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December 5, 2015

Fall Semester Is Almost Over ūüďö

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There are only two weeks left of our fall semester. We call this period of the semester “crunch time.” This is where a lot of students are trying to do anything and everything to get their letter grade from a B to an A; or for those students struggling to pass that tough class, with a C or better. This is when, students start asking their professors for extra credit, or if there is anything else they can do to get their grade up.

A biology professor of mine, ounce said . . .

“Why would I trust and spend my hard earned money on someone who ‘half-worked’ their way through class and cheated on exams, just to get by? This student who, half-work’s their way through their degree only, ‘half-knows’ their field of study. Would you have faith in that person to be able to preform at the highest level of their job?”

An example this professor used, was a doctor . . .

“Lets say, you need surgery or medical attention of some kind, and the doctor YOU receive, ‘half-worked’ his way through school. As he examines you, he has to google, what it is that could possibly be wrong with you; or he has to look up, what and how much medication, he should give you. This doctor probably did not try very hard in his undergraduate and/or graduate classes. Two, he probably only majored in this field of study for the good pay.”

He is simply stating that the field of study you are majoring in, you should known like the back of your hand, without having to look it up. It should be second nature to you. Find something that is exciting to you, that you can wake up every morning 9 times out of 10, and be excited about what you are studying/majoring in, and one day do for work. If you are majoring in something that doesn’t excite you, then, maybe you should find something that does. At the end of the day, your grades really do matter.

Most internships look at your grades, to see what kind of student you are. They want to know how serious you are about your field and if you truly want to preform well in this field. Your grades reflect that. I understand not everyone is perfect, but if it looks like you are giving it your all, it will show.

After you receive your degree and have worked internships, you are now ready, to be hired by the company or facility you want to work for. They look more at your internships, rather than your grades, because they want to see if you have work experience, in that field or in fields related to that. Most students do not realize, and I believe this is the point, my professor was trying to make, if you have good grades, you have a good work ethic, if you have good work ethic, then the your employer can count on you to get things done. If you have okay, but not good grades, you may have a good work ethic, but just not try as hard; so, you may do well but it is harder for you to get things done.

With all this being said, YOUR GRADES are important. The amount of effort and care you put into them reflect, your determination and dedication to your major and field of study. Find something exciting and interesting to learn, that you can be proud about!


 

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Renee DeVault

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November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas

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For Thanksgiving break I went with Quinn, my mom, my dad, and my brother to Houston, Texas to visit my family.

I thought I would share some of my pictures from the trip :)

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

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My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

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This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She's so adorable!

This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She’s so adorable!

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Friday we went to a University of Houston football game. I know nothing about sports but Quinn and I managed to have fun. It was just great to hang out with family.

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We drove home Saturday and Sunday.

It was great to see family that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided also to thank God for three main things this year.

  1. For my Family. They have supported me through all of my crazy endeavors and they love me. I know that means a lot.
  2. For my Friends. Coming back to MNU and seeing them again after being away for a while really made me realize how much I have come to love them and depend on them as an everyday part of my life.
  3. For MNU. That sounds cheesy, but hearing about other colleges from my cousins and going to a big school for a football game made me realize how well suited MNU is for me. My professors really care about me and I really care about them. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten at a big state school. I am very thankful for being here.

A little over two weeks are left in my first semester of college. I am both relieved and a little saddened. I will miss this semester greatly.

Lynsie Petersen

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November 25, 2015

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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My all-time favorite Thanksgiving themed “movie” is “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, and it has been for as long as I can remember. The message is just important to me now as it was when I was a little girl: No matter the circumstances, you should always remember to give thanks for what you do have.

Barely 2 minutes into the short film, Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally says the following: “Why should I give thanks on Thanksgiving? What do I have to be thankful for? All it does is make more work for us at school.” and then complains about an essay her teacher asked her to write.

How often do we complain about the little things in life? Or do we question what we have to be thankful for? As Americans, we tend to take things for granted? Like the fact that we live in America and have the freedoms we do.

My mom is in the Air Force and has been deployed twice. My dad was a Marine as well. I’m definitely not the biggest fan of the US government because of this, but I’m still thankful I live in this country and that my parents are willing to give up their lives if needed to protect our country.

I’m just as guilty of the next person for taking the obvious things for granted. The air I breathe, the fact that I have a home and loving parents and (sometimes annoying) siblings, and that I go to college, or that I’m allowed to be writing this blog post. These things seem to be the things I’m supposed to have, but so many people don’t. And that’s why we should be grateful.

I'm thankful for my family, my pets, and the privilege to celebrate Christmas openly.

I’m thankful for my family, my pets, and the privilege to celebrate Christmas openly.

Towards the end of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, around the 17 minute mark, Peppermint Patty begins complaining that Snoopy and Charlie Brown are serving toast, popcorn, gummy worms, and pretzel sticks for Thanksgiving dinner, more specifically, the Thanksgiving dinner that Peppermint Patty invited herself and two friends to, last minute nonetheless. “Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinner? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?” Next, Marcy reminds Patty that she invited herself over, thus she should be thankful there’s any food at all.

That’s another thing I take for granted, having food every day, multiple times a day. I do complain about Campus Center, but at least we have Campus Center. It may not be Chick-fil-a or Chipotle, but at least a source of daily nourishment is offered. When I go home for the weekends (which I’m blessed with the ability to do), there’s always food in the cupboard and fridge, and a good chunk of America doesn’t have that luxury.

The “movie” rounds out with Charlie Brown’s grandmother doing what any grandma does: invites the unfed friends of Charlie and Sally to Thanksgiving at her condominium. Snoopy and Woodstock share their Thanksgiving meal and all is well.

I'm also thankful for my decor-crazed mother and brother. Our yard looks awesome!

I’m also thankful for my decor-crazed mother and brother. Our yard looks awesome!

So take a minute and be thankful for what you have because it could all be ripped away from you in a flash of an eye. And if the opportunity arises, be like Charlie Brown’s grandmother and invite someone over for your Thanksgiving feast. They may need it more than you think.

What are you thankful for? Comment below and let’s all share in the blessings! :)

Isaac Walker

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November 23, 2015

MNU Serve Team

November 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

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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!

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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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No caption needed.

Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault

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November 9, 2015

Let’s Be Freaks and Weirdos Again

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A lot of things can happen during a show week. When you’re forced to spend almost thirty hours in one week with the same group of people, crazy things are bound to happen.

Brigadoon was last week and, like most of the “fun” things I try to do on campus, God managed to wrangle his way into it.

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I’m not going to talk about the show its self–although¬†it was totally awesome, everybody in the cast did a fantastic job, the crew rocked as did the pit, and the male lead was absolutely wonderful (I think he’s super cute too. For anyone who doesn’t know, Quinn, my boyfriend, was the lead).

The really cool stuff was what happened with my friend group back stage, after the show, exhausted, and just hanging out.

I don’t know if you have ever gotten a verse stuck in your head, but the whole week I had the same one.

John 13:35 states,¬†“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

This verse is right after Jesus has¬†washed his disciple’s feet,¬†had the¬†Passover meal, and called out Judas for his future betrayal. Not to make an understatement, but these disciples were going through or about to go through some pretty serious stress: a lot of it in their relationships with one another.

When Jesus was crucified, I wonder how many of them thought their whole group would separate forever. I mean, in all logical reality, the twelve of them never should have been together to begin with. They were an odd group to say the least.

However, when I think about the church of Acts it talks about them eating meals together, meeting at each others’ houses every night, praying for one another, and confessing their sins to one another. Later on it is obvious how much Paul loves everybody in the church and how much they loved Paul.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” right after Jesus told them to love one another as he loves them.

This whole idea had been bouncing around in my brain while I did this show. I was spending more time with these people then ever before. With my closest friends, I was even choosing to stay up late: sitting with them and listening to problems they were having.

Why don’t people talk anymore? Really, really, talk?

What evidence is there that we really love one another? Posting “I love you!” on somebody’s Facebook or just saying it in passing just doesn’t seem real, not when compared to the kind of biblical brotherly and sisterly love we see as part of the early church.

I know my friends and I aren’t perfect. I am a self diagnosed freak and no offence to my friends but they are far from being relationally perfect as well.

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My friends laugh whole heartedly at this photo, for example

Ally Tinker (My Phantom gift giver during the show) made me a dinosaur hoodie. They made fun of me about it too like true friends.

Ally Tinker (My Phantom gift giver during the show) made me a dinosaur hoodie. They made fun of me about it too like true friends.

I think the key difference is being willing to tell people what needs to be said.

This could be me confessing something about myself that had been eating me up inside, or it could be telling a friend something that I know they need to hear. Both situations make things awkward.

It’s ok sometimes to be awkward.

Jesus washing his disciple’s feet was awkward.

Jesus sharing about his giving of his blood and his body was probably awkward.

Jesus telling Judas he knew he was going to betray him would have definitely been awkward.

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Love is weird.

I had to think about it. Why would I want to stay up to all hours of the night/morning talking about personal issues? Why would giving a stressed out friend a back rub, helping them with their makeup, or stopping in the middle of the street to legitimately ask them if they are alright be a normal thing?

It all hit me hard when, at Midnight Thirty (12:30 AM for those who don’t speak Renee), a friend texted me¬†and asked me¬†to bring them soup from Walmart. My gut instinct was to show the text to someone else who I knew loved this person, and before I knew it, I had a car-full of people who had previously been gung-ho ready to call it a night after a long and exhausting week of the show. We love each other.

I want my friends to be able to tell me absolutely anything they need to, and¬†I don’t want to¬†have a drop of judgment for, or resentment towards, them because I know there is a common grace. I want to be a relational freak, that one weird person who will say things that I culturally shouldn’t say to people and drop everything and go to their aid like a total weirdo if need be.

That’s my goal for relationships at MNU. I don’t want to attend a Christian University, have mostly Christian friends, and be able to leave without knowing what it’s like to love people to the point of it reflecting God himself.

Two things I’m praying for this week as rehearsals no longer force me to see certain people every single day…

  1. That I can somehow channel God’s love towards me into the way I relate to my friends. Jesus was radical in how he formed relationships and I need help so why not learn from him.
  2. That students at MNU would refuse to settle for casual. We were designed in the image of a being¬†intimately dependent on three separate persons that all make up one God. It’s beautiful and complicated and engrained in our very being. Faith cannot be purely¬†individual. We need to rediscover our need for each other.
Mackenzie Theiler

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November 5, 2015

‚úßAlways Find the Light in the Dark‚ú¶

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http://www.alwaysonpurpose.com/2015/02/hardship/

This woman is phenomenal! Her name is Amy Wong. She is a professional life coach. If you ever need guidance or¬†just enjoy reading inspiration articles, she knows what she is talking about! I picked this article for you guys all to read because it is extremely inspirational. If you are having a hard time with something, this article can definitely help you through your hardship. She has tons of other articles posted, about different things that could be going on in your life. The main motto of all her topics is, that everything is on purpose! Even though, times may get tough, there is always an upside to every downside. Keep staying positive and stay strong, even when you feel like giving up. One of my favorite quotes is:¬†Before you give up, remember why you started!”


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Mackenzie Theiler

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November 5, 2015

– – – – – Traveling to New Places – – – – – ‚úó

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The adventures have begun . . . . . . Two weeks ago, got a three day weekend! MNU calls it “fall break.” It is really just a Friday off from school, but I was not complaining! So, I made a spontaneous decision, to get away for the three day weekend. I needed to take a break from all the midterm exams and studies.

When people ask, what city I am from in Northern California, I say, Sacramento. Why, because it is the closest city to me, for someone who, does not truly know California. I am actually not from the city, nor am I a city girl! I am actually from the country, and I am a country girl at heart!

What better way, to start exploring¬†new places, than to drive¬†to¬†Nashville, Tennessee.¬†For those of you, who have never been there, you must go. The total drive time from Olathe, Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee, was about 8.5 hours. Fun Fact about how big California is: ¬†From my house, I can drive to Eugene, Oregon, in about 8.5 hours.¬†It was the most perfect weekend to be in Nashville. There were so many events going on! The Tennessee Titans had a football game, along with the college team Vanderbilt University. The Nashville Predators (hockey team) played the Pittsburg Penguins; Nashville lost by one. They also held the Ragnar Relay Serious, it was a 200 mile relay race from Chattanooga to Nashville. Multi-team race with 6 people on each¬†team. The last thing Nashville had going on was a Political Meeting. I also got to see the¬†Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.¬†They were not lying¬†when they say, “Nashville is lit up in neon lights” at night. Broadway is the main strip where everyone goes in their country boots and cowboy hats to have a great night. On the Broadway strip they have really scrumptious food places. This was an eventful and awesome weekend to be in Nashville, Tennessee!

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Mike’s Ice Cream – Voted one of the top three ice cream places to go to in Nashville, TN. Waiting in a block long line was worth it!

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The Stillery – This five cheese layered mac and cheese monstrosity topped with a spicy buffalo chicken breast was the BEST dish I have had in a while.

 


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Renee DeVault

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November 2, 2015

The World Series for the Athletically Illiterate

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So let’s get one thing straight. Nothing I say in this post is anything serious about the Royals winning the World Series (woop woop swag it up home skillets).

I know nothing about sports.

Nothing.

It’s sad really.

So I’m going to talk about how the World Series has managed to impact my poor defenseless little life.

So first of all, refer to the cover photo to see how my College Small Group night was hijacked by the game. I was forced to sit on a couch with fellow Christians, spill Pepsi on myself like a slob, and yell non-opinion giving supportive statements such as, but not limited to….

“Hurray sports!”

“Do the thing!”

“Win the points!”

“Go team go!”

You know, normal socially awkward dinosaur statements. I was able to ignore most of the baseball craze until Halloween.

I was innocently attending a Faith Journey Church’s children’s fall festival, vandalizing adolescent faces, when the guys I drug out from under their rock began to talk about watching the game.

 

I was a cat-ish-creature and I forced Levi to be a cowboy by slapping a hat on his head and painting on his face.

I was a cat-ish-creature and I forced Levi to be a cowboy by slapping a hat on his head and painting on his face.

I let small females paint Bryton's face.

I let small females paint Bryton’s face.

Got Chipotle and was just about to watch the Royals game with this pastel emo punk of a freaking awesome guy

Got Chipotle and was just about to watch the Royals game with this pastel emo punk of a freaking awesome guy

I was pulled into a fury storm of positive Royals vibes by my oddly sports loving nerd friends. I thought this would be a nightmare but instead it became a method for a great friendship building session.

They put the game on and after a little bit we decided to play a card game. Mixing sports with nerdy fun confused me but I accepted it and it led to one of the most interesting, hilarious, and friendship building experiences of my college career.

I could have run as soon as sports were mentioned but I’m so glad I stuck it out. Between rounds of cards we began to ask questions to each other, answering a question after each round.

Something about the atmosphere being so relaxed made it easier to answer honestly and before I knew it we were talking about personal struggles and having a great conversation.

So I began to warm up to the idea of the Royals even to the point of loading into a small car and driving down to the Power and Light district to inact our swag on an unsuspecting city.

These are the cool cats we were trying to meet up with.

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Unfortunately this picture was taken without us because they ended up in a sea of blue in front of the big screen and we ended up drowning in the shallow end and never making it to the middle of the sea to find them.

We decided instead to go back to Uphaus and watch the game…well two games actually.

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That’s right folks! Royals and Super Smash Brothers! I now love baseball :) My friends got to watch the game, I got to be happily in their presence not understanding what was going on, and we all got to attempt to brutally murder each other with fictional characters.

I like Ike.

So hey, non sports friends, try it. Enjoy the fun vibes, keep a light heart, try new things. I’m glad I didn’t hide in my room until it was over like I was planning to :)

Katie Linsey

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October 29, 2015

Colorado – A place for new perspective

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Over Fall Break, I went on a last minute road trip with my friend Christen to Divide, Colorado. We stayed with some amazing people, probably the most hospitable people I know, and had a relaxing and refreshing weekend.

I knew that I needed an extended Sabbath time to pray about some things and take a break from school, so I made sure to use my time in Colorado wisely.

On Friday morning, Christen and I went to Golden Bell Camp and hung out with some horses. That was really the first time I spent time with a horse. It was incredible, to say the least.

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On Friday night, of course, we watched the Royals WIN with the family we were staying with.

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On Saturday, I had the day to myself to spend some time with Jesus in Colorado Springs. I went to my favorite spot in Garden of the Gods and journaled/prayed for awhile. When I was there, a random man (who was with his family) sat by me and randomly started telling me about God and how He loves me so much. It was crazy, because it was exactly what I needed to hear, and he didn’t even know that I was a follower of Jesus.

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On Saturday night, I went to a dinner at Golden Bell that was over a campfire. Super cool.

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On Sunday, right before we left for Kansas, we stopped in Colorado Springs to go to New Life Church (one of my favorite churches ever). I highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Colorado on a Sunday.

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Ever since I came back to that trip, I’ve had a refreshed spirit and a new perspective in aspects of my life. I highly suggest making time for life-giving experiences such as this one.

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Isaac Walker

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October 26, 2015

Fall Break Hiking Trip

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Hey friends!

You may have noticed that I did not post on my normal day. Over the fall break weekend I went on a hiking and backpacking trip in Arkansas with Kairos.  Kairos is the college age ministry group that meets at College Church of the Nazarene. They normally take a trip every school break.  They go backpacking during fall break, skiing over winter break, backpacking again over spring break, and white water rafting over summer vacation.

Over fall break 22 MNU and JCCC students went to Arkansas and hiked the Ozark Highland Trails. We also peaked ¬†Whiterock Mountain. ¬†I really didn’t know a whole lot of the students that went on the trip, but by the end of the trip, I would consider everyone that went on the trip a friend of mine. ¬†We had some crazy, fun experiences that brought us close. ¬†I took a few pictures that kind of tell the story of our trip.

 

 

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Just got on the trail.

Just got on the trail.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

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Found a small waterfall in the distance.

Found a small waterfall in the distance.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

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High up on a cliff.

High up on a cliff.

 

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

Sadly these pictures cannot do the beauty of the trip the justice it deserves. ¬†Just know the trip was amazing. ¬†I think everyone should go on at least one trip during their time here at MNU. ¬†The trips are for everyone. ¬†You don’t have to be an expert hiker to go on these. ¬†Believe me, because I am not an expert. ¬†I don’t even have all the equipment. ¬†You can borrow whatever you need from friends. ¬†I will definitely be going on more trips with Kairos in the future.

Until next time friends!

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