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Epic Breaking Free 2017. It's that time of the year again when students are buzzing over the annual winter conference. Schools across the East Coast convene for a 3-day conference to build relationships, hear from outstanding speakers, and grow in their faith journey with Jesus. This year's theme, Breaking Free, is the idea that Jesus frees us from the bondage of sin and into a life of freedom.

Lost in a sea of Epic men and women. Over 150 in attendance!

Prayers Answered. NYC brought 14 students to conference, the most we've had in all three years I've been serving in New York! But we witnessed God work even before the conference started. Some of the students had trouble covering the multiple costs that go into registration, transportation, and meals. In an act of faith, they sent out prayer letters to hopefully offset the costs. Ultimately, they raised over $1,300 for the trip, enough to cover everything for the weekend! It's a reminder the Lord hears our needs and graciously provides.

Can you pick out the 8 staff from the 14 students?

Conference Highlights

Emceeing. I had the pleasure of serving in the emcee role alongside my good friend, Boaz Tang. He's creative, thoughtful, and I seize any moment I get to work with him.

This is my third year emceeing the winter conference and each year I grow to love it more. The role has different elements - connecting with the crowd, building the bridge between the speakers and audience, and sensing the Spirit's guidance. That means sometimes you lighten the mood through jokes and sometimes you press deeper into a hard heart topic. I'm thankful for a role that pushes me to depend on the Spirit.

To summarize my experience with Epic Movement, I came to understand God's love and his grace very well. I will continue in Epic leadership 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.

- Josh Chu from New York shares his experience as student leader

Day of Faith. Students were trained in sharing their faith. We believe in the importance of evangelism in every Christian's life. We also believe that in order to grow more comfortable in evangelism, we must actually do it. So as part of the conference schedule, we carve out an afternoon to engage with people in Gospel conversations.

Brandon (centered) is another student from New York. One of his highlights of the conference? You guessed it, Day of Faith.

In total, we held 118 spiritual conversations, 24 gospel presentations, and we have a new family member in Jesus.

Family. If you're thinking this guy looks like me, well, that's because he's my nephew! Timothy is a freshman at the University of Massachusetts, my alma mater. He joined Epic on campus and have grown in his involvement since the Fall semester.

This is Timmy recapping his experience from the Day of Faith. It was his first time having an intentional conversation about the Gospel with someone. He shared how he was filled with anxiety but the Spirit gave him a sense of calmness and courage to enter into someone's life.

Not pictured: me, beaming with pride behind my camera and holding back tears. This was an unforgettable moment for me. Please continue praying for Timmy as he serves locally on campus!

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for the 14 students from New York City who attended conference. Pray they would apply the lessons they learned from the weekend.
  • We've started up a Discovery Bible Study on City College. Please pray for 5 consistent students and deeper love for God's word.
  • I'm going back to Wildwood, NJ for my summer missions assignment. Pray for energy.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for Josh (pictured above) as he considers Wildwood summer missions trip.

Thank you for your continual support. I'm grateful for your love and kindness. If you ever drop by New York City, I'd love to grab bubble tea with you.

Please don't hesitate to share any life updates or prayer requests! Drop a note in my inbox or give me a phone call.
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Lily Tang, Gabriel Yum, Lukey Moon

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