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Epic Intern Mid-Year Conference
Newport Beach, California
Me + Ashley Hong // Epic NYC Interns
At the end of January, I had the privilege of spending a few days in the California sun for Epic's intern mid-year conference! Interns from all over the nation gathered together to process our respective ministry year and discern our future. It was an intentional time sharing our stories, challenges/joys of ministry, and voicing questions/concerns we've had throughout the year (pertaining to both ministry and personal life). Throughout the weekend, I wrestled with what it means to be an effective leader and how to reflect the character of Jesus through it all as I was reflecting on my insecurities as a leader. I was reminded that Jesus' intense and powerful ministry consisted of a rhythm of reflection, prayer, fasting, and solitude. Jesus would intentionally seek quiet places to recalibrate so that his calling would remain clear and void of distractions and temptations. If Jesus maintained this rhythm during his ministry, how much more do I need to reflect, pray, fast, and seek solitude?
"Authority without vulnerability is abuse of power. Vulnerability without authority is suffering."
It was refreshing and life-giving to be in a room full of others who have encountered the same doubts of self and ministry hardships and to bring them to Jesus, together. I was reminded that leadership is about leading out of who God made you to be instead of seeking to serve others' expectations of leadership.
Prayer & Praises
- the God-given boldness to proclaim the gospel in the city of Baltimore
- a record number of 15 students from New York City attended conference
- individual who prayed to receive Christ!!!
- pray for Baltimore pastor, Larry Lin, as his church follows up with the numerous contacts received from the Day of Faith - pray for relationships to be cultivated and opportunities to engage in deeper conversations
Thank you for partnering with me and believing in Jesus to do miraculous wonders here in New York City! I cannot believe it has been six months living in NYC. The opportunity to do ministry here in the city would not be possible without your generous giving and dedicated prayers. Please remember, I am only a phone call away and would love to hear about how God is moving in your life! Thankful for you.