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September 26, 2013

Kickin’ it Old School

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Well, in honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a trip down the memory lane of
Joseph Blake Alligier

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Starting off I was born premature at 27 weeks, addicted to illegal substances, and I also had a brain atrophy. In short I wasn’t supposed to live and when I did, I was not supposed to walk, talk, or really function in a sufficient manner. Little did the world know,
this is where my life would start.

*fun fact- my biological mother is 4ft 8in, Caucasian, has blonde hair, green eyes, and no recollection of who my father is. Just let that sink in and then take a gander at my features…

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Shortly after I was born I was adopted by my Great Aunt Karen, who from this point on would be; “Mom” and the best one I could ask for at that. Another twist in the plot is that my name changed. It went from being Izrael (Izzy) DeShawn to Joseph Blake (Joey was chosen based on the premise of a nurse’s comment and a babysitter’s dream) after official adoption. I like this change as well. About three years later we adopted my half sister Brieana (same biological mother, different dad). Yes, you got it, my Mom was brave enough to adopt two kids Oh, and did I mention she was 48 at this point and divorced with 2 other kids already basically raised.

Yes, yes, she is a superhero.
Mom by day and Mom by night.

As my life progressed I was extremely blessed. I was raised in the church, attended a private school for 6 years, and the Lord always provided. 


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From the pictures above you can see I may have been a bit too blessed…..
Let’s just say my cup, or in this case plate, runneth over. From 2nd grade to about mid junior year of high school my weight fluctuated. Whether from delicious fast food brought in by the private school to having a “too-comfortable” attitude while having a girlfriend during my sophomore and junior year of high school. Below is the time span of all four years.

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Some parts of my story are definitely more serious than others, but they both serve a purpose. My life has been formed by my story and where I have “traveled” in my own little Haysville, Kansas world. Sports, extra-curriculars, clubs, organizations, friends, family, struggles all have played their part in who I am today. In the search to find out who I am, with mistakes and successes, I have learned to lean on the Lord and his promises; even when I wondered off the path of the Christian life and had NO idea what I was doing.

*this is all an overview and not necessarily the depths of my story,
FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS!

Needless to say, I am a changed man today. I owe all of it to the Lord’s choice of vessels in the foundations I obtained when I was younger and through the years and also to MidAmerica. I can truly say my time here has helped me to take a 180 degree turn in a lot of areas. This summer was ESPECIALLY a part of that. The best part is that I’m still growing with no plans of relenting. I’ll keep going where He leads me #fuhdayz 

IMG_1739In the midst of the #throwbackthursday you have seen the past of my life in multiple facets. I hope it gives you some sense of satisfaction; maybe the sick kind of seeing my fat pictures or the joyful kind of seeing my superhero of a mother.

Take a second this week to take a look into your own life and the people who share in the same community and “Kick it Old School” by reminiscing on your fat pictures or hopefully how God has transformed you.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

*for more fat pictures and other information on my life check out my Instagram- @praya_warrior

Phillip Prado

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April 26, 2013

Thinking Back

April 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

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

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

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

Allegra Vieux

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April 25, 2013

24

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24 is a pretty interesting number.

24 is the name of a tv show about fighting terrorism.

there are 24 hours in a day.

24 oceans in a Switchfoot song.

24 eggs in a 2-dozen egg carton.

24 bottles of water in a flat.

24 engaged couples at MNU.

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WHAT.

that’s like. 48 people. and don’t get me started on that number, but let’s just mention that it is only 2 from 50. which is half of 100.

So for those of you who are happily engaged, congrats!

and for those of you hanging out on team single for life, there’s still time in the semester!

In fact, some friends of mine in the latter category decided, heck, why should we miss out on the engagement fun?!

So, ladies and gents of MNU Blogs, may I present to you couples number 25, 26, and 27!

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This is fiance number 1: Andy Blum. Andy and I were first official in campus center filming a vlog for this very media platform. Spotted twice in 2 days in campus center during the off-hours and then the next night at a basketball game together, talks of visiting the gazebo became real during the president’s gala. Andy has been in love with Allegra for YEARS and couldn’t wait to pop the question, which is why he was the first to propose.

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Fiance number 2: Jarret Garber. Jarret and I were first seen in campus center sharing a meal (with other friends: a courtship of sorts.) He would then conveniently sit next to me in campus center during meal times and you could say it was love with each bite. Nicknames he calls me include: wifey, sweet cheeks, honey boo-boo, and hot broccoli (you would understand if you saw his diet.)

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Fiance #3: Ethan Hargrave. Ethan transferred to MNU last semester and plays baseball. Ethan decided moments before he proposed that he couldn’t live without me. The proposal could not have been better: a sunny senior day at Dixon Stadium in front of the masses with a hotdog foil ring. I made him the happiest man in the world (or at least 1/3) by saying YES!

True love is hard to come by. Also there are about 50 people on facebook who congratulated me that didn’t catch I got engaged 3 times in one week. Things may be a little weird when it comes time to plan weddings, but the good news is my wedding board on pinterest will not have been used in vain.

Stay tuned for more engagements in the last 2 weeks of school!

 

 

Phillip Prado

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April 11, 2013

MNU Has Secret Admirers? What???

April 11, 2013 | By | No Comments

HEY GUYS!! Story time!!!

So I was in class the other day, taking notes on my laptop, and this girl in front of me starts discretely chuckling to herself.  At first I ignored her, and continued listening to the EVER SO EXCITING lecture that was being presented by the very entertaining professor in the font of the class :|.  The only problem was that she continually kept giggling, and showing her computer to the girls sitting beside her, who then in turn began giggling themselves.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was struggling to stay awake.  This was definitely one of the most…unadventurous classes I have had in my very minimal college experience.  So in my fatigued state I gave in to my curiosity and wanted to see what was so funny.  So I slowly leaned forward to look at this girls computer to see what was so funny, trying not to be noticed so I didn’t look like a total creeper.

NOW I KNOW I shouldn’t have been nosey! And I know I should’ve just continued to do my notes! But I didn’t…so oh well boo hoo :P.

ANYWAY! So i’m looking at here computer right?  And what do I see?? Facebook… At first I was like “DUUUMMBB!” because I thought they were probably laughing at stupid posts or little memes. But then I looked again and realized it wasn’t just any Facebook page. Oh no!  It was about MNU! And not only was it about MNU, but it was a confessional! After a second of snooping, I could see that this page was a place for MNU students to anonymously confess their feelings for one another! This really really off set me at first.  I was like “WHAT THE HECK??” So I quickly opened up Facebook on my laptop and navigated to the page MNU Secret Admirers.  At first I was kind of turned off to the idea.  I thought it was a ridiculous idea and that it could open up a window to some bullying/pranking.  But once I began to read it, I found that it seemed that MOST of these confessions were pretty sincere.  It turns out that college students can be somewhat mature :P! Of course there are some fake ones, and some joke posts, but these are pretty easy to weed out from the authentic confessions.  I spent the rest of class reading this page (which was a bad idea! Never browse the internet during class!), and actually found it to be pretty amusing.

It doesn’t say who started the page, and the submission process goes through google docs, which is explained on the page itself, and is completely anonymous.  Someone had to be pretty creative to think something like this up, and has to be pretty committed to keep up with managing the page. To me, its a place where people can say the things they can’t get the guts to say to the people that they feel need to hear it.

So if you don’t go to MNU quite yet then this is a little peak to what’s on the minds and hearts of some of your soon-to-be fellow Pioneers.  So just go see whats up, read some posts, and learn some things about some people without actually knowing who they are…yet. :)

And if you DO go to MNU, then check it out, post the things you wish you could say to the people you wish could hear it, or just read what’s going on with some people.  And WHO KNOWS, you might read one about yourself!

 

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Phillip Prado

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March 28, 2013

Hiking? In Tennessee? I think so :)

March 28, 2013 | By | No Comments

YES! It happened! Through Kairos, our wednesday night chapel service, we went hiking at Savage Gulch in Tennessee over spring break! It was a week of amazingness, let me tell you! I don’t even know where to start. There was hiking (obviously :P), beautiful scenery, amazing fellowship, and plus Savage Gulch is only 2 hours north of Nashville! So not only did we see some of America’s most amazing landscapes, but we also got the chance to see one of America’s best cities.  But before I get a head of myself, how about I start from the beginning?

So 7 am, Monday morning, we loaded up the vans to embark on a 9 hour drive to the city of Nashville, Tennessee where the beginning of our trip took place.  After a few restroom pit stops and a lunch break, we arrived in Nashville at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.  After a little sight seeing, we stopped at a Nazarene Church where we would stay the first night before we began our hiking endeavors that Tuesday morning.  Later that night, we were taken deeper into Nashville to try out some of the cuisine they had to offer.  A few of us went to this chicken finger restaurant that had been made out of an old house, which was so fun to just be at because it was such a creative place, called “McDougal’s.”  I, honestly, do not think I have had better chicken fingers in my life. So if you are ever in Nashville, you HAVE to try this place! THEN, after we ate, we had the chance to go to this coffee shop called “Fido’s.” Now, there are two reasons I fell in love with this place: one I LOVE coffee (you could say coffee is some what of a passion of mine) and man did they have amazing coffee, and another thing I loved was that we were told that “Fido’s” was one of Taylor Swift’s favorite coffee shops in Nashville.  Now I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Taylor Swift.  Anyone of my close friends will tell you that.  I don’t know why or where it came from, but I do. So that was a really cool experience for me.

So the next night, after sleeping on a hard floor in the middle of a sunday school room, we woke up bright and early, separated into smaller groups, and headed out to Savage Gulch to begin out adventure.  Now I could talk your ear off about the next few days that we had experienced.  It felt SO incredibly good to get out of the classroom, and to experience something fun and new.  That’s one thing I love about MNU.  There are so many opportunities for us to get out in the world and to experience life.  This week was definitely a week I had the chance to experience life. I didn’t want to leave :\.

Now not all of this trip was “fun.”  There were some parts that were pretty…blahhh: sleeping in a tent with below freezing whether (it actually started snowing!), not being able to shower or change, eating dehydrated food, having to trek through ice cold water, carrying a 50+ pound back pack, etc.  It was pretty hard work at times, but overall, despite the little difficulties, I had one of the most fun times of my life.  I got to see intense valleys, some beautiful forests, I got to stand on the edge of some bluffs that were over a 100 ft in the air, and I got to witness several waterfalls, including one of the tallest waterfalls on the eastern half of the US: Fall Creek Falls, measuring in at 256 ft high. It was absolutely breathtaking seeing some of these things.  No picture that could ever be taken by anyone would do any of this landscape justice. In order to really understand you have to get out there and see it for yourself, not just  search on google, or see it in National Geographic, or read it on some college student’s blog, but go there, and be there, and stand in awe at how amazing it is. I couldn’t have had a better spring break!

If you want to learn more about these kind of events here don’t be afraid to ask! There are an infinite amount of students and staff here that are more than willing to keep you up to date, and let you in on some of our events and trips!

MNU is so awesome for letting their students get involved in things like this by teaming up with Kairos and College Church of the Nazarene (which is just across the parking lot where Kairos takes place).  I am so grateful that I am a part of a school that allows it’s students to go out and actually see what God has created.  I made such a great choice coming here, and I know any of you up-in-coming freshman will see you are making the right choice too.  And if you have not made your choice yet, stop looking! I guarantee you will love it here.  It may be a small campus, but it’s a big world, and MNU let’s it’s students be a part of it all.

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Cherith Campbell

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March 13, 2013

The one where MNU loves YOU!

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

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

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

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

* I love Koalas!

Phillip Prado

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March 1, 2013

Just Another Coffee Engulfed, Library Stationed, Book Digging Session

March 1, 2013 | By | No Comments

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It was a nice break while it lasted, but our snow days are officially over!  Now it’s back to the dreaded homework we have been putting off and the horrid tests coming up we neglected to study for.  The bustle of school is back and it is time to get into the common groove once again.  So it’s time to load up on coffee, hit the library, and dig our Pioneer noses in the books.

Now, during one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, nose digging sessions….wait, I probably shouldn’t say nose digging should I? It doesn’t quite sound like what I am trying to say if you know what i mean. :\  What about nose booking??  Hmmm…nah.  What about book nosing???  Hmmm…nope.  How about dig booking???? Ugh that doesn’t work either!!  WAIT! Book digging?!  Well, that sucks too, but I guess that will have to work now won’t it?  So let’s start over, shall we?

During one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, book digging sessions, I had another moment.  It’s one of those moments that hit me oh so often and I am struck by an idea or I become inspired.  I have blogged about a few in the past and I’m sorry if you don’t like them but I enjoy sharing what it is I am thinking so here it goes!

Lately I have been spending some of my time with someone in particular who I believe really needs a friend now.  He’s going through some things and I feel a calling to be there for him when he needs someone most.  Now, I’m not gonna say who this person is, or what’s going on in their lives but I will share my thoughts behind the situation.  I feel like God has asked me to reach out to this person in any way possible whether it’s staying up late and hanging out, inviting him to events and things around the school, or just being there when he needs to talk.  I have been doing my best to show him that not only I love him and care for him, but God loves and cares for him WAY more than I could ever dream!

So here I am, studying, when this person crosses my mind.  I start wondering how he’s doing and if he is alright.  And that’s when I begin to notice that not only have I been doing what I can to help him, but he is also helping me just as much.  He is showing me a way of caring for someone in which I really haven’t put into perspective before.  He is teaching me what it’s like to love and be loved simply for being a child of God.  This is even more true because we both have almost nothing in common.  I don’t hang out with him to gain anything or to profit in any way, and he doesn’t accept me because we have the same interests or share the same hobbies.  We merely grow together for one devouring, overpowering, and deep truth:  God created us both and the love he has for us is perfect.

Because of this person, I am looking at the world through new eyes.  I am beginning to see my professors, friends, co-workers, strangers and every one else in between the way I believe God sees us.  Since I work at a daycare, this is how I have looked at the children I work with already, but thanks to this person that I now call a dear friend I am beginning to bridge the way I see those kids to the way I see the rest of God’s creations.  This is huge to  me.  It is a point in life I think every disciple of Christ needs to come to in order to further their spiritual life. Christ is amazing and I have known that for some time now, but if it wasn’t for this school, and the people I have met here, I might not have begun to realize how infinite his perfection really is.

This school has allowed me to grow in so many ways it’s not even funny.  From the good times, to the bad times, MNU is playing a huge role in shaping who I am going to be for the rest of my life.  Whether it’s from the people, the classes, or even my personal relationship with God, I am learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ here, and I am so thankful for that.  And anyone else coming to this school better hang on because MNU will take you on one heck of a ride!  But hey, don’t worry, no matter how bumpy the ride is I can guarantee you will be happy with how it ends up.

 

Allegra Vieux

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February 14, 2013

Webshow: Valentine’s edition

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Happy Valentine’s day friends and followers!

My feelings are bittersweet as I upload this edition of my show.

Watch and you will find out why.

Andy Blum interview (kind of)

Happy Valentine’s day!

Over and out!

Cherith Campbell

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February 13, 2013

The one where the Kingdom came!

February 13, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

I hope your week is going well. Here at MNU it’s spiritual deepening week! Yesterday morning at chapel we had Dr. Green from Trevecca speak and he was very excited and enthusiastic about sharing with us how our faith should maybe be ‘childlike.’

Last night was KINGDOM COME! Kingdom Come is a monthly worship service and it is amazing. Students gather at Bell and just worship the Lord and partake in the Lord’s supper. This is probably my favorite event that we have on campus because God truly moves in every service and I enjoy every second of being there. There have been many times where the band has just kept singing and then many of us students stay to worship! Kingdom Come is such a great time to praise and pray and reflect alongside fellow believers and classmates.

This week is also VALENTINE’S DAY! Whether you have a special someone or not Valentine’s can be fun. My friend Hannah and I went around the ales of Walmart making fun of all of the cheesy Valentine’s gifts and it was a blast! But then the next day we went shopping on the Plaza for our Valentine’s date outfits. We have had such a fun week both making fun of the day of love and preparing for/looking forward to it. Yeah love is complicated and weird like that.

Well I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of the week. Have fun tomorrow–on a date or kickin it solo!

 

Learn some new things about Valentine’s Day today:  

– 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

– 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.

– “I love you” in German is “Ich liebe dich.” (I learned this while living in Europe!)

– Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156, while the average woman will only spend $85. :)

– More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift.

 

Phillip Prado

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December 13, 2012

People

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HEY GUYS!!! So this is the last MNU Blog I will post before the end of the semester :(.  But hey, its ok!! I’m not quite done yet AND we will all post a few times over break!  But as of now I have four finals down and only ONE more to go.  Finally I’m almost done!  This week has been something else, let me tell you.  So first of all, I have had five finals to get through and that has been CRAZY!  Studying was definitely NOT my focal point this week and I’m a little more unprepared than I would have liked to be.  So in this lesson of mixed priorities, there is a word of advice I have learned that I would like to give to any upcoming freshman: Make the best of your study time, no matter how easy the class is.  Trust me!  

This next semester is gonna be something else though.  I mean I know this will sound weird but I am really beginning to enjoy doing homework! What is wrong with me!?!  I have no idea!  I guess just the idea that I am preparing for the rest of my life has been enough motivation for me.  This isn’t high school anymore, this isn’t just something you have to try to get through, this is what we are doing to train us for the rest of our lives.  And this training is brutal!  SOOO many distractions and things are always there. This is the time of our lives we are taking to find ourselves and to really see who you are going to be for the rest of your life and that is really important to me.  I really do want to be prepared for my future: for my career, my family, and just for anything the world throws my way.  I really need to buckle down and focus in if I want to get this done right.

But on that note there’s another piece of advice that I myself am trying to filter through too:  Live a little.  This doesn’t mean party and go out and get crazy!  Just don’t be afraid to make relationships, ya know?  When you hear people talking about college what do they say?  They don’t talk about how great finals were, or how important the class work was to them.  I mean YEAH that’s important but people talk about the fun times the had, the love they shared, the friends they made, and the people that made a difference in their lives.  There was a reason that in the beginning God said “It is not good for man to be alone.”  We are built to be together, to be in fellowship, and just to love one another.  So no matter how important school is, no matter what you’re going though, just don’t forget to love people.  Because in the end, the people you shared your life with are going to be the most important things to you.  So whether you’re in high school, college, or working full time, don’t hold yourself back from the thing we were designed to surround ourselves with: people.  You can’t look back on a life full of love, happiness, and joy and feel regret.  God made us to be together.  So GO and BE TOGETHER!  We need to stop taking each other for granted and cherish our time with one another.  That time spent with people really is what makes everything worth it.  So study, laugh, have fun, just please don’t forget the one thing that is most important to every human being whether they want to admit it or not: To Love People.