Have You Seen? {August 27, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Welcome to Ministry Life

That Time Paul Talked About Breastfeeding by Elizabeth Trotter—”But I couldn’t brush Paul’s words off. I remembered how physically demanding it was to be a nursing mother. I had to speak out: ‘We have this idea of a mother with her nursing baby that’s all sweetness and light. But it’s not. It’s really hard work. You have to feed yourself well, so you can feed your baby. You have to get up at all hours of the night to care for a crying child, and you have to try not to be cranky about all that lost sleep.’ “

From Around the Web

When Hard Things Happen Back Home

Strong in the Broken: Thriving through Chronic Illness by Singing and Dancing

Flying Economy Class

What You Can Fit in a 50lb Bag (or Four)

Can mold really be an adventure?

Finally, Toward Becoming A Father or Mother in the Faith

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

We’ve welcomed you to the field. We’ve welcomed you to living cross-culturally and to ministry life. This week we’re wrapping up our series by welcoming you to the beautiful beast called “team.”

There’s nothing quite like the joys or the headaches … I mean, challenges that come with working and living as a team overseas. This week, we’re going to be very real about team (whatever that looks like for you), because it’s an area that the enemy loves to target. We want to be an online community that breathes life into the community that is physically and daily right there with you. We want to help each other be the community God created his people to be.

Have you been following Kathryn Bronn, a member of our Instagram team? She moved to Costa Rica in early August 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!

So join the discussion this week in the comments. Show us your team on Instagram with #VelvetAshesWelcometoTeam. Bring your blog posts to the Grove. What has God taught you through team living? If you’re experiencing deep frustration or heartache from team relationships, we want to hold you up in prayer. Email prayer requests here and our prayer team will pray for you.


  1. Britney August 29, 2017

    I am so grateful to have found Velvet Ashes via Instagram! As a family in the process of moving overseas, all of you who have shared your blog posts complete with advice, struggles, and joys have encouraged me so much. I look forward to catching up on these multiple series posts and gleaning from all of you who have walked this road before me. Thanks again!

    1. Britney August 29, 2017

      Not sure how I posted a gigantic picture of myself. Ha! Maybe you could delete that part? ?

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