Have You Seen? {September 26th, 2021}

We have great upcoming themes with openings listed on our Submissions page! We invite you to ponder the words that God might have you share with the community. Learn more here.

Last Week’s Theme: Sexuality

The Day I Kept Quiet by Maria Mullet—”So then, is the fight for sexual wholeness. It’s a fight we lend to our brothers and sisters. And I think we who live in foreign lands, especially those charged with sexual immorality at every turn, need to be especially aware of how we can fight for those in our families, on our teams.”

In Humility, Consider Others {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”This is where I’ve felt most tension with my home country and culture since my cross-cultural life began. It is especially hard when it involves the church – and that is often on issues of sexuality. Instead of ministering to the world from the unity we all have in Christ, Christians on one side (either side) of an issue begin seeing Christians on the other side as their enemies.”

My Sex Life Died On the Field by Rachel Trotter—”The combination of these factors turned out to be a pressure cooker for me. I walked through that dark season of my life cloaked in secrecy and shame. Even after it was mostly over and the light was shining through, I carried enough shame that I could only speak or write about my troubles obliquely. Never explicitly.”

From Around the Web

On Leaving Home: Embracing the Sojourner Spirit

Follow this series on Postpartum Depression over on Global Trellis

On Launching our Children

Music: Sufficient for Today

Finally, How Weakness is the Only Way

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

You are not alone.

The mental health of our global worker community matters to us. Shame can keep these struggles in the dark, fear over appearing weak or losing support and needing to return silencing us.

It’s hard to ask for help. It’s hard to admit when we are struggling. But we were never meant to walk those paths alone.

We are grateful for three women who are leading the way in sharing vulnerably this week about mental health. In their honest and tender words, may you find a glimmer of hope to keep going. To send that message to someone to say, “I need to talk.”

We also want to give you resources for when you don’t know where to turn. Please reach out to us if there is a way we can walk with you. Also know that these are hard subjects and if there’s pain in your past related to depression, anxiety or mental health struggles that may be triggered, there’s so much grace to skip this week and join us for the next topic.

Thank you for being here.

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