Have You Seen? {October 20, 2019}

Last Week’s Theme: Passport Cultures

We are a Unique Tribe by Bayta Schwarz—”While we’re all pros at learning and adapting and working hard at fitting in, we’re also all sometimes tired of that and long for a space to feel normal (whatever that might mean). So entering yet another cross-cultural space can be hard.”

Standing on the Holy Ground of Brokenness {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”It’s not an ending, not a all-tied-up-with-a-bow and everything-is-fine conclusion. I don’t think that’s what we want anyway, someone telling us how they ‘arrived’ and we can too. Honestly, there will still be struggles, still be brokenness in us and in the world around us. BUT. We are loved by a God who does fill up our empty places, who gives us strength for one more day.”

God Speaks Your Language by Adora Wong—”God speaks my language. He speaks yours, too. He is a God of all cultures, and He does not hide Himself within only a few of them. When Psalm 117:1 declares, ‘Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples’, I now imagine a great exaltation in so many languages that we won’t be able to comprehend, and not just one monolingual chant. How glorious that will be!”

The Gift of Belonging by Lilly—”I compared our family with other families who seemed to have what I longed for. I had friends. We had our small group from church. But something was missing that had been a big part of my life.I looked for home in people and developed sinful habits of seeking refuge and safety in what they thought of me.”

The Richness of our Diversity {The Grove: Passport Cultures} by Sarah Hilkemann—”We understand what it is like to be the stranger, to be welcomed by new friends despite language barriers. We ache when we say goodbye yet again, and when we miss important family occasions and holiday traditions back home. We are united in these ways, but we are also diverse.”

From Around the Web

On Scarcity and Abundance

6 Questions for Clarity

Yes, the Kids Know

Be the Bridge: Podcast interview with Latasha Morrison

Finally, The Need for Seasonal Bookends During Change

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Many of us are confronted by poverty issues every day. Our reactions can vary: guilt, compassion, overwhelm. The issue is complicated and the layers can feel daunting.

But we don’t want to shy away from tough conversations, and so we are opening up the topic of poverty this week. Here’s a taste of the posts this week and the ways we can be thinking and engaging with this theme.

“This poverty taught me that humanity could live off little and still survive. It also taught me, however, to carry guilt over any purchase or perceived luxury I might experience in its face.”

“These problems are far bigger than me, and I am only responsible to do my part. However, I still had daily decisions to make. Will giving here make the problems worse?”

“What came out of that were years of unprecedented testimonies of community needs being met locally that we as foreigners would never have been made aware of.

“There is much evidence suggesting that the way we engage with marginalized communities can either mobilize them further, or it can disenfranchise them further.”

We want your voice too. What are the things we need to be talking about related to poverty? What are you learning about what ministry looks like among the poor?

Share your thoughts in the comments on the blog this week, and respectfully add your thoughts on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesPoverty.

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