Don’t you wish you could find a kindred spirit among the limited amount of expats around you? (Or maybe you just wish there was another expat nearby.) Wouldn’t that make it not so lonely? Are you tired of trying to make your husband fill the role of being your “girlfriend” too? (I mean really how many times do you have to hear him say, “I’m sorry I am listening, but I don’t get it.”)
I imagine I am not alone in being alone or at least feeling alone. Well, there is no substitution for your real BFF that is miles away BUT If you have not heard of Velvet Ashes Connection groups, you are missing out!
I was fortunate enough to find out about them this past fall, and it has been such a blessing to me, my family, my team, and my work. (When you are poured into you become better in all these roles!)
I live in a place where there is little fellowship with others. So when I joined the connection group it was an amazing refreshment to my soul. I forgot what it felt like to be in a group of women with similar hearts for the unreached, similar frustrations, difficulties and joys….until the first time my group met! It quickly became the highlight of my week. My heart was lightened and filled with some added joy.
I picked a time that would work for me to make and with limited internet connection I chose the Facebook group chat. Each week we answered questions and encouraged each other, prayed for one another and CONNECTED. Mid-week there would be a question or picture to think on and reply to as we had a chance. God gave me an extra gift in that there was a woman in my group from the same country I am in, that only lives three hours from me! We have been able to meet up a couple times and are only a phone call away.
It is so easy to get tired, frustrated, and discouraged in the work that we are all involved in! But those are tactics of the enemy. I was feeling pretty isolated and dry, and this group was so powerful in putting truth back into my life in only the way we women can do/be for one another. Don’t think you can handle all you are doing without being poured into. Take the time to invest in other women and be loved on in return. I have been on my current field assignment for almost 12 years. I see so many women return home before the time they thought they would and a lot of it is due to loneliness, discouragement, and frustration. Thanks to Velvet Ashes and their staff (made up of long time workers overseas), they have been able to meet a real need, creating community where there is none. Whether via Skype, Facebook chat, or Facebook, don’t underestimate the power of joining together whatever the media! I pray that you will be blessed as much as I have when you join one of these groups! Looking forward to possibly meeting you in one of these groups.
Have you participated in a Velvet Ashes Connection Group on Facebook Chat? What advice do you have for someone who’s not sure they’ve got much to contribute? Connection Group registration will open the day after tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. EST. You can see the Connection Groups available this year here.