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[ campus news ] Passion to Serve Project 2010-2011


major Jeb Flynn was struck with the need to provide a home for the many children he saw orphaned by HIV/AIDS.


S Flynn partnered with his YIM site


coordinator to find a way to help the children. The Kenyan people could provide the manpower, but they lacked the resources to take on an initiative of this magnitude.


“It was really a whole process of


just trusting that God was going to do something, knowing this was something that was close to the heart of God. He cared infinitely more about these kids than I ever could,” Flynn said.


pending a summer in Kenya working for Youth in Mission, a summer ministry program organized by the Church of the Nazarene, MNU senior youth and ministry


project, which raised over $50,000 for a health clinic in Guatemala, he approached Dr. Randy Beckum, vice president for community formation at MNU. Beckum expressed interest in helping the children of Kenya, and Flynn’s proposal was approved.


The project gives the MNU community the opportunity to raise $35,000 to build an Orphan Care Center in Siaya, Kenya. Kenyan ministers have already begun the work of caring for the orphans, but need resources to sustain their efforts.


MNU will partner with other


Flynn returned to the U.S. with the hope that his home church and other churches would be willing to sponsor the orphan program. Then, upon seeing the success of MNU’s 2009-2010 Passion to Serve


Orphans who will be served by the Orphan Care Center project, from the village of Usenje on the coast of Lake Victoria in Kenya.


organizations to bring this dream to fruition. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, through its Orphans and Vulnerable Children program, will create sustainability projects to keep the project running long after the building is finished.


“The Lord worked it out that at just


the right time the right people connected in the right way so that He could do something amazing,” Flynn says. ❡


MNU Student Wins Stewardship Sermon Scholarship from Nazarene Stewardship Ministries


Sermon Award sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene Stewardship Ministries. The award is given annually to as many as five pastoral ministry students who are enrolled in either a religion or Christian education program at a Nazarene institution of higher education in the U.S. or Canada. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship toward continued pastoral development.


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Kee’s sermon, Three Ways God Calls Us to Live Generously, explores holiness in relation to tithing and living generously. Students were assigned II Chronicles 31:5 as a reference and asked to address the issue of money as it relates to funding the mission of the Church of the Nazarene.


Her sermon can be found at www.nazarene.org/stewardship. Kee is a member of Ellendale First Church of the Nazarene in Ellendale, N.D. ❡


ndra Kee, sophomore youth and family ministry major at MNU, is one of four winners of this year’s Stewardship


Unemployment Much Lower


for College Grads What’s a college degree really worth? Current


research shows that college graduates are far more likely to be employed even in today’s economy. The overall seasonally adjusted U.S. unemployment rate for September 2010 was officially 15.4 percent, while unemployment for college grads was significantly lower—only 4.4 percent.


“The value of a college degree is even more than the statistics, although they’re very telling,” shares Caleb Pierce, MNU admissions counselor. “The pursuit of a college degree is about a transformational experience a student receives as they learn skills and participate in opportunities that will increase their value to society. Interpersonal relationships, critical thinking skills and relationships with peers and professors contribute to a significant level of individual growth.”


Whether choosing to pursue a college degree immediately following high school or after entering the workforce, MNU offers a variety of traditional and accelerated bachelor’s degree programs, along with options to complete an associate or master’s degree. For more information, visit www.mnu.edu. ❡


Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fall 2010 | Accent magazine | 5


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