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November 6, 2014

Meet Siska

November 6, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hi, friends! During Homecoming week, I decided to sponsor a child through Compassion International, which was one of the best decisions I could have made, but also a very unexpected decision.

As a Christ follower who grew up going to lots of Christian concerts, I’ve heard the “sponsor a child tonight” speech countless times. Every time, I would wish that I could, but never did because I didn’t have the money and I thought I was too young.

As a member of Rend Collective eased into yet another “sponsor a child tonight” speech at the concert Friday night, I reached for my phone and planned to tune out the entire thing. I thought I knew exactly what he was going to say, and I also thought I knew exactly what my answer was going to be… “no.”

It’s not that I didn’t want to sponsor a child, because I’ve always thought it would be a cool idea, I just didn’t think I was qualified to. As a college student with no steady paycheck, I tried to tell myself that my financial state was reason enough to decline this invitation to change someone’s life. As I half-listened to the speech that night, I felt my heartstrings being pulled – really hard. I thought I was hearing God tell me to sponsor a child, but I wasn’t totally sure that it was Him.

As the speech came to a close, the guy from Rend Collective asked everyone who was interested to raise their hands, and Compassion International volunteers would come around and give us a child packet.

As I raised my hand, I told God, “Alright, if you’re truly telling me to sponsor a child, then give me a really cute little girl that I can’t say no to.” I was also praying super hard that He would provide the funds for me to do this, because I was nearly positive He was calling me to sponsor a child (and I was scared that I couldn’t do it).

When I received my packet, I opened it up to find the most beautiful little girl. Her name is Siska and she’s from Indonesia. She loves church activities, singing, art, and playing with dolls. And I love her.

Once I saw her, deciding to sponsor Siska was an easy decision to make. I was so excited to sign up and I wasn’t even worried about the financial aspect of it. I knew that I wanted to help this girl.

My friend, Brandon, and I ended up sponsoring her together. I’m really stoked to start this journey and write her tons of letters. I’m already thinking about what to get her for Christmas… it’s so fun! I can’t wait to get to know her and be a part of her life.

This Tuesday in chapel, a representative from Compassion International came and spoke. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time, knowing that other MNU students were hearing about the opportunity that I had the previous week. When service was over, I saw lots of MNU students crowded around the Compassion International table. My heart smiled super big.

Sponsoring a child is a huge decision, and not one to be taken lightly, but it’s definitely rewarding. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on Siska!

(If you want to learn more about Compassion International, visit www.compassion.com)

-KT

Samantha Moore

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November 4, 2014

Be Blessed!

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Ashlea’s Senior day! My roommate who plays soccer played in her last home soccer game of the season Saturday! ash senior day

It was also French’s senior day! French is obviously from France and I got to walk with him for his senior day since his parents live in France. He has been one of my best friends for four years now and is aways making me laugh and making me smile. He is one of the funniest guys I know and is one of my best friends!

french senior day

When Sonic gives away .50 cent corn dogs on Halloween you obviously have to get one. This is Marissa! She was my roommate my Freshman and Sophomore year and we have been great friends since then. She is always here for me and we are always doing something fun! She is a fellow Psych major!

corn dogs

This is Lauren and my beautiful engaged sister. We had a birthday party on Saturday for my friend Taylor! These two girls make me laugh.

erica lauren Okay I had to post a picture of my BEST FRIEND Remi aka my Corgi. She was a bumble bee for halloween so this is a picture of her in her costume on Halloween night! Isn’t she just the cutest.

halloweenComment and I would love to chat with you guys!!

Haley Raydo

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November 3, 2014

My Nights In with Dr. Meredith Grey, Dwight K. Schrute, & Haley James Scott

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Hello friends!

Can you believe it’s November? Because I can’t!  But no complaints from me, this is my favorite month of the year! Anyways.. I am sitting here jamming to Taylor Swift’s new album (yeah me and all my roommates are a little obsessed you can follow me on twitter if you want to really understand my obsession: @haleyraydo) wondering what I should write about this week.  Between the heartbreak from the Royals (I am still a very proud, loyal fan), us putting up our Christmas decorations (yes we are those people), again our suite’s obsession with Taylor Swift, me writing more music diligently, and what not… its been hard to think of a lot of other things (including our studies whoops).  Thats life though, its easy to get distracted from what is really important… like Netflix, Netflix is important right?

Seriously though, how much of my time goes toward watching Netflix?  Um a big chunk. It’s seriously a time-sucking machine.  I think one of the biggest lies people tell themselves, “I’ll just watch one more episode.” No you won’t!  Its a trap!  I mean from the Dr Meredith Grey to Dwight Schrute, these people really make me happy.

Now here is the standard argument against Netflix.  It becomes an activity that takes us away from the opportunities from what is around us! First of all think about all the quiet times with the Lord you could have, the extra hours of studying, the time to take a friend out for coffee, a chance to get out and volunteer, and so forth.  Don’t fall into the modern time sucking machine! Your time is valuable.

Now I am going to be crazy and argue FOR NETFLIX.  We all have stressors in this life and it is always good to have a time to unwind and relax.  If you are going first to the Father for comfort then there is nothing wrong with a little Netflix!  If you find the right and appropriate show and use self-discipline why not! We all need that time.  Been studying for hours? Unwind, plop your feet up and watch a show.  I mean some can even be educational I mean who knew you could grow your own trachea? Watch Grey’s Anatomy and you can see how Alex Karev does it.

alex karev

Am I making stuff up?  Probably but hey if we are filling our minds with clean things, not neglecting our responsibilities, putting the Lord and our time with Him first, and maintaing relationships with friends and family, how could it be a problem?  There is no shame in a Friday night-in with Netflix!

P.S. My favorite shows: The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey (not on Netflix unfortunately), One Tree Hill. And yes I know two of those are extremely depressing, I have to work in The Office to make me feel better.  Why I still watch shows that make me sob who knows- I think I am just a bit emotionally invested.

Thanks for stopping by,

Haley

Also let me know what shows you recommend!

Mariah McCommon

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November 3, 2014

No Sleep, Lots of Fun

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Wassup!

Tonight I’m talking about incredible dorm life. It’s awesome.

First off dorm life is the way to go when considering college, even if you live in the same town. All of the RA’s are super duper amazing and our RE is also spectacular! I always go to my RA if I need anything at all or just a nice little chat. She’s great with those. :)

All of the girls here are so nice and friendly so it’s easy to find a good group of girls to chill with. I’m friends with girls upstairs, downstairs, and even girls in the upperclassmen dorms. It’s fun to just walk down the halls and walk into a room and start talking to someone. Open doors means “come on in!” Most of the time anyway. Be careful, though, they might be changing… whoops. That’s awkward.

I advise not being that person to curl up in their room all the time because it’s much more fun to meet people! I’m a part of many different friend groups, but I think I have found one I’ll stick with. And I by group I don’t mean clique. Those don’t exist. I’ve been able to open up more and be myself around these girls and that’s been hard for me this year. Now that I have a bunch of girl friends, it’s like I’m invincible! Whenever I have a bad day, I walk into a friend’s room and BOOM, all better.

If you like your sleep like me, forget it. You won’t get much sleep. But it’s completely worth it, though. So many memories are made in the dorms that you’ll treasure forever. And make sure to take a ton of photos with friends!! We live by the selfie here. No shame whatsoever. Whether it’s watching movies until 3 in the morning, hall parties, or even studying, it’s always a great time. Everyone loves each other and that’s the way it should be!

Now, that whole sleep thing, I’m going to try and do that. Until next week!

That's right. Call of Duty.

That’s right. Call of Duty.

 

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Aaron Merrell

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November 1, 2014

Future Fears

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Trusting everyone has had a fantastic week, and I hoping you’re all enjoying your weekend.  My weekend consists of hanging with friends for Halloween, spending some time at home, and performing with MNU Choirs tomorrow at 3:30!

This week, my brother gave me a great topic to think about: the future.

The future used to terrify me more than anything.  I used to think about my college plans, then about real life and grad school, and it would all get me terribly stressed out. Picking a school, picking a major, and from there a career, and where I wanted to go with that career eventually, and then about starting a family are unavoidable topics and they are every important to think about.  Though it is imperative that we remember to discuss these topics, we also need to remember that what’s going on currently in our lives is also a priority.

In order to train myself not to panic about the future, who would leave my life and who would enter, I had to stop placing so much urgency on those decisions.  Like I said, we need to make the decisions, but we won’t make the right choice unless we slow down and consider everything separately.  After we have considered this, we can think about the future and what the decision is going to mean for our future lives and families.

The future has become an exciting place for me rather than a scary one.  Just by calming down and taking a step back once in a while, I have realized how excited I am to graduate and start working, wherever I happen to move, whatever I happen to do, and whoever I happen to be with.  I know that if I put my faith and trust in Him, I will make the right decisions and follow his will, as I constantly work to make his will my will.

 

It’s all a process, but it’s not too much of a difficult one. Just continue to pray about choices, the future and ask God to make his plan clear to you!  You can find so much truth and evidence of His faithfulness to your present, which was once your future. just by studying his word, something that takes nearly no time to do every day.

 

Praying everyone has a blessed rest of your weekend and next week!

See you soon!

-Aaron.

Katie Linsey

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October 30, 2014

Homecoming Week

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Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)

Enjoy!

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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October 30, 2014

Just Became an Uncle!!!!!!!

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Yesterday I found out that my cousin Jacque gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I was shocked when I heard, I found out right before practice.

This is my cousin Jacque (left) and her sister Mitchelle (right) before my Uncle's wedding a couple of years ago.

This is my cousin Jacque (left) and my other cousin Mitchelle (right) before my Uncle’s wedding a couple of years ago.

Anyway enough about my cousin, its all about the baby right now. First of all the baby’s name is Leo Njinu. He was 3.2 kgs or 7.1 lbs. He is so adorable and cute, I’m mad that I haven’t even seen him yet.

Look at him he is so cute. I can't believe that I'm his uncle and i can't wait to meet him.

Look at him he is so cute. I can’t believe that I’m his uncle and I can’t wait to meet him.

Well this is a new frontier for me. It is just amazing to think that I’m an uncle now. It’s just a shame that I haven’t been able to meet him yet. Leo, welcome to the family and I’m excited to watch you grow. I can’t wait to meet you and see the man you become.

 

Samantha Moore

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October 28, 2014

Be: Homecoming Queen

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Guys,

Homecoming week is over… what do I do with my life now?! Here are a few pictures from the past week for y’all to enjoy:

jorge

This is Jorge! We walked together for Homecoming court and ended up winning together! He makes a pretty handsome King if I do say so myself, he is a RA on campus!

crown

This is Lippi! He is my best friend! We went to high school together and he came to MNU when I was a sophomore to play soccer! Since he came here we have had multiple classes together and finally introduced ourselves even though we already knew each other. And now, we are best friends. He is so great to me and always encourages and supports me. Love you Leapster! 
asg hoedown

This is the squad also known as ASG! Luke, Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Kylen, Duby, Josh, Lauren and then me! We spend a lot of time together and sometimes too much time. I love each and every one of them though and could not imagine my senior year without them.

eddieThis is Eddie! I talked about him in a previous post, any who he was up for Homecoming King for seniors this year. It was also his first year to go to Homecoming. It was a blast!

loro

This is one of my best friends Lorena! We have gotten so close over the past two years she has been here and I am so glad she came into my life. I would not survive MNU without her and she brightens up everyones day! This was at the Bon Fire and Car Bach that we had.

stacy homeocmingLove this girl! This is Stacy and I talk about her a lot! She is one of my roommates and I am so glad we went to Homecoming together because we had so much fun! Senior year would honestly not be the same if she was not in my life constantly. We are always hanging out and are always either going to sporting events together or watching sporting events! Anyways, I LOVED MY DRESS!

 

Comment and I would love to chat!

Sammy

 

Haley Raydo

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October 27, 2014

Life Update: Homecoming & A Thought on Hope

October 27, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

So, homecoming week has come and gone… and let me just say it was a blast! SO many fun memories were made; ASG did a fantastic job! Also I have a random thought I have been thinking about this last week.  Although it was nice to have a bit of distraction from some of the struggles of life with all the fun events of Homecoming week… I have in the last few weeks been a little down…. But don’t worry there is HOPE!  I have a quick thought I would like to share on that in a bit… but here are some pictures of a FANTASTIC Homecoming week!

We had a movie night, a hoedown, a homecoming dance, and a football game where we BEAT BAKER (if you aren’t a Pioneer you may not understand but that is a big deal around here!).

movie night homecoming

hoedown girls

group homecoming picture

royals homecoming

(Yes I wore my Royals jersey over my dress… I am that dedicated).

All that to say it was a crazy and busy week let me tell you!

Now thats homecoming, let me give you just a quick thought of the day and then I’m done rambling.

I have really been reading and thinking a lot about hope the last few weeks.  For many reasons I have been kind of in the dumps with some personal issues but mostly with the uncertainty of life and exactly my calling.  Whether you’re a Christian or not we all go through these times.  And these are times that help you grow.  But beyond all that I have been realizing there is hope.  Some lyrics from a song, Anchor, by Hillsong go like this:

There is hope in the promise of the cross, You gave everything to save the one you love, and that hope is an anchor for my soul, my God will stand unshakeable!

Man I love that! It gives me the chills! I think when I am sad or overwhelmed sometimes I think God is surprised or He can’t handle it.  But He is UNSHAKEABLE.  And because of His promise of love on the cross, we can have hope!  Hope that there is a God who is constant, who loves and cares, and who wants what is best for us.  When everything around us seems chaotic or maybe there is a lot of hurt… remember these song lyrics! I think if we can have hope in Christ (who He is and what He has done) which coincides with trust, we can be more diligent in being patient through the trials and the pain.  Just wait and see what God will do when you regain a piece of hope in Him.

What that has to do with Homecoming, or what Homecoming has to do with Hope?  No one will ever know.  It has just been my life the last week though :)

Anyways..

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Luther Okeyo

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October 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom (well sort of)

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Last Saturday was my mom’s birthday and I’ll be honest with you I’m a huge mommas boy. You see I’m an only child and for as long as I can remember it just been my mom and I taking on every challenge that life threw at us.

This my mom, Grace Mbere Gachanja. The most wonderful woman in my life. Look at us representing even when I was little.

This my mom, Grace Mbere Gachanja. The most wonderful woman in my life. Look at us representing even when I was little.

She has accomplished a lot of things just during my lifetime, let alone here. She is my rock, my inspiration when I’m down, and she always knows just what to say (as all mothers should). We both born in Kenya, a country in East Africa. Back in the day my mom was quite the athlete and she was a beast on the track, she ran the 400 & 800 meters in high school. She then went to college and became a nurse. (She had me along the way but most of that information is classified.) My mom was trailblazer in outr family, she was the first person to go to college, the first to graduate from college and just to top it all of she got her Ph.D just over a year ago.

The day my mom graduated from grad school. I couldn't be more proud of her and she is always setting the standard but don't worry I'll be right behind here.

The day my mom graduated from grad school. I couldn’t be more proud of her and she is always setting the standard but don’t worry I’ll be right behind here. (What am I pointing at)

Sure I could tell you about all of her accomplishments but you wanna know why she is so important to me? Back when we used to in Iowa (Oh oh Midwest Shout Out!), my mom worked three jobs, found a way to put me through school, while she was also going to school to receive her masters degree, and she still was there for me when I needed like when I was in accident in the 4th grade and my bike was destroyed (I know it sounds bad, but actually it’s a funny story, but that’s for another time.) If she was able to do all that, I have no excuse. I’m going to do everything in my power to be there for her. Happy Birthday Mom, I can’t wait to see you again.