Ministry Update January Newsletter

"So, over my lifetime I developed a habit of misunderstanding and ignoring God..."

Joshua Chu

"So, over my lifetime I developed a habit of misunderstanding and ignoring God. I had always thought of God as an audience and I as a performer, so every time I sinned against God I confessed and I repented. I understood that God forgave me ever more reluctantly, especially if I committed repeat offense. I felt like I would never measure up to God’s standards for being a good person, because I could only hope he could see how hard I tried...To summarize my experience with Epic Movement, I came to understand God’s love and his grace very well. God’s love is like my staff mentor - not giving up on me, even after I failed a year of leadership. God’s grace is like my staff mentor’s kind words, after the year had already passed by. That is entirely undeserved.I will continue in Epic leadership team next year, because I don’t want God’s work to stop with me. I want to extend God’s love and his grace to other people on my campus, so that they can come to know him, too." - Joshua Chu (Student, City College of New York)

Epic East Coast Conference

Thank you for praying for our winter conference! With about 120 students and over 10 campuses represented (including my alma mater, UT!), we learned more about God's call for us to proclaim liberty and bring about His justice (Isaiah 61). Personally, I had a sweet time spending late-night hours with students, hearing their individual stories of how God entered their life and seeing how excited they are to share their story with others in light of the gospel. A unique part of Epic Conferences that differs from many other Christian conferences is that we get to apply what we are learning by engaging in spiritual conversations with those in the city. On Saturday, the students ventured out into markets, college campuses, public spaces, etc. of Baltimore to listen to the stories of strangers and to share the gospel - we had 118 spiritual conversations, 24 gospel presentations, and 1 person prayed to receive Christ! Every time I am given the opportunity to witness or hear about a person praying to receive Christ, I'm brought to tears reminiscing over how God first entered into my life. What a glorious celebration it is when someone crosses from death to life!

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:19-22
One of Epic NYC's very own, Jeffrey Chan, emceed the student conference! We have a multitude of talents on our staff team!
Here's a photo of me and my co-intern, Ashley, leading Women's Time on friendships and what the Lord calls us to in these relationships (Hebrews 10:19-22)
With my mentee, Rachel Wong!
Throughout the weekend, there was time carved out for students to pray, read scripture, and spend time with Jesus.
Day of Faith - engaging with the city of Baltimore
Day of Faith - engaging with the city of Baltimore
Over the weekend, small groups played a crucial role in developing relationships with students cross-campuses and learning about God, together.
Day of Faith celebration! 118 spiritual conversations, 24 gospel presentations, 1 person prayed to receive Christ!

Feel free to access some of the conference talks and student testimonies via our conference website!

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

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!!!

Prayers

  • 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

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.

jeanette.lee@epicmovement.com

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