Have You Seen {July 31, 2016}

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: Get Ready

How to Dwell With Rats by Renee Aupperlee—”No one prepared me for rats. And I mean, big, urban, indestructible rats . . . IN OUR APARTMENT. After plenty of time together in southern California, our teammates waited until we were somewhere half way over the Pacific to tell me that we had a problem with rodents. I guess they wanted to make sure I couldn’t easily turn around and head home.”

We Got to Meet! {Book Club} by Amy Young—Read about getting to meet Michele in real life (!) and thoughts on Lilias Trotter’s journey mid-stream.

Others’ Grief: Hold it Loosely by Lauren Pinkston—”The people you love may have a hard time supporting your move abroad because they are processing their own grief of your leaving.”

Running for the Non-Runner {The Grove: Get Ready} by Amy Young—”Before a runner comes to the starting line, she needs to get ready for her race. It is the rare athlete who can show up to a race without any training. Here are four tips to help you get ready for your race.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesGetReady

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This week’s Instagram highlight comes from @kristin_tillotson for #velvetashesgetready:

“Packing for our ministry trip to the border. Trusty backpack, village clothes, essential oils (that are definitely essential this time of year #rainyseason #mosquitos #dengue), some Khmer reading material on what the Bible says about getting drunk, English and Khmer Bibles…and the thermometer, due to spiking a high temperature yesterday. Told the enemy that was enough and that we were going anyway #feverdisappeared#victoryinJesus #velvetashesgetready

Thinking of you, Kristin, and praying for your trip!

From Around the Web

Lots this week for kids: Three Free Spanish Apps for KidsPassport to the Olympics Printable, and 5 French Recipes to Cook with Kids.

M’s are Supposed to Suffer….So Am I Allowed to Eat Lobster?

On Vulnerability, Shame and Bipolar DisorderSoon after I came out of the hospital in Hungary, March 2015, I felt the Lord nudging me to share the whole of my story including my journey with bipolar disorder.

This Side of the Ocean – Friendship.

Finally, These Seeds.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

GET SET

Get ready, Get set, Go!

Last week we spent time around the first part of this series. Getting ready may involve more rats and grief than we would like. Right?

Now that we have looked at the emotional, behind the scenes part of getting ready, this week we explore the practical side as we Get Set.

Know of anyone getting ready to move to the field? Share this series. Or, if you’re getting ready to go to the field, we are here for you. The eight week series offers:

  • A weekly email timed to your departure date. Beginning six weeks before your departure and ending two weeks after your departure.
  • A host of resources to help you in this transition journey.
  • A community of people also transitioning overseas. The Facebook group will be a place of camaraderie, a place to share and know that you are not alone.

We know you all are full of the great practical advice you’ve learned along the way. Come share it! Bring your thoughts, photos, art, and stories as we explore “Get Set” at The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST. Don’t forget that throughout the week you can tag Instagram pictures #velvetashesgetset and you’ll be added to The Grove automatically. We will be waiting for you there.

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