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Mario Flores

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March 29, 2014

Motivated and Rejuvenated to Finish the Final 4 Weeks

March 29, 2014 | By | No Comments

Spring Break Work & Witness Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.

Arrival at the DR.

Arrival at the DR.

The man directly to my left was Danny or Danny Rebar. He has one of the MANLIEST laughs I have ever heard. He is one of the most intimidating men I've ever seen, but kindest and light-hearted that I know.

The man directly to my left was Danny or Danny Rebar. He has one of the MANLIEST laughs I have ever heard. He is one of the most intimidating men I’ve ever seen, but kindest and light-hearted that I know.

We got to start off the week by playing some softball against the Church and some friends from the local community!! We only lost by 3!!:D:D:D

We got to start off the week by playing some softball against the Church and some friends from the local community!! We only lost by 3!!:D:D:D

I got to help two of the three days at the Medical Clinic. We had two Nurses one of which is an MNU grad and then a local doctor came. All of this was able to be done for free because of the donations and generous hearts from Brothers and Sisters in Christ and other great people.

I got to help two of the three days at the Medical Clinic. We had two certified Nurses both of which were MNU grads, an experienced RNA who’s in this pic-Jeni also an MNU Grad and played volleyball & softball for us a few years ago. Also a local doctor came and gave his time and talents to serve at the clinic. All of this was able to be done for free because of the donations and generous hearts from Brothers and Sisters in Christ and other great people.

Music with some of these friends

Music with some of these friends

Here were some of the men that came to help with the Children's Basketball clinic.

Here were some of the men that came to help with the Children’s Basketball clinic.

Teaching proper Setting techniques-at least I was trying, Jeni was succeeding.

Teaching proper Setting techniques-at least I was trying, Jeni was succeeding.

Pato Pato Ganzo aka Duck Duck Goose with kids from the area around the still-being-built community center.

Pato Pato Ganzo aka Duck Duck Goose with kids from the area around the still-being-built community center.

Getting to make balloon figures with my new friends in the DR during the Medical Clinic. And by balloon figures, I mean a hat or a sword.

Getting to make balloon figures with my new friends in the DR during the Medical Clinic. And by balloon figures, I mean a hat or a sword.

 

A Work and Witness Mission Trip is a no brainer great way to spend time, money, and resources. No regrets have I heard any person say they have after going and serving on one. MNU offers several every single year. And if you don’t think you’d like to do one of those, you can go with churches all around this area, Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in particular is going back to the DR next June!!

 

And Now,
School life, assignments, pages to be read, and papers to write renews.
But that’s okay. It serves a purpose. I know because I served in the DR with MNU grads who were able to use their skills from their jobs that came from their MNU degrees!

If that isn’t a positive endorsement of MNU, I don’t know what is.
Till next time friends,

Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Joey Alligier

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February 15, 2014

I’m Snow Fed Up

February 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

Kansas:

Good ol’ Home on the Range
Given statehood on January 29th, 1861
The Sunflower State
Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole

Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.
And the current home to a HORRENDOUS WHITE SUBSTANCE THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.

I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes. Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.

Moral of the story:

1)The only times snow is okay is when:
1) IT’S LEAVES WITHING 24 HOURS
2) IT GETS SCHOOL CANCELLED

I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold.
Shorts
Tevas
and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life.
ICICLEOn the other hand, this looks pretty sick! So, it’s not all horrible

As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.

I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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April 10, 2013

Being an adult

April 10, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello blog world.

I have been absent. You probably didn’t notice, but I’ll go ahead and humor myself and let you know what’s up.

So in school right now, I’m a teacher’s assistant for the Public Relations class. It’s a chance for me to learn about effective leadership and management and all that important stuff. Last year, I took public relations with Dr. Hamilton. We were split into groups and chose local nonprofit organizations to do benefit events for. Our group of 3 chose the Kansas City Girls home Teen Challenge. (Teen Challenge is an international rehab for people of all ages, this particular home is a residential home for adolescent girls.) We hosted a benefit concert on campus, had this video made and donated, and 3 lovely ladies shared their testimonies at the event. You can watch that video here. (Shout out to Kyle Bloom- AMAZING videographer/pastor/all around great guy.) The concert was hugely successful, over 100 people showed up, and we were hoping and praying and pleading with the Lord for like 25 people to come, even though our goal was 50.

I’ll spare you some boring details, but I came back as a TA this year to work with a group to recreate this event, only make it bigger and better. I have a team of 6 ladies working with me to do just that. The Lord provides in our times of need. ASG (Stuco for colleges) AND the Junior Class Council have partnered with us. Our concert is featuring MNU up and coming band Don’t know Dorothy and worship artist Hurley Christin, who is the worship leader at Mission Church in Overland Park. The girls from Teen Challenge have a choir song they will be singing at our event, and we have 2 girls sharing their stories. Mark your calendars for April 27th in Land Gym. You won’t wanna miss it!

Check out Hurley’s music here.

Go to her site! you can listen to her original music and learn more about her. She is amazing!

Go to her site! you can listen to her original music and learn more about her. She is amazing!

 

As I’m leading this project, I am also in Marketing Research. I am in a group of 5 and we are working for a real client too! We are conducting research for the Marketing Office at MNU about the Grad and Adult programs. Pretty cool, right? My role for the team is the focus group coordinator. Again, sparing you the boring details, we basically randomly select 8-12 students who qualify and have a dinner party for them and talk to them about their experiences with the programs and their media habits. (There’s a lot more that goes into it and I probably made it sound more fun that it looks.) …Have you seen the AT&T Commercials? Where the guy asks the kids the questions and then SURPRISE! he asks the retired athletes around the same table? (LOVE those btw) That’s kind of what it looks like… ANYWAY.

So Marketing Research is not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, super valuable, but I’m not good with details, and to be honest you could put any word in front of research and I wouldn’t take to it. Fashion Research. HangingOutWithFriends Research. Fun Research. Get the point? But focus group? talking to people while others take notes? That I’m all over. This project is HUGE, and not just because it’s a project, but because it’s for a client and the information we gather will be used. Yah. The real deal. At the end of the semester we have a 200 page report due. DYING thinking about it!

So throw this into the mix- I’ve been sick for like 10000 years and over spring break the doctors just now figure out the problem is my gallbladder. Not because I have stones, which is normal, but because it just hasn’t been doing what it’s supposed to do and is causing me pain. So normally a low functioning gallbladder is functioning at 35%, mine was at 19%. #SB2013! HOLLA! Being an adult is AWESOME. So last Monday I had the consultation with the surgeon in Oklahoma, then Thursday had it removed, and that brings us to today, when I am on pain medicine, still in Oklahoma. Did I mention the doctor said I should be able to go back to school Monday? yeaaahh not so much. Now I’m waiting for a follow up with the surgeon on Friday. Then maybe I can go back to school. Let me break down how long I’ve been not at school.

Spring Break. Easter Week (when I had my consultation with the surgeon.) This week.

That’s a grand total of 3 weeks. When I was in high school, this was my DREAM. But there’s something special about MNU. Yes, I’m a control freak and want to be doing my projects on my own, but my groups have stepped up and taken over my jobs for the time being. My teachers are nothing but gracious. My friends and REs and Profs and group members and NSLS E-board and pending members and faculty members that I say “hey” to as I’m passing them down the halls have all reached out to me to see if I’m doing okay and let me know that they miss me and can’t wait for me to be back. Andy Blum led a meeting for NSLS because none of the E-board members (myself included) could be there (thanks Andy!)  I can’t wait to be back. I miss my classmates and talking to everyone listed. I love my school with my whole heart and just want to be back.

So although I have projects piling up (and that’s just for 2 classes- I have 2 more classes I’m enrolled in!) I’m just ready to be back in the land where the sun rises and sets: The MidAmerica Nazarene University Campus.

Welp. This has been far too long and given too many details.

Over and out!

Currently Listening To:

1. Angie Miller's Love Came Down 2. The Ember Days' Adore 3. Random Spanish Song- Hermoso Jesus 4. Hillsong's I Will Rise 5. Jesus Culture's Fill me Up 6. Josh Wilson's Fall Apart

1. Angie Miller’s Love Came Down
2. The Ember Days’ Adore
3. Random Spanish Song- Hermoso Jesus
4. Hillsong’s I Will Rise
5. Jesus Culture’s Fill me Up
6. Josh Wilson’s Fall Apart

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.

IMG_20130322_134454Fall Creek Falls

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IMG_20130322_133852Pantheon Replica in Nashville

IMG_20130322_134914Part of the hiking path leading up to a waterfall

 

Cherith Campbell

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March 28, 2013

The one when spring break 2013 is over.

March 28, 2013 | By | No Comments

“Easter is the only time of year when it’s perfectly safe to put all of your eggs in one basket.”

Well this time of year is super hectic and really calm all at the same time for us students here at MNU. We just had our spring break last week and I can’t speak for anything else but I did some random things during my break. My break went a little like this:

  • A lot of work! – Since I had the whole week off I got the chance to work many more hours than I normally do…in turn making much more ca$h money! Which is GREAT! 
  • Freaks! – Some of my friends (Blaire, Sam, and Marissa) and I went to Freaks on Broadway (tattoo/piercing parlor) and got some stuff done. Blaire got her first front helix done, Sam pierced her rook, and Marissa got her second holes done. And I had them gauge one of my cartilage piercings a little bit because I wanted a specific earring in it.
  • I spent the weekend in Springfield, MO at a youth retreat called DNOW (Discipleship NOW) I was with a ton of youth from a church there and we got to go rock climbing, worship, eat, play games, etc. During this weekend I was able to use my ASL (American Sign Language) because there were two girls that were deaf. They were so sweet and I loved hanging out with them!

So I just started classes back up on Tuesday and now we have Easter break! This means we don’t have classes again until next Tuesday. It’s so nice to have breaks like that but at the same time it’s hard to get back in the swing of things after being gone and out of routine so much.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter!

Learn something new today:  Squirrels forget where about 50% of the nuts they’ve hidden are.

Kelsey Cranford

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March 27, 2013

SPRING to the BREAK

March 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

613428 11As much as I would have loved to have gone on some sort of trip or traveled somewhere during the break, I am so thankful to have had some time to just relax and start hacking away at THE LIST (the never-ending task list of wedding details, school papers and projects, internships details…and on it goes). My fiance and I finally registered for our wedding which proved to be an all-day event. Let me tell you, bedbath&beyond is INTENSE. That place is packed to the brim from floor to ceiling, no joke. It was such a blast creating our wish list together, scanning for this and that and then some. I was also so excited to be able to give my bridesmaid invites out to my ladies which was of course so fun and I am just so excited to get to share this upcoming day with them. I purchased vintage handkerchiefs on Etsy (officially addicted) and used them to make a sort of envelope surrounding the invitation and tied twine around it to hold it all together. Of course, the absolute highlight of the break was beginning the studying process for my upcoming Senior Comp Exam that I have to pass in order to graduate…Basically I have to go back and study all my notes from every Sociology class I’ve taken at MidAmeria to prepare for the exam and hope to do well enough to pass. Its here in a week and a half so hopefully I’ll have good news to share about it soon! Despite the studying I was able to spend some good time with the family which was so refreshing. As you can see, watching the Sound of Music was a definite priority for the little sister and I during my break times between studying–can’t go wrong with that movie choice. It was such as blessing to find some rest both physically and spiritually with the fam and get geared up for the rest of the semester. Ready to do this!

I hope you had a wonderful spring break and are ready to finish out the year strong! THATS ALL FOLKS!!

Phillip Prado

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March 14, 2013

MIDTERMS!!!!

March 14, 2013 | By | No Comments

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HEY GUYS!! It’s MIDTERMS WEEK! Do you know what means?  It means that next week is spring break!! And this guy gets to spend his week in Nashville hiking and camping in the woods! The school is taking a bunch of us students down there for the week to have fellowship together and to just have a good time outdoors. BUT I will talk about that more in 2 weeks, after break, when I get back to blogging!

So this week has been INSANELY BUSY! Last semesters Midterms were not this bad.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t really have any last semester at all! And this semester I will have had like 4! I’m so stressed out.  And on top of that I have a huge English Comp paper due, I had to give a speech this week, I had a New Testament Test that I did not study nearly enough for, and then some.  I feel Like I don’t have time to study…

But can I tell you a secret?

Especially to you future Pioneers that will be here next semester.

I do have enough time.

I have plenty of time.

I have plenty of time to do homework and to study that is..  The problem is that I don’t have time for the things I love.  I just don’t let myself get overwhelmed so  I purposefully take time off of studying and homework to just relax, hang out with my friends, or even just to read something else other than homework.  I have noticed that taking one day off out of the week helps tremendously: that’s called the sabbath just so you know. But what also helps is taking mini-sabbaths off in the middle of the day.  20 minutes here, or an hour there to just kick back and forget about the stress helps so much.

If I were to push all the things I love to do off to the side, biking, working out, reading my bible, hanging out with my friends, than I would easily get overwhelmed and do even worse on the assignments and tests I know I should’ve done better on.  Just like anything, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I have noticed that, in weeks like this, over stressing myself does more bad than good.  I feel worse, I get upset easily, I’m tired, I lose motivation.  It’s just not a good place to be, and I definitely don’t want to be stuck there.

So studying for midterms isn’t just about pushing through the week as hard and fast as you can.  I’ve said this before, but college isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and pacing yourself is key.  So taking a coffee break, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, or even just relaxing and watching your favorite tv shows are not a problem. I said I’m stressed now, but if work work work was all I did then I would be SWIMMING in stress. I’m happy with where I am at.  I am calm, cool, collected, and confident I will do well. So if you are new to this college life, another less I have learned that I would like to share with you guys:  Don’t be afraid to stop and just chill.  You don’t want to become overheated and break down now do you?