[Are you an MK? Please briefly submit the reason(s) you loved growing up as you did in the comments space below! And don’t miss the video.]
I’ve received several emails, lately, that ended with a disheartened question like this one: “Is it even possible to raise a happy MK?”
Yes. A resounding yes! That’s why I try so hard to point out potential pitfalls so we can identify and disarm them, enabling our young people to thrive in the blessings of growing up between worlds.
Regardless of the inherent challenges, I have yet to meet an MK of any age who wishes he/she hadn’t been born into the complex, transitory and enriching world of international ministry. Even those who carry the burdens of unresolved pain and lack of full belonging to any of their cultures will declare without any hesitation that they simply wouldn’t give it up for anything.
I should know what it feels like to love being an MK—I am one of them. And though my journey has held its share of hurdles and injuries, it has also imprinted my life with experience, understanding and perspective that couldn’t have been gained in any other lifestyle.
So as I continue to devote much of my writing to shedding a light on the unspoken hardships of growing up in ministry, educating the parents of MKs about the precursors and symptoms of MK attrition, I want to make sure the joys, blessings and advantages of the lifestyle get sufficiently recognized too!
That’s why I produced the video below: to help people to better understand MKs, but also to celebrate the greatness of being a Missionaries’ Kid. (You may have seen the first 60 seconds in a Thanksgiving Project video…the rest is new.)
Do you feel the same? Use the “comment” space below to add the reason or reasons you’ve loved growing up this way. Even if your reason has been stated 20 times before, state it again!
So the next time a missionary writes to ask if MKs can grow up to be happy about their multi-cultural ministry background, I can point to this post and say, “See? Here are 50 of them who wouldn’t trade if for the world!”
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