Have You Seen? {December 9, 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.

In five years, Velvet Ashes has grown into a community of 7,000 women spread across more than 120 countries. There are approximately 137,500 English-speaking women who are serving cross-culturally. That’s a lot of women who could use a virtual shoulder of understanding, a bright spot of camaraderie, and bucketful of resources. And a lot of women in need of the strength we find together.

We truly believe our community is “Better Together”. This year’s campaign goal is to raise $25,000 to fuel the impact of our not-for-profit organization in the coming year.

We are excited to report we have raised $10,172.00 so far! Make sure you head over to our Better Together page for live updates and to join in making your donation!


MAP Global is a support agency that exists for the callings of its individual partners. Providing all of the services of a traditional sending agency, MAP Global is different in that our org. chart is upside down with your ministry and calling at the top.  If you are entrepreneurial, pioneering and obediently following God as He leads you into new territory, MAP Global might be the perfect fit for you! Check out MAPGlobal.org for details and use promo code “Velvet” to receive 50% off of when submitting the Partnership Application.

Last Week’s Theme: Keeping Watch 

An Exciting Announcement and an Invitation! by Danielle Wheeler—”People often wonder how Velvet Ashes does what it does. The answer is simple – God’s grace. His grace comes to us in the form of our amazing team of volunteers. Were it not for more than 60 ladies giving thousands of hours, this community would not be possible. We are women who give to make this community possible because we believe in it. We know first-hand the needs and challenges women face on the field, and we see the incredible ways that God is moving in this community.”

It’s Fruitcake Weather! {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”Growing up in the United States, there were a few markers of the coming of Christmas for me. First was the arrival of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. My grandmother would put up the Christmas tree for us to decorate. Every branch and sub-branch must have an ornament! Second was singing from the Christmas section of the hymnal during Sunday worship. Finally, we would get out of school for the holidays and start packing to visit grandparents.”

Keep Watch Pastora by Liz Kamper—”Today the rain has been swirling like snow flurries, which for this Michigan girl, has been just fine as I prep and plan for not one, not two, but three big holiday parties in connection with our ministry here in Costa Rica. I poured myself another cup of coffee because in the mountains of Costa Rica, you do need wool socks and a sweater and copious amounts of café.  It seemed like the perfect day to start the Christmas music and read the old familiar story from Luke 2.”

No Busses, No Taxis, and Yet… by Danielle Wheeler—”If you’ve followed the news on Nicaragua, you know the incredible turmoil that the country has faced this year. Civil unrest, revolution, and violent crackdowns have been Nicaragua’s story. In the midst of this, a woman from the Velvet Ashes community contacted us. She told us that she and a group of other women wanted to take part in the Velvet Ashes Retreat. She asked for prayer because she didn’t know how this would be possible.”

Hope for the (not-so) Happiest Season of All {The Grove: Keeping Watch} by Amber Taube—”Outside of my home, I am yet to see any holly or mistletoe. No halls are decked and we certainly don’t hear any jingle bells. We do hear bells ringing out to other gods bright and early every morning, but that inspires different feelings. Beyond that, the season we find ourselves walking through this Christmas happens to be more difficult and dark than merry and bright. There is uncertainty about the future and few things that lift the spirits for more than a few moments.”

From Around the Web

Holidays for Cross-Cultural Kids

Receive and Be Healed  

Finding Jesus in the Midst of Miscarriage 

Gift Guides for Expatriates, 2018 

In a world gone mad, sympathy is not enough. Here’s something that is…

Finally, When Preparing for Christmas Feels like Preparing for a Final Exam 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

fear not

Luke 2:9-10 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” 

Fear not.

Easier said than done, am I right? Natural disasters, violence, unrest, deadly diseases, family issues back home. A constant stream of worries can lay heavy on our hearts, never mind the phone call out of the blue or the change we weren’t prepared for that can knock us off our feet.

This angel offered the shepherds a message of joy instead of fear. As we bow our hearts before the throne this season, putting those fear burdens down at the feet of the God of comfort and peace, we can find this joy too.

This week we can link arms and hearts to give grace for the fears that resist and cling tight. There will be posts that offer vulnerable stories and hope that fills. The Grove is a place to join together as we wrap up the week. Use this post to ponder what the Father has taught you through the week, share your thoughts with the Instagram community, and add your insights through the comments. This week, let’s share our stories of how God has met us in our fear on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesFearNot.

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