was thinking about this need for routine, something odd kind of struck me.  Now before I explain what crossed my mind I would like to elaborate upon a little fact about myself: I over think EVERYTHING!  I find the deepest meaning in every little detail of life, from a feeling about school routine to a dirty shoe on the side of the road.  Everything means something to me.  So take what I’m about to say however you want.  ANYWAY!  SO I was thinking the other day about the whole routine spiel I was just talking about, and it hit me!  That’s kind of how we, as Americans, generally prefer life: on a schedule; according to plan; on the right track.  Why is that?  Why are we so content with life being “ordinary”?

I once heard a quote from one of the best actor’s of all time, the late Heath Ledger.  In playing the character The Joker in the second Batman movie, Batman: The Dark Night, The Joker is talking to Harvey Dent in a hospital bed and he says this: “Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plans are horrifying.”  This is sooo true!  If it’s expected people don’t usually have a problem with it.  It’s only in the times where something out of the ordinary happens that people lose their senses and panic.  When in actuality the only things that are extraordinary are the things that are out of the ordinary!  When we, as American citizens, as followers of Christ, settle for the ordinary then that’s what our lives will be like: ordinary; bland; plain.  So why do we settle?  Why do I want life to become simple?  That’s boring :\.

So that’s my challenge to all of you, and to myself:  accept the changes as opportunities to make something extraordinary.  Because if we settle for less then we will never grow, we will never thrive, we will never truly live.  Don’t be afraid to live!  Don’t be afraid to embrace something you are afraid of.  Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith or to go on an adventure.  Life is full of things to be afraid of, and if you let them scare you, then don’t expect to live out loud.  So stop settling, stop blending in, start growing, and start speaking out; Be Mindful — Have no Fear…


Cherith Campbell


January 30, 2013

The one where God is good.

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

But God is good. 

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

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

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

Emily Lawler


January 30, 2013

Joey Alligier


January 30, 2013

Tis the Seasons

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They say a lot can change in a short amount of time when it comes to Kansas weather. Having lived here for all 19.2 years of my life I can attest to this being the truth. However, the past 3 days have BLOWN MY MIND. 2 days ago the weather was around 66, beautifully sunny, and all around glorious! I wore shorts to class, ran back from the gym, and didn’t wear a jacket to work. Yesterday started out nice, I mean, I LOVE the rain! Then it started to get REAL cold while still raining, NO THANKS. Then I woke up this morning and it literally shocked me when I looked outside. The ground was covered and it was still coming down. The wind is piercing and the snow keeps getting in my shoes. So, here at MNU we have experienced about all the seasons in the past 3 days.

In my devotion this morning I stumbled upon the verse Deuteronomy 32:2. It says, “Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants.”

It’s as if God has been showing me something (as if He really ever stops). As I am going through something it’s perfect that some days can be so amazing, shorts worthy, seemingly perfect. But when we open ourselves up to God and the help He offers it may not look as pretty as our humanistic imagination presents perfection, but what comes from the renewal of rain and the flooding of the Holy Spirit taking over our lives is unmatched by anything in this life. Then when God tries to use dew or a thunderstorm with no avail at obtaining our attention, he sorts to something more extreme like snow. I guess this may be my mind just being my mind and thinking kind of peculiar, but I believe the Lord does speak through nature and he is always calling us to learn more and disruptive our lives to experience him more. Let His cleansing, loving, powerful “rain” empower you.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey Alligier