Today we interviewed Alice via Skype. She currently serves in the SVM Department as the SM Support.
What brought you to serve the SVM department and how did you come to your position?
Well, I served in T-land for a year, and when I came back, I was deciding what I should do. My choices were: go back into the work field, go to IHOP for an internship or serve in InterCP. Then God gave me 2 Timothy 4:5, and I felt really convicted to serve InterCP. Serving SVM Department was an obvious choice because I love the SM lifestyle, the vision, the heart, and the movement to send out college students and young adults. It was a no-brainer.
Before SM and before God did a flip-around with your life, what was that one thing that you were trying to achieve?
My dream was to be a music journalist — to work for Spin Magazine and to travel around the world interviewing musicians.
What are your hobbies?
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved reading books. I’m also beginning to enjoy people. I realized, ‘wow, I enjoy it’, and I need to meet up with more people. I think I took it for granted.
What are the pros and cons of living in NYC?
The pro of living in NYC is there’s people everywhere. There’s such diversity. For evangelist purposes, there’s always someone you could reach out to. Culture perspective and entertainment wise – there’s always something to do and somewhere to eat. I think New York calls a lot of people to the city. You could meet people from all over the world. The bad thing is, of course, there’s a lot of temptation. There’s so much to do, and the world is at your finger tips. Every time I leave New York and come back, I feel like my spirit reminds me that if I don’t pray and read everyday, I’ll fall. NYC is spiritual warfare.
Tell us something not many people know about you
I like adventure and nature. Even though I live in the city and I like big cities, there’s something about camping. I love hiking. Like, straight up “make your own campfire” camping.
How do you drink your coffee? Is there anything you like to eat with your coffee?
Oh ok, so, I’m a huge sweets person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I can eat cake. But I don’t like sweet drinks. I used to drink my coffee black, but now I add an inch of soy milk. So if I go to Starbucks, I don’t get those fancy drinks. I just get a black coffee with soy.
When you’re going through a lot of hardship, is there a certain bible verse that you always go to?
It’s not a Bible verse per se, but it’s a book. 2 Timothy. For the past year, God has really been speaking to me through it. He uses every verse. I heard this is a book of discipleship, and I believe God is discipling me and telling me to grow up. It’s a good book.
If you weren’t serving in InterCP ministry right now, what do you think you’d be doing?
There’s either two routes: 1) I’d probably be in IHOP sitting in the prayer room, or 2) I’d be in NYC working in book publishing and serving the church.
Do you have a conviction for this generation?
My conviction for this generation is to completely let go of this world and to live for the kingdom of God. Before I went on SM, I really thought I was living a good life — a life that was pleasing. But I realized I compromised everything in every aspect when the Bible clearly states we can’t be a friend of this world AND follow Christ. It’s very black and white. We have to let go. But it’s hard to tell students “let go of your dreams and everything you’re working for,” but in the end, we have to endure and persevere. For people who have that kingdom mindset, why do you think it’s so hard to tell people to let go? It’s hard. Even though it’s the best news you’ll hear in your life, the first initial thing you feel is that it’s hard. Then there’s fear that there will be backlash, like “how dare you say that?!” And I’ve personally experienced that. When people used to tell me that, I had anger.
What are your plans for the next 3-5 years?
I am getting married this summer, and we plan to live in the states for a year to continue serving. Then we want to go out to the field for 2-3 years. Maybe we’ll come back to serve and mobilize then go back to the field again. Are there any kids in the future? Yes, but not now haha. I’m a kid, too!