Should I stay or Should I go?

Oct 15, 2023 | 4 comments

The internal wrestling begins with a whisper.

Sometimes it feels moral. Sometimes practical. Always disruptive.

I don’t think I can work with this person.
Who will take care of my dad?
What if I’m happy but the rest of my family is miserable?
I’m a little bored . . . I think the Lord is preparing me for what’s next.

If it starts for one as a whisper, on the other side, you’re the one left to pick up the pieces when teammates leave. For what feels like the 37th time, you have to explain to local friends, assume more responsibilities, and comfort your kids. All the while you’ve got your own sadness and loss to contend with.

Next up in our month of adding to your transition toolbox is a webinar by the authors of Grit to Stay Grace to Go: Staying Well in Cross-Cultural Ministry.

Join Sue Eenigenburg and Eva Burkholder on October 23rd at 7:00 a.m. MT/ 9:00 a.m. ET (click here to see the time in your time zone).

“Staying isn’t always good and leaving isn’t always bad. Both require grit and grace. Cross-cultural ministry presents us with many difficulties like transitions, loneliness, messy relationships, and the desire to escape. The lies we believe tempt us to leave our work too soon. But nothing tests our resolve to stay like seeing others go.”

This is a book that needs to be in every cross-cultural worker’s library. William Carey Publishing agrees! Click Grit to Stay Grace to Go: Staying Well in Cross-Cultural Ministry and use the code GRITWORKSHOP— you’ll get 25% off of the paperback or ebook! The coupon is good through November 17th.

Amy Young

Life enthusiast. Author. Sports lover. Jesus follower. Supporting cross-cultural work.



  1. Harry Harm

    HI. I just tried the discount code on an ebook purchase but it did not work, “Enter a valid discount code or gift card”. I used copy and paste to put the code it.

    • Amy Young

      So sorry for the hassle! We’ve worked with the publisher and the code should work now!!

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  3. Anna

    Wow! I wish I had this resource the 10+ years I was in the Chinese Himalayas! I had utter joy serving there. PTL for His grace.


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