Have You Seen? {August 13, 2017}

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.

Ministry Rhythm Reminder

For the month of July and August we have one less post a week. Thursday morning (Asia)/Wednesday afternoon (EST) your inbox will be empty. Our Social Media streams will be quiet. As a community we will use these blank spots as a reminder we are practicing ministry rhythms together.

Last Week’s Theme: Welcome to the Field

Bring Your Great Expectations to the Field by Lauren Pinkston—”Those of us who have been serving abroad a bit longer? We may have become jaded. We may have forgotten what energizes us and catapults us out of bed in the morning. We may be so far removed from the people we were when we first stepped onto the soil of our host country, that we forget. Those expectations? They’re what moved us overseas in the first place.”

In Which I Fall In Love with Ove by Amy Young—”What the cover does not say and lets you discover is this: the author is a masterful storyteller. Ove’s disgust or annoyance is palpable. That a cat can have such a presence in so few scenes?! Masterful. And that grief leaves a person adrift in their own lives, relatable.”

Weird Ways I’ve Had to Adapt by E. Marilyn White—”Oh dear reader, welcome to the wild, wonderful, infuriating, fulfilling, expanding life overseas. Part of this journey of serving and giving a part of your heart to another culture is that you will adapt in ways you don’t exactly expect.”

What You’ll Find {The Grove} by Laura Bowling—”Overseas life is hellos and goodbyes, transition and change. What you find in this space, however, is community, encouragement and growth. When I first heard about this site, I was feeling incredibly lonely, adjusting to my third country of service, and focusing on growing in my relationship with the Father. God brought Velvet Ashes into my life exactly when I needed a safe place to share and to be known.”

From Around the Web

When Cross-Cultural Workers Starve

Ask a Counselor: How Can I Help My Anxious Child Through Transition?

Strong in the Broken: When Cancer and Life Collide

The Ultimate List of 2017 Solar Eclipse Resources

Finally, 5 Ways to Pray When You’re Too Stressed to Know How

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Our excitement this month at Velvet Ashes continues as we are in the second week of our four week “Welcome” Series.

Here’s what the four weeks will hold:

This week we will focus on “Welcome to Living Cross-Culturally.” Equal emphasis on living and cross-culturally.

Last week Lauren wrote about bringing your great expectations to the field. We need you to bring your energy. We need you to bring your enthusiasm. We need you to bring your hopes.

But we want you to know that we don’t need you to bring them so we can use you.

We want you to LIVE. To make a home. To belong.

And for you to embrace and thrive cross-culturally. To become proficient in keeping yourself fed (cooking is going to take more effort than you can image right now, but don’t lose heart! We will help.). To continue familiar interests and build new ones.  To have your tongues learn new sounds and vocabulary.

This week we will focus on what it means to LIVE in a CROSS-CULTURAL contexts.

Have you been following Kathryn Bronn, a member of our Instagram team? She moved to Costa Rica last week and has been chronicling her adjustments to the field with us via Velvet Ashes Stories. You will be able to follow along and comment as she goes through her first month. (You can find the InstaStories along the top of Instagram.  Look for the Velvet Ashes Logo and join in the fun). If you’re not following us, now is a good time to start!

This week we want to hear from YOU.

You who have been there. What can you add to the conversation when it comes to  #VelvetAshesWelcomeToLivingCrossCulturally? Also share on Instagram using #VelvetAshesWelcomeToTheField and #VelvetAshesWelcome. Also join the conversation in the comments and at The Grove, Thursday 6 p.m. EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

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