Goodbye UYI, Hello Motherhood

By Amarja, Urban Youth Impact Team Leader

I am a strong believer that there are seasons in life for everything. My season at Urban Youth Impact has been short lived but thanks be to God I have been amazed by the beautiful relationships that have blossomed with both the staff and kids since I started working here as a team leader earlier this year. I have been welcomed with open arms and have fallen in love with the kids, each of whom are extremely special and precious.

I came on staff after returning from two years serving in Cambodia with a group called Daughters of Cambodia ( that reaches out to victims of sex-trafficking and sex-exploitation. My experience in Cambodia had a powerful impact on my life but I came back to America feeling very much drained and exhausted from all that I had witnessed. Upon my return I had a short season of rest and then was given the opportunity to come on staff as a Team Leader at UYI.

Only God knows what an essential role being at UYI has played in aiding my healing process. The kids have brought me so much life and joy that I truly feel my soul has been restored. I am now entering into the season of first time motherhood. No longer will I be caring for other people’s children, but my own. This is exciting and a little scary at the same time. I pray that God will give me the grace to love, equip and empower her just as the UYI mission states and that motherhood, too, would bring me tremendous joy.  


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