Have You Seen? {March 29, 2015}

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.

Have you signed up for the Velvet Ashes Retreat?

If not, go ahead over to the registration site before you forget (or am I the only one who intends to do things and forgets?) Our own Danielle shared about the retreat at A Life Overseas. And Taking Route also mentioned it. We love it that we’re all in this together. If you’ve shared about the retreat let us know at [email protected], we’d love to stop by and say thank you!

Last Week’s Theme: Sent

Two Undeniable Words + Thai Sticky Chicken Fingers by Ashley Felder — “He was in China at the time and on our first very long-distance phone call (after the “can we start dating?” phone call–talk about a surprise from across the world!), he laid it out for me. He felt the Lord calling him to stay in China, and if I wasn’t on board with that, we shouldn’t date. Wow, dude.”

 Expected to Perform At Super Normal Levels? {Book Club} by Amy Young — “But doesn’t the idea of freedom and accountability resonate with you? Freedom within standards. Standards that are broad enough so that one person or marriage or family doesn’t have to be like others. Freedom not to live in fear that we are disappointing someone (maybe we don’t even know who the “someone” is) or not living up to the unspoken standards.”

When You Don’t Feel Called and He Does by Jessica Hoover — “If you aren’t on board with the mission you need to tell him. The health of your marriage is paramount. Your ministry on the field is only as strong as your marriage is behind closed doors.”

Allowing Our Hearts to Be Shepherded Abroad by Lauren Pinkston –“So at the first sign of misunderstanding between our supporters and us, I balked. I’m telling you girls. This was not my most shining moment as a Superstar Christian. I told my husband we didn’t need our sending fellowship or its money.”

What “Send Me” Really Means {The Grove: Sent} by Patty Stallings — “When YOU said, “Here am I. Send me” you probably had no idea what you were really signing up for. Isaiah could have told us…(these six points)”

From Around the Web

The IF Gathering noticed in presentations quite a few references to marriage and motherhood decided to chat with two singles and wondered how this struck them. You can watch the interview here. This article has interesting stats related to ratio of singles (male and female) coming to the field.

What examples of love are evident in your culture? Have they helped you to see your own calling in a unique way? Asks Danielle Snyder in this post: Love Like a Gangster.

Four thought provoking reads in our line of work:

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. Leonard Cohen

With the triumphal entry to Jerusalem, it’s tempting to want to jump over the messy middle part of this week and get to Easter. We’re not alone. Even those who had been with Jesus and heard him drop bread crumbs (and directly say) where he was headed couldn’t imagine the horrors to come. The betrayal, the injustice, the humiliation, and let’s not underplay or romanticize the pain.

We love because he first loved us. We are people of incarnation. We believe in it, we live it, we hurt because of it. We are also wounded because a scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.

In light of the hope we have in Jesus the theme this week is scars. What scars have you brought to the field? What scars do you now bear because of your cross-cultural work? What wounds are just not healing?

Join us in the conversations happening throughout the week.  Write your own posts about the prompt “Scars” and bring it to link up at The Grove, beginning Thursday 6pm EST.  See you there!


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