The Missionary Kid: Amazing yet Different

This week WBTS is focusing on the MISSIONARY KID.   We have many exciting things planned in their honor:  lots of pictures, some special prayer requests, and even a give-away just for the MKs!

The following is an excerpt of a MK post from our archive, to see the original,  which includes a personal story of my children as well as a video of them singing click here.

 

Amazing yet Different

When you hear “Missionary Kid” you may think: Awkward, sibling of many, matching clothes, curtain kids (my husband’s invention), cheesy prayer card pic, or just a tad different.

403422_10152014672991494_1927816697_nAs much as I would like for these stereotypes to not exists, they do.   The glances at the new kid walking into Sunday school, the little girls talking about the strange missionary girl in the bathroom stall next to the missionary mom, the awkward moments of welcoming the MK back to America after years of foreign culture… those exist as well.

Yet really: they are just kids:   sweet, resilient, quiet yet talkative, amazing yet different kids.     How can a kid’s life be amazing but different?

AMAZING

In America: they get to travel all over and meet some awesome Christians.   They are spoiled and given to sacrificially by those they meet. They  visit some very interesting places,

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and meet some pretty amazing friends along the way.

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On their Foreign Field: They will meet some amazing people and see first hand how Christ can transform someone’s life.  They will see places other American children only learn about in their Geography books.

 

The adventures can be endless.

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They get first hand lessons on how much they truly have and the difficulties they face are but minimal, a lesson every child could benefit from..

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Amazing indeed yet

DIFFERENT:

In America: They are usually home-schooled in the car, hotel, prophets chamber or anywhere in between.

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The friends they instantly make on the road soon disappear. Easter brunches with Grandmom must be missed.   Home as they knew it quickly disappears.

On their Foreign Field: They must adapt to a new culture, often learn a new language.  The first year or so they may not understand church at all.

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They miss their grandparents, family, and friends everyday, as awesome as skype is, it can’t replace their embrace.

 

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They will see their youth class promote cool events on facebook yet know it will be years before they will attend and those that promised to stay in touch will eventually fade.

Their life is amazing yet different.

I often think about my children, I often wonder how their current situation is affecting them. I wonder if the things they are missing may tug at them a little more then I realize. But after thinking and praying I watch my kids and realize one thing… they are just kids.   At times, my kids struggle in school… so do yours. At times, my kids have an attitude…. so do yours. At times they have a blast playing sports…. so do yours. At times they make me so proud… so do yours. At times they scare me……. so do yours. As a parent of  just a kid my responsibility is huge, I have read many books and spent much time in prayer, as I’m sure most Christian parents do.  My job as a parent of a missionary kid is the same as yours: to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Don’t feel sorry for missionary kids, don’t let your children be the reason you don’t surrender to missions.  Serving Christ is one of the most amazing things you can do and my kids get to do it at an early age.

Sure there are things you can do to help with the differences:   Pray for them, don’t judge so quick when a MK says Ya instead of Yes mam (that is just the way they say it in some places).   Attempt to stay in touch,   help keep them connected to kids from America.  Include them in your children’s activities and bible studies.  But don’t feel sorry for them….

God has given them a different yet Amazing life.

Proud mom of 5 MKs,

Amy

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  • 4 thoughts on “The Missionary Kid: Amazing yet Different

    1. I’ll never forget curtain kids! I love everyone in your crazy bunch! Thanks for sharing this. It’s so much more real to me now that I’m on the field.

    2. You made me cry. This is so true! Our kids have so many advantages, yet there are the disadvantages, too. Which all adds up to “normal” yet not normal. We are thankful our kids had these advantages–and so are they!

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