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April 27, 2016

What Jesus Has Taught Me This Semester

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This semester has been one of immense spiritual growth (which is just like any other semester at MNU). I’ve learned a lot about my myself and who Jesus is through the many experiences and opportunities I’ve had this semester. I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned recently, so I thought I’d share a few things in hopes to encourage you or bring a new perspective to you.

The most significant/memorable thing that Jesus has taught me this semester can be summed up in three words:

Just love people. 

Simple, right? The new millennial wave of Christianity says this all the time. But the truth is, it’s not simple. I’ve been reading through the Gospels this semester and Jesus said some pretty tough things. Here’s one of them:

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.” Luke 6: 27-30 (ESV)

In order to love people, we have to understand the definition of love. I don’t wanna just talk about love, I want to embody love. As I’ve been praying for the lost, and the ones that have wronged me, Jesus had given me His heart for all of His people. My heart aches for every soul I come in contact with that doesn’t know the love of Jesus. When I come in contact with those who don’t know Him, all I want to do is hang out with them. I want to get to know them. I don’t want to shove a Bible down their throat or try to convince them into faith. I just want to love them, and show them that they are worth it. That they’re valued. That they’re so loved. I believe there’s gold in everyone and I’m determined to find it.

This semester, Jesus has changed my heart in that way. He’s shown me that love is the answer to everything. Someone doesn’t know Jesus? Love them. Someone mocks Jesus? Love them. Someone hates you because of your faith? Love them.

I’ve met so many incredible people this semester that don’t know the Lord. They’ve become some of my closest friends. I don’t love them because “I’m supposed to” or “maybe they’ll go Heaven if I do.” I love them because they’re cool people. When I look at them, I look at them with the eyes of Jesus. I see love, potential, and value. Not being a Christian doesn’t make someone any less valuable or less worthy of love.

Ever since I’ve started hanging out with people outside of my “Christian bubble,” there have been a few rumors and questions about my character. When this first started happening, I was very discouraged and upset with the MNU community. However, after meditating on the life of Jesus and asking Him for wisdom, I couldn’t help but be filled with joy when people came to me with questions about false accusations they’d heard about me. I know it sounds weird that I was joyful to hear those things, but that was the life of Jesus in a nutshell. He was questioned and accused. There were rumors spread about him. And through it all, He just kept loving people. I don’t want Christians to ever forget Jesus’ response to a question he was asked about why he hangs out with “sinners.”

“And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at His disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'” Luke 5:30-31 (ESV)

There’s one more Bible passage regarding love I’d like to remind you all of before I end this thing.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoings, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I hope this could be a reminder to just love people.

Thanks for reading.

-KT

 

Katie Linsey

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April 21, 2016

A Tribute To The People I Couldn’t Live Without

April 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

This school year has been so much more than I ever could’ve imagined. I have had amazing opportunities I never thought would come. I’ve also had incredible people in my life that equip me to be successful and encourage me to be fully who I was made to be. This blog is dedicated to those people – the ones that I couldn’t live without.

1. My family

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The first people I couldn’t live without are my family. My mom and dad have always been so encouraging in whatever endeavor I’m pursuing. They have been so gracious to support me in every stage in my life, and continue to show me that support even though I’m an “adult.” I know that if I ever need anything, they’ll be there in every way they can. My sister is also a gem. I look up to her so much, in ways she’ll never even know, even though she’s younger than me. Hanging out with her is so relaxing and fun. I couldn’t imagine life without a sister that is also a best friend.

2. Caitlin Alley

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This girl… where do I even begin? We’ve been best friends for over 5 years, and even though I don’t see her as much as I’d like, I can still confidently call her my best friend. She is my number one sister in Christ, someone that I know will always give me wise advice and has my best interest in mind. She walks with Jesus daily, and that’s so evident in her lifestyle. She’s the kind of friend that will challenge you and also love you so hard through anything.

3. Hannah Bostic

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I could not do college without Hannah. I have to see her at least 29 times a day or I’ll go crazy from missing her so much. She knows every detail about my life, what makes me happy or mad, and my heart from the inside out. She’s the best encourager I know. Her heart is full of love, grace, and patience. Her love for Doctor Who, board games, and sour patch kids are just great. Everyone needs someone like Hannah Bostic in their life. (but please don’t steal her from me)

4. Christen Zimmer

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This girl is so in tune with the Holy Spirit. I love being around her because she is full of wisdom, love, and grace. She’s one of the most genuine people I know. I know that I can be completely vulnerable and honest with her, without her judging or condemning me. The nights of laughter and tears are ones that I am most thankful for, and will never forget. I’m so excited to see where the Lord takes this girl. It’s gonna be good.

5. Morgan Peiffer

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One time we went to Colorado and it was one of my favorite trips because I got to learn more about Morgan’s heart and her quirks. She is such a unique, genuine, wise person. She is not afraid to face her emotions, fears, desires, etc. and I know she’s growing so much because of the way she leans into life’s happenings. I am learning so much from being a part of her life. She’s always uplifting, bringing happiness to my world if I’m having a mundane day.

6. Melodie Griseta

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I will never forget the day we met a few years ago. We had everything in common, and we prayed with each other just minutes after meeting. I believe that encounter set the pace for our friendship. Every time we get together, we always talk about Jesus and what He’s up to in our lives. It’s a friendship that I look forward to growing because I always feel so uplifted and encouraged when I’m with her. Also, she shares the love for One Tree Hill with me so obviously our friendship is legit. I’m so thankful for the role she plays in my life!

7. Lindsey Allen

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I met this girl at Youthfront LaCygne a few years ago when I asked her for directions to my cabin because I was SO LOST. Thanks for those directions, by the way. :) Lindsey has got something that not many people do. She’s got a unique spirit that is so inviting and loving. Whenever I’m with her, I feel so loved and cared for. She genuinely cares about my life and how my spiritual life is going. There’s no such thing as surface level when it comes to friendship with Lindsey, which I love so much. Thanks for always being there, even though we don’t see each other as often as I’d like.

8. Christa Johnson

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She’ll always be my roommate, even though she’s not. I hate that I don’t see her more, but I’m so thankful for the time we spent together freshman year and over the summer. Christa is so real. That’s the best word I can think to describe her. She’s not afraid to be herself and be honest. She’s also a really great listener and gives great advice. Hanging out with her is always a fun time.

9. Canaan Bellis

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This girl is so fun to be around. I know that whenever we hang out, we’ll have a fun time. I love the way she’s honest and uplifting. She really knows how to cheer me up when I’m feeling down! I love the late night food runs and Netflix binge watching. Thanks for always being there when I need you. It’s a joy being your friend. I’m really glad I met you this semester. :)

I’m glad that I could introduce y’all to the people that have helped me get to where I am today. I couldn’t do life without the love, support, and encouragement I receive from each of these people in unique ways. I’m so thankful that God knows who we need in our life and when we need them. :) What a good, good Father.

See you next week. :)

-KT

Renee DeVault

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April 18, 2016

Have a little Fun, will ya?

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I have been learning some valuable lessons about having fun this last week.

It seems like it would be easy, like Oh, of course I know how to have fun, don’t you? But in reality, in the middle of the insanity that is April, I found myself focusing on the stress so much that I nearly forgot how to have fun.

Tuesday the Sophomore class council threw a Napoleon Dynamite prom. IMG_1962

It was hosted in the tipping point in the Land Gym building on campus. The movie was playing in the tipping point, there were tater tots in the cafe area, and a disco ball and music in the actual gym area.

What ended up happening was a crazy dance party to some 80s music which, when done by theater people, ended up being very dramatic and probably horrifying for outside observers. There is definitely a difference between dancing to impress and dancing to be silly and funny.

We were not trying to be graceful…and that was a good thing.

It was one of my favorite nights of the semester so far though. I always forget how fantastic friends and dancing go together. Any chance you get, do something silly with people you love. Like perform at an improv show for new pioneer students where you can pretend to be a gerbil for a few minutes.

Gerbils don’t have homework. It’s nice.

Speaking of silly, newspaper has really ramped up this week. Joshua and I conducted interviews for the new Trailblazer staff and we’re doing interviews for our next print edition coming out on April 27th.

Being on Trailblazer staff is a lot of hard work but it’s also one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had. The people are fun, we get to talk about what is happening on campus, and we get to talk about what’s happening in the news and world around us.

Having to work is 200% more fun when you love the people you’re working with. I think this applies to studying for finals too, I am definitely getting people together that I enjoy to do some studying this year. We all have to get work done, but that doesn’t mean we have to be miserable.

Take a nod from St. John’s Sabbath rest challenge and take some time to play this week.

Photo credit Katie Linsey

Photo credit Katie Linsey

 

Isaac Walker

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April 15, 2016

Unbreakable

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Hey friends!

One of my favorite Netflix original series is back on!  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 is back on Netflix and I could not be more excited!  I plan on watching it all this weekend.  After doing so I will give you a little review.

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Season 1 was pretty good.  The show is about a a woman who is a survivor of a cult.  Kimmy and a few other women were retrieved from a bunker where they lived for over ten years.  Kimmy is now out and living in New York City.  The show follows her and the friends that she makes.  The show deals a lot about how we, as humans deal with pain and trauma.  We all have a past and we all have to deal with it.

I want to know!  What is your favorite show on Netflix?  Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time friends.

Div Tosinglo

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April 15, 2016

THE CURE FOR MNU’S SINGLENESS IS HERE

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  • Our university is under attack. Our greatest enemy is greater than running out of toilet paper, your  8am class, getting busted for staying later for open dorms, and even bigger than finals. What’s bigger than all of that? The large epidemic of singleness that has prolonged its visit upon our campus. We have been called to “be fruitful and increase in number; to multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) (After we ring by spring first, of course). But how can we ring by spring if there is such a big gap between the guys and girls on this campus? So I took it upon myself to single handily (No pun intended) save our school. I believe that one of the biggest causes of this plague is ignorance. The guys don’t know what the girls want. The girls don’t know what the guys want! Enough with the assuming! So I asked a friend of mine (Who is a girl) and also girls around campus this simple question: What do MNU girls look for in a guy? and did the same for the guys. No more being lost in translation this is as direct as it’s going to get!

 

All a girl wants is….

  1.  A guy with a nice smile
  2. A guy who isn’t afraid to associate with people outside of his friend group
  3. A guy who is a little weird
  4. A guy who believes the best in other people/ Extends grace
  5. A guy who is humble yet confident
  6. A guy who is not cheap but frugal
  7. A guy who appreciates my weird and awkward moments
  8. Chivalry (don’t let it die even though some girls don’t want you to hold the door for them… DO IT I WANT YOU TO)
  9.  A guy who is assertive & can lead me
  10. an adventurous guy
  11. A guy who is willing to sing in the car with me ( just pray she’s not a Taylor Swift fan)
  12. A guy who has good hygiene
  13. A guy who consults Jesus before he consults me
  14. A guy who puts others before himself
  15. A guy who can hold an intelligent conversation

All a guy is looking for is a girl who…

  1. is genuinely kind to everyone
  2. has a nice smile, show your pearly whites
  3. Can pick up on sarcasm and relay it
  4. has pretty eyes
  5. is confident , but not an ego maniac
  6. brushes her teeth
  7. dresses modestly 😊
  8. is exclusive about her relationship with God
  9. Doesn’t pressure the future.
  10. Laughs at my jokes, even if they aren’t that funny (Preach it!)
  11. Will let me open the door
  12. Rub my head
  13. Values herself
  14. is selfless
  15. has a cute laugh

 

 

There are pros and cons to going to a small university. But today. In this blog it’s a pro. Because you get to know pretty much everyone! And I can honestly say that the majority of the guys live up to these desires, and the same goes for our girls. Maybe this joke about singleness goes deeper than just dating. Maybe this blog speaks truth about how unfamiliar we are with one another as a community. Maybe it’s a call out of our comfort zones and cliques, and a call to branch out! Or maybe it’s just another sneaky way to reawaken MNU Mingle. Who knows? But if this blog was the exact push you needed to find your future husband or wife. Just remember….to give credit where credit is due! 😉

 

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Renee DeVault

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April 11, 2016

When all you need is love but all you have is work

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You know there’s a problem when you trudge up the steps of Smith on a Monday morning after having slept for three hours, get to the top of the stairs, realize your 9am class is on the bottom floor, walk down the stairs, realize you’re having small group Bible studies in place of class…and yours is happening in your office…on the top floor, so you sigh and accept your fate and trudge back upstairs only to realize that you left your backpack in the bathroom…downstairs.

There is no amount of coffee in the world that can solve April.

On top of classes I have events almost every single day this month. Some of it is stressful but the majority of it is fun. Things are coming to an end. I have end of the year banquets, final research presentations to attend, tests to take, and four improv events this month which must be done.

But in the midst of chaos and business God has been hugely at work in my life and in the lives of my friends. Quinn and I went to CauseCon, a young adult conference that my home church, Vineyard Community Church. It was incredible to get to attend some extensive teaching and do some worshiping with over 400 other young adults all weekend.

While it was crazy busy and meant Quinn and I were driving all over the Olathe/OP area, the business meant we learned about Human Trafficking, some theories of worship, new ways to share the gospel, new theological ideas, and made several new friends with Christian Young Adults all over the country.

Sometimes busy is good.

Business is what drove a friend of mine to come to my small group and ask for prayer. He felt overwhelmed and done with life but it lead to our group unifying in prayer and calling on God. God can work in our mountain of fiery stress.

I would encourage all students/faculty/humans to not let the stress of these last couple of weeks cause distance between friends and God. Mutual stress among friends can draw people together and coming to an end of ourselves can turn us towards God.

Isaac Walker

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April 1, 2016

King of All Fruits

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Hey friends!

So those of you who know me know that I like adventure.  I also really like Asian culture.  So if there is an Asian market, you best know I’ll be there buying all sorts of amazing foods.  A few nights ago, me and my roommate/best friend decided to try something new together.  We wanted to eat the King of All Fruits.  Also known as the Durian Fruit.

Here is a bunch of the fruits in a pile.

Here is a bunch of the fruits in a pile.

Drove to an Asian super market that is about 15 minutes from campus to purchase the fruit.  They are rather large fruits.  About the size of a water melon and the spikes on them are actually very sharp!  So it was kind of painful to hold.

But what is so special about this fruit?!

I am so glad you all asked.  They are known for their smell.  When cut open, they smell very bad.  They are considered the worst smelling fruit in the world.  And I can confirm that this is a true fact!  When we bought it, the whole fruit was frozen solid.  So we stuck it in a bowl and put it in our hot shower.  After about 20 minutes, it was thawed enough to cut open and eat.

Someone cutting a Durian fruit open.

Someone cutting a Durian fruit open.

What the inside looks like.

What the inside looks like.

The moment we started cutting it open, the smell started to reach our noses.  It was a nice combination of banana, raw pumpkin, pineapple, and butt.  And it tasted exactly like it smelled!  I can see why people would like it but I did not.  Not for one second.  The texture was what got to me the most.  It was so mushy.  It was just yellow, smelly slime.

So needless to say I did not like it.  But I encourage you all to go out and try some Durian!  It is a good cultural experience.

Here is a video of children eating some Durian.

Until next time friends!

Div Tosinglo

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March 23, 2016

A LETTER TO MY GUY FRIEND STRUGGLING TO GET MNU GIRLS TO NOTICE HIM.

March 23, 2016 | By | No Comments

Dear, Bud

How are you doing? Good? Me too. Classes going well? You struggling a little? The taste of spring break got you all ready for summer? SAME, BROTHA, SAME! Well finish strong my man, we all want to see get that degree. Yeah no problem. Okay, here’s a little question between you and I, you know man to man? How are things with the ladies going? No, you can tell me I won’t tell a soul!  You’re struggling? These MNU girls can’t seem to give you a break? You even raise your hands up during worship at chapel? You even spend most of your time in the library studying? WHAT? YOU EVEN LET THEM CUT YOU IN LINE FOR SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAY? Dude that’s commitment! What are you supposed to do now? What? Your mom said be yourself? Nah, let’s keep that as our last resort. I found some of these Christian pickup lines online. It’s a Christian school, they are Christian girls, try them out. What’s the worst that can happen? I’m a genius? Oh, stop it. 😉

 

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There’s no way she says no!

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Just make sure she’s the only name and number on that list, you know?

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You know because she so beautiful, you get it?

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Try not laughing when you say this one.

Sometimes being cheesy pays off.

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Because no one wants to do this alone.

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Test this one on the Ministry Majors first, then branch out!

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This one is very risky, because you don’t want to be known as the guy who keeps having dreams of God showing him his wife every night. That guy doesn’t even want to be that guy anymore.

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Obviously we’re not going to use this one. This one is just for cracks and giggles.

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Before she answers, tell her because if it is I’m not going to tell anyone. Then wink.

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Even if you get turned down, my friend you’ll get a smile. Guaranteed!

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Here is another one you have to close out with a wink. This will probably get you a eye rolling and maybe even a laugh,

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Even if she walks away! I bet you really do put the “STUD” in bible study.

 

But yeah man that’s all I got for you. Did this work with my girlfriend? Umm well I’m single… What qualifies me then to give you advice? No, brother, what doesn’t qualify me? Exactly!

 

 

 

Isaac Walker

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March 20, 2016

Spring Break Adventures

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Hey friends!

Friday night, I got back from a crazy spring break.  No I was not partying, drinking, or waking up with my friends then discovering a dead body that forces us to make a blood oath so no one ever reveals our secret.  Instead, I was hiking through the Smokey Mountains with Kairos.

19 of us went to rough it up in the wilderness for three days.  We left last Tuesday and drove to Nashville.  We explored a little of downtown Nashville for a few hours then stayed the night at a church in Nashville.  The next morning we drove to our first hiking destination.  All the outlooks were blocked off because they were unstable so we really could not see the waterfalls to well.  From there we drove to Pizza Hut for lunch.  After we got our stomachs full we drove to our final destination where we stayed for the next three days and two nights.  The hike to our camp site was not too difficult.  It was about 2.5 miles and it was beautiful!  The weather was perfect too!  It was about 75 degrees and never rained!

The second day we hiked a little further to a site known as Virgin Falls.  It was a  massive waterfall that flowed out of a cave.  We hiked to the bottom and it was wild. The waterfall was creating huge gusts if wind and mist was flying everywhere!  After that Phil and I hiked to the top and explored the cave that the waterfall flowed from.  It was literally the largest cave I had ever been in!  The next day we packed up and came home!

Here are some pictures of our adventures.

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Hiking to our camp site.

Hiking to our camp site.

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The waterfall at our camp site.

The waterfall at our camp site.

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Chilling at our campsite.

Chilling at our campsite.

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Exploring the river.

Exploring the river.

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Hiking to Virgin Falls.

Hiking to Virgin Falls.

Overall, I loved the trip!  Everyone on the trip grew closer and we all had a blast together!

Until next time friends!

Isaac Walker

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March 11, 2016

Spring Break

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Hey friends!

As you all know, this is the last day of classes before our Spring break starts.  Most of us are leaving campus.  Tuesday, I am leaving at 7 in the morning to drive to Tennessee with Kairos.  We are going to be backpacking through the Smokey Mountains.  I have gone on several trips with Kairos and this will be the second time for me in the Smoky Mountains.  Last time I went backpacking through them was two years ago.

We will be back late Friday night.  I am going to do my best in taking pictures to have enough good pics to blog with next week.  I will be posting the blog on Saturday because I wont have access to internet.

Here are some pictures from the trip two years ago.  I did not have as good of a device to take good pictures two years though.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip.  This was also as close as we got to it.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip. This was also as close as we got to it.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is the river we crossed.  I love the color of the water.

This is the river we crossed. I love the color of the water.

This is me slightly over packed.  But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This is me slightly over packed. But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This cave is the one we camped in.  The water at night was perfect to sleep to.

This is another waterfall we hiked to.  It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This is another waterfall we hiked to. It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

Hopefully I can get better pictures this time around.  If you all remember, say a few prayers for our group as we are trekking through the mountains.

Until next time friends!