I have known about God since I was a child, mostly because I was raised in a Christian household and in the church down the street. However, I didn’t actually know God and follow Him as a true believer until I came to UNI last fall and realized that ...

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Perfectly Imperfect

I have known about God since I was a child, mostly because I was raised in a Christian household and in the church down the street. However, I didn’t actually know God and follow Him as a true believer until I came to UNI last fall and realized that before leaving home, I was simply just following a list of expectations that began fading away as my family became an “only go to church on Christmas and Easter” family. I was a total mess, and I knew I needed to find Jesus again. So, I guess you could say my decision to start going to BASIC and making friends there was exactly what I needed.

The idea of finding Jesus again wasn’t my only issue. I had also been doing acts of service for Him since I was in middle school. whether that was through cleaning up a person’s yard or building a house in Missouri after the tornadoes ripped through Joplin, I offered any help I could. However, all of that service didn’t mean much to me until I went behind the scenes as a counselor during an Angel Tree week for Lake View Camp, which is a place where children have at least one family member incarcerated and have the opportunity to get away from their daily chaos. This is when I began to see Jesus and his disciples (the counselors) impact from a completely different perspective.

Then, after having gone to BASIC during the fall semester, and as I began attending BASIC for the spring semester, my desire for Jesus and service that would glorify Him became stronger. When the staff at Lake View asked me to join their team as a counselor, I didn’t know what to do. Doing what I knew would be perfect for my situation, I prayed and read the Bible more than I ever had before. Through this diligence, I decided to go through with the application and interview process. Luckily, in mid-April, I was offered the position and accepted it.

Now, as I go into this crazy and extremely busy summer, I wish to see Jesus in a new way. A way in which I will not only be his disciple, but also be able to share the Gospel. However, as I wish to see and feel this impact of Jesus as His disciple, I worry about not seeing the seeds I plant in these campers grow. So, I have begun listening to the song “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong Worship lately. It has helped me realize that I am His perfectly imperfect treasure. So, regardless of what you may have gone through this year or what you may go through this summer, know that you also are His perfectly imperfect treasure.

Nicole Rowe
UNI Sophomore
Future educator of the tiny humans, Dog lover, Grey’s Anatomy fanatic

Nicole Rowe

What's Happening?

  • Backyard BASIC // Check out Backyard BASIC on June 7th from 6:00 - 9:00pm at 330 Oregon Rd. Join us for free food, games, and more! Email basic@uni.edu if you need a ride or want someone to go with.
  • Decorah Day Trip // On June 29th you can join BASIC on a day trip to Decorah for just $10. This includes lunch, a tube float down the Iowa river, and transportation. Contact Carter Moore at cmoore@orchardhillchurch.org Click the graphic below for more information! #AllAreWelcome
  • Summer BASIC // Check out the graphic below for a list of all of our summer events!
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more!
  • Life Groups // Looking to stay involved in the BASIC community this summer? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Summer Life Group! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

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When God Comes Knocking

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. -  Revelation 3:20

I met God when I was a 7th grader. My family is not religious, so I had never set foot in a church until my friend invited me to her youth group. Our small group of about 25 kids, called “Link”, was like a big group of friends who got together to play youth group staples, like Gaga Ball and 9-Square. Truthfully, I loved going to Link. I decided I would attend a conference with Link called “Power Connection” during the summer before my 8th grade year with my youth group. At that conference, God stole my heart. He acknowledged my pain in a way nobody else had, He loved me harder than anyone ever could, and He surrounded me with people who loved me to help me learn more about who He was.

In the coming months, I reveled in my relationship with God. I soaked myself in scripture, danced during worship, and grew with grace. It wasn’t all perfect, but I had never been so connected to God. We had never had such a strong relationship. But, through choices of my own, I hurt myself and the people around me. I didn’t just walk away from God, I completely abandoned my faith. I felt as though all the progress I had made was completely lost, and I didn’t even know if I wanted it back. I was wrought with doubt, sin, and I felt like the girl I was before, who loved God so deeply, was not me.  

When I finished high school, my relationship with God was so far in the back of my head that I didn’t even think about it anymore. We’ve all been in this place; stressed to tears most days, alone, making decisions we never thought we’d make. When I started college at the University of Iowa, I felt like I was living in someone else’s skin. I decided to leave the University of Iowa and move back home- anything to try and feel like my old self again. I searched for this feeling by moving to my hometown, attempting to rekindle old relationships, and by trying to relive old times. It didn’t work.

I knew I needed to move on, so I transferred to UNI. When I moved, I felt a call to God. The relentless pursuit of God was obvious to me now- I saw reminders of what it felt like to know I was loved by God. I started praying again, building my relationship with Jesus back up. When I asked for forgiveness, I could feel the immediate welcoming embrace of His love filling up my emptiness. I found what I was searching for all that time. Why? Because when He knocked, I answered the door.

After I let God back in, I saw everything around me begin to change. The world seemed brighter, I had more energy, and I rediscovered the peace and kindness inside of me. The frustrated, angry, and lonely person I had been was someone I could leave behind, all because of God’s relentless pursuit of me.

Maybe you feel like you are so far gone that you could never come back to Jesus, or maybe you doubt about whether or not He is even there, but just because God’s knock sounds quieter to you right now does not mean that it is. He is there, standing at the door waiting to come in and join you.

If you hear God’s knock loud and clear already, then listen! What is God trying to make happen for you?

 Hannah Bertram
UNI Sophomore
Future educator, Acoustic guitarist, Knowledge seeker

 Hannah B

What's Happening?:

  • Breathing Room // ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT! The school year is coming to a close, which means our final series is too. Join this Thursday as Derek Kimball continues talking about creating Breathing Room with a teaching on finances, money, and possessions. We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • Prayer Requests // Whether you’re a regular at BASIC, considering coming, graduating, or new, our prayer team would love to hear your prayer requests. We especially want to reach out to our graduates as you’re transitioning into a new season of life. Click on the graphic below to fill out our prayer requests form! #PrayerTeam #BeginWithPrayer
  • Orchard Hill Church Recycling Team // Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community? Orchard Hill Church’s Recycling Team is looking for volunteers! Their team helps recycle the paper, cardboard, and styrofoam that is used on a weekly basis at the church. If you are passionate about recycling or serving, this is a wonderful opportunity to practice the Serve part of our BLESS model! #Serve #BLESS
  • Picnic On the Porch // Picnic on the Porch is back! Join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday April 25th for free food and a fun time! Grab your friends and come on over to 604 W. Seerely Blvd. We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • College - Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, April 28th after the 10:45 service at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls for a free Mexican Fiesta styled college-aged lunch! Bring a friend and bring your appetite! #BLESS #Eat
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more!
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

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Bigger Than I Thought

Bigger Than I Thought. The name of one my favorite songs from Spring Break, and the newest revelation I’ve had about our God. One specific lyric resonates with me: “Come to me in the valley of unknowns, you understand me.” I don’t know about you but this school year has been filled with so many unknowns and fears for me. I wasn’t confident in my major, but I had so much fear about changing majors. While I was in Jamaica, I was reminded time and time again that God meets you where you are, whether it is in the valley of unknowns or on top of the highest mountain. I left Jamaica thinking that I was going to be a teacher, only to come home and change my major from Communication Sciences and Disorders to Social Work. As I looked at the requirements, classes, etc. to become a teacher, I was overwhelmed! In my heart, I knew I wasn’t meant to teach, but I needed a major. At one point, I literally googled “majors working with kids.” As I went through the list, I came across Social Work. I mentioned it to my parents and found a few connections to people who work in the field. During the next week, I talked to those people, met with Academic Advising and the Social Work advisor all in one week. Everything fell into place PERFECTLY, and I now plan to become a school social worker.

The next part of the song says, “So I throw all my cares before You, my doubts and fears don't scare You.” I had to actually speak all my fears and doubts one night in prayer. I had to name them and give them to God. It was terrifying to finally acknowledge all my fears about the future, but I went to sleep that night feeling so confident about my future plans.

Towards the end of the song, it says “I will rest in the Father's hands, Leave the rest in the Father's hands.” As we near the end of the semester, busyness is the only constant in our lives. I hope you see your Father’s hands as a place of refuge, and I pray that you take a little time to rest there. Currently, I have been taking time to rest by reading a book and reading a little in my Bible every night before I go to bed. Maybe your rest looks different? Whatever rest looks like for you, I challenge you to take the time this week to do it!


Madison Imoehl

Madison Imoehl
UNI Sophomore
Lover of the color purple, Avid fan of Gilmore Girls & Grey’s Anatomy, Coffee & Tea Enthusiast

 

What's Happening?

  • Breathing Room // Join us this Thursday as Katy Myers is continues our last series of the semester! Breathing Room returns with a teaching on the time & schedules. We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • Lenten Lunch // Join us this Wednesday for a free meal from 11:30 - 12:15 pm in the Commons at Orchard Hill Church! Pat Oehler’s teaching will follow until 12:45 pm. We hope to see you there! #LentenLunch
  • Jennie Allen + Christy Nockles // Jennie Allen and Christy Nockles are coming to Nazareth Lutheran Church this Saturday from 7:00 - 10:00pm as part of their Freedom Tour! Join us as we reflect on hard topics and work to discover His Freedom together. Tickets are $15 for college students! See Lindsay McDonald or Kristin Sauerbrei after BASIC for more information! #FREEDOM
  • Maundy Thursday // Join us Thursday April 18th at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls for our student-led Maundy Thursday service! Service starts at 7:00 pm, and is open to people of all ages. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family! We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • Orchard Hill Church Recycling Team // Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community? Orchard Hill Church’s Recycling Team is looking for volunteers! Their team helps recycle the paper, cardboard, and styrofoam that is used on a weekly basis at the church. If you are passionate about recycling or serving, this is a wonderful opportunity to practice the Serve part of our BLESS model! #Serve #BLESS
  • Picnic On the Porch // Picnic on the Porch is back! Join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday April 25th for free food and a fun time! Grab your friends and come on over to 604 W. Seerely Blvd. #AllAreWelcome
  • College - Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, April 28th after the 10:45 service at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls for a free Mexican Fiesta styled college-aged lunch! Bring a friend and bring your appetite! #BLESS #Eat
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more!
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

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Picturing Jesus

Take a moment, close your eyes, and picture Jesus. What does He look like? What is He wearing? I can almost guarantee the image you have in your head is different if you were to compare your answer with anyone else. This is a pretty typical Sunday school activity, something you probably did when you were much younger. I don’t know about you, but the image I have of Jesus has not changed much since the first time I did this.

When I was growing up, my dad had a small leather Bible that he always carried with him in his backpack. Inside the front cover of the Bible was a blank page. On this blank page, I used to stick every sticker I collected, whether they were stickers from my clementines or Disney princesses covered in glitter. My dad never protested, he would just hand me the Bible and let me place them wherever I wished. Eventually, my collection overflowed from the inside cover, and onto the next page. Once the front few pages were covered, I flipped to the back cover to continue my collection there. Taped on the inside of the cover was a picture of Jesus.

As a four or five year old, I had never given much thought to what Jesus looked like to me. I knew about Him, and I knew I believed in Him and what He did for me, but I did not have a mental image of what this guy looked like. The moment I saw this picture, I knew it was Him. My dad didn’t tell me it was Jesus, it had no label underneath to tell me it was Jesus, but I knew it was Him anyway.

A few weeks ago, a good friend asked me how I pictured Jesus. This picture was the first thing I thought of. I told her about the small leather Bible that I had covered in princess and clementine and Winnie the Pooh stickers. I told her about the picture of Jesus, and I realized that all these years later, my idea of Jesus has not changed.

I look much different than I did back then, and my relationship with Jesus looks much different too. I have taken a personal responsibility to grow closer to Jesus since moving to college. I make it part of my daily life to talk to Him, be in His word and find little moments of joy in every day. But, through all the events in my life, I picture the same Jesus next to me. Circumstances change all the time, but Jesus does not. He is constant.This is something I remind myself of daily, and find a lot of comfort in. I hope you can too.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” -  Hebrews 13:8

Kristyn Osborne
UNI Freshman
Dog lover, Movie obsessor, Future educator of not-so-tiny humans

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What's Happening

  • Open Mic Night // This Thursday we’ll be gathering in Lang to hear everything God was up to during your break! Whether it was spending time with your family, traveling to another country, or a conversation with a coworker, we’d love to hear your story! Come and share! #OpenMic
  • After BASIC // #AfterBasic is happening this Thursday!! We'll be meeting at the Lutheran Student Center for a #GameNight. Click the graphic below for more details!
  • Breathing Room // Join Thursday April 4th as we dive into our last series of the semester! Kurt Vander Wiel will start us off with a teaching on the Sabbath. We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • Lenten Lunch // Join us this Wednesday for a free meal from 11:30 - 12:15 pm in the Commons at Orchard Hill Church! Andrea Pingel’s teaching will follow until 12:45 pm. We hope to see you there! #LentenLunch
  • Orchard Hill Church Recycling Team // Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community? Orchard Hill Church’s Recycling Team is looking for volunteers! Their team helps recycle the paper, cardboard, and styrofoam that is used on a weekly basis at the church. If you are passionate about recycling or serving, this is a wonderful opportunity to practice the Serve part of our BLESS model! #Serve #BLESS
  • College-Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, April 7th after the 10:45 service at Nazareth Lutheran Church for a free college-aged lunch of all your grilling favorites! Bring a friend and bring your appetite! #BLESS #Eat
  • Maundy Thursday // Join us Thursday April 18th at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls for our student-led Maundy Thursday service! Service starts at 7:00 pm, and is open to people of all ages. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family! We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • Jennie Allen + Christy Nockles // Saturday April 13th // Jennie Allen and Christy Nockles are coming to Nazareth Lutheran Church from 7:00 - 10:00pm! Join us as we discover how to live free, be free, and set free. Tickets are $20 a person, (or cheaper if you buy in a group of 10 or more)! See Lindsay McDonald in the back after BASIC to buy your tickets, or click the graphic below for more details!
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more!
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

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Limitless Sanctuary

Sanctuary.

Being the child-at-heart that I am, I cannot help but remember the movie Hunchback of Notre Dame everytime I hear the word “sanctuary.” There’s a scene in the movie, where Paris is quite literally on fire during a riot following the attempted execution of a gypsy, Esmeralda. Just in time, Quasimodo (the hunchback who lives in Notre Dame) rescues her, lifts her up in his arms, and shouts “SANCTUARY!” repeatedly to the crowd from the balcony of the cathedral. The laws of medieval France had a tradition of providing those being persecuted sanctuary in churches and religious buildings. Legally, no one could hurt either Quasimodo or Esmeralda.

God’s been faithful in being my sanctuary and providing me safety, even if it’s not as dramatic as the sanctuary provided to Esmeralda. It looks completely different at different points in our lives, mine included. If you’ve ever experienced any sort of sanctuary or a safe place, you’ve experienced the goodness of God’s protection and safety. God uses the brokenness from this world to mold us into greater versions of ourselves.

In my experience, I’ve noticed that I feel the most accepted, seen, and known by those who have the same cracks that I do. God uses the brokenness, darkness, and atrocities of this world to bind, heal, and love. Hearing other’s stories of surviving sexual assault, eating disorders, and depression/suicide attempts shatters my heart out of empathy, not sympathy. I’ve seen healing simply being in their presence because they don’t have to explain that abyss they’re trapped in.  They don’t have to tell me where it hurts, because I already know. There’s no need to explain that weight. We’ve bore the same cross. In these moments, I know I’m providing them the greatest blessing that can be received.

Sanctuary.

And those who can provide the same to me are my sanctuary. They are my safe place to grieve, process and, at times, relapse. Many times, I forget the overwhelming amount of chronic fear I live with until God provides me with a sanctuary I didn’t know I needed. I feel my body release the tension I hadn’t noticed building up. I take a long, fresh breath after holding it for so long.  These encounters have been the grandest, most obvious and kind ways God’s shown me safety. This is how He’s taught me to trust. How He’s broken down all of the sky-high, as-thick-and-heavy-as-I-could-make walls I built around my heart.

Jesus is our Quasimodo when the world tries to execute us in any way we’ve felt attacked or worn down; He is your Quasimodo as much as He is mine.

Sanctuary isn’t a just a night at BASIC. Sanctuary is God. Our sanctuary is limitless because our God is. My prayer for each of you is that you experience the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless safety, protection, and favor granted to us from the Father through the Savior.

Brooke Jacobsen
UNI Senior
Future dog and human mom, Enneagram type 7, Self-taught philosopher

Brooke Jacobsen

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What's Happening?

  • Sanctuary // This winter has been rough. Piling upcoming midterms on top of the nasty winter weather can leave us feeling exhausted. This Thursday,  BASIC will be providing a place of peace with reflection, prayer, and musical worship as you rest in Jesus and leave your worries behind. #Sanctuary
  • Lenten Lunch // Join us this Wednesday for a free meal from 11:30-12:15 pm in the Commons at Orchard Hill Church! Jordan Vernoy’s teaching will follow until 12:45 pm. We hope to see you there! #LentenLunch
  • Orchard Hill Church Recycling Team // Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community? Orchard Hill Church’s Recycling Team is looking for volunteers! Their team helps recycle the paper, cardboard, and styrofoam that is used on a weekly basis at the church. If you are passionate about recycling or serving, this is a wonderful opportunity to practice the Serve part of our BLESS model! #Serve #BLESS
  • Open Mic Night // Thursday, March 28th at 8:00 pm // The week after spring break, we’ll be gathering in Lang to hear everything God was up to during your break! Whether it was spending time with your family, traveling to another country, or a conversation with a coworker, we’d love to hear your story! Come and share! #OpenMic
  • Maundy Thursday // Join us Thursday April 18th at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls for our student-led Maundy Thursday service! Service starts at 7:00 pm, and is open to people of all ages. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family! We hope to see you there! #AllAreWelcome
  • Breathing Room // Join Thursday April 4th as we dive into our last series of the semester! Kurt Vander Wiel will start us off with a teaching on the Sabbath. We hope to see you there!
  • Jennie Allen + Christy Nockles // Saturday April 13th // Jennie Allen and Christy Nockles are coming to Nazareth Lutheran Church from 7:00 - 10:00pm as part of The Freedom Tour Project! Click the graphic below for more details!
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more!
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

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