connection GROUPS

A place for "Me too!"

Fall 2018 Registration is closed. Below is a taste of what you could experience in the Spring of 2019—we hope you can join in! Sign up here to be notified of our next registration.

We are excited for you to experience the connection and encouragement of these groups! Groups fill up quickly during registration, so don’t miss out.

Groups run the weeks of September 16th to November 11th

Here is a sampling of what you could experience:

Skype groups: We have 8 Skype groups. Some are “regular”/for anyone type of groups, others targeted towards a particular group. Please note: All times are made with the time change in mind. Use this time zone converter .

Jodie Pine – Monday 11am EST – for those on Home Assignment

Ruth Lemmen – Tuesday 8am EST – for single women

Suzanne Mauritzen – Tuesday 10am EST – for anyone on the field

Shelly Page – Wednesday 10am EST – for anyone on the field

Lori Ferrell – Wednesday 9pm EST – for those in reentry or transition

Caitlin Lieder- Thursday 3am EST – for anyone of the field

Ruth Felt – Friday 9am EST – for those struggling with depression/anxiety

Britnee Love – TBD – for those in Reentry


Facebook Live Chat groups:  We have 9 Facebook Live Chat groups that will meet at the same time each week to be able to live chat for an hour. They are all “regular” for anyone type of groups.

Serina Klotz -Sunday 8pm EST – for anyone on the field

Abby Turner – Monday 3pm EST – for anyone on the field

Spring Davis- Tuesday 9am EST – for homeschooling moms

Emily Smith – Tuesday 4pm EST – for anyone on the field

Megan Smith – Wednesday 3pm EST – for anyone on the field

Becky Liu – Wednesday 9pm EST – for those in a cross-cultural marriage

Amber Taube -Thursday 10am EST – for anyone on the field

M’Lynn Taylor – Thursday 9 pm EST – returned “home” for 1+ years



Email groups: A regular group, open to anyone on the field without Facebook. This will be led by Becky Lieberman.

Facebook groups:  We have 14 Facebook groups. Five of them are “regular” for anyone type of groups. We will be launching in three waves, taking time zones around the world into consideration. Here you can see the name of each facilitator and the type of groups they will lead. More specific information on each mentor will be available when registration opens.

WAVE ONE (Tuesday, September 11th, 6 p.m. EST)

Joy Smalley – for those on Home Assignment/Furlough

Carolyn Stoker – for anyone on the field

Jenilee Goodwin – for boarding school moms

Kris Roth – for single women

Natalie Rebba – for homeschool moms

WAVE TWO (Wednesday, September 12th, 2 a.m. EST)

Rachel Kahindi – for anyone on the field

Elizabeth Shitemi – for anyone on the field

Kate Milosevic – for women married to nationals

Sarah Hilkemann – for single women

Dorette Skinner – for young moms

WAVE THREE (Wednesday, September 12th, 2 p.m. EST)

LeAnne Parham – for anyone on the field

Gail Lantz – for moms on the field

Jessica Maslen – for women in their 20s

MaDonna Maurer – for women with children with special needs

Jaimee Silva – for anyone on the field

Keep Me Up-to-date on Connection Group Happenings

Be the first to know when Spring & Fall Connection Group Registration opens.

Interested in Leading A Group?


  • A small group of women serving in different places across the world.
  • An opportunity to share and encourage one another.
  • An experience led by a group facilitator.
  • After updating each other on your week, your facilitator will lead a discussion based on the weekly theme and posts.
  • Velvet Ashes offers a spring session and a fall session of Connection Groups.
  • Registration is announced at Velvet Ashes and takes place on a first-come-first-serve basis.

There are three options for Connection Groups:

  • Skype Groups—Groups meet for a weekly video conference call at a designated time each week. Groups also have a private Facebook Group for further connection building. Discussions are led by the group facilitator.
  • Facebook Groups—Groups share throughout the week in a private Facebook group. No designated time. Questions and prompts are facilitated by the group facilitator throughout the week.
  • Email Groups—Groups happens via email. At the beginning of the week, the facilitator emails out the discussion questions (same questions the other groups use).  Group members then reply all throughout the week.  This group is reserved for those who cannot meet in a Skype group and don’t have Facebook.

Plus, we’ve got a group especially for people who are new to the field, will be transitioning this year, and going through transition and re-entry. So, if that’s you, be sure to look for those groups. You don’t want to walk through that alone!

Experience has shown that women experience the best connection in our Skype groups, so we encourage you to find a group with a time that works for you!

But we also know that having a designated time or unreliable internet is a barrier for many women.  That’s why we also offer Facebook Groups. Experience also taught us that this is a better option than email groups, because you can have a face to remember, and it’s easier to converse.

We know that some countries have limited or blocked access to Facebook, and that some people are not Facebook users.  That is why we have created an Email Group.  This option is for those people.

Note that some groups are specifically for those preparing for home assignment, returning permanently, or those currently re-adjusting to their home countries.

All of our facilitators have been selected and referenced as trustworthy women who have a heart to encourage others. Don’t feel like you have to have a facilitator that is in your same stage of life. Part of the beauty of Velvet Ashes is that we are a beautiful mix of all stages of life, and we have so much to offer each other.

That being said, if you really want to connect with another homeschooling mom, or another single woman, feel free to jump in her group if it works for you.

Find Community in Connection Groups

As women serving overseas, we all know how important it is to connect with other women living the same kind of story. We also know how difficult it can be for this to happen. That’s why Velvet Ashes created Connection Groups. We are thrilled to offer global women a place to share with each other. (And it’s free! No strings attached . . . just JOY!)