Have You Seen? {August 12, 2018}

Welcome to Have You Seen? We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Summer Rhythms

We continue with a quiet Thursday and no post this month. As a community we don’t want to talk about season rhythms without living them. What seasonal rhythms have you put into place as a cross-cultural worker?

Last Week’s Theme: Serving

Overcoming Shame to Serve Fruitfully by Lilly—”Unresolved grief, transition and culture shock were some of the variables that contributed to this time of struggle. What I didn’t quite recognize then was that I was a perfectionist. I had high and unrealistic standards for myself, my confidence in God’s delight in me was based on my performance, and I still lived in fear of punishment. As I struggled deeply with anxiety, jealousy, anger, and fears of all kinds, I also struggled with something else: shame.”

The Land-of-Almost-Awake {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I am aching that Elsa is experiencing bullying at school and that her main advocate has died. I’m so curious to find out if the secret language between Elsa and Granny is an actual language. I’m guessing it is based on the fact that The Monster spoke it.”

The Work of the Lord- Is It All on Me? by Erika Sawatzky—”When we left the city with the drab little, rented Bible Centre, the Bible studies, and the people, the work didn’t stop. We simply weren’t as involved in it. The Lord has continued to work in the hearts and minds of the new believers and everyone else we try to touch.”

Drowning in a Pit of Do-Do {The Grove} by Patty S—”Learning the true source of my value – rooted in my belovedness in Christ, not in my acts of service – was already a long and winding path with multiple sidebars with God. Here was an invitation to take another step.”

From Around the Web

Check out a new book from David Joannes exploring the motivations and expectations of overseas workers, including ideas for how to find your place and thrive on the field! Find it on our resource page or on Amazon.

How Crazy is TOO Crazy?

Unhelpful Things People Say in Risk: We Need More Martyrs

Welcoming a Cross-Cultural Roommate

Fictitious Billy and God’s Highest Calling

Amy Young was interviewed about Velvet Ashes by Compassion Radio. It was divided into three parts: one, two, and three.

Rest For the Soul in the Midst of Dirty Dishes

Finally, Why You Need to Be Gentle with Yourself

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Pictures on the wall signal a settled home.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to settle in to our houses overseas. Perhaps furniture looks very different from what you are used to, or the apartment you rented comes with window-less pink walls or tacky yellow curtains with no alternatives available. Pinterest might not load and our less-than-creative brains don’t know how to make these spaces home.

We are in week two of our August series to welcome you to the field and to this community. Over the month we will look at serving, homemaking, enculturating, and Velvet Ashing. This week we are talking about the places and spaces that might be hard to call home just yet. What does the process of homemaking look like for you? What advice would you share with someone just about ready to depart who has no idea what kind of dwelling will greet them?

Share your ideas with us at The Grove and we can’t wait to see all of your beautiful pictures on Instagram this week of how you are making your space your home! Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesHomemaking.

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