connection GROUPS

A place for "Me too!"

Registration will open on September 11th! These are the spring groups to give you a sense of the type of groups we have.

Click here to register to learn about fall registration.

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

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

Here is a taste of the groups available:

Skype groups: We have 7 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 .

Monday 11:00 a.m. EST Jodie Pine— for moms with adopted children
Monday 8:00 p.m. EST Elizabeth Shitemi — for anyone on the field
Monday 10:00 p.m. EST Shannon— re-entry to your passport country
Tuesday 7:45 p.m. EST Amanda Wu — for anyone on the field

Wednesday 11:00 a.m. EST Debbie Cowles – for anyone on the field
Wednesday 8:30 p.m. EST Elisa Groth—for anyone on the field
Wednesday 10:00 p.m. EST Karen Tan—for anyone on the field


Facebook Live Chat groups:  We have 6 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.

Monday 9:00 a.m. EST Spring Davis—for anyone on the field

Tuesday 9:00 p.m. EST Serina Klotz— for anyone on the field
Thursday 3:00 a.m. EST Melissa Lundquist — for anyone on the field
Thursday 11:00 a.m. EST Hannah Stump— for anyone on the field
Thursday 3:00 p.m. EST Julie Workman — for anyone on the field
Saturday 9:00 a.m. EST Becky Liu—for women in a cross-cultural marriage


Email groups: A regular group, open to anyone on the field without Facebook. Megann Patrick will facilitate.

Facebook groups:  We have 23 Facebook groups. Seven of the 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, February 20th, 6 p.m. EST)
Kiera Duncan — for moms on the field with young children

MaDonna Maurer — for moms with children with special needs

Krista Roth — for singles on the field

Jenilee Goodwin — for anyone on the field

Tiffany Lanier — for anyone on the field

Rachel Vazquez — for anyone on the field

Carolyn Stoker — for anyone on the field

WAVE TWO (Wednesday, February 21st, 2 a.m. EST)
Kate Milosevic— for women married to nationals

Bayta Schwarz — for anyone on the field

Rachel Kahindi — for anyone on the field

Jessica Maslen — for anyone on the field

Sally Pim— for anyone of the field

Kamanda Bucher— for anyone on the field

Diana Ventura— for anyone on the field


WAVE THREE (Wednesday, February 21st, 1 p.m. EST)
Hadassah Doss — for those returning home

Kaylee Kelm — for wives who are struggling while their husbands are thriving

Joy Smalley — for anyone on the field

Raven Cruz — for anyone on the field

Jaimee Silva — for anyone on the field

Amy Cartwright — for for anyone on the field

Marie Foote — for those in re-entry

Ruth Lemmen — for anyone on the field

Natalie Arnold — for young moms 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!)