Through my internship with Visual Arts, I'm making an impact on the lost and hurting world through the power of the Gospel.
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About Liz Chung

Hello family & friends!

I am so excited to share about an amazing opportunity I'll be pursuing come January 2020. I've been accepted into a full-time, urban missions/internship program for young adults in Louisville ("Loo-a-vul" as the locals say), KY called Love Thy Neighborhood (LTN). Here's LTN in a nutshell:

"Love Thy Neighborhood is an urban missions agency for young adults, ages 18-30, impacting homelessness, the adult entertainment industry, crisis pregnancy, orphan care, healthcare, refugees, construction & low-income housing, education, neighborhood renewal, book editing & publishing, podcasting, visual arts, media & design and nonprofit leadership. 

We equip and mobilize the next generation of Christian leaders to work with the poor, the suffering and the marginalized in our city. Believing that relationships change lives, Love Thy Neighborhood emphasizes spending time with neighbors, the local church, each other and the Lord." 

This amazing ministry, however, is understaffed. My service will free up staff members to do even more relational work with clients and residents from the neighborhood. So for a whole year, I'll be serving 30 hours a week: 15 hours a week in neighborhood outreach and another 15 hours a week in personal discipleship and church involvement. With the visual arts track, I'll be working at Sojourn Arts & Culture, a ministry growing out of Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville. Through exhibits, events, and projects, Sojourn Arts & Culture seeks to cultivate and celebrate good creative work that honors God, serves people and restores creation. I'll also get to create my own art while doing service projects that include beautification, art therapy, murals, gallery exhibits and more. 

Here's their Instagram, check them out: https://www.instagram.com/sojournarts/


Background:

So I initially stumbled upon LTN through Instagram (yup it's 2019 alright). I was immediately intrigued by their mini bio, which described themselves as a social justice oriented internship for young adults. If any of you know me at all, you'll know pursuing social justice on a practical level both interpersonally and institutionally is incredibly important to me. LTN embodies this same commitment: to empower & love the marginalized through the local neighborhood/ministry, to foster spiritual growth, and to develop professional experience in the nonprofit arts field

Honestly, I was intimidated by the idea of living a whole year in a state and with group I knew so little about. I also feel the VERY real pressure to be "productive" (whatever that means??) and land a successful job and make something of myself post grad. & Like a lot of people I'm sure, I fear committing to something without knowing all the possible outcomes. But I'm learning that's the nature of ministry: you're in it through the joys and frustrations, the exciting and mundane. Ultimately, I feel the Lord's call to go where I'll be most challenged and yielded to Him, and for this season, it's going to be Louisville, KY. Also by staying for a year, I believe I'll be able to make a more lasting impact in my work. 

My total goal is to raise $9,900, of which 50% needs to be raised by January 2020. Yeah that's a lot. But this will cover the necessary costs of housing, groceries, transportation, training, curriculum, and administration expenses. To be real, fundraising can honestly feel like the "necessary evil" of ministry (am I right or am I right?). BUT, I'm learning to submit this fear to God and actually get excited in inviting you all to witness His faithfulness and provision. So with that said, anything you can contribute to make this mission possible is deeply appreciated. 

& Above all, I'll need your prayer support as I start this journey, aka TODAY. Pray not only for provision, but to start preparing my heart now. For the relationships I'll get to pour into, for my team to be unified, for boldness and a willingness to be stretched. Pray that I'll come to love my new home and neighbors with His heart. 


Here's the giving options and logistics:

I'll also be selling art to raise support, but more information on that to come! Catch me at the CNU Farmer's Market in these upcoming weeks if you're able to physically make it out! At Farmer Markets and such I can of course take cash, card, and Venmo.

  • Checks: If you decide to do checks, please send them to Love Thy Neighborhood, P.O. Box 17642, Louisville, KY 40217 (NOT TO ME!). Please write my personal Fund ID: #LTN-Y20-EC on the memo line, but DO NOT write my name on the check as this may negate the tax deductibility. You can stay up-to-date with the ministry here by visiting: www.lovethyneighborhood.org/donate. 
  • Online: You can give via debit/credit card/PayPal online right here on my fundraising page! If you choose to, there is also an option to be a recurring, monthly giver. 
  • Venmo: My account is @ElizabethChung6

If you are interested in receiving my physical letter (it'll basically look like this, but more condensed, + a small surprise included with each letter ^^) and to join my monthly newsletter list (this will be snail mail not online), please personally contact me so I can get your address! 

Thank you for making it to the end of this page! I'm so excited y'all, can't wait to see what's to come <3