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Sarah Yon

University of Michigan

Wife/Mother

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy seeing our children learn and discover new things. I love seeing them play well together and learning to work through their conflicts and difference–basically to see them grow up and mature as humans. 🙂 Being a part of these formative years for the kids, to help create a sense of belonging, a secure place they can call home, and a safe place they can discover their identity in Christ and their place in this world…it’s an exciting and nerve-wrecking job all at once. And I’m thankful for my husband and his partnership in raising the kids and building our family together. It wouldn’t be possible without him!

What is a challenge or difficulty you face at work?

It’s a long journey. You don’t see tangible results for months or years. A lot of the work requires repetition and saying or doing the same thing over and over again. And you wonder, “Is anything I’m doing making a difference?” It requires a lot of patience that I often don’t have. You need to juggle many hats: janitor, chef, chauffeur, entertainer, mediator, nurse, guidance counselor, etc. And be prepared to blow noses, clean up…stuff, wipe butts, and deal with little to no sleep. But seriously, other than that, it’s an awesome job. 🙂

How do you see that the Gospel is or could be transforming your workplace?

I think raising a family is hard work! And it can get overwhelming and discouraging at times. It’s not uncommon to hear of broken families and homes. But when you see families rooted in Christ, you see a difference. And you see hope. It strengthens other families when they hear testimonies or see how God is at the center of these homes. It’s not about perfection, but it’s about how through our imperfections, trusting in God can bring new life and hope to any struggling marriage and/or family. And it’s contagious. If we can be a part of a movement to keep marriages and families strong and united, it will undoubtedly impact the next generation.

What is one piece of advice you would give to those that will enter the workplace in the future?

Trust God. He is always in control, even when you feel like everything is out of control. He will carry you through. And if you let Him, He’ll work things out better than you ever could–truly. There are a lot of trying and unique scenarios that come up in daily life, the workplace, and in relationships, but never think for a moment God is unaware of any of those things. He knows, and it will serve you well to listen to Him. 🙂