Have You Seen? {June 14th, 2020}

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Last Week’s Theme: Going

5 Reflective Tips on Going + Granola Energy Bites by Ashley Felder—”Dear Starry-Eyed Self, you’ve spent the better part of the last year preparing to go to the field. You’ve shared with countless people your dreams to reach the unreached. You’ve experienced difficulties in fundraising, only to see the Father provide in unforeseen and miraculous ways.”

The Story is Real {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”Teamwork is difficult. Interpersonal relationships are complicated, and sometimes the task would be simpler, more efficient if we struck out alone. But this section of the book demonstrates how much we need others.”

A Pep Talk for Those Who Go by Lauren Pinkston—”If you’re just embarking on your journey, GO! Go get ‘em out there. Tackle that language and buy all the weird foods on the street. Fall in love like mad with your new home overseas.”

I’ll Be Your Big Sister for a Minute by Sarah Hilkemann—”Like so much of this life, there is joy and there is sorrow in the moments of preparation to head to the field. We have to make room in our hearts for the good and the hard, which is no easy task. In the midst of it all, those valleys and mountain tops, here are a few pieces of big-sister advice I would pass on to you for the preparation days.”

From Around the Web

Resources to Teach Children about Racial Justice from Multicultural Kid Blogs

Five Tips to Keep Up with Language Learning While Off the Field from Global Trellis

Strangers in Covidland from A Life Overseas

Latest podcast from Taking Route: Leaving Your Host Country During the Pandemic

On Instagram: Remember to Not Lift Alone and more stories from Bumps, Births, and Babies Abroad

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

“I’m arriving, and it feels like I am home!”

You might have been able to belt out these words of “Show Yourself” as you first settled into your new home, or it might have felt the exact opposite. This week we want to talk about arriving!

Culture shock, honeymoon periods, feeling uprooted, language mishaps. All of these can be part of those first few days and weeks in your new location. As in each season of transition, there are joys and sorrows, challenges and breakthroughs.

Tell us your stories this week of how God met you as you arrived. Tell us about the embarrassing moments that now bring on all the laughter, about the moments that will forever be part of your cross-cultural journey. If you haven’t arrived yet, what are you most looking forward to?

Share on social media with the hashtag #VelvetAshesArriving.


We know the importance of Sabbath, and here at Velvet Ashes we don’t want to just talk about it. We also want to be intentional about it. For the past six years, we have taken one week out of the year to be silent—no blog posts, social media updates or book club—and use this time for rest, refreshment and creating space to listen. We do this for you and with you. We want to give you a heads up that Sabbath week is coming, starting June 28 to July 4. Curious about our past conversations about Sabbath? Check out more HERE.

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