12. 11. 20
“Our desire for you is to add more gasoline to your fire and send you off to the next big thing that God is taking you to!” – Mark Warder
Thank you God, for Pulse, Mark and Emily, Bryant and Linn, every staff member, partner, and intern, the Slukas, Dukes, and my family here in Minnesota. Also, a big thank you to all friends and family who have been praying for me throughout this time. Know that your prayers and petitions for me have helped more than you know, truly.
Pulse has shown me that you can do so much in three months. In one day I moved and started a new chapter in a whole new city. Pulse provided me with a job and avenues to life-giving communities and ministries all over the world. I’ve had plenty of hands-on experiences with projects and campaigns despite Covid, seen the grit and adaptability it takes to serve in humility and excellence, and surely have tasted the fruit and victory of seeing brothers and sisters redeemed, revived, and on mission to share the same truth of the Gospel that transformed their lives to others around them. I know that I’ve grown spiritually and professionally, but not based on my own evaluation but upon the people closest to me. All the glory belongs to God, the one who looked at me and decided He will make great things out of me.
So, cheers to this season coming to its full bloom. I’m excited for all of us, wherever the Lord takes us to next. I’m confident, not in myself, but in the God I serve. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.
11. 26. 20
Autumn is my favorite season, and it’s saddening that she can’t stay longer. Winter on the other hand always comes early and always overstays her welcome. With it being November and the year is nearing its end, my work at Pulse is starting to slow down as well. I’ve been in a few meetings with the staff and got to see a glimpse of some plans and events for Pulse next year. Please continue to partner and pray alongside us for these visions! Operations are pretty low-key for the time being, which is great for us because Linn and Bryant mentioned how healthy it is to intentionally rest and replenish ourselves so when we get back into the game we come out stronger. They also gave me really good tips along with it and you can just see the years of experience they’ve had in order to come up with these tips 🙂
Due to the spike of Covid cases, Pulse has decided it’s best to use the office space for only essential and absolute necessary reasons. I wholly understand and agree with these decisions but can’t help myself from grieving that I won’t be able to go to the office anymore for the rest of the internship. Pulse’s office is a dream! I love the aesthetic of the space and seeing everyone definitely made work a lot more enjoyable. I called Dominique and cried because I thought we would have to go home early, but praise God we don’t! We’re currently staying with family (Jimmy, my cousin who I’ve mentioned in my previous blog) and our coordinators are so sweet and doing their best to make sure we still receive the best experience possible for our time left in the internship. Shout out to Mark and Emily for all the things they do for us interns! We love you two!
On the other hand I’ve had a little more time to explore and enjoy the company of friends and family. Most of this involved dining in/out and lots of shopping! I’ve made a dent in my bank account so now that I’m poorer and wiser, I’m making steps to never engage in retail therapy again. Ever! My cousins and I also got together to have an online Bible study and it was so good! We got to share stories, updates on life events, and pray together. It was encouraging and very much needed.
11. 20. 20
Last week I couldn’t turn in my blog due to a number of reasons but I believe it’s because I needed to wait for this week to finish first. So bare with me because this one is a little longer.
Emily Langley led a chapel session on Wednesday about discipleship and she also introduced us to the MoveCloser app that Pulse created, which is an awesome tool that you can use to help you when discipling others or doing Bible study/devotions with a small group (definitely check it out!) Both Monique and I invited our younger sisters to join us for Pulse’s November Revival Nights and we thought it would be cool to show them the app and go over some of the content. They really enjoyed it and it brought out really good conversations.
While hosting our sisters, a friend from home reached out to us and shared some news with us. As I mentioned in my last post there was a lot of suffering happening with friends and family back at home and it was rough. But this…there are no words. Saturday, November 7, 2020 was the day we lost our two dear brothers at a highway construction site due to a young woman who was driving under the influence. Davyon Rose and Nick Sada, I love you two, forever and always. Thank you for all the love, joy, and laughter we’ve had. I’ll never forget them. Rest in peace.
So it all comes in waves. The pain, the suffering, the mourning, and the grieving. I believe I’ll see my brothers again, and that’ll be the day Jesus returns to bring us back to where we truly belong. Praise God for the hope He gives knowing this is not the end, and the peace He brings that surpasses all knowledge because we don’t have to know everything or have it all together. We can trust Him and lean on Him for strength and comfort. He literally sat with me and carried me through, and continues to do so. He surrounded me with people who prayed for me, my two brothers, their friends and families, and for the young woman. She could have died as well, but God saved her from that accident. So my prayer goes out to her, whether she knew God before or not, that she will see the blessing and calling on her life from God.
This week was definitely one for the books. One of my main focuses this week within the Pulse ops team was our November Revival Nights filming on Tuesday. That seriously kept me busy on top of Mo and I hosting our sisters from Michigan. We also found out that morning that we had to leave our host home and move into a hotel because their daughter had to come home from school feeling ill. It was the longest and busiest day I’ve had here and I absolutely loved it. After last week and the loss of my two brothers, there was more fuel added to this fire that I had.
Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Pulse’s intent for Revival Nights is for the glory of God and how it impacts all of us. That night God was stirring things up in our sisters’ hearts, my cousin who decided to come last minute accepted Christ as Lord and Savior and committed his life to Christ, and two of my friends from the internship got baptized! Glory to God. Only good things come to fruition when you say yes to God.
One highlight was after Revival Nights when we got to our hotel at 2AM in the morning hoping to finally catch some Z’s, but we couldn’t check in due to a systematic process. I called for service help and met Tagrid! She was seriously the sweetest, and was so dedicated to making sure Mo, our sisters, and I had a place to stay and rest (we thought we would have to sleep on the streets that night). She stayed on the line for two hours and helped me with the process and we ended up getting to know one another and at the end we got the chance to pray for her. I finally got to sleep at 5AM that morning.
So here’s to all of us running our race, may we always remember our why and press on. In the words of Pastor Jerome Vierling, “We won’t stop until He makes all things new!”
Check out Monique’s blog to read her point of view. Glory to God for the ways He was moving in intertwining both perspectives.
11. 5. 20
This week I was able to sit and meet with a few other staff leaders here at Pulse. I learned more about their roles and some of the things they manage. Specifically, creating/sending out forms, making sure they’re properly signed, or facilitating and communicating through groups of people/organizations. All of it involves tons of logistics, which is very time sensitive depending on the timeline of the event. Many people don’t see or know about this side of things, but it’s absolutely crucial for any idea, goal, or vision to come to life. Again, I’m humbled by these people, I never get tired of seeing my Pulse family work, and they do it with excellence and grit!
I want to take this time to praise God. The past couple of weeks I’ve received some news from friends and family back at home. Bad news. It broke my heart that I couldn’t be there physically with them in their times of suffering, but praise God because He promises that He is here with us in our suffering. My friends, family, and I were able to lean on Him for peace and comfort during this time. Praise God for the Holy Spirit, for there were moments we had no words left to pray and it was Him that interceded and prayed for us. Through prayer and being in His Word, we’re reminded of His goodness.
As Job cried out in Job 1:21, “…naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Although distance separates us, in Christ we have grown so much closer together. The Lord has answered our prayers throughout these past couple of weeks. There are also some we’re still waiting for. However, here’s what I’ve taken away from these past couple weeks, whether He answers them or not, I will always put my faith, my trust, and my hope in Him.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:8-9]
I praise God that I don’t have to understand everything, nor do I have to have it all together. In Jesus I have victory over all the things that come my way and I can rest in Him.
If you’re here and somehow have read this far, I’m praying that this will encourage you wherever you are, and that the God of peace will be with you today. Whether you’re in your high or low, or maybe in the in-between, God is sovereign and He is with you always. Love you guys!
10. 29. 20
This week, Alex Hunter came to speak to us interns about going all in with God. He talked about the potential poprocks (fear of failure, self-doubt, unbelief, bad relationships, and sin) in our life that could be standing in the way of our goals and relationship with the Lord. We are free from these things by the power of Jesus Christ when He resurrected from death and invited us to share in that victory. When we believe that we become heirs of the King of kings and by the Holy Spirit, we have full access to His power and authority in Jesus’ name.
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these he will do, because I am going to the father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:11-14.
So here’s the takeaway, all the things I struggle with I can overcome, with and through Christ. As I abide in Him, He abides in me, and the process of sanctification comes to fruition. Yes, I am not perfect, but perfect love covers over me. As I fix my eyes on Him, I see less of me and more of His holiness and become more of His likeness. Fear, doubt, unbelief, and sin dims out as peace, joy, grace, and love floods in. And that is glorious!
Another thing to add that happened this week was that I got to sit one-on-one with my supervisor Bryant Underwood and hear about his life journey. Mainly on how the Lord is using him now within Pulse. There was so much I took from that conversation alone and I’m so honored to work with Bryant. I felt so loved that he was so willing to listen and be transparent, while he advises and prays for me during my time here at Pulse. I’m thankful for my ops family. They’re the best!
10. 22. 20
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
This week I am reminded that I don’t have to run alone, and I mean that literally. For our group workout this week we ran around the U.S. Bank Stadium and it was at that moment I realized how unhealthy I was. Your girl was legit struggling! At one point I couldn’t even run anymore so I started walking. Which created a bigger gap between my friends and I, but everyone was cheering and championing me forward. Some even came back to walk with me and encourage me while the rest of the group waited, so we could run the last bit together. I honestly would not have made it if it weren’t for them. I seriously would have given up the first three minutes out of that whole hour. So, shout out to the interns. The love and grace extended was received!
There is a reason why the Lord calls us to be in community. We are stronger together, better even! This week we recorded October’s Revival Nights and it was proof of that. The interns came together with Mark and Melanie to work with other teams to make a night of community worship happen. Praise God because that night, four of my dear friends made the decision to get baptized! Imagine if there were no teams, volunteers, interns, or Melanie and Mark. I’m not saying that the Revival Night would have been impossible to do, but it would have been extremely difficult for just one person.
Outside of work and within my personal life I am learning to lean on friends and family. Vulnerability and transparency is a daily discipline for me and I’m getting a lot better with it. I’m learning that sharing my thoughts, goals and struggles with a core group of trusted people allows God to use them to serve me, speak truth into me, and empower me to live healthier.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
10. 16. 20
One highlight of this week was definitely Emerging Leader Check-In (ELCI), and working alongside Linn and the rest of the Ops team. Being on this team has opened my eyes to see that it takes so much planning and organizing for an event to come to fruition. I was so blessed to be on site and see the body of Christ functioning at full force. Ops, production, social media, leaders, and influencers all coming together with their gifts and talents and walking it out with the intent of making Jesus known was heaven on earth. It was absolutely amazing and humbling to see that it truly is within the Lord’s strength and guidance that everything comes together. Praise God for His vision for ELCI, it has equipped me in navigating through everyday life and today’s events by first allowing the Holy Spirit to transform my mind with the truth, and positioning my heart in surrender so that I may walk out in the purpose and plan that He has for me.
It is evident that the Lord has placed me right here, right now, for such a time as this. I’m so thankful for the community I have around me. Last night all of the interns gathered at Mark’s house and shared our testimonies and YOOOOO… nothing is a coincidence! I LOVE each and every one of these people so much. I believe God has a divine purpose for us and we are living it out right now!
10. 09. 20
Mark and Emily were so helpful and accommodating in helping find a place for Monique and I to settle into during this internship. We met our new family who benevolently opened their home to us and it’s amazing how quick we’ve bonded. David and Christina are caring and intentional and they treat Monique and I as if we’re their daughters. We love our little brother, Joe, who really is not little and is incredibly smart but hates reading books. Looking forward to meeting their daughters who are currently away in college.
WOW! God does not waste any time and is so intentional with the people He places around us in the space that we’re in. All the interns this fall are precious, incredibly gifted, and eager to steward their talents for God’s kingdom. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of them more and the adventures that are ahead of us. I’m so thankful for Mark and Emily and how they guide and teach us with such excellence and do their best to be accessible to us.
One thing I realized right off the bat here at Pulse is that we pray about anything and everything. We pray and then we put our feet to our prayers. We pray in faith, we pray in the name of Jesus, and we pray for heaven on earth. Nick Hall spoke to us about boldness in one of our meetings, because the Christian life is always a call to die to our flesh so that we may live in the spirit in Christ. So with boldness we ask, seek, and knock in faith that God will answer us.
Nyob Zoo! My name is Youapa (Molly) Her, and I’m an Operations Intern at Pulse Movement. I love traveling, trying new foods, and having spontaneous trips with friends. I know Nick Hall after seeing him years ago when he shared the gospel at a Winter Jam Concert in Michigan. There’s a divine revelation every time the gospel is shared, and I am a witness of that (ask me! I’d love to share with you!). Never would I have thought that today I would be working under his organization with a passionate team who shares the same heartbeat in serving people and sharing the gospel with them. I’m thrilled to learn and grow and I hope that my time here as an intern will also help impact Pulse in a positive way! Pray with me, friends and family!