Amy Young

Help build your own stool at the watering hole

by Amy Young on January 18, 2019

When I was in high school Cheers was a popular television show. If you’re not familiar with Cheers, it was a comedy set in a local bar where the regulars shared their lives, grew together over time, and in many ways were family to each other. But what solidified it was the theme song. Read through […]

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Join in the ALOS Christmas Party

by Amy Young on December 19, 2018

Hello A Life Overseas Friends, A friend and I were talking a few hours ago about a part of the world we hold dear and ended up by saying, “It’s complicated.” The same could be said about Christmas. Why did Jesus come? On one level it is so simple, and yet it is also complicated. From […]

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God’s Tender Mercies {and a survey}

by Amy Young on November 19, 2018

Hello ALOS friends, Before we jump into the meat of this post, I have a request. After writing Looming Transitions  to help you with their transitions  and All the News to help you stay on the field via good communication with supporters, I want to help people navigate their first year on the field. In December […]

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A Dirty Little Secret of Singles on the Field

by Amy Young on October 17, 2018

I have just returned from spending a week in Germany with a group of missionaries. While with them I lead several workshops, one of which was “Being Single in Missions.” Since I’m still jet-lagging and processing conversations we had, today I will share a post from a couple of years ago about singles and online […]

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Role Deprivation and Guilt

by Amy Young on September 19, 2018

Last month I was part of Velvet Ashes’ Live Class for those in transition to the field. (Sidenote: it was a success and we will be doing future classes). But in one hour we could only dip our toes into a few vital subjects. One of the subjects I had to do a drive-by on […]

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Tips For Your First Year

by Amy Young on August 17, 2018

And now I will state the obvious: your first year is memorable. Whether you’re a TCK going to the field as an adult or this is your first time to live on foreign soil longer than a summer project, you will remember your first forever. Here is a bonus tip from my first year: do […]

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Second Half of Life Organizations

by Amy Young on July 20, 2018

Friends, this post comes to you as not a fully formed thought; instead, it is more along the lines of “this is what I’ve been thinking about the past few weeks. Let’s talk.” I”m reading Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr for the second time. I first read it […]

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Confusing Method with Message

by Amy Young on June 15, 2018

My first summer in China was before the internet was invented. Okay, it had to have existed somewhere in the world, but it was not part of daily life and I did not know words like email, internet, Facebook, IM, DM, IG, WWW. LOL, or hashtag. I spent six weeks with other North Americans teaching oral English in […]

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I wrote this for you

by Amy Young on May 14, 2018

I backed into this writing gig through the same door you may have: newsletters. For years I wrote monthly ministry newsletters and taught writing to both ESL (in the US) and EFL (in China) without a thought of being a writer myself. Sixteen years into my work in China I started a blog. About a […]

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Have You Read?

by Amy Young on March 16, 2018

As the author of Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service, I can tell when people have a Looming Transition by looking at my Amazon sales page. This makes me happy. Not for the reasons you might think. True, every time a book sells, I earn a few dollars. But ain’t nobody writing books for missionaries […]

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I really wanted to title this Four must-reads novels for cross-cultural work, but I was concerned that some of you would see the word “novel” and think “Ain’t got time for that!” and move on. But wait! I predominately read nonfiction, but I have found that fiction lets me reflect and process my life in ways […]

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10 Ideas for Professional Development on the Field

by Amy Young on January 19, 2018

When I was a freshman in college, my university had the in-coming students come a week early for orientation. During that week I attended a campus ministry get-to-know-you event. From the outside there was nothing overtly special about it: picnic in a public park. But did I mention I was in COLLEGE. I was a […]

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