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October 12, 2014

Man What a Game!!!

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In case you didn’t know, the MNU FB team beat Missouri Valley 21 to 17. We played at Arrowhead Stadium (YES WHERE THE CHIEFS PLAY!!). Missouri Valley was the #7 ranked team in the country. While we weren’t even ranked. Not a lot of people besides the MNU faithful (Shoutout!) gave us a chance to win that game. This game had everything, as every rivalry game should. One of the coolest things about the game happened before the game started, we were the home team so we got to stay in the Chief locker room, it was amazing being able to get an inside look on what NFL players experience every day.

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This picture still doesn’t do the the Chief’s locker room justice. I mean…. You basically had to be there yourself.

After getting my wits together, thats when I went to go check out the field. Walking down the tunnel was amazing, you think it can’t get any better until you hit the field.

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Yea I’m not going to lie, I went crazy with my snap chat today, but hey who wouldn’t right? But my snapchat story was like 400 seconds. Sorry but not sorry.

The hallowed field of arrowhead. There is so much history on this field that I can’t even try and explain it. I was so intimidated by it. I guess you could say I could feel the Chiefs’ mystique, from Len Dawson throwing TD passes to Otis Taylor, Derrick Thomas sacking Dave Kreig SEVEN times, and Jamal Charles running wild today. (You could tell I studied up on my Chiefs history before this game.)

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Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest stadium in NFL and I got to play there.

Of course you know everybody on the team went crazy and took a lot of pictures.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I'm glad to call these guys my brothers.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I’m glad to call these guys my brothers.

Finally I got that paparazzi mode out of me, it was time to focus on the task at hand. But I had to sneak one picture in.

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I mean can you blame me

As we are getting ready for game and the team is lining up to hit the field. We were told the seniors were going to be introduced. That was so freaking amazing. To hear my name called and introduced, I mean I can’t even describe how I felt. I couldn’t even talk and was barely even able to function.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cold as this.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cool as this.

The game is was amazing. The game was shown on ESPN U and ESPN 3 (Shoutout!). My mom recorded the game, so when I go home, I’m going to reliving that game all over again. The game had it all, great defense, hard hits, huge plays on offense, that moment in every close game when you need to dig deep inside yourself and leave it all out on the field, and our team did that. We took every  punch that Missouri Valley hit us with, and then knocked them out with a few of our own.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Wesley Foryoh, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Wesley Foryoh, I call him Wes, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

The receivers step it up this week and made big plays all day. I couldn’t be more amazed at how we played. Top to bottom, we balled out. Of course you know it wasn’t all offense, our defense played their guts out, giving Missouri Valley fits and beating them down all day.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a couple huge pass breakups including the one to ice the game for us.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a huge pass breakup that iced the game for us.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would've thought he didn't play because he was so clean.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would’ve thought he didn’t play because he was so clean.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka  Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka
Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

When the game clock had the triple zeros on them, I just lost it, I couldn’t believe it. We won, and in one of the scariest, greatest, and most heart stopping ways possible. I couldn’t control my emotions, I just started crying all I could think of is my aunt and her struggle with cancer. How strong she is and how she fought her heart out and won. I will never forget his day for as long as I live. A once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing.

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

 

 

 

Katie Linsey

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October 9, 2014

MNU is…

October 9, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

This week, I went around campus asking students and faculty to describe what MNU means to them in a few words. This is what they said… Enjoy!

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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October 8, 2014

Running for a cause

October 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last Saturday I had the honor and opportunity to run in the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk. Going on its 16th year, this event honors the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones who died of cancer.

Got my shirt and race number. I'm ready for this thing.

Got my shirt and race number. I’m ready for this thing.

MNU is a big sponsor of the event and they have a big tent and they paint people faces. It’s really a cool event. MNU also has a team that runs in the event.

Team MNU in all of its glory

Team MNU in all of its glory

I’m not going to lie the I underestimated the pace of the race but I still did a lot better than I thought. In high school I used to run track. I ran the 400 and 800 in high school. So I haven’t really ran “competitively” in about 5 years, I have a game to play later in the day and my head coach randomly shows up and 2 of his kids are also running in the race. Also I’ve never ran anything like a 5K before so this is all new and dangerous territory.

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Not bad for a guy who has ran in five years. I finished 49 out of 1387 people who ran the 5K competitively, the 47th male of 761 males who competed, also 7th out of 21 in my age group of males 20 to 24.

In the end it was an amazing experience, to be able to do something for higher cause and honor the memories of two people in the process. To be honest the best part of the race was the end when everybody who was in the race were able to get massages after the race.

This man is a life saver.

Shout out to the people at ProCare Chiropractic, Dr. Toby Scott came in the clutch for making sure, I was well taken care of and that I was ready for the game later on the in day. This man is a life saver.

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The race was held at Black Bob elementary, its a couple of blocks from MNU. Right now the race is almost over and everyone is starting to gather in gym for the awards ceremony

At the end of all this I still had a game to play at 6 pm that day at Central Methodist University deep in the back woods of Missouri. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but it was an amazing day. But trust me I’m probably not going to doing all this again. Next we have Missouri Valley at Arrowhead Stadium, its going to be a HUGE game, and man I can’t wait.

 

 

 

Haley Raydo

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October 5, 2014

#BeRoyalKC

October 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I can not even begin to describe my excitement this week has held for me!  As a sports fan born and raised in Kansas City, the last several years have been rather disappointing.  Between the Chiefs and the Royals, a few tears have been shed, several screams of frustration have escaped, and an every once and awhile throwing of an object, have been spread throughout my lifetime.  The only news of glory from my KC sports teams were stories my dad, uncles, and grandpas liked to talk about.

And just within this last week, the Royals… THE Kansas City Royals, ended their 29 year drought of playoff appearances!  And everyone reading this goes wild! I mean seriously this gets me emotional. I have literally been waiting my ENTIRE life (and some) years to see the Royals do ANYTHING.

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So when I was reflecting on this week and what I was to write about, this was pretty much the only thing that came to mind. I mean people across MNU campus were tweeting, yelling, and cheering.  Talk about some excitement!

Now to relate this post back to something practical (especially for those of you who aren’t sports fans) I wondered what it would be like if people would spend as much time and as much excitement on the Lord as they did about the Royals ending their drought.  I mean people are spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, posting thousands of posts on social media, and cheering and yelling to wake everyone in their dorm up, staying up late watching the long extensive games, and carrying conversations with friends and strangers about last nights game.

Now none of this bad, if it was I am in trouble… BUT I think there is a point to be said there.  It is so easy to get wrapped up in something (it may not be sports for you) but so many times we forget to get wrapped up in the very thing that brought us here to begin with.  If we would just take the time to stay up and listen and sit in his glory, tithe a little of our money once a month, post on social media about all what God has done in your life instead of complaining, and having conversations with friends and strangers about the Lord, our world would look so different!  Our ministry, our churches, our lives, and our relationships would look different!

Sometimes it just takes little steps… Maybe start spending 15 minutes of your day with the Lord and go on from there.

This doesn’t mean you can’t stay up late watching the games and tweeting your little hearts out about the Royals (believe me I still will be… you can catch it all @haleyraydo) but maybe next time you sit down to watch the Royals or whatever it may be you get excited about, remember the Lord and His goodness.  And remember to take that relationship one step further than the I go to church on Sundays, pray before meals, and sit in a Christian beliefs class kind of level.

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

(Go Royals!)

Katie Linsey

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October 2, 2014

Inside Look: Scavenger Hunt

October 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last Thursday, my friends and I participated in the annual freshman photo scavenger hunt. It was a stressful, fun, long night of driving all over Olathe and crossing things off our list. Here’s a few pictures of the crazy things we had to do!

1. Take a picture with sunglasses on

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2. Take a picture at a drive through window with an employee

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3. Take a picture with the statues outside Chapala

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4. Take a picture at a laundry mat

Laundramat

5. Take a picture in front of a fountain

Fountain

6. Take a picture of someone hula hooping

Hula Hoop

7. Take a picture of everyone jumping in the air

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8. Take a picture posing with mannequins in a store front window

Mannequins

9. Spell out a word with your body and take a picture of it

MNU

10. Take a picture with a person wearing K-State gear

K-State

11. Make a waist high tower with cans in a grocery store and take a picture with it

Can Tower

12. Take a picture on a bed at a furniture store

Bed

13. Take a picture in front of the Olathe City sign

City of Olathe

14. Take a picture with someone wearing KU gear

KU

15. Break up random couple holding hands and walk between them holding both their hands and take a picture with them

Holding Hands

16. Take a picture of someone eating a sample at Silas and Maddy’s

Silas and Maddy;s

17. Take a picture posing as statues in a store or at a park

Models

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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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

September 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

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!

NSO Volleyball Champs

NSO CHAMPS

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 | One Comment

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.