Amy Young

Thank You For Hosting My Niece

by Amy Young on July 17, 2017

Dear Missionary who hosts summer teams, I write this letter to you with egg on my face. Many moons ago I spent a summer in China teaching English for six weeks to English teachers from around Anhui Province. Because it was “long enough to form meaningful relationships,” I maintained an interiorly superior attitude that many […]

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of writing newsletters. I know some reading this post have been writing newsletters for many more moons than I have, but I am still a bit surprised that I have 25 years under my belt. Did the word “newsletters” have a Pavlovian response for you? If so, I bet you’re not […]

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7 Ways We Secretly Rank Each Other

by Amy Young on May 15, 2017

Last week a friend wondered in passing, at the end of email, why some reasons to leave the field are more respected than others. She knew a couple who was leaving because their young adult children were not doing well in the US. Instead of being supported in their decision, they were asked why they didn’t […]

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How Holy Week Prepares You For Ministry

by Amy Young on April 17, 2017

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! After Christ’s crucifixion and the agony of Saturday this refrain never gets old. Lent culminated yesterday—technically Saturday night at midnight for some churches, or early morning as the sunrises for others, or at any hour your tradition follows. Holy Week is rich not only for our faith, but […]

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I received an email from a young woman who had read Looming Transitions. Janice is a Canadian serving in Laos, but soon to leave as she is moving to France to marry her French fiancé. She wrote so beautifully about the tension singles can feel around marriage. I received permission to share this excerpt. Dear Amy, “In this […]

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Let Us Pray (for each other)

by Amy Young on January 16, 2017

I have ideas for posts, but repeatedly I sensed from the Holy Spirit: Amy right now, today, A Life Overseas create a space to pray together. Information and thoughts will hold for another month. Just pray for each other.  ***** How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, […]

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To the single on the field at Christmas

by Amy Young on December 14, 2016

  Dear friend, I want this to be a letter instead of a normal blog post because, to me, a letter feels more personal. I also started off “Dear Friend” not “Dear Single Friend” because I do not think “single” is the most interesting or defining part of you. That being said, Christmas was the […]

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22 Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Cross-Cultural Worker

by Amy Young on November 14, 2016

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Christmas is around the corner and often our supporters want to send us Christmas presents because they love us and because they truly want to bless us. I hate to admit that a lot of money goes into packages filled with stuff that isn’t needed or wanted. But I still believe that supporters want to bless us with […]

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I didn’t know this was a cost to count

by Amy Young on September 14, 2016

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I naively went to my pre-field orientation thinking the big pieces of saying goodbye was over. After months of goodbyes and preparing to GO, relief flooded me as the hellos and getting settled could start. Imagine my surprise when less than a month later I was sobbing harder than I did when I left my […]

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A Holy Disturbance

by Amy Young on August 13, 2016

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This was written several years ago, two nights before I left the country I had called home for nearly 20 years. /// I texted her You want to go for a walk? It had been a day of defrosting and sorting while the rain poured cleaning out the air. Still full from lunch, I wanted to walk […]

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The Question on God’s Lips

by Amy Young on July 15, 2016

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The Velvet Ashes book club is reading Lilias Trotter’s biography. At the same time, I read a biography of Hannah More, poet, reformer, and abolitionist. She was a contemporary to William Wilberforce and what he accomplished in parliament, she accomplished in publishing. They were both part of the Clapham Sect. I love reading biographies and hearing of […]

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A missionary needs an identity rooted in Christ, and not in being a missionary. Who you are matters. If God didn’t care about each of us being unique, why go to the effort of multiple hair colors and textures, body types, heights, skin colors, and sports teams? Identity is good and knowing who you are is […]

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