Helping High School Students Prepare Financially For College

It should be no surprise that NCU is active in serving our community in a variety of ways. However, it might be a surprise to learn that the financial aid office makes it a goal each year to serve the greater Eugene area by helping high school students prepare financially for college. During the past…

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Embrace The Community Culture

Who knew that simply partaking of a few diverse cultural experiences could have such an impact on you?  Who knew that they could be so interesting, rewarding, educational and fun?  Who knew that as a result of experiencing different cultures, you could be a better person and a better American? It started with an idea…

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Greetings Ncuinains from the Stone of Yellow!

This summer I have been working with an organization called A Christian Ministry in The National Parks (ACMNP) in Yellowstone National Park. I have been working alongside two fellow dudes and together we provide two inter-denominational worship services each Sunday and bible studies for our many co-workers who work for secular concessionaires throughout the park. The core goal of our ministry this summer is not to change the lives of the here-today-gone-tomorrow tourists, but to change the lives of the employees we will live and work with for the three months we are here.

Deciding whether or not to come out here was a tough decision for me. It was difficult for me to overcome the fear of Uncertainty. Why am I doing this? Will I make any friends? Will our ministry even make a difference? Will I lose my girlfriend? All of these questions nearly threw me off course when deciding whether or not to commit to a low-income summer far from home without any friends.

But now, halfway through the summer, those questions continue to be answered by God. I am discovering that the answer to my first question is this: my co-workers came to Yellowstone in search of something. I am here to lead them to who they are looking for. The answer to my second question is a ‘what the flip Chip’ YES! God has been blessing me with so many friends I have begun to lose count. I think part of this may be because he has opened my heart to be more loving and welcoming of people. This increased level of love has allowed me to minister to people I normally wouldn’t. Back in the day I would justify me lack of ministry by saying “mah, I don’t need to talk to her, she’s just a stranger!” But now, it seems like there are no strangers here, everyone has become a friend of mine. I am no longer let off the witness-hook if somebody is “just a stranger”. The answer to my third question is already a strong ‘yes’. There has been more than one occasion where a tourist has said “thank you so much for your service; I was praying last night that our family would find one.” But the brunt of our ministry’s importance comes with the employees. Many employees are starting to realize that the three Christians in camp seem to have the missing puzzle piece for their lives. They ask us, “Why are you always smiling?” “Why are you so caring for us strangers?” Many people are beginning to find what they’ve been looking for all along; God’s unconditional love. The answer to my fourth question has thankfully been ‘no’. I believe that when a person sacrifices something for God, God often returns that something in a shape ten times better than when it was sacrificed. Additionally, this time away from Emily has given us ample time to examine our relationship to insure its authenticity. Over the course of the summer, Emily has been more than willing to put God first in our relationship. I believe that God will reward us for that.

In the end, this summer has taught me not to worry. God has plans for us, sometimes scary, but always beneficial plans. It has been a wonderful experience getting to dig into the lives of others and spill out the love that God has so lavishly spilled on me.

Isaac O’Casey

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Looking to the Future by Preserving the Past

There is no more exciting day on a university campus than commencement. This past May 11 and the graduation of the class of 2013 was no exception. The celebration of hard work and growth, and the anticipation of God’s future plans for each graduate filled the air, as it does every year. But during this…

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Reflection on Practicum by Maren Mansfield

This past semester I did my practicum at Irvine Elementary in the Bethel School District.  My cooperating teacher’s name was Mary Loftin and she was extremely amazing to work with. As I started the semester, I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  All I knew is that I wanted…

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The Unity of the Trancendentals

Throughout Christian history, the faithful have recognized that truth, goodness, and beauty, are inseparable.  Truth is both good and beautiful; goodness is beautiful and true; and beauty is both true and good.  This idea is called “The Unity of the Trancendentals”.  If we recognize this unity exists, then NCU should be a place where we…

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Mexico Mission Trip

Seven students and three NCU staff leaders had the blessing of participating in a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico spring break 2013. For many of our students this was their first time going on a mission trip. The verse for our trip was John 3:30, “He must increase and I must decrease.” While we were…

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NCU students to San Francisco over the spring break week

Over spring break I had the pleasure of being one of the two staff members who accompanied seven NCU students to San Francisco, Calif., over the spring break week. We worked with a variety of organizations throughout the city. Together we prepared and packaged food at the San Francisco Food Bank & Project Open Hand,…

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Stock RePlugged

A friendly, get-to-know you dinner to welcome NCU’s new Campus Pastor, that’s all it was intended to be. Little did Melissa and Matthew Stock ’92 know that this informal dinner with Troy Dean in August 2010 would be the opportunity God would use to knock on their hearts and place a new calling for their…

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Celebrating Book Publications

Student; professor. Fiction; textbook. First timer; accomplished author. Two books, as different as can be, but both accomplishments worthy of celebrating. In December 2012, NCU student Heidi Gori self-published her first novel: “A Touch of Lightning.” It is the first of a planned series (“The Books of Eldingar”), and is available in paperback or ebook…

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