0011 – Amy Young

Apr 11, 2016Restory Show

What I appreciate about Amy Young: She is real. So real. And she loves Jesus in the midst of that authenticity. Plus, she’s an amazing writer.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Amy at ReWrite, a writers conference in Austin.

There we shared a great breakfast and talked about missions. She had been in east Asia, teaching English, and many of you know I have been to France as a church planter. I loved Amy’s heart in that moment, and I so enjoyed hearing her story of re-entry back to the United States. As I prayed about the Restory Show, I knew I wanted to talk to her.


About Amy’s Story

Amy worked overseas for several years. She expected to stay there for a long time, but a job shift brought her back to the United States where she had to re-learn where her identity lied, walk through her father’s death, and find equilibrium as a single woman in Colorado. God has taught her so much through this journey, which is why I’m so excited for you to meet her.

In Her Own Words

“I really felt God said, ‘Go to China.’ It was a natural fit. I moved to China in the mid-90s. I was there for twenty years.”

“I thought China would be my life, but here I am [in America.]”

“I knew at that point, things had to change.”

“Looking back I can see God’s hand weaving through it, but at the time it just felt like a lot of small nos.”

“The life of faith is not a math formula.”

God to Amy: “Are you willing to live an untitled life?”

Restory Recap

  • Amy obeyed by going overseas, stayed there twenty years, then returned to the US.
  • At home, she walked her father through kidney and liver failure (and cancer).
  • Her life looked 100% different stateside.
  • She pioneered this amazing ministry: Velvet Ashes–an outreach and online community for women on the mission field. And let me tell you, IT IS AMAZING. I have referred it to many, many women on the field, and I read it religiously. Share it!
  • God spoke to her during Zumba class.
  • Just when you think you had a plan in place, the bottom falls out, and yet God sustains us.

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As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It’s my sincere hope that you’ll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: This episode is about transition, change, and vocational worry. If you’re in that messy place, you’ll resonate.}

Amy’s latest book, Looming Transitions, is now LIVE! Nab it here (click the image):

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The End

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  1. Susan G.

    Thank you Mary for another great podcast that opens our eyes, opens our hearts and gives us another view of how God is always at work in the life of His ‘child’. Thank you for Amy’s re-story that shows even though we go through some very hard things in this life, such as loss and grief… Jesus is always there to heal us and guide us to go forward in Him and give us hope and a future.
    I am enjoying each podcast and forward them on to family and friends!
    Well done!

    • Mary DeMuth

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the podcast!

  2. Cindy in PA

    Thank you Mary for interviewing Amy. I’ve read her blog for years and appreciate hearing her re-story. Blessings!

    • Amy Young

      Cindy, I had a blast . . . Mary is so easy to chat with :)!!

  3. Amy Young

    I loved our time together Mary! Thanks for creating space for people to share and get to hear from each other.

    • Mary DeMuth

      Thanks for being an amazing guest, Amy! I am so excited that many will be ministered to through your words.