Amy Young, Velvet Ashes

Four Areas to Ask Missionaries When it Comes to Repeated Transitions

Being a missionary is more stressful than being an inner city cop. Part of the stress is intensified by the number of transitions missionaries experiences on the field. This workshop will present four key questions for you to ask missionaries to help foster self-awareness in their handling of transition stress. Understanding themselves will result in understanding others around them better too. While it won’t remove all stress, these questions will aid in understanding what is happening and mitigate being blindsided by transition stress.

Amy Young served in China for nearly 20 years, holding various leadership roles, including being the Member Care Director for 10 years.  Currently she works extensively with Velvet Ashes, an online community for missionaries. In part, her responsibilities include content creator and curator, book club host, and connection group coordinator. Her book Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service was written with missionaries in mind (also available in audio). It also has two companion resources: 22 Activities for Families in Transitions and Looming Transitions Workbook.