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The Fall Retreat = Answered Prayers

Thank you so much for praying! It was SUCH a great weekend! In fact, it was so much fun, I (Whitney) now have a cold (not fun)! Everyone got there and returned safely... the messages were powerful and engaging... and the students made friends!! YAY!

As Epic staff, I always hope for and pray for opportunities for our students to be who God created them to be--whether that's being a good student (and studying hard) or playing strategy-based games or sharing their story. And I'm so grateful to the Lord that this weekend seemed to be that for most of our students! 

Our friend and fellow Epic staff, Jonathan Le, spoke on creation, fall, and redemption and urged us toward a compassionate response to ourselves and other people because that's how God responds to us. And Larry led a seminar with one of our Berkeley students, Steph, about dismantling the shame of mental illness and engaging others with that struggle with kindness and compassion. One of our students shared during a campfire time: "I have a mental illness... and it's nice to know I'm not alone. And if you have a mental illness, you also are not alone." 

I'm so proud of our students who took steps to be vulnerable and care for one another. Hopefully we get to do this again next year! And hopefully the relationships made here will carry on beyond this weekend! 

Thank you so much for praying! And praise the Lord for answering!! 

Please Pray for The FIRST EVER NorCal Epic Fall Retreat

 

This weekend Epic Movement in the Bay Area and Northern California is embarking on a monumental experience... historical even: the first-ever ALL Northern California Epic Movement Fall Retreat!!! 

Whitney's staff team, alongside student-intern Lydia Yee (Sacramento State) and volunteer staff Jerry Wong (San Jose State) have been working, promoting, praying, and hoping fervently for this weekend since early April this year! We're excited to see what God will do for our young student groups (no group is older than 1 year old!)! We have students from UC Davis, Sacramento State, UC Berkeley, SF State, San Jose State, and University of San Francisco coming to gain vision and learn about God! 

Larry's good friend (and groomsman in our wedding!), and our fellow Epic staff Jonathan Le is coming all the way from Austin, TX to share with us and our students! Larry will also be leading a mental health seminar alongside one of our students, dismantling stigmas and creating dialogue using the things he's been learning in school!!

We need for us to seek the Lord, together, for this retreat. Please pray for:

- Jonathan's (our speaker) full health and that he would speak with the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' Name!

- Our students' engagement throughout the weekend (It's midterms season so the temptation toward distraction/isolation is at an all-time high)

- Breakthrough and freedom to be felt amidst all our students

- Great connections between students--that they would find friendships and community through this retreat!

- Travel and health mercies upon everyone coming to and going from this retreat!

- God to speak and meet our students at this retreat!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your prayers sustain us and are crucial in having a successful and restful retreat! Thank you for your generosity of time and prayers as you lift us up!