Have You Seen? {June 12, 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.

Help a Sister Out

I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book about struggles people face on the field. I, Jana, began writing this book out of frustration. During a dark moment in the midst of my struggles, it was extremely difficult to find a decent book about struggles we face on the field. I needed a resource, someone to relate to, and I suddenly felt alone which causes the struggle to fester and become worse. I then thought of other men and women out there serving in even harder areas than me– maybe secluded, without electricity or community. So I began to write to them.

My hope is that others out there living and serving where God has called them will have a resource to help them feel not alone, understood, and helps in their pursuit of healing in whatever struggle they are facing. A huge part of this process is collecting data. I have created a 24-question survey that takes about 10-20 minutes to complete. If you have served overseas or are currently serving somewhere, I’d love it if you would take a few minutes to answer these questions. I’m only in one culture in the world doing one type of work, but I long for this book to be well-rounded, from all different cultures, backgrounds, and struggles. I’m very thankful for any and all input I receive as it helps in this process. You can answer a few questions or all of them, whatever you feel led to share with me. Take the survey here. Thank you!

Last Week’s Theme: Travel

Travel Stories: Cry Then, Laugh Now by Ashely Felder—”If you’ve been doing this overseas life thing for a while, I’m sure you have some good stories. Things like running through those mile-long airports to catch the next flight; showing up to the airport to find out someone’s ticket didn’t get logged; lost luggage; delays for hours..or days; waking up kids in the middle of the night to catch the first of several flights in a day; those same young kids not sleeping more than a few winks in a ridiculously long amount of time; puke, fevers, and more; being separated from your family by several aisles with no one willing to switch…and so on. (All these are real-life for me!)”

Half Way Around the World in 40 Days {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Seeing the suttee and suggesting rescuing the woman, it was said to Mr. Fogg, “Why, you are a man of heart.” “Sometimes,” replied Phileas Fogg, quietly; “when I have the time.” That interchange stood out to me, because it contains a truth I recognize in myself and M’Lynn touched on in her post last week.”

Amazing Race Moments by M’Lynn Taylor—”After cruising along for quite some time, little by little we don’t recognize any of our surroundings. The urban scene has turned a bit more rural and time seems to have slowed down. Instead of a shiny new airport freeway, we’re bumping along a village road, avoiding moon-crater potholes and watching chickens scurry along beside us. The realization that we’re cutting it pretty close hits us as the driver pulls over and asks a cluster of idle workers which way to the airport.”

Tips for Traveling Single by many Velvet Ashes Singles—”I have to say, traveling by myself (Amy) was one of the places I felt my singleness most profoundly. Schlepping all of my stuff by myself was a pain! Going to the bathroom could be a major production. We thought, ‘Hey, we’ve got a multitude of traveling experts, why not gather tips from them and we all help each other.’ Here are 24 tips.”

Treasure Trove of Travel Tips {The Grove: Travel} by Danielle Wheeler—Tips involving technology, kids, road tripping, podcasts and audio books, apps, and a few random tips.

From Around the Web

Facebook lies and other truths.

James Street Review is here. It’s a site where children around the ages of 10 – 16 review books written for kids. In other words, kids reviewing kids’ books.

Amy Sullivan’s next book in the Gutsy Girls series is here: Corrie and Betsie ten Boom!

That time I accidentally told someone to go to a witch doctor.

Sometimes It Feels Like Everyone Is Leaving.

How to Find Rest When Your Life is Anything but Restful.

Finally, A Prayer to Remember God’s With-ness.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

wait

It’s just about summer in the northern hemisphere, which is often a season of liminal space for cross-cultural workers. What are you waiting for right now?

  • A warm embrace from a family member
  • A circle of friends
  • A year’s worth of doctor, dental, vision, and counseling appointments
  • Financial support to come in
  • Presentations to make
  • Clarity
  • Inspiration
  • Renewal
  • Relief

In Invitations from God, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun writes that waiting is an invitation from God to let go of my need to control people and circumstances so I can trust that God is a hand and be present in the moment as it unfolds.

Summer feels so short, so we can easily yield to the pressure to cram it with people, places, and purchases. The result is often that the goodness of the moment gives way to stress, fear, excess, or loneliness though surrounded by loved ones.

But waiting has the ability to work our hearts wide open.

What awareness helps you remain in the present moment? What Scriptures accompany you in the waiting? What roadblocks do you encounter when you have to wait?

Bring your thoughts, art, and stories for Wait to The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST. We’ll be waiting for you there.

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5 Comments

  1. Phyllis June 12, 2016

    Hi, Jana! I filled out your survey, but then I realised that I should have given it more thought. I came up with two other areas that I have struggled with, almost as soon as I finished: documents and housing. Do you want to hear even more? 🙂

  2. Cecily June 12, 2016

    Jana, I filled out the survey, too.  I struggled with the question about sickness because none of the options were appropriate answers for me.  I didn’t answer the question, but then I was instructed to  answer that question before I could submit the form.  If you revise the form, maybe you could have:  Other (please explain).

    Also, I can ask others to fill out the form–men and women, if you would like more input.  We would all be working in the same country, but in different regions under different circumstances.  If you would like me to pass on the survey, could you give me a little blurb to attach with it?  You can contact me on Facebook: Cecily Willard

    1. Jana June 13, 2016

      I would love for you to share with others you think would like to answer the survey. Please email them the link with the paragraph blurb Velvet Ashes shared:

      I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book about struggles people face on the field. I, Jana, began writing this book out of frustration. During a dark moment in the midst of my struggles, it was extremely difficult to find a decent book about struggles we face on the field. I needed a resource, someone to relate to, and I suddenly felt alone which causes the struggle to fester and become worse. I then thought of other men and women out there serving in even harder areas than me– maybe secluded, without electricity or community. So I began to write to them.

      My hope is that others out there living and serving where God has called them will have a resource to help them feel not alone, understood, and helps in their pursuit of healing in whatever struggle they are facing. A huge part of this process is collecting data. I have created a 26-question survey that takes about 10-20 minutes to complete. If you have served overseas or are currently serving somewhere, I’d love it if you would take a few minutes to answer these questions. I’m only in one culture in the world doing one type of work, but I long for this book to be well-rounded, from all different cultures, backgrounds, and struggles. I’m very thankful for any and all input I receive as it helps in this process. You can answer a few questions or all of them, whatever you feel led to share with me. Take the survey here. Thank you!

      1. Cecily June 13, 2016

        Jana, I shared this on our private Facebook page.  So hopefully you will get some more responses from here!

  3. Jana June 13, 2016

    Hey everyone! I would LOVE your personal stories if you felt that the survey wasn’t enough space for you to express all your struggles and experiences with me. Please email me at [email protected]! I am loving all the the responses from all over the world– each a different culture, different experience, and different voices! This is exactly the research I need to create a whole-hearted book on struggles we face in the field! Thanks for your desire to share! -Jana

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