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March 3, 2014

Update On Life

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Hello Friends!

So this week has been super crazy! I had two interviews, two tests, and was in a van with seven other people for a total of fourteen hours this weekend! Its been quite the adventure!

This past weekend I got the chance to travel with a worship team and also the Improv team here at MNU. We went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which is about seven hours away from Olathe. There was so much to this trip and we had so much fun! All of this caused me to forget to take pictures of everything. I am deeply sorry about this, but I can tell you that we all had a wonderful time there. We were also all kind of worried about the weather because there was supposed to be some significant snowfall right when we were going to be heading out for Iowa and also when we were heading back! We ended up being perfectly fine and had no troubles getting there and back. It was definitely an answer to prayer.

So that is just a little summary of what’s been happening in my life here at MNU lately. Things can get pretty overwhelming sometimes with business of homework and social life, but I know for me personally, it is stretching me every single day to realize how to handle situations and balance everything in my life. Through every trial in life there is a lesson to be learned. Here’s a verse that’s applicable to that!:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4

If you haven’t read the book of James, go read it NOW. It’s full of wonderful things. :]

Also:

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will reviece the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-25

I think this is exactly what worship is. We can give God the glory in everything we do and work at everything will all of our strength because we know we are serving the Lord Christ. :] Even if it’s something as simple as doing our homework.

So guys, sorry I don’t have a lot, but be expecting a video of one of our basketball games next week! We are hosting a tournament here and I hope the video helps you get a better view of how these sporting events take place here at Mid-America!

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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March 1, 2014

I Don’t Have Homework.. What Do You Want To Do?

March 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So this week happened to be SCOUT.  Basically if you are unfamiliar with this term, this event is a time where high school students get to come see what it is like being at MNU.  They get to spend the night with some current students, attend classes, and get information on the school.  It really is a fun event!  My sister and some of her friends came up from my high school this Thursday night.  We hung out and they asked some questions.  One question that they seemed really curious about (as simple as it was) “Sooo… like, what do you do? Besides class… What do you do on the weekends and when you have free time and what not?”

Here are some of the girls that stayed with me for SCOUT.  My lovely sister is the one on the end (left).

Here are some of the girls that stayed with me for SCOUT. My lovely sister is the one on the end (left).

I saw some posts in the MNU Graduating Class of 2018 (shoutout peeps!) and thought…. you know this would be kind of a fun blog! So without further ado… I present to you…

“Soo I’m done with class and I don’t have any homework… What do you want to do?”

Answers:

Duhh, half-priced apps!

Ok soo this one we do probably the most frequently besides movie nights (which consist of almost every night) and naps (because you have to recover from your late night apps run).  Applebee’s has become a weekly thing for most Pioneers.  I mean 3 bucks for some good food… Why not?  It really is the highlight of most of my weeks.

Hey we can watch a movie in Lanpher Basement!

Ok so hanging out in the basement is more of a freshman thing… but regardless we have plenty of movie nights… and when it is not open-dorms the basement/lobby is a good place to go!

Eh, I’m gonna take a nap.

Ok this is by far the most frequent one, or the one every student wishes was the most frequent one.  I mean you have to recover from your late night extravaganzas… Am I right?

Welp we always got Apple’s to Apples.

Board games are sometimes a go to… and what better group game than Apples to Apples?

It’s a Tuesday right? BWW’s? 

This is more like a special treat… But cheap wings?! They are great :)

Oh wait it’s Sunday… 50 cent bowling!

We haven’t done this too much yet, but recently my friends discovered that there is a bowling alley not too far from campus that has a pretty good Sunday deal!

We could go to the library… and “study”

Ok let’s be real about 2 things:

1. You always have homework. Even when you “don’t” have homework… you still have homework. Its the college life.

2. Even if you do have homework, if you get a study room with a group… you probably aren’t going to get much done.  There have been some instances where they have been very productive, but most of the time not so much…

Uh… hello there is an intramural basketball game… Can’t miss that

Ya so intramural basketball games are pretty fun to watch.  And I am sure they are fun to play too…. I just wouldn’t know ;) Anyways you have some good, competitive teams and then you have some teams that just go to have fun. It is always a blast!

Here are the Dribblers... One of my personal favorites to watch.  (photo cred to whoever put this on facebook :) )  They really are the Dream Team though!

Here are the Dribblers… One of my personal favorites to watch. (photo cred to whoever put this on facebook :) ) They really are the Dream Team though!

*Sit on the couch while waiting for a good hour to decide that you are actually too tired to do anything and that sitting on a couch for an hour was a complete waste of time*

And sadly this is true most nights……. We over think too much.

Anyways I hope this gave you a picture of some of the things we do for fun! Obviously there are plenty of ASG events (movie nights, late night munchies, different holiday parties, etc.) and there are plenty of hall/dorm events that your R.A. plan out, but this is just a look at a normal, nothing-to-do night.  The great thing about MNU and college life is that you live with all of your best friends, so even the boring things are fun and exciting!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Mario Flores

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February 28, 2014

2 Things: Pleasure and Play. Both are from the Lord.

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Whether it would be watching TV, playing a sport, drawing (for me its more like doodling), getting on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (I don’t do Pinterest, but I know peeps that do…. dancing, working-out, playing video games-LITERALLY WHATEVER “floats your boat”, there is a time and a place where Pleasure and Play is necessary.

Yes I said necessary.

God did create the Sabbath as a time of rest. That’s back in Genesis 2:2-3. Jesus Christ even said that the Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2:27). Observing and resting on the Sabbath (originally our Saturday) was done in order that human beings would keep their sanity and not succumb to becoming workaholics.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” -James 1:17. Paraphrasing words from C.S. Lewis:
The Lord is disappointed with our desires. Disappointed because our desires are too weak. Every pleasure and good thing has been created by God. Sure Satan can twist good things and pervert them, to where they become unhealthy.
But Truly, Every single good thing is from God and He does like for us to play, rest, and take pleasure in good fun things!!

Working, studying, paying bills, budgeting, are great things. But I will argue that part of being responsible is living a full life.
A full life must be a balanced life. Following Christ includes knowing JOY :D. It’s one of the results or “fruits” from the Holy Spirit (2nd on the list right after Love and before Peace and Patience Galatians 5:22-23).

So, please be aware that a full life means having fun and enjoying time to relax, rest, recharge, and LIVE.

Britney Lewis

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February 27, 2014

SCOUT, My Birthday, And other things this week.

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First and foremost, I seriously hope you enjoyed that video! (Things You Just Don’t Hear MNU Students Say.) Shout out to those who created it…cuz it was amazing! (P.S. I watched it like five times the day it aired…)

Anyway, on to other news, today is an exciting day because it’s SCOUT!!!

SCOUT simply stands for Students Checking Out University Turf. Basically, Juniors, Seniors, and even Freshman or Sophomores, come to campus on a Thursday and Friday. It’s an overnight event where students will get the chance to sleep in the dorms (exciting), attended a few classes of their choosing (also exciting) and eat in our cafeteria!!! (VERY exciting!!!….Uh, kinda…more or less….we’ll talk about that in a different blog.)

But the besides all of that, they will get the chance to experience student life–which is what’s important. There’s  basketball games, open mic, Land Gym, and a whole heap of events. Unfortunately, this is the last SCOUT event of this school year, but if you’re interested in attending the one on the fall, you can sign up right here: http://www.mnu.edu/undergraduate/events.html#scout

So my Birthday is this week…like tomorrow!!! And, I know I sound really excited, but, to be honest, I think it’s just going to feel like another day to me. I think that’s what happens when you age..or maybe it’s just me. But here’s a fun fact: My sister and I (who is two years older than me), share the same birthday. Well, not technically, she was born on February 29th, but since that day only comes once every four years, we share. The neat thing, though, is that she’s pregnant…and has just started to go into labor–that’s INSANE!!!! If I have to share my birthday with two other  people, I’m going to go bonkers. I love sharing, but this…this is WOW. Though, it’ll be a great birthday present. I mean, who doesn’t want a human for their birthday?!?!?!?!

Here’s a photo of my sissy and I on our birthdays! Happy Birthday, Precious!

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 That’s all for this week, folks!

Peace and Love,

Britney!

Allegra Vieux

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February 25, 2014

Once Upon a Sunday Afternoon

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Greetings Bloglings.

I’d like to start by giving a shout out to Jordan Warren, member of the Pioneer Class of 2018. He asked the question, “What really goes on when class is out of session?”

Answer: MNU PD.

…well, maybe not after every class. Hopefully this will paint the picture:

One Sunday afternoon, my friend Konner and I got this idea to make a video speculating a day in the life of our very own Campus Safety, with influences from hit TV shows The Office and Reno 911. A trip to Goodwill and a few phone calls later, this video was created.

What’s interesting about this video is that we ad-libbed the whole thing and made up the plot as we were going. Also interesting: no one in the video was friends before it was created. I had never met JT or interacted with Cole. I called up Sean (Officer Mahoney,) who I only knew from class, and Lauren, who only knew Konner and myself.

Needless to say, a force to be reckoned with was born that day, and I’m happy to call them all my friends.

Jordan (and any other future Pioneers out there,) I hope this captures a little bit of the community on campus, and I hope you like this video!

Heather Engle

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February 24, 2014

EPHIPHANY

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Hello Friends!

So this weekend I had the privilege of going on a retreat called Epiphany, and wow was this amazing! There were about 50 of us from MNU there, and a couple people from other colleges as well! This retreat was about finding our calling, or really, figuring out what our vocation or occupation should be.

When this retreat was over, I didn’t really experience an epiphany.. (sigh) but I did gain a lot of clarity about who I am in Christ, and that my vocation right now is to let God work through me to further His kingdom in this world. This retreat focused a lot on our joys and our sorrows, and how we can enter into community and share with one another in our joys and sorrows. Then, when we come together and share in those things, we can lift them up to God and let him use those things however He wants to. It was wonderful to be a part of such an amazing community of people this past weekend who are passionate about spreading the love of Christ into the world. I feel beyond blessed to just be a part of it. So here are some pictures of the place we stayed at!

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How could I post a blog without putting a sunset/cloud picture in it? :] That’s right. I can’t. This was on the way to the retreat! This place is called YouthFront and it’s absolutely beautiful!

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This was the really long sidewalk/trail that we had to walk up and down every day to get to our cabins! This was definitely a work out.

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We got some free time to explore around the place on one of the afternoons, and this is what I found. Isn’t it amazing? :] I was surrounded by tree’s with a beautiful view of a lake. This for sure was a place of quietness and peace that I most definitely needed.

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This is another view of the lake at a different angle!

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This building was where our chapel services were held. I know everything looks so dead right now because of the weather, but It really was pretty cool looking while we were there.

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This is a view of the inside of the Chapel. These services were really traditional. We sat around the outside of the chapel while someone who lives at the camp played worship songs/hymns while we all sing together. He also would read some scripture and we’d all pray together. I really enjoyed this because they let us stay in there even after the prayer time was over, so a lot of people would just stay and pray for as long as they wanted to. It was quite refreshing to have that time just to sit in the Lords presence.

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This is a picture of what our discussions looked like. These were amazing and very insightful!

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One of my favorite things about this retreat was that they offered coffee to us, pretty much the whole time we were there. It was wonderful, and I definitely took advantage of it. :]

Well guys, that’s all I have for this week. Once again, this was another amazing opportunity I got to have spending time with an amazing community of believers and encouraging one another in our faith. I am refreshed.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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February 23, 2014

Monday Night Football

February 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Greetings Blog World-

If you are out of the loop, football in America has been over since the Superbowl (who knew?)

..But that doesn’t mean our Athletic office and football players have been sitting quietly.

This semester, about 700 recruited football players, all from California, have transferred in to start morning workouts and practices.

Also from California, MNU’s newest Head Football Coach: Brian Willmer! Coach W is the 6th head football coach in the program’s history. He coached at Azusa Pacific University and was an integral part of leading the Cougars to become conference champs in 2013 after just their second year in NCAA Division 2!

For those who don’t know, MNU is NAIA Division 1- so we are thrilled to have the experience of Coach Willmer on campus!

Along with professional success comes his personal success, as Coach Willmer has a gorgeous wife and 5 beautiful children. So long SoCal, kids, welcome to Kansas!

Here are some pictures from the press conference on campus last week:

President Spittal  opening the conference

President Spittal opening the conference

Athletic Director Kevin Steele introducing Coach Willmer

Athletic Director Kevin Steele introducing Coach Willmer

 

MNU's new head coach!

MNU’s new head coach!

 

Coach Willmer and Kevin Steele taking questions during the conference

Coach Willmer and Kevin Steele taking questions during the conference

 

Coach if you need a babysitter, I wasn’t joking about wanting to be best friends with your children.

Check out the original article here: http://www.mnusports.com/news/2014/2/9/FB_020914.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haley Raydo

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February 23, 2014

BIG Dreams from a BIG God

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Hello friends!

So… This week was pretty crazy!  It was Spiritual Deepening week, the Olympics were in full swing, and this crazy Kansas weather has been through practically 4 seasons in a week!  With plenty of things to do this week, I had kind of put off thinking about what I was going to write about.  Reflecting back I tried to come up with a common theme of the different events of the week, and one that came to mind was BIG DREAMS.

Now if you know me, I am a big dreamer.  I am always dreaming of the future and different plans.  But this week I have really felt God challenge me in a different way.  One week a semester we have Spiritual Deepening week where an invited speaker comes and speaks at various chapels.  There are the regular Tuesday/Thursday chapels, and then they add Sunday-Thursday night plus a Wednesday morning for extra time to listen to the speaker. For Spiritual Deepening week this semester we had a guy named Scott Daniels come in.  Monday night Scott shared about us serving a BIG God, that we should surround ourselves with BIG people, so we can do BIG things.

This really challenged me.  It challenged me to see the world in a different way, because our God is BIG and He wants to use ME and YOU in BIG ways!  Can I stress the word BIG enough? ;) Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about the little things, but it does mean that we need to allow our BIG God use us to do BIGGER dreams than what we can possibly think of.

In correlation with that message, I have been watching the Olympics almost every night this week. Watching these athletes compete was so exciting!  These people spend most of their lives training to get a chance to make the team, or for some to get on that podium.  Imagine these people so many years ago explaining to their parents the dreams they had to be on the Olympic team, and to hear their country’s national anthem up on the podium.  Their parents probably thought they were crazy!  I mean, the OLYMPICS?! That’s a BIG dream!

U.S. Gold medalists for ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White!  I was rather excited to see them with gold.

U.S. Gold medalists for ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White!  I was rather excited to see them with gold.

But I think that is what is so cool about watching these events.  These athletes had and have big dreams, and they put in all they can to accomplish these dreams.  Reflecting on this gave me a chilling question… What would this world and the kingdom of God look like if Christians had the mindset of Olympic athletes to achieve BIG GODLY dreams?  WOW

So I am now praying that God would not let me see Him as a little God, but as a God who has BIG plans and BIG dreams for me and for all of us.  So maybe this can be a good challenge for you as well!  Where are you in life? High school?  God has BIG dreams and plans for you right where you are at.  College? God has BIG dreams and plans for you right where you are at.  And so on..

I encourage you to think BIGGER!

Quick, random side not for you… a couple of guys (whose names I do not know) built Olaf from Frozen!  Props to you guys!

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Oh and photo cred for the chapel picture goes to the awesome David Luna! :)

Anyways….

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Mario Flores

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February 21, 2014

3 Things That Affect Us All: Death, Taxes, and the Weather.

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Regarding Death… here’s a picture taken from inside of a tomb

Actually this is just a Black Square....

 

As for Taxes, I have enjoyed the services of Jackson Hewitt. They have helped me the past 3 years in a row.Jackson Hewit

Via Wal-Mart:

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And finally, the Weather in Kansas:

Now please understand this is an exaggeration. In reality this is more of what a week can look like...

Now please understand this is an exaggeration. In reality this is more of what a week can look like…

 

Enjoy the weekend Friends!

Peace in the Middle East,
Drink Water,
Know that you are loved; so love others and yourself in return.

:

Britney Lewis

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February 20, 2014

My Not-So-Normal Tuesday

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I’m back and ready for action!

I can’t even begin to describe how crazy my life has been these last two weeks. SO much has happened in SO little time, and there are not enough seconds to breathe….

But then again, that’s just college: Deadline after, deadline after, deadline–it’s exhausting and it’s a habit I can’t adjust to.

Anyway, I thought I’d share one of my days with all of you!

Recently, my admission’s job asked me to take a student to the airport, but she wasn’t just any student, she was a future Pioneer. She had been in Kansas for a couple of days, checking out the University’s turf and auditioning for band. (If you’re interested in checking out the campus for free, click this link!)

When her days were up, I drove her to the KCI airport, so she could catch her flight at two that evening. However, as always, nothing ever goes as plan. We arrived only to realize that her flight was delayed, and then cancelled, and we were sitting in the airport for hours. With the Grace of God, one of the sweetest ladies re-booked the flight, and our future Pioneer was able to make it to Ohio later that day.

It’s days, like those, when I am so thankful to have a job here on campus. If it weren’t for admissions, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet an amazing girl and build a relationship.

I couldn’t be more blessed.

A big shout-out to one of our future students, Jillian! Thanks for visiting our campus, and being totally spontaneous! MNU can’t wait to have you back! Whoo! Go class of 2018!

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