Connection Group registration for our Fall Session is officially open!!
“What is a Connection Group?” you say? And why would you make time in your already busy life for this?
Because, dear one, this is for you. It’s not something to add to the long list of important needs you are meeting. This is refreshment poured into your soul so that you can keep pouring yourself out for all those important needs. If you’re not taking time to fill yourself up, to meet your very real need for connection and encouragement, you’ll soon be running on empty.
Connection Groups are weekly Skype sessions with you, a mentor, and up to 4 other ladies serving (or formerly serving) overseas. Imagine a weekly time to curl up in your favorite chair for deep, life-giving conversation with women who truly get the life you’re living.
Sound amazing? It is. But don’t take my word for it.
“After 8 years serving on the field, I was feeling empty. There had been so many orientations, teamwork meetings, flights, furloughs, church updates, good-byes, leading Bible studies, hosting work teams, and being the only one to teach Children’s church. I felt empty. I was still in the Word, but there was something I was missing.
My best friend and husband was great, but he didn’t have this need to share and relate with other women who were going through the same thing. Our other teammates were a gift to do ministry with, but there are times when since you share everything together you need a break.
When I first heard of Velvet Ashes starting connection groups for women, I thought, ‘No, way. I don’t have time for one more thing. I don’t need one more investment of pouring into a relationship and with people I don’t even know.’
Then I realized this is exactly what I have been praying for. Thank you, Lord, for this gift. I’d been longing to share experiences with women who have gone through the struggles and joys I have. Even though I had never met these ladies, they understood what burnout meant and how to help with it. They understood that furlough and fundraising did not mean vacation, but a much needed rest and continued work trip.
Jim Elliot said, ‘It is true that a fellow cannot ignore women, but he can think of them as he ought- as sisters, not as sparring partners.’ Our connection groups became this even after just one Skype meeting – sisters praying for one another.
It was an honest place where we could be ourselves and not have to seem like perfect ‘overseas workers.’
It was a time where we could share and others had been through what we had and offered encouragement or prayers and suggestions if they had no clue what to offer.
We were all real women doing real life in similar situations. And there was real beauty as there were no fights, gossip, or judgments.
We had no reason to mask ourselves. Our one connection was the Lord and similar serving situations. It was a true place to talk and be uplifted.
Despite all the distractions technology has brought us, it has also been a blessing. It makes us possible to mentor, be mentored, and be encouraged with just a click for one hour a week through these special groups. As Colossians 3: 12 says, ‘Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another.’ I was so thankful to openly do that with these fellow sisters without feeling inadequate.
I hope you can have this too – others praying for you, understanding what you are going through, and encouraging you.”
-Amanda Wurdeman serving in St. Vincent
Like I said…amazing!
Click here to see the Connection Group times that are available. Choose the time that works for you! Groups close when full.
Our fall session runs for 8 weeks beginning the week of September 29 and end the week of November 17.
What aspect of Connection Groups appeals to you? Excited about this opportunity? Do share!