Have You Seen? {August 6, 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: Share

Soul Sisters by Nancy Mauger—”I wanted to take her something unique from the country I live in but what do you buy for someone that you have never really met? As I wandered around the souvenir shop fingering beads, purses and other trinkets, I wondered what my ‘virtual’ friend was like. Toya and I had become acquainted a year previous, sharing our thoughts, feelings and laughter over the irony of overseas living during a Velvet Ashes Connection Group. In spite of the 6500 miles of physical distance between Central America and Africa, our friendship grew as we met with our group each week.”

Day In and Day Out {Book Club} by Kimberlee Conway Ireton—”The bulk of our days are lived in Ordinary Time, in the daily choices of our ordinary, every day lives. The church fathers knew what they were doing when they called this season time that counts, when they chose the color green. They knew that it is in the commonplace that courage for the crisis is forged. They knew that it is in the daily choices we make that our character is formed. They knew that it is in the ordinary round of our days and weeks and months that we grow.”

Share Your Lighter Side by Amy Young—”Today’s post is going to be a little different because I want to hear from YOU! Yes, you, you who rarely comment or you who often comment. You who are reading this. Hi! Hi to you :). We had so much fun before asking and answering questions we thought we’d bring it back, allowing us to connect on other aspects of who we are.”

The Day I Decided to Become a Student of Culture {The Grove: Share} by Kelly Delp—”This moment in my process of cultural adaptation was a turning point for me. I became someone who asked questions. I became someone who was constantly striving to learn rather than to teach. I began to ask questions of my friends about their homes rather than sharing with them about mine.”

From Around the Web

Single Overseas? 8 lessons from someone who did it all wrong

The Fine Line Between Expat Chaos and Rhythm

I Am Not Cut Out For This

Strong in the Broken: Facing Infertility Abroad

Is Conflict with Teammates Really the Top Reason for Missionaries Leaving the Field?

Finally, Dear New Cross-Cultrual Worker

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

We are so excited about the month of August here at Velvet Ashes. We are starting a four week “Welcome” Series to all the wonderful women who will be moving (or have recently moved) to the field.
Here’s what the four weeks will hold:
  • Welcome to the Field
  • Welcome to Living Cross-Culturally
  • Welcome to Ministry Life
  • Welcome to Team

Looks to be a fantastic month, right? If you’ve been on the field, we need you to chime in and comment, sharing your stories too. This will be a good month to look back and see how far the Lord has brought you.

But wait, there’s more! Kathryn Bronn who is part of our Instagram team is moving to Costa Rica this weekend. She’s going to share her adjustments live 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!

Kathryn and Amy planning the Instastory fun

Who can you share this four series with? Who do you know who will be moving to the field? Does your organizational leadership know about this series? Please help get the word out.

This first week we will tell those new #WelcomeToTheField . . . how can you help us welcome them? and share on Instagram using #VelvetAshesWelcomeToTheField. 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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