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Mario Flores

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September 13, 2013

Attention Caught? This is my attempt at a clever title.

September 13, 2013 | By | One Comment

I must say, being a Pioneer is fo shizzle the bomb.
Before I move into telling you why, I’ve decided to share with you why I chose MNU in the first place. So sit back, (or forward- whatever is most comfortable for you) and (hopefully) enjoy reading a little bit about my story.

I am a Pastor’s kid. In fact, I’m a Nazarene pastor’s kid. Meaning, I’ve grown up going to and being brought to Church my whole life. And actually, I’m grateful for it. I’ve got amazing parents that love Jesus, love each other, and they love us kids. I am the youngest of four. I am from SouthEastern California, El Centro to be exact. A relatively small agricultural border town community.

I played football the first three years of high school, ran four years of track, and two weeks of soccer (We can discuss that later). I’ve grown up playing sports, but playing at MNU is still more of a DREAM than a reality… mainly cause we’re bosses at pretty much all our sports, and i’m no boss… Anyway, I enjoy playing the guitar. I started playing the summer going into my senior year and starting next Tuesday I’ll be teaching two guys in my hall all that I know!

Now to my choice of MNU.
I chose MNU over several other schools for a few deliberate reasons.
1. The Faculty and staff seem to be predominantly genuine lovers of God and lovers of people. More than just talk the talk, they authentically care for people, extend grace, and are patient (again this is in general). Anyway seeing that type of a person live their life in such a way obviously makes me want to learn from them!
2. The Community is off the chain. When I came on an extended SCOUT visit, I stayed in Snowbarger. While I was here, rather than being treated as some little high schooler, I was treated as a friend that just happened to be a couple years younger. I dig that.
3. Frankly I wanted to get away from home. Not that those who live close to MNU shouldn’t come! But for me, I wanted to get away from California and familiarity. I figured that if I went to a place where I wasn’t really known or knew of anyone else, I’d be forced to be more independent and be forced into “clinging” to God-depending on Him for support and family. I testify today that He is faithful to provide.
4. Referring back to the Faculty and Community, the attitude/atmosphere seems to be intentionally Kingdom-minded. What I mean by that is that the rhythms and standards and events and policies are attempts to make an environment that is Christ-centered and Christ-like. For the sake of others we choose to live the way we live. For example living in the dorms, we work to observe quiet hours when it’s late at night and early in the morning. This is because when you’re trying to sleep, people yelling in the hall or blaring their music often makes it harder to fall asleep. For the sake of others we choose to live the way that we do. I really dig that.

Finally (for now), after my first year of college officially in the history of mankind, I confess that I came away satisfied. And now that I am four weeks into my Sophomore year, I am still really enjoying it!
College is different from all of my previous school experiences. Most distinctly is in the fact that I now live and eat with the people that I go to school with. It makes for more “relational-building” time. For that I am ever grateful. I’ve got a great roommate, and the guys in my hall are stellar. I’ll be sharing more about them later on-some are in the photo above! For now though

Eeet's the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it'll make sense) Also, that's my car :D

Eeet’s the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it’ll make sense) Also, that’s my car :D

I’m going to say toodles and peace in the Middle East friends!

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores

Joey Alligier

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September 12, 2013

The End is Where We Begin

September 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Everyone….

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for..

I would go as far to say the most anticipated event within the last 3 minutes!

No, it’s not any other scandalous happening with Miley Cyrus, thankfully.

However, the window into my life is open once again!

Well, the last time we talked I was about to embark on what I would later learn to be the BEST summer of my life. It was one, if not the greatest, learning and growing experience I have been apart of! I traveled on behalf of MNU as a camp counselor all over the Midwest. 10 strangers, one van, one team, numerous of preconceived ideas, purposeful prayer, and a multitude of personalities all went into the oven of life to bake together! The end result; best friends, numerous incidences of God working, still 10 people shoved in a van, inside jokes #fuhdayz and memories enough for a lifetime or so.

This is where we started….

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And we ended up here…

SergioIt may not look like much a difference, after all what can 3 months really do?

However, a small animal did make its way onto my face :)

The contrast between the pictures is largely symbolic of our relation to each other and vulnerability that we developed as a group. Needless to say, the Lord went before us, with us, and transformed lives from the inside out (mine for certain)!

Yet, with any great experience the question that soon follows is, “What now?”
Where do you take the memories, commitments, and lessons learned?

That’s yet another beautiful part of the community here at MidAmerica! I am surrounded by these same people and you can bet your bottom dollar (one of those sayings you refer to only from previous exposure and NOT because you know the true meaning) that memories and feelings flood back once I catch a glimpse of these beautiful faces around campus. We are all still here to support each other, even though we are all facing different and some pivotal points in our young adult lives; marriage, graduation, jobs, or even deciding what person to reach out to today. The Lord didn’t stay at those camps, He came back with us. If you ask most any MNU student or Faculty member they would contend that something is different this year and it’s not too hard to figure out WHO it is :)

This is the point where this new life begins. The one that Christ has filled me with by the power of His Holy Spirit. I am beginning the next step in the life God is designing for me as I go.

Anyway, that’s a short glimpse of my summer and where I am right now! If you want to know more, have any questions, or would like to suggest a post topic feel free to contact my by:

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3)Twitter: @praya_warriortwitter

“TUNE IN” NEXT WEEK TO “HEAR” ABOUT MY NEW CLASS SCHEDULE

Keep on and keep God!

Britney Lewis

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September 10, 2013

The Always Awkward Ice Breakers…

September 10, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

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Good evening beautiful blog world.

Think back to your first day of high school. Remember the weird people? The rude stares? The cafeteria food? And goodness, those terrible Ice breakers that teachers make you do before you even get the chance to catch your breath? It’s like: You’ve been running around, in a foreign place, all day looking for classes; you barely make it pass the bell, and already, the teacher wants you to stand in front of the room and introduce yourself.

Why????

  Let’s all be honest here: Ice breakers are no fun. You’d think, after you hit college, these instances would go away…but they don’t. Fortunately, the professors at MidAmerica want to know what you’re all about; they want to know what you’re majoring in, who you’re living with, and where you’re from. It’s weird, but the profs actually care–which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me. So today’s blog is solely going to be an introduction on who I am…minus the awkwardness, of course.

My name Is Britney. I’m crazy in-love with God. I am a sophomore with a major in English education and a minor in art.

I love to write! Whenever I think of a cool line or quote for one of my characters, I stick it on my desk!photo

I also really enjoy art. My grandmother is an artist, so I guess it runs in the family. I’m quite humble about my talent, and I don’t talk about it much, but I do have a strong passion for it. Here are a few photos!

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Most importantly, I am crazy about my nephew–He actually resembles me a lot.  His name is T.J. and he’ll be three in October! He has a sibling on the way! Hopefully it’s a girl. :)

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Welp, that’s me! I have officially completed an ice breaker without sweating, nervous jitters, and the thought of passing out. I hope I helped shed some light on who I am.

It would be awesome if I could hear from you all, too! I’d love to know about your weird first days of school, or what inspires you the most in life! To leave a comment, click on the title above! Remember: Ice breakers will always be awkward…but make the most of your awkwardness by getting to know the people around you! Trust me, no one is judging you. ;)

Talk to you all next time!

Love, Britney!

Allegra Vieux

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May 12, 2013

Ummm finals?

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So school is out. And this is what’s left of our brains. Enjoy.

Watch the insanity unfold.

Joey Alligier

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April 29, 2013

Such a Fine Teacher

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Grandpa MNU taught many classes,
many classes taught Grandpa MNU
I am one of them and you may be to
So let’s just talk about spirituality.

MNU is about faith, community, and service. Not just the students, but the professors also aim for this. One of the most open, vulnerable, understanding professors is a man that has been through SO MUCH and is willing to talk to you about life. I even have a meeting set up to talk to him! This guys has been here since the beginning! He has taught numerous classes, as far as I know, all around our faith.

One of my favorite all around professors, thus far, at MNU would be Dr. Larry Fine. I currently have his Christian Beliefs class and MAN is it a lot to take in after chapel at 11 am. He is consistently challenging us with reading material, notes, and soooo many hypothetical situations! We have discussed sin,morality, the Holy Spirit and yes, even sex. His approach is so smooth, yet loving! He wants us to voice our opinions and he respectfully, which is key, gives his. He always follows with his ideas after the hypothetical situations so it gives us the chance to know what we know and not be influenced. I LOVE IT! My mind has been blown so many times in there and I love it.

It’s just amazing to see his firm, yet open faith. Professors like him make this place one of the most amazing places to be. They set the standard for community and faith development. I am proud to be a Pioneer when gauging the influence they have over so many influence-able lives!

The best part? He’s only one of the many amazing faculty members ready to just do life with us!

Keep on and Keep God,
Joey

Phillip Prado

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April 26, 2013

Thinking Back

April 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

moments,life,memories,quote,quote,word,remember-5883bba7d4638f2ed6a2fdbf964f22b0_hHEY GUYS! So, it’s official, my freshman year is almost over. There are only two weeks of school left! Two weeks?? Where did the time go?  Where in the world have I been??  It feels like just yesterday I was going through NSO (New Student Orientation) Week.  And now I’m coming up on my lest week of school.  It’s crazy how fast time flies.

We were talking about this the other day in class (how time has gone by so quickly).  There was a group discussion about our experiences in our past and it was almost completely focused on this school year and how fast it has gone. We talked about how each of us has learned a lot in these past few months, how we’ve grown a lot, how we have met a lot of new people, and so on and so forth.  The most interesting stories to me were the ones that were about the ridiculous things that happened in Campus Center, or the one time during an intramural game when someone got hit in the face with a ball, or just times when we were just together and having fellowship. There were stories about character building,  insane amounts of homework, or even times that were “alter” moments (which were very influential and I am very glad we had these too),  but the stories I related to most were the relational ones.  I feel like we all felt this way.  We related easier to each other when we talked about relating (ironic huh?). It made me think “Man…I’m really gonna miss these people.”  I’ve made so many new friends and had so many new encounters.  Some times it was hard, but this year taught me a lot about how important it is for us to be together.  I would not have been able to do it had I not connected withe people the way I have here at MNU.

A few weeks ago I blogged about MNU Secret Admirers.  This is a perfect example of how we long to connect to other people, even if it is in secret :P. MNU has been awesome to me, and listening to these other people’s stories really helped me think back on everything I’ve experienced.  This year has been really important to me, whether it’s what I learned in class, friendships I’ve gained, or just things I’ve done.  Now that I look back, I can see how thankful I really am for coming to a Christian school like MNU, and if I had the chance to go somewhere else I would still pick MNU.  This has become a second home to me, I will miss it terribly, and I know any of you incoming Freshman who will be here will feel the same way!

Cherith Campbell

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March 13, 2013

The one where MNU loves YOU!

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I know that most of my posts have lots of humor and are light-hearted but this one is gonna take on a more serious feel about myself and the presence/impact of MNU in my life.

A week ago my great-granny died and there were a lot of emotions. Even though her dying was very sad, it was a celebration because we all know that she is in Heaven. When tragedy strikes it is always great to have people who care about you to help and comfort you. Being here on campus gave me such a great support system around me. My roommate and other friends on my hall all comforted me when we found out that she had passed and it felt so good to have them with me.

MNU is such a great place of community. There are so many people on campus that truly care about each of the students that go here. I continually was checked up on by multiple professors about how I was doing since the funeral. Going to any other school would provide professors that either had too many students to even know me personally or just don’t care in general. But here at MidAmerica the professors and staff and students all have such a sense of community and love for one another. MNU is such an amazing place to be.

Learn something new today:  The word koala is aboriginal for “no drink.” Koala get the water they need from their food.

* I love Koalas!

Kelsey Cranford

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February 12, 2013

Mosaic

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There are many times where the Lord provides a calling for someone in allowing them to meet some sort of need. This last summer, my fiance, who is a youth and worship pastor at a local church, was made aware of a need within our church community. Many people within the 18-30 age range (the Mosaic Generation) were desperately in need of community and were struggling finding it on their own. After numerous discussions with various people including the church staff, my fiance decided to take on the committment of launching a young adult ministry.

Towards the beginning of last semester a team of about 6 of us started meeting every other week to begin planning what this new ministry would look like and praying that the Lord would direct our decisions. We began spreading the word about it officially meeting as a group, incorporating worship, teaching, and prayer into our times together. Thorought the semester we sought to develop a clear vision of what the Lord wanted this ministry to look like and developed some plans for this spring semester. Last week we had our first meeting together since the break and it was so exciting seeing all the people that the Lord brought to be a part of this ministry. Tonight we start meeting together in small groups and I am really excited about beeing a part of this new vision! I pray that the Lord would begin to form a community out of this group of people and begin to shape us and challenge us through one another.