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October 1, 2014

3-0 Baby!!!

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Well if you haven’t heard, the football team started off on the right foot, ripping off 3 straight wins to start the season, under our new coach Brian Willmer. Over the last year there has been a lot of turnover with the program, with a new coaching coming in(basically all of them coming from Cali SHOUTOUT!!), a whole new mentality and approach to the game was brought with them. It’s a lot of things to really take in, especially as a player who was part of the old regime that was in place here. Anyway I can’t say enough good things about our coaching staff, of course they want to win games, but it’s not all about football. In the immortal words of Coach Wilmer, “I’m here to build men who lead from the front.” His vision is to build us up as men who can lead the new generation the right way. He wants us to be great fathers and husbands to our families and become leaders in our communities and I’m completely behind him and his dream.

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Coach Willmer was a linebacker for UCLA, and one the highlights of his college career was sacking Peyton Manning when Peyton was at Tennessee.

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This happened on Sept. 6, 1997. This was Peyton’s senior year of college, and he is still playing the league, not many people can say they sacked Peyton Manning but our coach did.

Coach is building something awesome here and I’m glad to be a part of this grand vision of his.

Oh yea before I forget, we got a few break out guys that you guys should keep your eyes on as the season goes on. First of all we got the x-factor Derek Pollox, this man makes some of the most ridiculous plays on the field that you will ever see.

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You never know what this guy is going to do, but he always has you on the edge of your seat. With 11 tackles and 2 interceptions in 3 games, Derek is poised to a huge playmaker for us all season.

For example, in our first game against McPherson, Pollox had a strip sack (well to me it looked a sack, and the ball popped up) and then somehow caught the ball in mid-air for the interception. Check out our sideline highlights from week 1, it will blow your mind. The play is at 2:41 mark of the video. MNU Week 1 Sideline Highlights You never what he is going to from week to week, but it’s going to be amazing.

Next up, we got the money man Chris Fields,

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The Money Man himself. With 11 receptions for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns in 3 games. Chris is looking to have a break out year.

Chris transferred in the spring and has become one of our best playmakers on offense. It seems like every time we need someone to make a play he steps up to the plate and makes one. With three touchdowns in the our first three games, Chris is turning heads around the conference and making sure everyone knows that the Pioneers are a force to be reckoned with. If you can, make sure that you come out and watch us play, we are doing big things over here, don’t miss out on a chance to be apart of it.

Haley Raydo

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September 29, 2014

One Month Down, And Many More to Go!

September 29, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I am back and at it again! I am now an official sophomore at MNU and I am quite enjoying myself (besides the endless amounts of homework).  We are about a month into school now and so much has went down!  Here are some top memories to keep you up to date!

Above the title picture are my lovely and beautiful suitemates on the first day of school! That day we were really excited, and its been all downhill since ;).  My friend Rachel is in the nursing program so she is extra excited and extra stressed.

 

This is my childhood best friend Annie! We came to MNU together last year and I am so thankful for her! This us at ASG’s White Light Event. We downed melted chocolate and had some very classy conversations of course.

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MNU at the K!  This is my friend Dan Wright. He would hate me for putting this picture up, but he refuses to read my blogs so hopefully he’ll never see it :).

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MNU tailgate at the first home football game! My sister came to visit (she’s in the middle) and it was soooo fun! We love having a winning football team!

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And lastly a much needed picture of Thrift Store Prom is below.  We got are tacky on (I wore a jumpsuit) and skated at Skate City.  It was a blast!

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There is sooo much more in store for this year!  God has really laid a lot of things on my heart that I can’t wait to share with you all! Also some fun things too :)  Right now I am trying to enjoy every minute of my college experience because one day I will wake up and it will be over :( These are some of the best years of your life!  You get to live with your best friends, go to crazy events, yell at sporting events, and attend chapel multiple times a week.  So if you’re in school don’t wish it away, if you’re in high school don’t wish it away (but do know college is pretty amazing! especially if you go to MNU hint hint), if you are in your early part of your career don’t wish it away!  Take the time to learn and grow, to make memories, and to see the opportunities God has for you now. God doesn’t need you to be at a certain stage of your life to use you, He uses you just as you are!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Mariah McCommon

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September 28, 2014

Breakaway

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Hi guys!! I hope you all have had a spectacular week! I know mine was pretty crazy. I never thought I could be so busy. Yikes. Thankfully, yesterday I was able to go back to my hometown for my high school’s homecoming football game. I went to watch my little sissy perform in the marching band during half time. She was phenomenal incase you were wondering. It was good to see her and my family. I haven’t really had much time lately to think about home and how fast time has gone. It’s kinda cool, though, to think of myself as an adult now. I remember the days when I was freaking out over what I wanted to do with my life and where God was leading me, but with a lot of prayer and the right timing, God gave me my answer at the right time like He always does! I couldn’t be happier here at MNU. It’s a splendid place to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I miss my beautiful family including my cat and puppy dog and my best friend every day. And I also kind of miss high school too. Maybe just a tad bit. I’m still indecisive about that. College has proved to be nothing like high school and the transition coming here was super duper easy. New Student Orientation (NSO) kept us so busy that we didn’t really even have time to think about the big change in our lives.

NSO events will remain some of my favorite memories for a very long time. It also helps that my seminar group has become so close. They’re awesome by the way. We started off by winning the NSO volleyball tourney which was a happy moment for us all considering the teams we were up against. They all played very well!

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But anywho, another activity we participated in was this super cool service project. Our group walked over to a nearby elementary school and ate lunch with the children. I love kids so spending time with them was quite entertaining to say the least. That opportunity to serve is one of the many reasons I love being here.

Another thing I’ve come to love is the atmosphere of the place. I love to just sit outside near the flag pole on a perfect day and spend time with my homedog, Jesus. That involves positive music, a good ol’ Bible study, and prayer time. God is present throughout the entire campus and that’s just AWESOME.

I plan to make these next four or so years the best. High school is behind me now and I’m looking forward to what God has planned for me and my peers. I hope one day I’m able to travel the world and see everything, but for now, my home is here. And I love it!

God bless you all in this upcoming week of classes and fun!


“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes til’ I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
….and breakaway.”

Breakaway || Kelly Clarkson


Aaron Merrell

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September 27, 2014

Lessons in Doubt

September 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

This is my very first blog post for MNU Blogs, and I am so excited.  I sort of decided last minute to do a video this time.  Don’t expect every post to be video, because I haven’t completely decided how I want to format my posts each week.  Also, this is not an MNU dorm. I made this video at home.

This week, I’m talking about doubt, and how it can have a positive outcome.  I went through a time of doubt about God’s plan for me last year, to the point where I was this close to transferring away from MNU.  My faith and trust in god were tested.  I wanted my college experience to be easy.  I didn’t want to have to make tough choices, but then I was reminded of my Mom’s favorite bible verse, which has become mine:


 

‘”My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” announces the Lord.’

-Isaiah 55:8


You see, the entire time, I had been so worried that I wasn’t going to do what God wanted and that it would ruin everything.  All I really needed to do was pray, read and lean on him, and he has shown me exactly where I need to be for this season.

I love all of you, please let me know if you have any questions, or need to talk to someone about MNU, God or whatever!

Have a great week!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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September 25, 2014

Follow the Red Brick Road

September 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

My junior year of high school, I came to S.C.O.U.T. (Students Checking Out University Turf) at MNU. This was my first college visit, and honestly, I had no intention of attending MNU. I just came because I wanted an excuse to check out what college life is like, and my best friend was going. Plus, my youth leader attended college at MNU and she really wanted me to check it out.

“This place is cool, but there’s no way I can afford it.” 

That’s what was going through my mind all of my junior year. Through that college visit, I really came to like MNU and even thought I wanted to go there. It felt like an unattainable dream to me. Like, maybe I was supposed to be there, but there was no possible way it would work out.

The rest of my junior year and my senior year were spent going on college visits, trying to find a place that sparked my interest the way MNU does. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t find it.)

Fast forward to spring of my senior year, when all of my friends were enrolled in the college of their choice, while I was playing a sick game of “eenie-meenie-miney-mo” with a few schools that I could afford. Each time I thought I had reached a decision, I would soon find myself back where I started.

During this time, I had this (inaccurate) thought in my head that God has a specific plan for my life, which includes a specific college and career, and if I don’t get it right there’s no hope for me. I thought there was a specific road I had follow, and if I didn’t, I would mess everything up.

We’ve all heard the famous Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11. Chances are it was on at least half of the graduation cards you got.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

While struggling with finding my “plan” that God has for me, He spoke to me through the verses that follow Jeremiah 29:11.

 “Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

Maybe God’s plan for our lives isn’t about where we go to school, what we major in, or even what our careers end up being. Maybe His plan for our lives is to seek Him with all our hearts. I think God has a plan for all of us, and that plan is for us to grow into a deep relationship with Him, and through that, give glory to Him.

I’m not saying that God doesn’t have specific plans for some of us. I do believe that God calls certain people to walk down certain roads that lead to a specific college, major, or career. But, instead of stressing about if we’re on the path that God wants us to be on, we should make decisions that best glorify Him. We can’t go wrong in doing that.

So, in the midst of trying not to mess up God’s plan for my life, I realized that God’s plan for my life is to glorify Him in every decision that I make.

I went to S.C.O.U.T. again my senior year, still sure that I couldn’t afford MNU. The only reason I went was to hang out with some of my friends that I had met the previous year. To be honest, I didn’t even go to some of the events I was supposed to attend. (Sorry, MNU)

On that second visit, I felt peace. The kind of peace that can’t be ignored. This peace was from God. I knew that I needed to talk to admissions, look for more scholarships, and at least TRY to make MNU a possibility in my life.

After many late nights of praying, pros-and-cons lists, phone calls with my admissions counselor, and meetings with my parents…

I am a Pioneer.

The peace that I feel about this decision is my proof that this is where God wants me. For now, MNU is the road that God has me going on. There will undoubtedly be forks in the road and maybe even a few u-turns, but I believe that God will lead me. I don’t know if I’ll stick with my major and I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I do know one thing. I know that instead of trying so desperately to figure out God’s plan for my entire life, I should simply pray about it and make decisions that will bring glory to Him.

I believe that’s God’s plan for our lives.

-KT

The awesome people I met at S.C.O.U.T. My best friend and I are on the right.

Luther Okeyo

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September 24, 2014

HEY YOU GUYS!!!!!!

September 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys, my name is Luther. I’m a senior here at MNU, a graphic design major, and I also play football. I’m a wide receiver. I’m from Camarillo, California, but I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and yea I know I’m a long way from home, but these past four years have been a blast. MNU will forever have a huge effect on my life. I really can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t come to this school. It’s going to be a blast to blog for you guys this year. I can’t wait to show you how MNU looks through an athlete’s eyes. Every week I’m going to try and show you MNU, in a light that only few people know about. You have probably already seen me in a couple of advertisements for MNU, for some crazy reason I’m all over the website. Feel free to ask me any questions, I’m here to help you guys better understand and get to know MNU. For starters, I have a little blast from the past for you guys. Here is a video I did for MidAmerica when I was a freshman, just telling the world why I decided to come MNU, it is the video right on top of this post (just in case you’re wondering). It amazing to see how much I’ve changed over there years. This is going to be a great year, I can’t wait to get started.

Haley Raydo

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April 26, 2014

A Look Back: Freshman Year

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Hello friends! We are at the final week of school here at MidAmerica.  It is exciting, sad, and weird all at the same time.  It is so crazy to me how I have already been through my first year of college! It literally flew by.  I had some great memories, and I learned a lot too.

So in honor of the end of school, here are some of my favorite memories =:

HOMECOMING 2013

I wrote a whole blog about this night… I mean it was absolutely insane.  We got to Uptown Theater had a bunch of fun, but we left in the pouring rain only to find that we had a flat tire.  So we got stuck downtown, in the pouring rain, with a flat tire, at a creepy gas station, for quite awhile.  It is something I will never forget.

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NEW ROOM AND ROOMIE

It was so exciting to move in with one of my best friends Mckenna Bessmer this semester! We had such a blast! This was our room:

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DAN WRIGHT

Yup my pal Dan Wright is one of my favorite memories this year basically because he is the most entertaining person you will ever talk to. If you are a student here and you don’t know him, or you are coming here next year, you need to meet this crazy kid.  He probably won’t even see this because he refuses to read my blogs (-__-) Basically he is a kid full of one-liners and he will make you laugh for hours.

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PLAZA WITH MY FAVORITE GIRLS 

If you have ever been to Kansas City during Christmastime… you know that the Plaza is the place to go (also Crown Center).  There is something so wonderful about Kansas City

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OLAF ON CAMPUS 

There really isn’t anything else to say.

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SNOW DAYS 2014

Basically one of the best things in life is being stuck on campus with all of your best friends in the snow with NO SCHOOL.

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WORLDS OF FUN LAST NIGHT

This weekend was MAX week! So we got to go to Worlds of Fun for Nazarene Night.  This is the Mamba:

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Basically this year has been absolutely crazy.  I have met some amazing people that I am so thankful for! It is going to be hard to leave all of them for a few months, but it is exciting to know I still have a few more years with these awesome people.  As a freshman you come to college, nervous but excited.  You meet people the first week and for the most part you move on and meet other people.  You have to get adjusted to the hard and long study life.  You have to get used to challenging professors and being responsible for your own grades.  It was a crazy experience for me, but I learned so much! And I grew up a ton!  All in a good way.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Haley Raydo

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April 12, 2014

Behind The Scenes of MNU’s Production: Little Women

April 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I hope you all have had a great week! It has been so nice out here in Olathe… 77 degrees today!  If that doesn’t put you in a good mood I don’t know what will!

Here is a video from MNU’s production this spring of “Little Women”.  The staff was so kind to let me in back stage to get the inside scoop for all you blog people out there! So here it is!

P.S. if you are interested, MNU has a great theater (theatre?) program! :) Last fall they produced a musical “Annie Get Your Gun” which was also fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Haley Raydo

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April 5, 2014

The Final Countdown: One Month of School Left

April 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

It has been another crazy week to say the least!  But knowing that summer is only a short month away has been keeping me going!  Which is absolutely insane! Where did the time go?  This semester literally flew by and we still have Easter Break! The bad news about only having a month left (besides leaving all your best friends) is the end of year crams.  Grades need to be up, and there is the stress to do well on every assignment, test, quiz, paper left!  (P.S. The final countdown guy is awesome)

If you are anything like me, than you know it is a challenge to be motivated, to end out the year strong.  I have always struggled with that.  I have read 180 pages of one of my textbooks this week (because I am a procrastinator and waited until the week of the test to start reading) and I literally thought I was going to lose my mind.  So here is some advice for you: Don’t lose your mind!

As the year comes to a close… don’t stress yourself out too much!  Don’t wait until the last minute to do everything.  Instead start early and pace yourself, allowing yourself time to relax.  That way you won’t lose your mind studying like I have this week.

Next, get motivated! Set yourself a block time where you are going to get as much homework done as you can.  These times work the best for me in the afternoon after class.  That way I can spend time with my friends in the evening.  Whenever you decide to block out your time, make sure it is without distraction.  So if that means going to the library, turning off the TV, or turning off your phone… do it!  Let every minute of this time not go to waste.  When you finish, you will be able to relax and spend time with friends.  A couple standard blocked off hours goes a long way if you make it a goal to do everyday or at least frequently.

Don’t forget to take a break and let the Lord give you peace! Finish the year out strong!

I leave you with this last piece of advice:

keep calm

 

Stay calm!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

ALSO stay tuned for a video about the MNU production of Little Women :)

Haley Raydo

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March 28, 2014

Just Stop and Learn to Be on the Beach: Life Update

March 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So these last couple of weeks have been action-packed to say the least.  Last week was spring break and it was definitely much needed.  Because all my professors felt like pushing all of their exams and papers to the week before break, the week off felt so sweet.  The weather in Kansas was all over the place, at least so I heard.  I was in Texas with my family which was amazing! (60-70 degree weather days, it can’t get more perfect)

And for all you mid-westerners who haven’t seen the beach in quite sometime, here is the beach at Galveston we went to:

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Even this week back has been crazy! This Thursday was junior testing day so it was a day off for the rest of us!  My friends and I celebrated a late birthday lunch for Sarah and Anna (who are like the sweetest things in the entire world) and the night before we dressed up with our entire dorm and went to the Cheesecake factory!

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Also…. MNU made it to the Final Four in the NAIA tournament!  Nearly all of the school went out to support them too! Fans were going crazy! Unfortunately we fell just a bit short, but it was a crazy intense game until the end.  We are all so proud of our basketball team!

So basically you are up to date on my life. My classes have been a bit more challenging as of late, but I know that the Lord is taking care of me as I continue to be diligent!

Taking away from all of the craziness of the last couple weeks I will leave you with this advice: Live in the moment.  Now there are times where it is key to look to your future to make plans, and key to look to your past to learn.  But so often I think we get caught up in the future and past that we forget to look in the present.  There are many opportunities around us, we just have to open our eyes and grab them.

I was walking along the beach this spring break and I remember how I kept thinking about things that I needed to do for the next few weeks.  That is when God opened my eyes to see where I was.  I was on the beach on a warm day, which is not something I had experienced in a long time.  After this long, cold winter, I had been looking forward to a day like this for awhile, yet I was letting it slip away.  This is just one example of many in my life where I need to stop, and just learn to be on the beach.  Listening and smelling the waves, and letting my mind go to that peaceful place.  No matter where you are, take time to live in the moment.  Even if it is just sitting in class or having lunch with friends, you never know when you are going to wish that you were back in that moment.

Ok I’m done rambling!  I hope everyone’s year is treating them well! And I think it is finally time we can say Happy Spring!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley