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November 23, 2015

MNU Serve Team

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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!

Hailey Kendrick


October 21, 2015

Advice for college

October 21, 2015 | By | No Comments


Hey guys! I hope everyone passed midterms! It’s another week down, and this week I’m skipping the video entry to write out my thoughts for y’all! Whaaaaaat :)

So college has been one heck of an adventure so far and we’re only three months in. I wanted to provide future, and current students, with some helpful advice -academic and otherwise- that will help you get through your first year and years to come. So without further ado, here are some lessons that might last a lifetime.

  1. Create new networks! Make connections with friends, reach out to new people…don’t be afraid! By doing this you can meet so many new people and also build excellent mentors for your professional life.
  2. Figure out if you like coffee; and if you do, get GOOD at making it!
  3. Understand that you can take action! Want to make a new club? Want to improve your school or community? You, as a young adult, have that power; take it and run with it.
  4. Take advantage of your professors extra credit assignments and make appointments with them when you have questions. This could make or break your GPA.
  5. Just because you can skip class and get your notes online, doesn’t mean that you should. (Personally, I broke down how much I’m paying -about $36 per class, per day- who wants to lose that money?)
  6. Get involved. Get an internship. Get a job. Require as much experience as you can in what you want to do to benefit your future.
  7. Highlighters and index cards are your new best friends.
  8. Straight A’s aren’t what is most important. Remember my last vlog? I mentioned that you’re in college to earn an education for you, not an A for your professor.
  9. Find a work-life balance. It is NOT easy, but it is important.
  10. Accept the fact that your student ID photo is going to be awful. Join the club, buddy.
  11. Who’s your academic advisor? Figure that out, quickly.
  12. Find the best place for you to study. Set yourself up for success, not failure. My place is upstairs in the library. It’s quiet and allows me to focus.
  13. Learn how to do your own laundry. Nobody wants the “Mom, what’s the difference between darks and whites?” phone call.
  14. Know the dining hall hours like the back of your hand. Let’s be honest, we all love food.
  15. Call your parents, often. This will help prevent homesickness and more importantly, that relationship is changing, you need to work hard at maintaining it and all it’s new glory.
  16. You can eat whatever you want now! But it doesn’t mean you should have ice cream for breakfast.
  17. Be studious… and then be spontaneous.
  18. Purchase a decent hard drive. Save your files often, and ALWAYS double save your papers/projects.
  19. As important as going home is and maintaining ties with people you love, don’t let that stop you from building new relationships on campus every now and then.
  20. Expect to grow and change. I promise it’s okay. Scary, but okay.

And with that, I will see you on Tuesday.

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!

Haley Raydo


April 7, 2015

It’s Springtime: Life Update

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends

I have barely made it through my first day back from Easter break.  The fact that I barely made it through today is kind of sad because I haven’t had a full week of school since spring break.  Anyways, let me just say my brain is fried and I am ready for summer-which is actually in just a few short weeks (MNU perks).

Just a few quick life updates:

1. I got a summer internship! This has been by far the most exciting thing in my life the last months or so. I will be working with an organization called MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) as a victim’s advocate. This is something I am incredibly passionate about and I am so blessed to be provided an opportunity to help and to learn. SO keep me in your prayers (as well as the organization and victims) this will be a difficult but inspiring experience I am sure.

2. I got to spend Easter break with my family.  These are my siblings: Kayla and Nate.  The first picture is our annual Easter picture.  Three years running Nate has gotten a hand to the face. The second is Nate exiting our selfie.  But seriously I love these people and I love to spend time with them.

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3.  The weather is beautiful which means campus looks beautiful! The picture above the title is a view looking up at one of the dogwood trees on campus.  This is the weather I have been waiting for!

4.  I am doing well in all of my classes.  Sometimes I forget I am in college mainly to get a degree (I am only being partially sarcastic).  It is just easy to get distracted when you live with your best friends, there are so many fun events, and new opportunities are given.  This semester has been incredibly difficult.  MNU is very blessed to have the professor they have and I say that because they are complete geniuses and I am well– probably not a genius.  So by the grace of God I am doing extremely well– and most importantly I am learning (I felt like my mom as I wrote that).  But truly I am so blessed to be learning.

Anyways.. That’s about it.  A few exciting things, hopefully more to come!

Thanks for stopping by


Allegra Vieux


October 1, 2013

Trusted Traveler, Homecoming Nominations, and Adventures in Target

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Greetings Blog World.


Once again, I am back in Kansas from California. I passed my Trusted Traveler interview and was granted a Sentri Pass! I was there Thursday-Sunday, and spent about 2 full days in the Amor Office in San Diego, so I kind of felt like I was on my own version of Ferris Bueller’s day off… except I spent my days in a cubicle teaching myself accounting and brainstorming fun ways I can fund-raise…and distracting all my friends in the process.

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I got back on Sunday afternoon, so my friends and I visited our other friend who works at Target in Olathe… basically, I make a scene anywhere I go.

IMG_2268 IMG_2269 IMG_2271 IMG_2272I am also campaigning for my good friend, Caitlin Wienck, to be Homecoming Queen! You can track my progress by searching the trending topic #WienckForQueenIn2013.

she's beauty and she's graceTune in Next week for: Meet Kassidy Ritchell!

Allegra Vieux


September 25, 2013

¡Viva Mexico!

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Blogging world: it is a week of celebration.


(cupcake party with my friend Emily!)

After nearly 22 years of living, 18 years of schooling, 9 years of serving in Mexico, 4 years of college, 2 years of pursuing a degree in Marketing, and a 2 month application and interview process…


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This all started as a dream when I was 13. I went on a missions trip with my church to Juarez to build a house and decided that was what I wanted to do with my life. After my freshman year, I did an internship called Project Nexus (read about it here: It was the best decision of my life. Here is me as a Nexus with a Seasonal Staff Member, Jono (who is from Australia!)

IMG_2092I loved Nexus so much that I came back as a Seasonal (just like Jono) and worked managing various house-building projects for about 3 months.


IMG_1812I loved my time in Mexico as a Seasonal, and I wanted to go back, but I had to spend last summer doing a marketing internship… So Amor created one for me! and I still got to work in Mexico! My dad and brother and brother’s friend came to visit me this time and built a house in 3 days- Read more here!




IMG_1976I decided at the end of my internship to apply for a full time position, and got it! whoop! soooo… tomorrow I’m flying to San Diego for a Sentri interview (trusted traveler) to help out with getting across the border and to visit the office and get some fundraising materials. My position is 100% support raised and I’m so excited!! (if you can’t tell)


iHasta la pasta!





Allegra Vieux


September 9, 2013

Welcome to Senior Year

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Remember that one time when I wrote about living in California/Mexico for the summer? Well, my internship came to a close and I’m back in good ole Kansas. I traded the rolling oceans for this:

Kansas Sky


Strangely enough, the blank open space is refreshing after a couple of crowded cities. There’s no place like home! (sorry, I just vomited from my own corny-ness.)



The picture above is of my good friend Stephen and me sitting in Accounting class. Before the lecture started, someone turned around and said “smile!” and snapchatted it to me. Pre-collegiate friends who are reading, take note of 2 things:

  1. SnapChat is permanent, no matter what people say or what updates they send to your smartphone.
  2. Don’t put off your gen-eds until senior year. They may seem awful when you’re a freshman or sophomore, but they’re even worse when you are in your senior year!



Above is one of my roommates, Kassidy. We have already had time for a girl’s night out, event in the craziness of the first two weeks of school. She plays basketball and is like a sister to me already!




This is Tara, she is an admissions counselor and she is AMAZING! We also were matching on the first day of school!


photo(4)…aaaand then we also had to throw in an impromptu end of the summer pool party!


It’s looking like a great year.

Hasta la pasta

Allegra Vieux


June 8, 2013

Summer Internship

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Amor is on Instagram! #ComeBuildHope

Amor is on Instagram! #ComeBuildHope

Hello Blog World.

What have I been up to this summer? Chilling by the pool? enjoying lake day weekends? Sipping lemonade and soaking up the sun?

If you guessed any of the above, none are completely out of the question. The answer is, this week I started my academic internship with Amor Ministries in sunny San Diego!

Amor is an international non-profit organization that holds a special place in my heart. Here’s a blurb from the website that shares the vision:

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Amor is best known for building houses in order to keep families together. Groups from all over come for a week and build a house together without power tools. While they’re with us they stay in tents at our campsite and shower with buckets. The current house building locations are Mexico, Arizona, and South Africa.

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There are lots of other things Amor does as well. Project Hope is an example. It’s made up of 5 branches. One is the Clean Water for Life program, as well as the others listed below.

Clean Water for Life!

Clean Water for Life!

Back to School, Food Pantry, Bibles, and Winter Relief

Back to School, Food Bank, Bibles, and Winter Relief

How I got involved with Amor:

When I was 13 my parents let me go on my first international missions trip with my church. We went to Juarez to build a house over spring break and by day 2 I was sold. I started taking Spanish when I got back to school and continue to study Spanish. We went back to Juarez twice after that and on the third trip I translated for our group (not because after 2 years of Spanish I was any good, but because I had basic knowledge and Mexicans are very gracious.) Between my freshman and sophomore years, I came and did the Project Nexus internship with Amor, and I camped for 10 weeks with 7 other interns and stayed on site with groups all summer long. Last summer I was here as a field specialist overseeing multiple sites and managing the summer Nexus interns. This summer I’m doing a few weeks as a specialist and about 5 weeks of developing a campaign for the marketing division.

My first complete project: create an Instagram account for the office. DONE!

Participants can share their Amor experience by including the trending topic #ComeBuildHope on any social media platform, and Amor can share photos from the field or the office on the new account. Follow us! @AmorMinistries

My next project is about a 4 phase project and on Sunday I will begin phase 1: Research.

The overall goal is to create a campaign to get students (high school and college age) to raise funds for Amor during the year. We’ve been calling it an individual partnership project. During this phase I’ll be talking to our participants and getting feedback on what would motivate them to raise funds, what is popular right now, what their media habits are, etc.

Phase 2 is to create a storyboard and combine everything I heard and come up with a plan of action for launching the project.

Phase 3 is to work on a web design/website layout.

aaaand phase 4 is to create the marketing plan for the project.


am I excited? Only a little bit!

I’ll be blogging over the summer about my experiences with Amor both stateside and in Mexico. Feel free to follow along!


Kelsey Cranford


April 17, 2013

the Real, the Beautiful

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This past week I received the extremely exciting news that I have officially been accepted as an intern at The Keeler’s Women Center for this upcoming summer! The past couple months have been spent in prayer asking the Lord to offer direction and guidance in my search for an internship, and I am so excited and relieved that He has provided such an amazing opporunity. The Keeler Women’s Center, located in downtown Kansas City, seeks to wholistically serve women in the urban core of KC in which they provide a number of different services and programs to do so. Some of these services include free counseling; English tutoring; spiritual formation classes; education on parenting, nutrition, and other subjects; care packages; a food pantry; and various clubs such as book clubs and knitting clubs. They are purposeful in serving these women from all different facets and I am so exctied to be able to be involved in each of these programs. In learning more about what God has called me to do in regards to a career or vocation, I know that he has created a passion wtihin me for coming alonside and advocating for women and that I really thrive off one-on-one time with others. In playing off of those 2 extremely vague ideas, I am praying that God would direct me through this internship and help me gain a better understanding of what He has called me to do at least for the near future. Needless to say, I am absoluley stoked about the learning that will take place this summer and for God to shape me through this experience!

Kind of going along with this and also going back to this passion I have to advocate for women, I found this video on facebook and had to share. The Dove Campaign has been promoting the following video in an effort to continue to foster healthy perceptions of beauty amongst women. It is extremely interesting and moving and I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch.

Kelsey Cranford


January 28, 2013

The Year of 2013. HERE WE GO.

January 28, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Here’s the new that’s been in this girl’s life. Last week, two of my dearest friends moved half-way across the world, one to study at a film school in Scotland and the other to study ceramics in Wales. Needless to say, I have been stalking there Instas and facebooks ever since. (Sidenote–every picture that you take in Europe is automatically phenomenal.) I started a new job last week working with one-year old’s at a daycare program on campus which has been a blast. Even though these little guys are often nuts, their cuteness makes up for everything. God knew what he was doing when he decided to make little ones absolutely adorable and precious. Wedding planning is underway and not a day goes by that I cannot believe that this awaited chapter of my life is officially on it’s way. As exciting as figuring out some of those details can be (details that us gals tend to obsess over–the dress, the decor, etc.–hence why pinterest exists) I cannot express how stoked I am to get to fully share life with my best friend. However, even though the whole engaged scene is all about looking ahead, by golly we are determined to give this stage the attention it deserves by focusing on the here and now.

More change coming with 2013 includes being officially done with my college career by this time next year. Along with this exciting fact comes stress and worry about what in the world I’m supposed to do with myself once I get there. Here within the next couple of weeks I will be trying to narrow down what internship to tackle this summer, which I am praying will bring me some direction within the Behavioral Sciences realm as to what to go towards. I am so thankful to the Lord for providing me such amazing people as my professors who have been helping me ask the tough questions in order to pinpoint a job or career that align with my gifting and passions. I’d be a fool to expect the Lord to reveal all now, but want to make sure I’m being purposeful in asking Him to go before me and prepare a way.

In looking ahead, I am so excited to see the Lord at work through all the change and challenges in the coming year, whether that be in my education, internship opportunities, local ministries, or relationships. 2013….here we go!


Hope you enjoy the photos of Wales above!