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Renee DeVault


November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas

November 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

For Thanksgiving break I went with Quinn, my mom, my dad, and my brother to Houston, Texas to visit my family.

I thought I would share some of my pictures from the trip :)

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous


My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday


This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She's so adorable!

This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She’s so adorable!


Friday we went to a University of Houston football game. I know nothing about sports but Quinn and I managed to have fun. It was just great to hang out with family.


We drove home Saturday and Sunday.

It was great to see family that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided also to thank God for three main things this year.

  1. For my Family. They have supported me through all of my crazy endeavors and they love me. I know that means a lot.
  2. For my Friends. Coming back to MNU and seeing them again after being away for a while really made me realize how much I have come to love them and depend on them as an everyday part of my life.
  3. For MNU. That sounds cheesy, but hearing about other colleges from my cousins and going to a big school for a football game made me realize how well suited MNU is for me. My professors really care about me and I really care about them. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten at a big state school. I am very thankful for being here.

A little over two weeks are left in my first semester of college. I am both relieved and a little saddened. I will miss this semester greatly.

Katie Linsey


October 29, 2015

Colorado – A place for new perspective

October 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Over Fall Break, I went on a last minute road trip with my friend Christen to Divide, Colorado. We stayed with some amazing people, probably the most hospitable people I know, and had a relaxing and refreshing weekend.

I knew that I needed an extended Sabbath time to pray about some things and take a break from school, so I made sure to use my time in Colorado wisely.

On Friday morning, Christen and I went to Golden Bell Camp and hung out with some horses. That was really the first time I spent time with a horse. It was incredible, to say the least.


On Friday night, of course, we watched the Royals WIN with the family we were staying with.


On Saturday, I had the day to myself to spend some time with Jesus in Colorado Springs. I went to my favorite spot in Garden of the Gods and journaled/prayed for awhile. When I was there, a random man (who was with his family) sat by me and randomly started telling me about God and how He loves me so much. It was crazy, because it was exactly what I needed to hear, and he didn’t even know that I was a follower of Jesus.


On Saturday night, I went to a dinner at Golden Bell that was over a campfire. Super cool.


On Sunday, right before we left for Kansas, we stopped in Colorado Springs to go to New Life Church (one of my favorite churches ever). I highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Colorado on a Sunday.

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Ever since I came back to that trip, I’ve had a refreshed spirit and a new perspective in aspects of my life. I highly suggest making time for life-giving experiences such as this one.


Isaac Walker


October 26, 2015

Fall Break Hiking Trip

October 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

You may have noticed that I did not post on my normal day. Over the fall break weekend I went on a hiking and backpacking trip in Arkansas with Kairos.  Kairos is the college age ministry group that meets at College Church of the Nazarene. They normally take a trip every school break.  They go backpacking during fall break, skiing over winter break, backpacking again over spring break, and white water rafting over summer vacation.

Over fall break 22 MNU and JCCC students went to Arkansas and hiked the Ozark Highland Trails. We also peaked  Whiterock Mountain.  I really didn’t know a whole lot of the students that went on the trip, but by the end of the trip, I would consider everyone that went on the trip a friend of mine.  We had some crazy, fun experiences that brought us close.  I took a few pictures that kind of tell the story of our trip.




Just got on the trail.

Just got on the trail.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.


Found a small waterfall in the distance.

Found a small waterfall in the distance.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.




High up on a cliff.

High up on a cliff.


The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

Sadly these pictures cannot do the beauty of the trip the justice it deserves.  Just know the trip was amazing.  I think everyone should go on at least one trip during their time here at MNU.  The trips are for everyone.  You don’t have to be an expert hiker to go on these.  Believe me, because I am not an expert.  I don’t even have all the equipment.  You can borrow whatever you need from friends.  I will definitely be going on more trips with Kairos in the future.

Until next time friends!





Aaron Merrell


April 7, 2015

NSLC This Week!

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

This week, I’m preparing to go to Nazarene Student Leadership Conference, or NSLC. We leave tomorrow, at 6am, and head from here to Bourbonnais, IL to Olivet Nazarene University, who are hosting the event this year.

The schedule involves group sessions focused on leadership, as well as sessions in which we share ideas and information with our counterparts at other Nazarene universities. For instance, I’ll be meeting with the other Directors of Social Life from the other schools.

There are other events, like a dodgeball tournament, and spirit events that we’ll be participating in as well, not to mention a day in Chicago on our last day there.

Be on the lookout for an update next time on how it goes!


Aaron Merrell


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


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


“they see me rollin…they hatin”


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.


The amazing Heather with her mighty weapon!


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!

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


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…


The amazing squad people talk about for “squad goals”

There will be more next post! Thanks! :)


Katie Linsey


December 31, 2014

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

December 31, 2014 | By | No Comments

“Lose weight.”

“Go to the gym.”


“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

Go out more

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.


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Aaron Merrell


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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Heather Engle


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!:


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


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)


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 :]