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Aaron Merrell

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March 23, 2015

Spring Break Forever

March 23, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Okay, spring break was amazing.

Last Thursday, the squad (Ana, Rico, Annie and I), flew to Florida.  We had an awesome time, and unfortunately, we get to go back to school tomorrow. Yay 8AMs. These photos are just a taste of the fun we had there, from the beach to the awesome food and different restaurants we visited, we made some great memories. Watching sunsets on the water, visiting the Botanical Gardens, and even having an allergic reaction to jerk chicken were even better with these awesome people.

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Mariah McCommon

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March 22, 2015

Divide, CO ~ 2.0

March 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello again!

After the trip to Colorado, it has been nice to relax for a bit before starting back up in school. We worked incredibly hard both days of work. We specifically focused on improving parts of Golden Bell Camp.

The first day we got to tear down parts of walls, clear out an old storage room, paint the game room black (it’s going to look like a mine!), and the group I was in painted some more in a staff house after lunch. We worked about 7-8 hour days which honestly wasn’t too bad. Once I started working, I didn’t want to stop! After lunch the group in the picture above and a couple more ladies started on a rough looking building. Some of the Golden Bell staff stay in this house and after many years, it was time to be renovated a little bit! The house was first an old trailer that was fixed up a long time ago. By the time we got there, it was in need of a LOT of heavy duty cleaning. DSC_0891

When we got there, it was colder inside the building than it was outside because there is absolutely no heating system in there at all. We were bummed about that, but we didn’t let it bother us too much. With the group we had, we were able to accomplish quite a bit in the small amount of time we had. If we finished a task, we would immediately look for more: that’s just how motivated we were! You’ll also be happy to know that we only saw one spider and thank The Lord it was a tiny one. DSC_0872

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“they see me rollin…they hatin”

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Our work continued in that house on the second day as well. We did the same stuff: painting, spackling, wiping down floors, and having fun! We played music to pump us up and even though we were doing the same thing all day, we made the most of it by laughing and staying positive.

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The amazing Heather with her mighty weapon!

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Laura was having fun with paint…

I’m proud to say that the was the screwdriver master. I unscrewed lights and plug in/light switch covers from every room. It was AWESOME. I really don’t know why it made me so happy, but it’s the little things in life right? Whenever I heard my name, I was there with the screwdriver!DSC_0969
Though the work at Golden Bell doesn’t seem like much from the outside, it needed to be done and we were happy to be a part of it. I know the campers and staff will appreciate the improvements. We weren’t able to finish our projects, but more teams will make the final touches before the campers arrive in the summer. I’m excited to see what the future holds at the camp and what God has in store. Camp is a place where many teens accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The director of the camp never turns away a young teen wanting to go to camp. He desires for those kids to leave camp and be transformed by Christ’s love. It is absolutely amazing to be a part of that ministry.


We were blessed with another tourist day to explore the wonderful city of Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods was the highlight of the day. It is a random red rock formation in the middle of the mountains and what’s even better… it was free. Here are some pictures to show all the fun!

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As you can see, we enjoyed our time in Colorado no matter what we were doing. As a future missionary, traveling and doing God’s work excites me more than a child on Christmas morning. I encourage anyone who hasn’t been on a mission trip to take the opportunity! You won’t regret it!

Have a great week!

Mariah McCommon

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March 17, 2015

Divide, CO

March 17, 2015 | By | One Comment

Hi y’all!

Like I said last week I’m currently in Colorado!!! Yes, that means the beautiful mountains. I can see Pike’s Peak from the window. We left yesterday morning and 9 hours later arrived at our destination! It’s absolutely marvelous out here and I’m excited to share so many pictures. We haven’t started our mission work yet, so we’ve been enjoying a little vaca/tour time before working tomorrow. Next week I’ll post specifically on the mission work and how God is moving here at Golden Bell, but this is a fun-picture post. I hope you enjoy the photos! :)

Breckenrigde, Colorado!

and last but not least…

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The amazing squad people talk about for “squad goals”

There will be more next post! Thanks! :)

 

Katie Linsey

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December 31, 2014

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

December 31, 2014 | By | No Comments

“Lose weight.”

“Go to the gym.”

“Floss.”

“Save more money.”

Those are some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions I’ve heard, and I can definitely say those have made my list in the past years. While those are not bad things to want to accomplish, I’ve always found myself abandoning those resolutions less than a month into the New Year (and I know I’m not alone in that).

2014 was an interesting year. I learned more about myself than I have in any other season of my life. I went part-time at my high school in the beginning of 2014, which allowed for more personal time and opportunities to become more connected in my church, but also created a disconnect with peers at my school. In the summer, I took on a summer staff position at Youthfront Camp West, which taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. I learned a lot about my leadership style and what it means to be involved in a community of believers that are striving for intentional growth in their relationship with the Lord. In the fall, I started my college experience at MNU and learned even more about myself. Throughout all of those experiences, I grew immensely in my relationship with Christ and also gained a greater sense of passion and desire to live adventurously and boldly.

This past year, I felt more alive than ever before. There are certain practices I took part in that gave life to my soul, which in turn allowed me to encourage and motivate others. I want to continue doing those things and give meaning to every day of 2015. I believe that all of us long to feel alive, but maybe some of us don’t recognize that yet. I’ve put together a short list of my resolutions, which are things that I think everyone should strive to do more of. So, without further ado…

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

1. Read more

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Words are powerful and inspiring. They can encourage and discourage, build up and tear down. Books have captivated my heart and led me to deeper understandings of what it means to live. There are books I read in 2014 that I plan to read again (and again), and unread books that I have added to my list. If you want to read inspiring, life-changing books, here’s a short list to get you started:

  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Radical by David Platt

2. Write more

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In 2014, I had a lot of friends that I didn’t get to see very often because we didn’t go to the same school and were always busy. We didn’t want to lose touch, so we wrote letters to each other (some by snail mail and some by e-mail). Doing this made me fall in love with the idea of writing letters (and also receiving them). It’s fun and encouraging and special. I think everyone should write letters to people, even if it’s a simple random encouragement. Sometimes those are the best.

3. Go out more

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I’ve lived 30 minutes from Kansas City my whole life, but until 2014, I had never been downtown to explore it. After many Saturday mornings at the City Market and late nights at local restaurants downtown, I quickly fell in love with the city. People always say there’s so much that they want to see in the world and they wish they could travel all the time, which I don’t disagree with, but sometimes I think we forget that there’s a city full of wonder and excitement right down the highway from us. In 2015, I want to go see more places and experience more culture, whether that’s spending a day in Kansas City or a week in (insert state or country).

So, there you have it. I hope you’ll consider reading more, writing more, and going out more in 2015. I promise that you won’t regret taking the time to do these things. Also, make sure to pay attention to what makes you feel most alive, and make sure to do more of those things. Peace and blessings to your 2015.

-KT

(Cover photo courtesy of www.igotitcovered.org)

Aaron Merrell

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October 19, 2014

Road Trip!

October 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys!

Sorry this is coming at you a day late, but I hope everyone is having a great weekend- it’s the last day of fall break for MNU students and I’ve had a great time.
School breaks or even weekends can be a great time to get to know some friends better- by having them come to your hometown or you going to theirs.  It’s so fun to see all of the places in their hometown your friends talk about, meet their family and friends from back home, and get a home cooked (free and delicious) meal!
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Having friends over to see my house when we need a break from the non-stop busyness of the campus is a great time to connect with them, but going out of town to someone else’s house is amazing, and that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.
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This weekend, my friends Rico, Taylor and I all packed up into Grace’s car and headed to Carthage, Missouri for their annual Maple Leaf Festival.
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We got to have fun with her family, eat smoked ribs and chicken, stay up late and watch movies, and even go to a haunted house in Joplin, Missouri. The Maple Leaf events were exciting as well- we saw an almost three hour parade featuring some great marching bands, saw a band festival/competition, and got to do some great people watching.
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We’re on our way back to campus today feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester, ready to see all of our other friends, and ready to talk to them about their fall breaks and ours.
I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll see you this weekend!
Aaron
Heather Engle

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April 6, 2014

an MNU filled weekend

April 6, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

So I just want to brag on our faculty here at MNU for a second. First of all, they are loving, caring, kind, fun, funny, and really want to be a part of your life. I say this because I went to a baseball game this weekend with Lisa Downs and we had a blast! There were also many other faculty members there that made it so fun. I also love that they come and support us at whatever it is we are doing. I always see faculty and staff at sporting events, choir shows and many other events that are held at here. Lisa is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at MNU. First off, she offered to drive to the baseball game, (It was about 20 minutes away from MNU). So she drove me, then in-between the two games we went to Quick Trip, she bought me some tea, some giant chewy sweet-tarts, (which are amazing by the way, (I had never had them before so she convinced me to try them) and she’s just a blast to be around. I know she really cares about me and I am so grateful to be in a place that has faculty and staff that have an interest in the things going on in my life. It is a huge blessing. :]

Also, just this morning I got to go to Junction City Church of the Nazarene to lead the church in worship! This wasn’t just a worship team from MNU going to this church though, there were about 30 of us representing Mid-America! We all had a wonderful time and the people at the church were so loving and welcoming towards us.

Here are some pictures of the baseball game and church this morning!:

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This is who I sat with at the game on Saturday! From left to right is Lisa, me, Laurie, and Becca. :]

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This is all of the students who traveled to Junction City today attempting to take a photo (Note: I’m the only one looking at the camera, and I’m also standing very awkwardly)

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This one is A LOT better. :]

Well guys, I hope you have a better view of what it’s like to be apart of things here at MNU just by reading this. :] Only a couple more weeks and then summer will be here! I CAN’T WAIT.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joey Alligier

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March 11, 2014

Sweet Mother of Pickle

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THURSDAY NIGHT 9PM, TIPPING POINT, MNU CAMPUS….

There’s an improv show, you should come.

Mario Flores

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January 18, 2014

School’s Back in session!

January 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

First off, here’s a pic from the wonderful, coveted by some, loved by most, native to the West Coast: In-N-Out Burger:

Their menus are so simple, yet so efficiently lovely. (not sure if efficiently is a word, but there's no squiggly red line underneath it so I think I'm good!)

Their menus are so simple, yet so efficiently lovely. (not sure if efficiently is a word, but there’s no squiggly red line underneath it so I think I’m good!) AND this was taken just before flying back here to Kansas.

 

And then when I got back early, for RA training, one of our RE’s who I will just say is from California himself, and also a lover of In-N-Out, shared with us some wisdom over the Spring semester. Wisdom that was only amplified by the wearing of a Spider-Man costume.IMG_0686

Another great opportunity I’ve had hear at MNU is to work in the Office of University Advancement. It’s lovely white collar work for me, a mere assistant: Making thank you calls to donors, taking out trash, emptying shredders, folding thank you letters, vacuuming, etc. Oh and taking a selfie since I dressed up for fancy Friday (though that’s not necessarily a real thing…)

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Of course, Randy Cloud fears not trying on new things as head gear. Even if it’s KC Wolf and one that belongs to one of his students-which it wasn’t mine.

He was helping me review my Greek Alphabet while I took this pic.

He was helping me review my Greek Alphabet while I took this pic.

This is the book that Bo Cassel the Department Chair of Sociology wrote.

This is the book that Bo Cassel, the Department Chair of Sociology, wrote.

 

That’s it for this week folks! For now, Peace in the Middle East!

And there will be peace when He returns:D

 

Oh and here’s an American Idol contestant that I’ve had a few people say looks like me…

Obviously he sings better than me though, and is more handsome…

Mario Flores

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January 10, 2014

Every thing is a lot; but it is also hardly anything, it is actually very little.

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So spent almost a week with these beautiful people that are my family for Christmas time:D

So spent almost a week with these beautiful people that are my family for Christmas time:D

Then most of us went sledding.

Then most of us went sledding.

Mariah havin a blast!

Mariah having a blast!

Melanie also enjoying her first time sledding.

Melanie also enjoying her first time sledding.

Then went back to Cali--on the way to Mex, and spent time with more family. Here is my saintly Abuelita. Now I may look tall, but that's only cause she's literally about 4'9". But don't matter cause it's a sure thing that Satan is afraid of this petite statured, giant sized heart and faith woman.

Then went back to Cali–on the way to Mex, and spent time with more family. Here is my saintly Abuelita. Now I may look tall, but that’s only cause she’s literally about 4’9″. But don’t matter cause it’s a sure thing that Satan is afraid of this petite statured, giant sized heart and faith woman.

 

 

This is my cousin Karina and Little Richard. (Little Richard as opposed to Richard JR.

This is my cousin Karina and Little Richard. (Little Richard as opposed to Richard Jr.)

with my beautiful cousins from south of the border. From left to right: Deborah/Debbie, Rebecca, and Leah-pronounced Star Wars style.

with my beautiful cousins from south of the border. From left to right: Deborah/Debbie, Rebecca, and Leah-pronounced Star Wars style.

To my right are my aunt and uncle who pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. They let me serve at their church over the weekend. Also, we were eating at undoubtedly the greatest Taco place on the face of the earth--according to my biased opinion.

To my right are my aunt and uncle who pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. If nothing else, the opportunity to gain wisdom from a 20-30 minute conversation with my uncle, that was worth the entire trip of coming down from AZ. They let me serve at their living and growing church over the weekend, by preaching to their Jr. Highers, teaching to their Jr. Highers, and being a part of the Praise and Worship team playing the guitar and singing. Also, we were eating at undoubtedly the greatest Taco place on the face of the earth–according to my biased opinion.

So after Mexico, crossing back over, I had the chance to reunite with some friends from high school. Which included this bestie: Brett Bird.

This was when we visited Point Loma Nazarene University....

This was when we visited Point Loma Nazarene University….

 

Here we are enjoying wardrobe at Burlington Coat Factory shopping for Homecoming attire. (We wore neither of those vests.)

Here we are enjoying wardrobe at Burlington Coat Factory shopping for Homecoming attire. (We wore neither of those vests.)

Here was us on Decades Day.

Here was us on Decades Day.

Junior Year we even coached PowderPuff Football together. Yes we beat the then Seniors, and then we played our cross town rivals and also beat them!

Junior Year we even coached PowderPuff Football together. Yes we beat the then Seniors, and then we played our cross town rivals and also beat them!

But it wasn't just the two of us.... Sean Arviso, the coolest and manliest of the 3 of Bromigos. (And Brett photoshopped me into this pic since I had already moved away by summer time... Wolverine was my Halloween costume)

But it wasn’t just the two of us…. Sean Arviso, the coolest and manliest of the 3 of Bromigos. (And Brett photoshopped me into this pic since I had already moved away by summer time… Wolverine was my Halloween costume)

 

So here's Brett and I at Denny's swapping glasses and sitting across from the couple.

So here’s Brett and I at Denny’s swapping glasses and sitting across from the couple.

Here's the engaged couple. Almost ready for a nice pic.

Here’s the engaged couple. Almost ready for a nice pic.

Take 2

Take 2

There we are :D And I was asked and I accepted to be a groomsman!!

There we are :D And I was asked and I accepted to be a groomsmen!!

Here's Diego Lopez. Basically a better, more mature version of me. Can sing higher, play drums better, rock his hair better, live as a Christ-like example better. He's just great. I am honored to be his older brother. While spending the night at his house, we spoke from 1230ish to 530ish!!! Great catching up and sharing was done:D

Here’s Diego Lopez. Basically a better, more mature version of me. Can sing higher, play drums better, rock his hair better, live as a Christ-like example better. He’s just great. I am honored to be his older brother. While spending the night at his house, we spoke from 1230ish to 530ish!!! Great catching up and sharing was done:D

Alas my mom and I drove back to Arizona. Check out all the cacti!! Saguaros I think they are called.

Alas my mom and I drove back to Arizona. Check out all the cacti!! Saguaros I think they are called.

Lastly, the toughest part of this break, believe it or not-however cheesy it may sound- has been being away from my special lady Jamie Furnas!
Thankfully, inventions such as the telephone, Skype, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook helped us be able to stay connected in one sense at least. Totally stoked am I to see her beautiful face tomorrow night!!

Hope these pics and vids were able to bring a smile or two to y’all faces!

Oh and here’s a video of my new favorite song to play and sing. Called Gracious Tempest. Originally done by Hillsong from their Young and Free Album, but this guy does a good job playing it as well:)