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Answers and Resources to Help With Common Questions

We realize as you consider a legacy year you may have some common questions about the salary and benefits, raising financial support, your ministry placement, etc. Please take a look at the information provided below.  Also, please know that we are always available to talk more so don’t hesitate to be in touch.

1. When does an Epic Legacy Year begin and end?
2. Will I be paid during my year? How about benefits?
3. If I do a Legacy Year I need to tell my parents. What do I say?
4. Raising support scares me to death. Will I receive training for that?
5. Where will I be placed for my Legacy Year?
6. How will I find housing if I am moving to a new part of the country?
7. When is the application deadline?


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When does an Epic Legacy Year begin and end?

Internships begin in mid-August and run through July 31st of the following year. Prior to reporting to your assignment in mid-August you will be raising a team of ministry partners who will support you financial and prayerfully through the year. The process of raising this ministry partnership team is full time beginning in May/June, depending on your graduation, and runs through mid-August when you report to your team prior to the start of campus. 

 

Will I be paid during my year? How about benefits?

Yes, all interns will make a salary that will cover their living and personal expenses and will be eligible for our full medical and dental benefits. Your salary will depend on the location of your assignment because some parts of the country have a higher cost of living. Just like our full-time staff, your salary, benefits and ministry expenses will be covered through donations and ongoing contributions of others you invite to support you during your internship year. Your support goal will range from approximately $2,800 to $3,800 monthly depending on your location. In addition to salary, benefits, and ministry expenses, this total amount also includes conferences and events, and your summer mission project at the end of your internship year. 

 

If I do a Legacy Year I need to tell my parents. What do I say?

Knowing that our parents have sacrificed for us, we want to honor their wishes… be a doctor, go into business, marry Asian, and start a family. But we also want to serve Jesus, and sometimes that can seem to conflict with family expectations. Discovering our Asian identity in the midst of Western culture means learning to bridge these and other conflicting values.  This is not an easy journey, but there are those who have walked before you and want to help.  Here are some resources that may provide a good next step as you consider your calling after you graduate and decide by faith to apply for a Legacy Year:

”How To Change Your Life And Honor Your Parents,” an article by Alice Liu

”Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents,” a book by Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha, et. al.

”More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith,” a book by Nikki Toyama, Tracey Gee, et. al.

 

Raising support scares me to death. Will I receive training for that?

Yes, all full and part-time interns will not only attend a weekend training at the end of April to give you a crash course in raising support, but you will also be assigned a coach who will continue your training, answer questions, encourage you, help you set goals, and walk with you until you reach your goal and report to your ministry assignment.

 As an Asian American, raising support can come with unique challenges depending on your family of origin and ethnic background.  We recognize that you may come from a family or community where there is a stigma about raising support, and it may pose unique obstacles for you.  We understand these challenges, we will be addressing them throughout our training, and we are committed to face them with you throughout the entire process.  We strongly believe that God is the one who calls us to ministry, and if He calls us He will provide for every need.  Please take a look at a great article on the Biblical basis for developing a financial support team for ministry. – “Who came up with this support-raising idea?“

 

Where will I be placed for my Legacy Year?

Placement for your Legacy Year is based largely on where you preference to serve during your year. In addition, other considerations include our current team situations, your training, Epic’s needs for team personnel, and God’s leading in the process. 

 

How will I find housing if I am moving to a new part of the country?

Just like with any job change that leads you to move, housing is something that each intern is responsible for themselves. With that said, the staff at each location can be a wealth of resources to help find housing, and other interns assigned to your location will also likely be looking for housing as well.  There will be many resources available to help you should you need them.

 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is March 1st to begin an internship the following school year in the fall. After March 1st a late application fee will apply, and review of your application will be completed after we review all applications submitted on time AND if there is sufficient time to complete the review and for you to still participate in our weekend support raising training in mid-April.  To ensure your application will be review and processed, we suggest that you submit your application as soon as possible, and prior to the application deadline.  Once we receive your application you can expect to hear back in 3 to 4 weeks with a decision about your acceptance.