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Luther Okeyo

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March 13, 2015

Do you even lift bro?

March 13, 2015 | By | One Comment

You know one of the best things about MNU is meeting new people and hearing the stories that brought them to MNU & how MNU has changed them. Well this story is one of my favorites. Ladies and gentlemen meet Janelle Schafer. I call her Ms. J. Ms. J is from Centennial, Colorado. She is also one of the strongest people you will ever meet, both physically and mentally. It would just take too long to describe Ms. J to you and I do not wanna set the record for the longest MNU Blog ever.

This picture perfectly describe Ms. J. She is an inhuman bundle of energy who can always get you to smile no matter what. This display that you're seeing here is something I have only seen Jangle do. It's called Koalaing, I've never been Koalaed but It does look kinda cool.

This picture perfectly describe Ms. J. She is an inhuman bundle of energy who can always get you to smile no matter what. This display that you’re seeing here is something I have only seen Janelle do. It’s called Koalaing, I’ve never been Koalaed but It does look kinda cool.

The best things about Ms. J (well at least for me) are her amazing determination and her ability to make everyone around her feel better with her boundless amount of energy. I can never stay mad around Ms. J, she always just knows how to make me. (To be honest with you it’s kinda wierd how she always does that.)

Ms. J is a woman of many talents. Apart from being a MNU cheerleader, she is also lifts weight competitively. She is the strongest woman (like literally I’ve never even seen anyone who can even come close to her in the weight room.) In the weight room at MNU there is a handwritten note that says, “Somewhere there is a little Chinese girl warming up with your max.”

I still remember the first time I saw this picture. It's kinda funny but it's also true. We don't really have to look at the picture anymore to see "a Chinese girl who warms up with your max" all you have to do is walk into the wieght room everyday and see it happen in real life (although I don't know if Janelle is of Chinese dissent or not.)

I still remember the first time I saw this picture. It’s kinda funny but it’s also true. We don’t really have to look at the picture anymore to see “a Chinese girl who warms up with your max” all you have to do is walk into the weight room everyday and see it happen in real life (although I don’t know if Janelle is of Chinese dissent or not.)

Ms. J is also really into cross fit and you can tell it has done wonders for her. She has also surrounded herself with people who push her to reach her goals. She wants to compete in the big ESPN national tournament. When she is with her squad, you immediately can tell that they are a close knit family plus they all look like they all should be a cover a fitness magazine.

Janelle and her squad. I mean look at them... you just see them on a magazine cover somewhere.

Janelle and her squad. I mean look at them… you just see them on a magazine cover somewhere.

You guys should see her in the weight room she is a monster, but she is always willing to help anyone who need it. I’ve asked plenty questions back when I was in there lifting with her about my form and technique. I can’t tell you how many times she has made the football team just stare in awe of her and the way she lifts. Even though they won’t say it, there are a lot of guys who wish they could be as strong her, I know I would love to be as strong as her.

Mrs. J and her lifting partner Garrick Sargento, they always lift together.  I don't think I've never not seen them lifting together. Garrick is her rock, her rival, and her best friend.

Mrs. J and her lifting partner Garrick Sargento, they always lift together. I don’t think I’ve never not seen them lifting together. Garrick is her rock, her rival, and her best friend. They are always pushing each other to reach new heights.

Last semester, Janelle represented the USA in Chang Mai, Thailand in the 4th annual World University Weightlifting Championship. Janelle and her team finished in 3rd place and got to explore Thailand a little bit.

Janelle Shafer in Thailand, represent the USA in olympic weightlifting. Her and her team got 3rd place.

Janelle Schafer in Thailand, representing the USA in Olympic weightlifting. She competed in

Here she is I guess trying to put a tiger... it's ok Ms. J I would be scared to pet the tiger too. First of all I wouldn't even be that close to thing, no matter how majestic it looks.

Here she is I guess trying to put a tiger… it’s Ok Ms. J I would be scared to pet the tiger too. First of all I wouldn’t even be that close to thing, no matter how majestic it looks.

If your reading this right now, I hope you guys get the opportunity to meet Janelle. There is no one else like her, she is a woman of many talents, and she burn with a passion that will take here to great places and help here accomplish amazing feats. I won’t surprised to see in ESPN one day doing something amazing and shocking the rest of the world, and I’ll just be sitting there like.. it’s about time that the world learned about Janelle and how amazing she is.

Katie Linsey

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March 12, 2015

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week

March 12, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

This week is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week at MNU, so I thought I’d take a few moments to give some shout-outs to a few faculty/staff members that have made a personal impact on my freshman year so far.

1. Laura Hahn

Laura is amazing for too many reasons to list. To name a few, she’s selfless, encouraging, genuine, and really stinkin’ cares about the residents on campus. She goes out of her way to serve others on a daily basis, which is something I look up to a lot. She is also hilarious and easy going… it’s good to talk to her for some de-stress time. Thanks for being you! And having an awesome dog.

2. Pete Brumbaugh

I’ve mentioned him on my blog before, so you all probably already know that he was an amazing boss for the fall Phonathon. I haven’t worked for him in months, but he still makes an effort to keep up with my life. I love chatting with him in Campus Center and I am confident that he truly cares about all students on a deep level. Thanks for being a friendly boss, even when you’re not technically my boss.

3. Professor St. John 

I am almost positive that Professor St. John makes everyone’s list. He deserves to be appreciated for so many reasons. He cares about students on a crazy awesome level. His interactions with all students are so meaningful and encouraging. He has a pretty rad Instagram account, too. Thanks for taking time to eat lunch with students and sharing your wisdom with this campus.

4. Kelly Chesley

Kelly is an awesome and encouraging student blogging boss. It’s so fun to see her when we have meetings, or when I randomly show up in Dobson to chat for a bit. I know that she truly cares about all of the bloggers. She gives great advice and encourages us to be the best we can be. Thanks for giving me opportunities to use my talents/hobbies on campus and encouraging me in many ways.

5. Kim Campbell

Kim rocks. I know that whenever I see her on campus, I will be greeted with a sincere smile and have a great conversation about whatever is on our minds that day. I know that I can trust her to have my best interest in mind when it comes to anything in my life. She’s super positive, encouraging, and genuine. Thanks for being a light in my life!

6. Amy Curtis

Amy is so nice and smart… those are the first two words that come to my mind when I think of her. I don’t get to chat with her as often as I’d like, but I know she’s always there if I have a question about blogging (HTML is difficult… I couldn’t survive it without her). Thanks for always smiling and being helpful!

Those are just a few of the many faculty/staff members that have made an impact. I appreciate every single one of them. They each make this campus a beautiful place in unique ways.

Students… make sure to tell your “favorites” that you appreciate them!

-KT

Pete Brumbaugh and Gideon’s Army (Phonathon Team 2014)

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Laura Hahn and a few freshmen making a snowman.

Professor St. John taking a selfie with the crowd at a basketball game. (Photo courtesy of @prof_ksj Instagram account)

 

(Unedited version of cover photo courtesy of @mnupioneers Instagram account)

Mariah McCommon

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March 8, 2015

Moments Like This

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Hello all!

With Spring Break approaching quickly, I’ve been cramming to get everything done. Last week, I had a midterm on Thursday, and 2 tests and a paper due on Friday. I was up pretty late on Wednesday and Thursday to say the least.

Lately I’ve been deep in thought with life. Life is so full of great moments. As cliché as that sounds, it is cliché because that’s just how I roll. This semester as flown by and I can’t even begin to describe how blurry everything seems. I don’t even remember what I had for lunch yesterday! After awhile, the days really do start to blur together with being so busy all the time. It’s discouraging at times, but it makes me appreciate those days when I can take a little break and relax. In high school that’s all I ever did. I never did homework and worked all the time. I sat at home in front of the TV being completely unproductive. I can’t say that now! I honestly don’t like watching TV anymore unless KU is playing. I rather be with people making memories.

Here at MNU I have gained so many great friends and made lasting relationships with people. At the beginning of the year I was so concerned about making friends: now I have too many to count! Plus I’m big on photo taking and love capturing moments I’ll never get back just like any other girl. I have been slacking this year with taking photos, but honestly it’s because I’m so busy all the time. I barely have time to even think. I wish I had a better memory and could remember each of them vividly, but that’s just not what God gifted me with. I will say, that the photo at the top of this post means so much to me. This little girl was shy at first, but once she opened up to me, friendship instantly ignited. I’ve only gotten to know her three Sundays, but if there’s one thing to know about kids, it’s that they steal your heart and never give it back. This girl stole mine and I don’t think I’ll be getting it back any time soon. I also work with kids at my off-campus job.

Here are some other memories I’d like to share:

I was just telling my grandma yesterday how it feels like high school was a different lifetime. Let me explain. I never moved growing up so I was around the same people Kindergarten through Senior Year. It was all I’ve ever known. Coming here without knowing many people at all was a struggle. By the way, I taught my grandpa how to use the phrase “I’m driving/riding the struggle bus.” Anyway, since time has flown by, I feel like I’ve been in college longer than I truly have. High school faded like a dream. Then again, I may just have a terrible memory, which I’m pretty sure I do.

I may not be the best advice giver, but I really encourage taking every moment for what it is because you’ll never get them back. I’m still learning that myself so I’m not saying I’m perfect at it by any means. Plus with this weather, I don’t understand how you can’t admire the beauty of the outdoors.

I’m excited to mention that my next blog post will be from Colorado!! I’m going on a mission trip for Spring Break and not to make anyone jealous, but it’s in the mountains. God has amazing things planned for this trip and don’t worry, I’ll do better at taking pictures!!

Blessings.!

Aaron Merrell

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March 8, 2015

After Awakening

March 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

So, last time, I wrote about an event we were putting on called Awakening. I figured I would write a follow up entry about how the event went.

After set up with the band, the grillers and the other ASG Class Council members, people started to arrive. I was pretty nervous that there would be barely any people there, but we actually had far more than any of us expected. Of course it’s not all about the numbers when it comes to a worship event, but it was a huge encouragement to see so many people there.

After about 45 minutes of eating, chatting and general fellowship with people from every class level at MNU, we got started with worship. We kicked this part off with scripture and prayer, then dove into worship through song. It was a great time of intimate worship, and the band did an excellent job of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

We plan on doing a few more installments of Awakening throughout the rest of the semester, so the first event was truly a great launchpad for us. We were able to see what went well and what didn’t, and now we can apply that at the next Awakening. We also got to hear from some other students about their passions and some ideas they have for the event. I’m so excited to see how God is going to use this event for his glory.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week!

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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March 6, 2015

#MNUSLR

March 6, 2015 | By | One Comment

Two weekends ago, some students from MNU went on a Spiritual Life Retreat, where Dr. Fine spoke about having a spirit of faith. It really impacted my faith life, and I could go on and on about what the Lord revealed to me through Dr. Fine, but instead of rambling for hours, here’s the main takeaways from the weekend.

  • It’s important to be in the Word, establish a Sabbath, and enjoy solitude/meditation/listening to God.
  • Get scripture in your subconscious.
  • Know who you are and what you have in Christ.
  • Being in the Word can renew your mind and emotions.
  • We should internalize, externalize, and visualize the Word of God.

The main thing I (re)learned that weekend was the importance of consistently and intentionally being in the Word. It was healthy to be reminded of that and have a renewed understanding of the power of the Word in our lives.

“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.” Psalm 119:5-6

When we live in a posture of prayer and study the Word consistently, we learn who we are and what we have in Christ. The Word is rooted in us and it becomes habitual to think in the ways of Christ.

As I’ve been in the Word this week, God has been reminding me that when we walk in His ways we are blessed (Psalm 119:2). He also promises that we will never fall (2 Peter 1:10), shall not be put to shame (Psalm 119:6), and are satisfied, preserved, upheld, and raised up (Psalm 145:14-20).

God knows what we need better than we do because He knows us better than we know ourselves. That’s why we can confidently trust Him to provide for us in His timing and His way.

There are so many unknowns in my life. I have so many questions. But, I serve a God that has my best interest in mind, therefore I don’t need all the answers. Our God can be trusted because He is ALWAYS faithful and true.

I hope these words that the Lord has given to me can encourage and empower you to live in a spirit of faith. I hope you continue (or start) to press into the spiritual discipline of studying the Word and listening for God’s voice in your life. It’s important. The reward of obedience and persistence is far greater than the reward of fulfilling your own desires on your own timing.

Trust Him.

-KT

#MNUSLR 1

Photo courtesy of Kara Stallings

#MNUSLR 2

Photo courtesy of Brady Braatz

Original version of cover photo courtesy of Amanda Doerhoff

 

Samantha Moore

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March 5, 2015

Be: Student Body President

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So, my friend Duby (Director of Student Ministries for ASG) wrote a rap for me on President’s Day. I thought i would share it with you guys so you see a year in the life of the President and what goes on in-between all the events, meetings and other fun things we do. We are one big family and it is so fun to be able to be a part of something that challenges you. I love my ASG family and I would not be the person I am today without the journey from the last four years on ASG.

Sam, Happy President’s Day

I hope yours was ok

Ok let me be clear

It has been fun on ASG- overall a good year

With a bunch of food and a whole lot of events

This is college- having fun is common sense

Anyways enough is enough we will look back

There are times I thought ASG was real wack

Think of the trip to Ohio that was quite the hike

Ron off roading, 37 times like we were on a mountain bike

Or the time we went to pin stripes all night

Hanging with each other, watching the musical Christmas lights

And all the things that were said or the comments that were made

Like Sam not going to church which is what Luke did persuade

But things get better this is just the start

Don’t forget all the trips with Kylen to get water at Wal-Mart

Or maybe another memory basically senior of the year

Voted as Homecoming Queen gave ASG quite a cheer

Lets go back to November to the Board of Trustees

I drove in the circle with Lauren yelling yippee

Putting up with me and Josh, oh my gosh, I cant go there

Did you ever realize he has like perfect hair

The time the air horn got passed around the whole office

Started with Alyssa, then me, then you- that was flawless

And KristiRose always screaming Turt

While Presley is once again wearing an old ladies skirt

To end this presidential decree

Am thankful to remind you of some of ASG’s history

Enjoy until next time kitties!!!!

-S

Aaron Merrell

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March 5, 2015

Awakening

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Hey y’all,

This week, I’m going to talk about an event that the sophomore ASG class council is putting on, and which I’m lucky enough to be involved in.

At the start of the semester, our class president, Austin Petellin, asked us what our vision for the campus for this semester is.  The thought of a spiritual awakening really resonated with the council.  So, we began to plan an event.

We came up with a recurring event which will be on a few select Thursdays throughout the rest of the semester. The event is called Awakening, and the first one is tonight.

The event is centered around getting together and eating together, and, more importantly, worshiping together.  We’ll have a cook-out, and then gather for a time of worship with no agenda.  We have a passion to see this campus changed, and are trying to make steps to realize that change, this being one of them.  The time of worship will start after we get done serving food, and we are just going to chase after God.

The class council is SO excited to see how God is going to show up tonight, and we want you to be a part of it!  If you’re a current student, please come and join us, and if you’re coming to MNU soon, or are even just considering coming to MNU, please pray with us tonight at 6pm from wherever you are.

I can’t wait to see what happens tonight!

Have an awesome week,

Aaron

Haley Raydo

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March 2, 2015

The End It Movement

March 2, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends

Today I wanted to share something I am so passionate about.  It stirs my soul, angers me from deep within my body.  27 million. 27 million in bondage today.  Human trafficking and slavery is evil. How could anyone take a woman, an innocent child, or anyone and use them for their own personal gain.  It completely shatters my heart.  That these people men, women, and children are in bondage. I want to see it end.  February 27th, this past Friday, was awareness day for slavery.  Today I encourage you to do a few things if you feel so moved.

1. Pray.  Please pray.  Write it down to help you remember.

2. Educate.  Learn more so we can find ways to make an end.

3. Spread awareness.  Educate others.

4. Donate.  If you can and feel so moved!

The End It Movement website has some really interesting things you can learn more about the statistics and specifics and also how you can donate!  I encourage you to be a part of this movement.

https://secure.enditmovement.com

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Mariah McCommon

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March 2, 2015

We Are Pioneers

March 2, 2015 | By | One Comment

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past. Not just my past, but just “the past.” Times are rapidly changing as we are all aware of, but I think it’s healthy to take a moment to breathe and appreciate where we come from. As a student of MNU, I should probably know more about the history of MNU, but don’t you worry! I’ve done my research.

First off, a pioneer is someone who “is among the first to explore a new country or area” (Google’s definition). We have this phrase or motto which clarifies “We are NOT settlers, we are PIONEERS!” It’s pretty catchy if I do say so myself. My take on our motto is: we don’t settle for less, but we strive for greatness and look for all the possible opportunities in life.

Some guy a long, long time ago had this wild idea to start a school. I couldn’t find in my research but if I recall correctly, this guy was given loans from the Nazarene Church. They saw his passion and decided to help out. Then, in 1966, God said, “Let there be MidAmerica Nazarene. On top of a hill. In Kansas.” And at that time it wasn’t quite a University. All of the buildings that stand tall now weren’t always here obviously. I wish I could say when the dorms were built, but I’m not exactly sure.

In 1968, 263 students walked through the doors of MidAmerica. The president at the time was R. Curtis Smith. He seems like a pretty cool guy! He was the first of five total presidents that this school has seen. Our wonderful president now, Dr. David Spittal is doing a tremendous job of keeping this school on its feet and growing the people in it.

MNU was at one time called “MANC” which also stands for MidAmerica Nazarene College. My parents and grandparents still sometimes call it Manc and I have to ask them to say it again correctly. The “College” part of the name was replaced with “University” in 1977 because we’re just special like that.

With all this lovely information I have given you, there’s also a video to go along with it. As freshman we were shown this at the beginning of the year. It’s pretty cool and it’s short stay entertained for another minute or two!

We Are Pioneers from MidAmerica Nazarene University on Vimeo.

Now that you know a little bit more the beautiful MNU, have a great week!!

Katie Linsey

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February 27, 2015

Worship According To KT

February 27, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

Worship. What a word. It’s tossed around so much… so what does it really mean anyway?

If you were to ask me in middle school/early high school what worship is, I would’ve told you, “It’s something I do on Sunday mornings at church.” In other words, I thought worship was something that could only happen when music was playing.

Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As I realized my desperation for God in the last two years of high school, He began to bring me into a loving relationship with Him. It was then that He revealed to me what worship really is. It’s not about the songs we sing, whether we close our eyes or lift our hands… it’s about our hearts. It’s about the way we live our lives. Romans 12:1 says that presenting our bodies as a LIVING SACRIFICE is our SPIRITUAL WORSHIP.

Worshipping God = Living the life that He’s called us to. Worship happens when we walk outside and admire a beautiful sunrise. It happens when we look into our peers’ eyes and see beauty. It happens when we love the person that has wronged us. It happens when we study the Word of God. It happens when we cry out to Him in times of despair. It happens when we surrender our ways to the ways of Christ and literally be the hands and feet of Jesus in this broken, hurting world.

One of my favorite ways to worship God is through song. Times of corporate worship in chapel and at church are sacred, blessed times in my life. My two favorite things in this world are Jesus and music, so when I get to take a passion of mine (singing) and use it to give glory to God, it’s a wonderful thing. I’ve spent countless hours in front of a piano, looking up chords on Ultimate Guitar, and pouring my heart out to Jesus. In those moments, I forget where I am. I forget what I sound like. I forget everything that’s going on in my life and I give praise to the One who is worthy. Worship through song has played a huge part in my walk with Christ. Before I worship, I always pray that God will rid me of distractions and reveal Himself to me in a new way. He never disappoints, friends. It’s powerful stuff.

Since I talk about my love for music and singing often, I figured I’d record a bit of my most recent worship time in the Bell practice rooms (great place, by the way). I hope you’ll really listen to the lyrics of this song and let the words “Jesus, we love you” be the cry of your heart.

Love you all! Thanks for reading and constantly encouraging me.

-KT

A poster that was taped on the inside of the door where I was worshipping. Love it.