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November 23, 2015

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Hey friends!

This past weekend was a pretty wild weekend for me, a few other MNU students, and a whole bunch of teens!  The youth groups of Grace Community Church of the Nazarene and KC First Church of the Nazarene left Friday evening and came together to have a joint fall retreat in Oklahoma.  And I am still exhausted!  Also a little sick…But it was totally worth it!  We saw God move this weekend and it was awesome!

The theme for the weekend was Christ Like Leadership.  The first night, Angie from First Church spoke about dealing with our pride, and as leaders, we should be willing to do whatever we ask of those we are leading.

I went as a sponsor with Grace Community and I also played on the worship team with other students from MNU. There were 8 MNU students total that went on this retreat.  Lizzy Atwell, Amanda Lampley, Thomson and Chi Ticum, Blake Owings, Mark Hall, and I were on the band. Maddie Carson came as well and was a sponsor. Lizzy, Blake and I were also sponsors for Grace Community.

MNU gang minus Maddie.

MNU gang minus Maddie.

On Saturday, our very own Blake spoke!  He told the story of Moses and when we are Christians, we are automatically called to be leaders.

We had a lot of free time Saturday between meals and services just to hang out and get to know each other.  There were a few different activities we could do. A lot of people played soccer, some played gaga ball, and others played basket ball.  But one of the most fun things we did was the massive zip line.  After we all got our harnesses on, we walked over to a suspended bridge.  Now I don’t really have a fear of heights but there were a few people there (Mark Hall) who were pretty scared!  I almost fell just from how hard I was laughing!

The suspended bridge.

The suspended bridge.

Once we made it across the bridge we had to walk up a massive, rocky hill to the tower.  It was about that time I noticed how cold it was.  And the farther we went up the tower the windier it got. It was ridiculous how windy it ended up being at the top!  It was worth it though because it was so fun!

Walking to the tower.

Walking to the tower.

Our youth group ready for the zip line!

Our youth group ready for the zip line!




Sunday, we all woke up early, had breakfast, and went over to the chapel for the final service.  There Roland, who is the youth pastor for KC First Church spoke.  The sermons were all great.  We are fortunate to know these gifted people who are passionate for knowing God and delivering His word, but I got the most from a conversation I had with an old friend.

I worked at a summer camp two summers ago in Colorado.  When I walked into the mess hall for the first time, I saw someone that looked familiar.  Her name was Danielle and she was on my team when I was in Colorado!  I was so excited to see her!  During free time on Saturday I went over to her room and we drank coffee and caught up on life.  I opened up to her about how my life after working in Colorado hasn’t turned out the way I expected and how it was actually a pretty hard time for me and my family.  She told me her story, her struggles and how her life before working in Colorado was turned upside down.  She said something to me that really resonated.  She said “You can tell God you are mad with Him.  He already knows, but it is good to get it out on the table.”  She then went on to say that when we do that, we allow God to walk with us through these trials.  Our conversation really meant a lot to me.

Overall, even though I feel pretty awful now, the retreat was a really good escape from life and school. Even though it was only a few days.  I know I’m not the only one that got something good from it.

The whole GC gang...

The whole GC gang…

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Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault


October 26, 2015

Don’t Go as God for Halloween

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Fall break was this week. I vowed to do two things

  1. To kickstart a revival of my bible reading habit
  2. To get all of my homework done so I could bask in a glorious no-homework, stress-free beginning of my week

Let’s just say God may be happier regarding my fall break reading habits than my professors. I didn’t get much homework done. I read my bible and hung out with my friends doing caffeine induced non-study study parties, mall trips, movie nights, and listening to music.

In communications studies there is a concept called “reframing” in which the words chosen to describe something effect how one perceives it or acts towards it. So instead of saying “I slacked off and hung out with friends and read my bible instead of my textbook”…I’ll say “I spent Fall Break forming meaningful relationships with both humans and the almighty” which causes me to think better of myself than I probably should :)


I don’t know if you have ever had this happen to you, but sometimes when I read the Bible God smacks me in the face with something and no matter where I go it follows me. I believe God has to do this to me because I am stubborn and often refuse to listen to what I need to hear the most.

The phrase of the weekend for me seemed to be “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” This is the beginning of Proverbs 1:7 in the NIV. Other translations substitute knowledge for wisdom but something about the word knowledge stuck with me better. Being a college student I am pretty much a knowledge leech, just frantically soaking up anything I can get from my professors, friends, and random internet literature.

Later in Proverbs 2:1-5 Solomon writes that the fear of the Lord comes from storing up the commands of God in us, attempting to understand them, and earnestly seeking further understanding of them. I had never thought of “the fear of the Lord” that way. But, since I didn’t want to write a paper and I had a perfectly good cup of hot apple cider already made and sitting on my desk, I decided to try it.

In Pentateuch with Dr. Edlin we’re studying the Exodus. I began to think about Moses standing before the God who brought the horrifying plagues on Egypt, who killed the first born of all of their households, who parted the red sea and killed the Egyptian army. I thought about when Moses first came before God and had to remove his shoes. I thought about how, later, the Israelites couldn’t go on the mountain of God because God’s presence would destroy them. And in light of the acts of a terrifying all powerful God, I thought about the commands God gave his people and how immediately God’s people broke those rules.

This led me to think about the law in general, the rules we follow as Christians and I began to realize something about myself. I’m not afraid to sin. I know that sounds odd, but in that moment I realized I’ve never really felt the wrath of God when I’ve sinned. The ground has never swallowed me up, I have never been struck by lightning, my water bottle has never suddenly turned to blood, and I may have been attacked by a frog once but I do not believe that was retribution from God.

The grace of God is incredible. He is the same God today as he was in the Old Testament. My physical, sinful self should not be able to physically exist in the presence of God and yet I know his presence is with me wherever I go.

I take for granted the fact that I can just pray to him. I don’t have to climb a mountain, and almost more importantly for me, I don’t have to be Moses. I don’t have to be born of a Levite or brutally murder petting zoo animals in order to talk to God.

Reading the Old Testament and Proverbs always makes me feel humbled. I am living in the Kingdom of God, a new era of personal relationship with the Father. That is a huge gift. I was very convicted as to the level of my own personal reverence of God. He put me in my place as a puny little human and praying from that perspective feels much more natural to me. I guess the fear of the Lord helped me gain some knowledge about my own shortcomings in that department.

To throw one back to Communications, I had to reframe my concept of myself from “obligated to pray to God” to “somehow miraculously able to talk to God”. My reality didn’t change, but the way I perceived it did and that in turn has effected how I’ve been praying.

So I am most in fear and awe of God while entering this Halloween season. Ghosts and Vampires are not real, but an all powerful being who can destroy whole nations with the words of his mouth is real. I’m just glad in his grace he has let me be on his side.

Two things I’m praying for this week

  1. Appreciation and acknowledgement of the sheer might and power of the God I am attempting to serve
  2. A humble and thankful heart for God’s grace and acknowledgment of my wimpy human status


Renee DeVault


October 19, 2015

How to Make Friends with the Awkward Dinosaur

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One question that I get asked all the time is, “Renee! My goodness, you are a college student now, what ever is your major?”

I reply with “Good Sir or Madam, I am a double major in “Bible and Theology” and “Communications”. I love it very much.”

To which they reply, “Good heavens! What an unusual combination! What ever do you plan to do with your life?”

And they receive from me a blank look of alarm because despite my air of cool collectedness I am quite uncertain of my path in life. This fact never really bothers me unless somebody asks me about it. I know I am supposed to be a Bible and Theology major. I know I am supposed to be a communications major. I know I am supposed to be at MNU. I’d say I’m pretty well off for now.

As my boyfriend Quinn (Quinston Churchill, Quintonamore, Quinny-the-pooh, Because of Quinn Dixie, Quinn to the Woods) often tells me, “God doesn’t give you the tickets until you’re ready to board the train.”

Quinn and I at homecoming this weekend

Quinn and I at homecoming this weekend

So I’ll be content waiting at the station with my bible and giant communications text book nerding out over communications theories and how they relate to the bible and my group of friends.

Speaking of friends, I had a lot of fun this homecoming!

Friday night a group of us went down into Kansas City for an adventure

Friday night a group of us went down into Kansas City for an adventure

Quinn and I love going on adventures like these with our friends

Quinn and I love going on adventures like these with our friends

We often compare Jordan to Ted from How I Met Your Mother so we made him take this photo with a dumpster

We often compare Jordan to Ted from How I Met Your Mother so we made him take this photo with a dumpster

We found an alley with art all over the walls. It was insanely cool stuff and we had a lot of fun with it.

We found an alley with art all over the walls. It was insanely cool stuff and we had a lot of fun with it.

Quinn had a brilliant idea to start posing with the art.

Quinn had a brilliant idea to start posing with the art.

Alex and Shakespeare

Alex and Shakespeare

We went to "Thou Mayest",  an awesome coffee shop in Kansas City

We went to “Thou Mayest”, an awesome coffee shop in Kansas City

We got up on the roof of the coffee shop and had a cool view of the city.

We got up on the roof of the coffee shop and had a cool view of the city.

Saturday afternoon we decided to go to the Cider Mill.

Saturday afternoon we decided to go to the Cider Mill.

Sparkling cider and donuts made an awesome pre-homecoming snack

Sparkling cider and donuts made an awesome pre-homecoming snack

Homecoming was incredible. Quinn and I have a fun habit of attempting to ballroom dance to pop songs

Homecoming was incredible. Quinn and I have a fun habit of attempting to ballroom dance to pop songs

Sunday afternoon we went to IKEA for dinner and adventuring

Sunday afternoon we went to IKEA for dinner and adventuring

Throughout our adventures this weekend, one of my communication theories stuck out in my head. Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor’s Social Penetration Theory basically states that deeper intimacy and closer friendships with people can be achieved through a process of self-disclosure and vulnerability.

It explains personality like an onion where, to get to a person’s core, you need to get through layers of more shallow or obvious information. It encourages, to gain more meaningful and intimate relationships, voluntarily opening up to people with both depth and breadth. This basically means letting people know who you really are, what you really think, and letting them have this information for multiple areas of your life.

There’s a lot more to it, but that’s the key point.

When we first studied this theory (sorry Dr. Hamilton) I thought it seemed nice, but I doubted that simply telling deep and diverse stories would lead to close friendships. I thought personality, similarity, and spending time together would be bigger factors, however, when I was out with some of my friends this weekend I began to think about this theory a little bit more.

Our trip to the city brought out conversations of various Kansas City experiences and city experiences in general. When we got to the coffee shop and were walking around we got into a conversation about experiences with spiritual warfare and our vision for Kansas City as a church. This formed into a conversation about our personal strengths and weaknesses.

Our cider mill trip sparked conversation about fall and Halloween family traditions which led to talking about our families and fall traditions we miss now that we’re in college.

Going to IKEA led to conversation about our future plans and dreams.

These are some of my closest friends. Over the course of a single weekend we hit several topics of conversation and we have known each other long enough to be comfortable in talking about things we wouldn’t usually talk about with casual friendships. We were naturally participating in this communications theory without even realizing it, but now that I’ve learned about it I can use it to make other friends.

But self-disclosure involves vulnerability which is difficult to do. In order to grow in my boldness to share to and be open with potential close friends I have turned to the bible.

In 2 Corinthians 6:11 Paul writes “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.”

The Beginning of James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

So as I love and appreciate my friends, I realize that I can’t keep my spiritual life, struggles, visions, and dreams a secret from my friends. It’s in the Bible and in my Communications Text book so I should probably listen to it.

I’m the girl who runs around IKEA acting like a raptor from Jurassic Park…I need all the help making friends I can get.

Points I’m praying over.

  1. I want to be willing to be real with my friends. If God is really the center of my life I want to be willing to talk about him and my relationship with him including struggles and visions. I want to be vulnerable to my friends so as to better the kingdom of God.
  2. I want to be the kind of person that people feel comfortable opening up to without fear. As deep of information they want to give and about any subject they want to give it I want to be trustworthy enough in their eyes to be someone to have a close friendship with.







Mackenzie Theiler


October 18, 2015

▿ Recognize the Good in Your Life ▿

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“God blesses you to become a blessing. When he gives you a gift, it is because he trusts you with it. He hopes you turn around and do something powerful with it.”  

                                                       – Anonymous

   Throughout life God blesses us. These blessings are gifts. These gifts can be a wide variety of many things, from a challenge we have to overcome, learn from, start over, accept, appreciate, be thankful for, etc. He gives us these gifts to help make us into the person we are today. He would not bless us, if he was unsure we could handle them. A lot of us have dealt with some type of challenge or challenges, that we either had to overcome, learn from, start over, or accept. I know I have. This is why I am, who I am today. Does he still challenge me? Yes, I am not perfect . . . I am always changing and bettering myself to become the powerful blessing he created me to become.

   Choosing a difficult major and a collegiate athlete, let alone, is a lot of time, effort, and hard work. Trying to juggle that, with a social life, family, and friendships, is a lot to take on! With last week and this week, there has been so much that has gone on. Since, I have arrived at MNU, I feel as though God has been challenging me. To see if I am capable of over coming the obstacles he has placed in front of me.

   For those of you who haven’t started college, in college, or even out of college, we are already half way through the semester. God has thrown a lot at me, just in these last few weeks. This is about the time when students start getting sick (strep throat) and tired (late nights studying) because classes have started to pick up with exams, homework, projects, etc. Besides school life, to be a top athlete you always have to be preforming at your highest level every practice. Being so far away from home, students start to get home sick. Realizing you cannot talk to your friends every day or plan a get away weekend, just to relax. Students may start to feel overwhelmed and feel as though there is to much to do and not enough time, in the day, to do it all. This is what people experience in everyday life. A coach told me, “Life keeps going. It does not care about your feelings or what is going on in your life. Deal with life as it comes at you, and no matter what, you, keep going.” 

   What God has taught me to overcome from these last few weeks is how to time manage, stay disciplined with my life, and focus on what it is that I want to accomplish.

   As we make our way through this hectic, fun, adventurous, stressful, tiring, vivacious, and energetic life . . . maybe, currently dealing with a challenge God has placed in front of you, know that you are not alone. Be thankful for the opportunities he has blessed us with. If it is rough, it too shall pass . . . and . . . if it is gratifying, enjoy every moment of it.

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Hailey Kendrick


October 14, 2015

You may say that I put my faith in a God that I cannot see

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I took a trip to North Carolina this past May and saw some amazing things in nature. It's one of the many times that I was reminder that God is all around us.

I took a trip to North Carolina this past May and saw some amazing things in nature. It’s one of the many times that I was reminded that God is all around us.

You may not understand, you may not even agree. You may say that I put my faith in a God that I can’t see. But the truth is, I see him every day.

I see him when I walk outside and see the weather, in whatever form it may be, I know my God created it and all its diversity. I see him when I wake up to my loved ones and see their smile every morning. I see him in the 4-year-old in their mother’s arms; what a beautiful sight that God has made in his own image. I see him in my mentors; how they guide me and push me beyond my own imagination; I imagine that is what God would do if he was in human form.

I see him in my professor when he demonstrates his vast amount of knowledge and radiants such brilliancy in his work. I see him in my professor’s passion to help us, to love us, and to be a guidance when we have questions. I see him in the students that lead chapel, not because they are praising God, but because they stand there, with hands held high, eyes closed, and overwhelmed with his love for them and how powerful in their lives that it is, that means something to them. It means something so powerful that you can only stand back and wish you had it, whatever it is, that fantastic feeling of love and mercy. Well, that’s if you don’t already know what it feels like.

I see him in the boy’s soccer coach, who spoke at chapel a few weeks ago, taking about how he lives out his life turned towards God and all that that meant in his life; shaping and forming him into the man he is today. I see him in St. John, who I don’t have as a professor yet, but every time I walk by he smiles (when I’m just a stranger) and you can tell he truly cares for people. I see him in my store manager when she talks about how to manage best and shows her care for her employees, even at the sake of the business, she stops and listens and offers a hand. She trains me carefully and tries her best to mold me into a better person. I imagine that is how God is to us. In fact, I know that is how God is to us.

I imagine that all these people embody what in means to be Christ-Like. Because I believe in a God who wants to have a personal relationship with me. He wants to be my father, if I just let him. He wants to help guide me on important decisions, through my tough times, and love me through good or bad. He wants to accept me, exactly how I am, and take care of me as if I was his student, employee, friend, or stranger.

I know this may be hard for some people to imagine. The act of loving and focusing our whole life on a God that isn’t in human form. Who isn’t going to walk up and shake your hand directly; but someone else will, someone like these people. You see, God does it through others; he does it through the weather, the mentor, the 4-year-old, the professor, the coach, the stranger, or the manager. He shows himself to us because he wants us to know him. This may shock you, but God doesn’t live off in some mystical place. God does not only reside in heaven. God is standing next to you; he is by your side, he doesn’t leave, and he never will. He simply waits for you to turn your focus to him. He waits for the time when you realize that he is what is going to fill the void in your life, to help you find purpose, and even more, to be better than you ever imagined before.

Our whole lives we are searching to be known and to know. I’ve spent years in unhealthy relationships that proved time and time again that the people who say the love me, don’t even really know who I am. I will be the first to say I hate the feeling of being unknown, unheard, or misunderstood; I think we all do to some extent. But the beauty and awesomeness of the God of the bible, the God of my life, is that he knows me from beginning to end. He has never misunderstood me, and all he wants is for us to know him too.

I hope this inspired deep thought for someone; challenges you to think outside of our own personal boxes. It makes you think when there’s so many negatives in the world that God is still surrounding us in unexpected forms.

Renee DeVault


October 12, 2015

Intro to Ministry Retreat

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Friday night into Saturday morning was the Intro To Ministry class retreat, a trip designed to help beginning ministry students get to know each other and their professors better as well as learn new spiritual disciplines, how to “be real” with people, and the importance questioning mind-set. They threw in a gorgeous catholic retreat center and food because they love us and we got to meet and hang out with the professors who will be teaching us as we embark on our quests for a degree from the Department of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation.
It sounded really nice. I would have been happy if that was all God wanted me to learn over our short, less than 24 hour retreat. But I guess thinking I could slide through a ministry retreat unchanged was a tad foolish of me.
As always, I had managed to get myself in way over my head, pulling my brain in a hundred different directions right before I needed it to focus. Dr. Dunn asked the class to handle the introduction, worship, prayer, and devotional for the group on Saturday morning.
When he sent out an email requesting help I responded, in my first week of college optimism, that I would definitely have the time to write a meaningful and well thought through devotional that could potentially impact the lives of a class of future leaders of the Kingdom of God and thus could have eternal consequences, sure thing.
I was a good little student and got my devotional written more than a week before the retreat, had Dr. Dunn edit it for me and felt like I had completed my assignment when I boarded the people mover with some of my classmates on the way to our Catholic Retreat Center.
Friends who happened to share the van ride up

Friends who happened to share the van ride up

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It was during all of the (absolutely incredible and I wish I could nerd rant about how cool they were) “get to know you” activities that I began to question my little ten minute devotional I had written. There was no heart in it, no real call to action. It was all facts and criticism. I was reminded about something Dr. Hayse said in Honors Seminar. I have to paraphrase him but it was basically that criticism is easy but offering a practical solution to the problem is hard.

As we moved into the night to play volleyball and board games I began to worry about it more and more. I wanted so badly to shine for ten minutes of informative Jesus glory but I knew my material was flat. I tried to talk myself out of caring, but it morphed into praying when St. John explained the spiritual discipline the group was going to be practicing that night.


He asked us to not say a word to one another or even talk out loud at all for the rest of the night and into the next morning. Silence shows reverence to God, respect. He also urged us to quiet our minds. I was utterly confused about that even being a human possibility. My mind runs a million miles an hour, I constantly have dozens of things on my mind at a time but as we walked into the dark chapel my thoughts slowly began to lessen.

Its difficult to describe exactly what happened. I encourage you to try it some time though I can never promise God will act the same way twice. After our allotted prayer time we were told that we could stay in the chapel and pray or read our bible. I situated myself in the very back and began to pray, then just let my mind be quiet. The next thing I knew God started bringing aspects of my life that I needed to give to him to mind. In order to keep my mind quiet I had to give each thing to him as he brought them to me until everything that I was worrying about was gone. I opened my eyes to find myself alone in this big beautiful building, the only lights shining were on the crucifix up front and on the alter.

It was 1:00 in the morning.

God never agrees with my time table.

It was at that point that I began to rewrite. I opened my notebook, wrote what was on my heart, then at almost 2am I was allowed to sleep.

I woke up without a care in the world. It was an experience I haven’t had since starting high school. 8:30am rolled around, my friends and professors came into the chapel. We read scripture, we worshiped, and I got up to the pew and got to tell people what God put on my heart.

I shared from Jeremiah 29. I am unable to tell you exactly what I said because I threw out my typed manuscript, but basically I talked about how Christians today aren’t all that different from God’s people historically. We have a pattern of being exiled in a foreign land and then called out again. In Jeremiah, God is talking to his people in exile in Babylon. Since we, members of God’s Kingdom, are living here on earth, we are (in essence) exiles as well and thus, I figured since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, that his instructions to his people in exile in Babylon apply to us today.

God basically told them to settle down and work for Babylon, allow themselves to live life there, and called them to work and pray for their country of exile because their lives for the time being were bound up in that nation. However, God then warned about the false prophets and teachings of Babylon, telling his people not to be fooled by thinking their version of good was what God defined as good. He then gave his famous “for I know the plans I have for you” bit and promised to answer them when they called on him and to eventually lead them out of exile.

My devotional was about not allowing our standard for Christian behavior to be set by the culture, becoming comfortable and then being afraid of asking for God’s instructions because our God is one who cares much more about our character than he does about our comfort. I said that when we allow ourselves to use God’s standard to evaluate our lives we are no longer comfortable living as socially accepted Christians. I feel like we can be living in and working for our country of exile for so long that we begin to adopt their ideas as our own, and when we adopt these ideas God calls us to act contrary to them, and when God asks us to act contrary to them we have a crisis of faith, being unwilling to take the risk that God asked us to do. And when we don’t want to take the risk we stop asking God to give us instructions, and when we stop asking God to give us instructions God can grow quiet.

I don’t want to live in a world with a quiet God.

And so I called for two things.

  1. That we would begin to develop a holy discontent for the amount of God’s presence we allow in our day to day lives. I want to be a part of God’s church that has the same revolutionary impact and supernatural power as the church in Acts, but I was convicted, realizing I wasn’t even praying for it.
  2. That we would pray without fear of God messing up our lives. I had found myself avoiding prayer because I thought God would ask me to risk something, that he would make me uncomfortable. I have to stop questioning God’s attempts to make me uncomfortable and start questioning why I allowed myself to get comfortable in the first place.

Some people told me my devotional was really good. I was thankful for their compliments, but really I think it did me more good than it could have done anybody else. I loved it. I loved speaking about what I’m passionate about. I cannot believe the incredible opportunities MNU allows me to have. I got the opportunity to be completely scared out of my mind, learn to listen to the spirit, and get the practical experience of giving a devotional to a room full of professors and future ministers. In all technicality, this retreat was just one large class session. I got points for going, I think. But this was only one example of a time when the boundaries between class and “real life” went away and “school work” became God’s way of doing some “life work” on me.


Isaac Walker


October 2, 2015

Impact World

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Hey friends!

I’m sure a lot of you have heard of YWAM by now.  They are an international Christian organization who’s sole purpose is to bring as many youth to Christ as they possibly can.  They have gone all over the world to places like India, the Philippines, England and even Delaware.  But the last two nights, they were in my hometown of Spring Hill, Kansas.

The local churches have been preparing for YWAM for months.  The churches have spent countless hours praying, organizing teams, preparing food for the Impact teams, and setting up the stages.  Honestly, I am relieved to be over with it.  Also, I had no idea how the actual events were going to be and how the youth were going to respond.

First off, the performers and the speaker for both nights were amazing!  Wednesday night, the team that performed and presented the Gospel was the Xtream Team.  It was compiled of a bunch of buff men that broke hundreds of bricks with their arms, elbows, and even their heads!  They also bench pressed a car engine, bent metal rods with their teeth, and ran through multiple layers of ply-boards.  The whole night, my anxiety was very high.  I was so nervous one of them was going to mess up and get hurt.  I was not mentally prepared to see someone get a compound fracture.  But despite me being a worst case scenario thinker, it was hard to not be impressed!

Here is one of the performers breaking a stack of bricks with his head!

Here is one of the performers breaking a stack of bricks with his head!

The second night, the GX Team was in town and they were a group that had a team of pro skaters and a bmx cyclist.  There was also a group that were professional dancers.  They did some hip hop and contemporary routines for us all.  Both groups did things that just blew me away.  I do not know much about either well enough to explain it over a blog.  Just trust me!  They were both amazing!

The BMX Biker jumping of a ramp.

The BMX Biker jumping of a ramp.


Here is a dancer from Guam doing a free style routine.

Here is a dancer from Guam doing a free style routine.

People responding to the messaged preached at the Impact World Event.

People responding to the messaged preached at the Impact World Event.

Now for the part that really matters.  How did the students react?  HUNDREDS!!!!  So many kids went up in response to the message they heard!  Hundreds of kids gave their life to Christ after just two nights!  This ministry is a great one.  I really did have my doubts, but they were put away after I saw all the people get up and go to the front when asked to respond.  I really do believe lives were changed.  Not every single one that went up, but I know a lot were changed for the better.

Impact has a few more stops in the area.  They are going to a lot of schools in the Olathe area.  A schedule for their Southern Johnson County tour can be found here.  The events are free to go to, and all ages are welcomed.

Until next week friends!

Aaron Merrell


March 29, 2015

Cracking Down

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Hey everyone,

Not sure what to blog about this week, so I figured I’d just talk about what’s going on.

It’s coming down to the wire here at MNU, with just a month left of school, and it seems like I have something stressful going on in every part of my life.

Thursday night, we had our second Awakening. This time, we had it outside on the circle lawn, and it was SO good. The setting was perfect, and we got closer again to accomplishing what we’ve set out to do: to see our campus set on fire for God.

Today, I visited a different church than my home church and had a great time. It’s called Mission Church and it’s in Lenexa, KS.

Tonight we have Nazzy Night Live. It’s being put on by ASG and it’s basically the MNU version of SNL. There will be sketches, videos and even a jazz band. I led a group that came up with a few of the sketch and video ideas, and we think we did a pretty good job, but tonight’s audience will be the judge of that.

I’m looking forward to serving as the ASG Director of Social Life for the next school year. Tonight after Nazzy Night Live we’re having a meeting about a leadership event we’re attending called Nazarene Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The event is being held at our Nazarene sister school, Olivet Nazarene University. We’re all very excited to go and learn about how to be an effective leader and work as a team.

Presley Wilson is the current ASG Director of Social Life, and I’ve started training and shadowing under her. We are in the process of getting things ready for our end of the year event, Glow With the Flow, so you can definitely expect to hear about that in a future blog.

My church’s annual egg hunt, Eggstreme Eggstravaganza, is coming up this Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited to see a bunch of little kids running around a field picking up plastic and candy. Kidding. It actually will be a really fun event, and a great community outreach opportunity however.

That’s what’s coming up in my life, thank you so much for reading.

Have a good week!


Mariah McCommon


January 18, 2015

Second Semester… WUT?!

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Hi guys! The semester started for us this past Monday. The first day of classes is always kind of exciting because it’s like another beginning to something great. I jumped into seventeen credit hours with 3 jobs on top of that. Don’t worry, I ended up dropping a class. I was so sure I could handle all of it, but to be honest, I just couldn’t. Thankfully I am a semester ahead so there’s no worries!

It’s incredibly hard to believe the second semester is already here. If last semester went by so fast, I can’t even imagine how fast this next one will go! My goal is to make each semester better than the last one. I’ve already began achieving that goal. It seems my perspective towards things changes every week: in a good way. The weather we’ve been having has also been quite a blessing. This afternoon, my friends and I laid on blankets in the middle of the circle and tackled some homework. The temp dropped a bit, but it was enough to make us go inside. I feel like the weather can easily affect someone’s mood. Not drastically, but slightly. It’s just a really great day when the weather is nice.10425885_10205989653688268_7517200206593322076_n


Last semester in Intro to Ministry, our class was given the opportunity to assist in planting a church and watering it. We are still participating in the ministry. The church is over in Drexel, MO which is about 45 min away from campus. Each week, a few of the students hop into a creeper van with one of our awesome professors and head to the church. This morning was the first time I said yes. I regret not going sooner! The town of Drexel is tiny. I believe 900 is what a congregation member told me. Drexel Church of the Nazarene is a cute little church that has 23 members on a good Sunday. Today there was 19 including us MNU students. We make up half of the congregation. Haha. We also take charge in leading Sunday School and the service. Each week, the tasks vary for each person. We lead Sunday School, worship, service, prayer, offering, etc. We’re there to give the church a boost and we prayer fervently they are able to find a pastor and a great staff. We are grateful for the people there and the opportunities God has given to us through this.10933853_10205989645688068_2900718461529765706_n

Today’s lesson revolved around the word “potential” and how God has designed each of us in our own unique way. My friend Jaque and I came up with a phrase based upon the lesson: “You have the raw potential to be a rare gem in a sea full of rocks.” Overall, our time at Drexel Church was phenomenal. Not many classes have the chance to say they were able to build a church their freshman year. It’s encouraging, transformational, and growing every week. We hope that by the time we’re sophomores the church will take on a full-time pastor. Until then, we’ll continue to have lots more fun!


Haley Raydo


November 24, 2014

Values: A Challenge for Thanksgiving Break

November 24, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hello friends

Today I was inspired to write a quick note about a sermon I heard yesterday in church. David Perkins came in and guest spoke for my church’s (Cross Points Church) missions month. This particular sermon really had me thinking and evaluating, so I thought I would share!

“Worship is a response to something we value most.”

This was a HUGE statement for me.  I value a lot of things.  I love my sports teams, I love my family and friends, I love Netflix (you can see my post from two weeks ago to fully understand), I love to read and write, I love to play the piano, and so much more! What happens when we value something?  We spend our time there, we spend our money there, we focus our thoughts there, etc.  Those things that I value aren’t bad things, however they sometimes get in the way of what I should value MOST.  I don’t want to worship materialism, or even my family! But if I put them at my highest value point, as I so often do, I am indeed worshipping something that is not intended to be worshiped.

If I spent as much time learning about and building a relationship with the Lord than I do watching The Office, or if I spent as much money (or some financial contribution) as much as I do to attend a Chiefs or Royals game, what would happen?  What would it look like?

I think the Lord has called us out to step above and beyond what we on a regular base give him.  I challenge you (and myself), as we go on break, spend time with Him.  If you normally spend 15 minutes a day, start there and slowly increase the time daily.  Next take the challenge to give money, if you are a student I understand the sacrifice… but I think that is why it is of so much value… it is a sacrifice.  Give money to your church, find a ministry or charity you believe God has given you a passion for, or (since this month is missions month at our church) help raise money for missionaries around the world.

It may seem challenging at first, but I think this will slowly change my priorities of what I value most.  When you find something with that high a priority of value, it becomes the standard and measure that everything else must be compared to.  That is the life I want to live! Take the challenge with me this Thanksgiving break!

Also this picture is from a worship night by Bethel Music.  How cool would it have been to be there??!!

Thanks for stopping by