Abby Johnson

Training & Evangelism

12. 11. 20

What an opportunity it’s been to intern at Pulse! 

My role at Pulse allowed me to wear a lot of different hats, which I am incredibly thankful for. I planned an event for all past interns, coordinated the interview process for winter/spring interns, assisted management of department budgeting, actively attended weekly event campaign meetings, and more. That being said, I’ve dipped my toes in events, recruitment, creative thinking, and different administrative work, and I’ve enjoyed it all.

Not only have I gained interest in these tasks and the areas of work I’d like to pursue moving forward, but I’ve also gained interest in working for a non-profit organization. Something I never knew about myself! I’ve learned to love and appreciate working for an organization that stands for something far greater than myself and it’s something that I want to continue standing behind beyond this internship program.

Spiritually, I have seen what a daily pursuit to follow Jesus looks like. I’ve learned to own the deep responsibility we have as Christians to obey God. I have experienced God’s favor in choosing to step out in boldness and obedience during my time at Pulse.

What a privilege it’s been to be a part of a community that cheers for you in your daily walk with Jesus. Pulse has allowed me to experience the best, most stretching 12 weeks both professionally and spiritually and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. It has changed me for the better and equipped me so much more for this season of change that is ahead for me!

11. 26. 20

COVID hit our team by storm this week, literally. It seemed like every day a new positive result was confirmed in our cohort. That being said, we weren’t in person this week, and we won’t be for the rest of our time completing the internship. 

While this was quite the disappointment to hear, I’m so thankful for the community that our cohort developed during the eight short weeks that we had together. What a blessing to have this experience at Pulse and to do so alongside such incredible people!

11. 20. 20

This week, I got baptized at Pulse’s November Revival Nights event. While baptism is a familiar topic for me as I grew up in the Church, I always wrestled with knowing when to make that decision for myself. Not for my parents, grandparents, or anyone else, but just me.

What I didn’t know was that this decision isn’t about me, but God. It is an act of obedience for Him. What I also didn’t know is that delayed obedience is disobedience. Knowing this encouraged me to go and be obedient! Since making this decision, I’ve developed such a craving for God, and God alone. 

I have witnessed all that Pulse has done for me and more specifically all that God has done for me in this season, and I want to continue to dwell in that. Man, what a privilege it is to be a part of a community that celebrates you and your daily walk with Jesus!

11. 14. 20

Each week, I grow more and more appreciative for this opportunity I’ve been blessed with at Pulse. While the thought of what’s next post-grad is approaching more each day, one thing I am sure of is knowing how vital it is to be a part of an organization that stands for something you believe in.

Before interning at Pulse, I never saw myself working for a non-profit organization. However, I’m beginning to learn just how valuable the culture of an organization is. Knowing that your work matters is a humbling feeling. It is a feeling that makes you want to keep going and to do so with a group of people who genuinely care for you beyond the 9-5 work day is even more special.

11. 5. 20

This week’s highlight was finding out that myself and some co-interns got mentioned on KTIS last week after our afternoon of doing street evangelism. That day, we had gone to a market and prayed over the security guy, approaching him was challenging as is any situation like that but it was so rewarding. We later found out that he was Muslim, yet he still chose to pray with us. Praise! 

After leaving the store, a man named Nick ran up to us and thanked us for what we were doing for our community. He expressed incredible gratitude. So much so that he gifted us $20 and later called in to KTIS mentioning our names and our partnership with Pulse as interns. What an incredible experience and reminder to know that our actions do not go unnoticed. God continues to work in and through us!

10. 29. 20

It has been so fun getting to know the team better and build such a special bond with one another. Our time we spend together in the office as an entire cohort is cherished by everyone and to think we’ve been at Pulse for an entire month now is mind blowing. Time flies! 

In addition to the team, it has been such a highlight getting to work with so many of the wonderful people at Pulse. I feel honored to be part of the brainstorming meetings that later develop into widely known, life-altering events at Pulse, and more specifically, I enjoy witnessing the talent that goes on behind the scenes. 

This week, I had the privilege of being a part of a leadership meeting with individuals that included Justin Tennison, President of Pulse, and Nick Hall, Founder of Pulse. What an incredible experience to be part of these talented individuals’ vision and be given the opportunity to learn from them!

10. 22. 20

This week’s highlight was our Revival Night on Thursday. It was an intimate time of worship, testimonies, prayer, baptism and a message from Pulse’s very own Mark Warder. What a special time! Being in this space and a part of the filming was such a fun, powerful experience! As interns, Pulse has provided so many fun opportunities such as this.

10. 16. 20

After not being together in person for a few weeks, we finally gathered together as a team again this week! Our time together was so refreshing and fun. We spent time in community with one another. Specifically, we spent time watching the Emerging Leader Check-In and doing street Evangelism. 

While our time doing evangelism was uncomfortable, stretching, and every in-between, guiding these spiritual conversations with people that don’t quite know of the love and joy of Jesus was an incredible, humbling experience! I’m looking forward to how God will continue to use our team in the upcoming weeks!

10. 09. 20

Two weeks have passed since beginning our internship at Pulse, and to say it’s been incredible is an understatement! I’ve been involved in various planning meetings, and I’m so excited for what’s to come during this fall season. The community that Pulse has developed, as well as their mission to make Jesus known, is hard to compete with!

Biography

My name is Abby Johnson, and I am a Training and Evangelism intern at Pulse! I was first introduced to Pulse when I attended their Pulse Twin Cities event in 2018. It wasn’t until this past spring, however, that I learned about the internship program that Pulse offers to students! 

Apart from my time at Pulse, I am a full-time student at Bethel University studying Organizational Communications, and minoring in Business. I am approaching graduation in three short months, and while this upcoming season comes with a lot of uncertainty, being a part of Pulse is the greatest blessing! I am so excited to see how God stretches me and continues to reveal himself to me in new ways during this season at Pulse! 


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