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Katie Linsey


October 20, 2015


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Hey! So, last week was Homecoming Week here at MNU… which means every night is filled with fun, friends, and free food. :)

Here’s a quick recap of the events that I attended.

Thursday night: Hoedown


The Hoedown is something I look forward to every year. It’s basically a bunch of fun dancing, donuts from the Louisburg Cider Mill, root beer, and the crowning of the class princes and princesses!

Friday night: Bonfire/Buck Night


This year, ASG decided to do a giant bonfire at one of the football practice fields and then gave every student free food at the Buck Night. The Buck Night is a place where alumni gather and have the opportunity to make food and sell samples of it to friends. There was also live music and the Royals game playing… it’s a fun evening with fellow students and graduates of MNU!

Saturday afternoon: Homecoming Football Game

football game

I went to the game with a few of my suite mates… Christen and Tori. :) It was a perfect afternoon for a football game and WE WON. Also, the Homecoming king and queen were crowned, which is always fun to watch.

Saturday evening: Homecoming Banquet


No, I didn’t have a date… but I did have my wonderful suite mate, Christen, to go with! It was a wonderful meal that left me stuffed, followed by a candy bar that I visited even though I was stuffed. There was lots of fun dancing and good conversations with friends that I don’t see often. And everyone looked stunning! It’s always fun to dress up.

Sunday (after church of course): Sleep.

So… there ya have it. MNU Homecoming Week is always something to look forward to. :)


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.







Div Tosinglo


October 9, 2015


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  1. Don’t say yes out of pity. Spare the other person the embarrassment and yourself the uncomfortable feeling and just say no thanks.
  2. Don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money on the night. We’re all college students trying to pay off loans. There’s no need to impress anyone.
  3. Don’t ask a guy or girl that you just met the week of homecoming. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for spontaneity, but do you really want homecoming to be your make it or break it? (too soon, my friend, too soon)
  4. Don’t sit in the corner and not dance. You are in college! The Church Of Nazarene is finally letting us dance! What a time to be alive! Take advantage of it! (Bust a move!)
  5. Don’t let the stress ruin the fun. Don’t forget why you spent all that time on your hair, or all those hours shopping for that one dress that caught your eye the first moment you walked into the store, but still spent three hours, trying on twelve more dresses, to only settle on the first one you saw. Have a fun night; your 15+ hours in the library studying agrees with me.


  1. The guy has to ask the girl! I’m a firm believer of chivalry, AND WHEN YOU ASK HER OUT, GO BIG or- well just go big. You never know it might get you out of the friend zone. (Too far?)
  2. Ladies! I got this one from a lady, so hold your fire. Apparently, ladies don’t have the best track record when it comes to dancing, so YouTube some dance lessons. It won’t hurt anyone; it might even save someone from getting smacked across the face (coordination is key.)
  3. Go to the Hoedown. For two reasons: 1. Ron Jackson and the ASG team host the best parties around. 2. If you don’t have a

    date by Thursday then DON’T GO! No, I’m kidding you should still go, because you might meet a last minute date who might turn out to be your special someone that you’ll live happily ever after with. (You’re welcome.)

  4. Guy’s compliment your date even if you’re just going as friends, if she doesn’t show it she’ll still be wondering if she did it right. Ladies fix your guy’s tie even if it’s already fixed, because we love it when you do.
  5. Plan out your night, but don’t over-plan so much that you miss out on the great moments. Homecoming is more than just a dance, or an opportunity to find your Mr. or Mrs. Ring by spring. Homecoming is a moment of freedom, freedom to make memories that you will forever remember.


Mariah McCommon


March 8, 2015

Moments Like This

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Hello all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Luther Okeyo


December 29, 2014

Happy Holidays…

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Hey guys, I hope you guys had a great christmas and you guys are enjoying your holidays. I’m not going to lie, I DEFINITELY AM. It is amazing to be back home. There is only one problem… My mom isn’t here. She went back to Kenya to see the family, this is one of the few times where I’m not able to spend Christmas without my mom. Don’t you worry though I was still able to talk her as much I possibly can. Also as many of you would agree, the best part of the holidays is being able to be with family. Even though I wasn’t able to be with them physically, just being able to talk to them on the phone was enough. Sharing stories with them, knowing that they’re ok was the best gift I could’ve gotten. I miss them so much, but I’ll be able to see them soon. Another great part of Christmas is of course… the presents, DUH!!! My mom definitely stepped up her game this year.

Got a MacBook Pro for Christmas. Adding this bad boy to my growing Apple collection. Thank you so much Mom!!

Got a MacBook Pro for Christmas. Adding this bad boy to my growing Apple collection. Thank you so much Mom!!

Quite the collection huh? All this means that I need to make some last minute adjustments to my gift for her. I’d tell you guys what it is, but I know that mom reads the blog post religiously so I can’t spoil the surprise. Gotcha mom! Not today, you gotta be patient and wait until you come back.

Also I want to give a huge shoutout to the wolf-pack and their families for letting me share Christmas day with them. It was such a cool experience and a huge privilege as well. For them to take me into their homes and make sure that I didn’t spend Christmas alone was awesome of them and they didn’t have to do it. That’s one of the many reasons that these guys will be my friends for life.


The main core of the wolf-pack. To my left you have Kamaran “Pee Wee” Francis, Cory “Captain America” Ellis, and to my right you have Ryan “Birdman” Ellis. One day I’ll get the whole pack together and relieve the glory days.


Luther Okeyo


November 13, 2014

A Very Special Veteran’s Day

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As you all know Tuesday was Veteran’s Day and now matter how you feel about the military, you just have to sit back and admire the sacrifices that they endure everyday to keep us safe, and help us enjoy the freedoms we have today. Just like Coach Willmer told us the other day, “Our freedom isn’t free, somebody else pays for it.” This day is now very special to me, you never really realize how important something is until it hits you personally. For me, this day is about my friend Cory Ellis and his family.

This is one of my best friend's Cory Ellis. He is a marine stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I'm so proud of him and I'm honored to be friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can't wait to see him again.

This is one of my best friends Cory Ellis. He is a corporal in marine core. He is stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I’m so proud of him and I’m honored to be his friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can’t wait to see him again. 

It takes a special kind of person, to able to take on the commitment that the armed forces require. The Ellis family knows that commitment all too well. First things first, this family is like my second family. They embraced me and made me when one of their own, when I was just a stupid kid high school who didn’t know any better. Some of the best moments in my life were made with this family. For example the creation of the wolf pack, the 4th of July incident, and I can’t forget the Fall Fridays when I had meatball subs before football games. They are a blessing, and I can’t even imagine who I would be  if they were were not apart of my life.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

These guys are a collection of characters but I love each and everyone of them to death. As you know Cory went into the military, he is a corporal in the marine core. Cory has probably the sharpest wit this side of the Mississippi, he has a comeback for everything, and when you think you finally got him, that’s when you fall into his trap. Ryan is an enigma all of his own, you never really know what he is going to do, but I’ll tell you this right now don’t underestimate him, this little guy has more heart than anyone will ever give him credit for. Now we have Colin, this kid is just nuts sometimes. Yet you can always catch him in the some spot, downstairs in office, usually watching Netflix. He also wants to go into the military when he graduates from high school like his big brother. He scares me a little bit, but I can’t wait to see the man he becomes. Last but certainly not least we have Morgan, the baby of household, (sorry Maddie). She is just a little bundle of joy, who can catch you slipping at any moment. She always knows how to brighten my day or completely tear me down, but I don’t care I still love her.

The parents, Glen and Tammy Ellis. Glen's nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tammy Mom.

The parents, Glenn and Tami Ellis. Glenn’s nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tami, Mom. They were high school sweet hearts and they’ve been married for 22 years

Lets start with Papa Ellis (sorry mom), Papa Ellis served in Air force. He technically still serves as a reservist. He is also a police officer for Simi Valley Police Department. He is just a big teddy bear, a little bit too old school but that’s why we love him. Don’t let him fool though, this guy still has it. Just ask Cory. Everyday this guy does all he can to provide for his family and then when he steps out of the house, he goes and protects the people of Simi Valley. He is always there for his family no matter what. He is the man, I aspire to be. Ok now here we have Mom, the best way to describe her role in the family is to have watched the movie Remember the Titans. She is basically Denzel Washington aka Coach Herman Boone in a sense. In the immortal words of Coach Boone, “This is not a democracy, this is a dictatorship!” Mom is the same way, she is just and fair, but is not afraid to put her foot down. She treats everyone the same no matter who you are. She is 2nd toughest woman I know behind only my own mother.

The Ellis family is also a sports family. All the men in the family played football (I played with Cory in high school). Colin however took it to another level and also wrestles in high school. Morgan is a cheerleader and is insanely flexible. Ironically Tami is the only one, who never played a sport, but she is one of the loudest fans you will ever meet. I can’t tell how many games, I could hear her screaming at us over everyone else in the crowd, plus she doesn’t care who will hear her. She has even called me out on the carpet a few times, when I dropped a ball, or had a bad play during my high school playing days. That’s just who she is and there is no one else like her.

Anyway, this is my second family. I can’t wait to see them when I go back home for winter break. I got some stories for them and I can’t wait to hear their stories either and also have one of the famous (well to me) Ellis meatball subs. Also to all the men and women out there put their lives on the line for us here at home or anywhere else in the world, thank you so much for your service. I know it may not be said enough but I am grateful for all you do for us. Come back home safe and rejoin your families and hopefully one day, I have a chance to give a little back to you for all you have given to us.


Katie Linsey


November 6, 2014

Meet Siska

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Hi, friends! During Homecoming week, I decided to sponsor a child through Compassion International, which was one of the best decisions I could have made, but also a very unexpected decision.

As a Christ follower who grew up going to lots of Christian concerts, I’ve heard the “sponsor a child tonight” speech countless times. Every time, I would wish that I could, but never did because I didn’t have the money and I thought I was too young.

As a member of Rend Collective eased into yet another “sponsor a child tonight” speech at the concert Friday night, I reached for my phone and planned to tune out the entire thing. I thought I knew exactly what he was going to say, and I also thought I knew exactly what my answer was going to be… “no.”

It’s not that I didn’t want to sponsor a child, because I’ve always thought it would be a cool idea, I just didn’t think I was qualified to. As a college student with no steady paycheck, I tried to tell myself that my financial state was reason enough to decline this invitation to change someone’s life. As I half-listened to the speech that night, I felt my heartstrings being pulled – really hard. I thought I was hearing God tell me to sponsor a child, but I wasn’t totally sure that it was Him.

As the speech came to a close, the guy from Rend Collective asked everyone who was interested to raise their hands, and Compassion International volunteers would come around and give us a child packet.

As I raised my hand, I told God, “Alright, if you’re truly telling me to sponsor a child, then give me a really cute little girl that I can’t say no to.” I was also praying super hard that He would provide the funds for me to do this, because I was nearly positive He was calling me to sponsor a child (and I was scared that I couldn’t do it).

When I received my packet, I opened it up to find the most beautiful little girl. Her name is Siska and she’s from Indonesia. She loves church activities, singing, art, and playing with dolls. And I love her.

Once I saw her, deciding to sponsor Siska was an easy decision to make. I was so excited to sign up and I wasn’t even worried about the financial aspect of it. I knew that I wanted to help this girl.

My friend, Brandon, and I ended up sponsoring her together. I’m really stoked to start this journey and write her tons of letters. I’m already thinking about what to get her for Christmas… it’s so fun! I can’t wait to get to know her and be a part of her life.

This Tuesday in chapel, a representative from Compassion International came and spoke. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time, knowing that other MNU students were hearing about the opportunity that I had the previous week. When service was over, I saw lots of MNU students crowded around the Compassion International table. My heart smiled super big.

Sponsoring a child is a huge decision, and not one to be taken lightly, but it’s definitely rewarding. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on Siska!

(If you want to learn more about Compassion International, visit


Katie Linsey


October 30, 2014

Homecoming Week

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Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)



Samantha Moore


October 28, 2014

Be: Homecoming Queen

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Homecoming week is over… what do I do with my life now?! Here are a few pictures from the past week for y’all to enjoy:


This is Jorge! We walked together for Homecoming court and ended up winning together! He makes a pretty handsome King if I do say so myself, he is a RA on campus!


This is Lippi! He is my best friend! We went to high school together and he came to MNU when I was a sophomore to play soccer! Since he came here we have had multiple classes together and finally introduced ourselves even though we already knew each other. And now, we are best friends. He is so great to me and always encourages and supports me. Love you Leapster! 
asg hoedown

This is the squad also known as ASG! Luke, Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Kylen, Duby, Josh, Lauren and then me! We spend a lot of time together and sometimes too much time. I love each and every one of them though and could not imagine my senior year without them.

eddieThis is Eddie! I talked about him in a previous post, any who he was up for Homecoming King for seniors this year. It was also his first year to go to Homecoming. It was a blast!


This is one of my best friends Lorena! We have gotten so close over the past two years she has been here and I am so glad she came into my life. I would not survive MNU without her and she brightens up everyones day! This was at the Bon Fire and Car Bach that we had.

stacy homeocmingLove this girl! This is Stacy and I talk about her a lot! She is one of my roommates and I am so glad we went to Homecoming together because we had so much fun! Senior year would honestly not be the same if she was not in my life constantly. We are always hanging out and are always either going to sporting events together or watching sporting events! Anyways, I LOVED MY DRESS!


Comment and I would love to chat!



Haley Raydo


October 27, 2014

Life Update: Homecoming & A Thought on Hope

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Hello friends!

So, homecoming week has come and gone… and let me just say it was a blast! SO many fun memories were made; ASG did a fantastic job! Also I have a random thought I have been thinking about this last week.  Although it was nice to have a bit of distraction from some of the struggles of life with all the fun events of Homecoming week… I have in the last few weeks been a little down…. But don’t worry there is HOPE!  I have a quick thought I would like to share on that in a bit… but here are some pictures of a FANTASTIC Homecoming week!

We had a movie night, a hoedown, a homecoming dance, and a football game where we BEAT BAKER (if you aren’t a Pioneer you may not understand but that is a big deal around here!).

movie night homecoming

hoedown girls

group homecoming picture

royals homecoming

(Yes I wore my Royals jersey over my dress… I am that dedicated).

All that to say it was a crazy and busy week let me tell you!

Now thats homecoming, let me give you just a quick thought of the day and then I’m done rambling.

I have really been reading and thinking a lot about hope the last few weeks.  For many reasons I have been kind of in the dumps with some personal issues but mostly with the uncertainty of life and exactly my calling.  Whether you’re a Christian or not we all go through these times.  And these are times that help you grow.  But beyond all that I have been realizing there is hope.  Some lyrics from a song, Anchor, by Hillsong go like this:

There is hope in the promise of the cross, You gave everything to save the one you love, and that hope is an anchor for my soul, my God will stand unshakeable!

Man I love that! It gives me the chills! I think when I am sad or overwhelmed sometimes I think God is surprised or He can’t handle it.  But He is UNSHAKEABLE.  And because of His promise of love on the cross, we can have hope!  Hope that there is a God who is constant, who loves and cares, and who wants what is best for us.  When everything around us seems chaotic or maybe there is a lot of hurt… remember these song lyrics! I think if we can have hope in Christ (who He is and what He has done) which coincides with trust, we can be more diligent in being patient through the trials and the pain.  Just wait and see what God will do when you regain a piece of hope in Him.

What that has to do with Homecoming, or what Homecoming has to do with Hope?  No one will ever know.  It has just been my life the last week though :)


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