TCK Tales

010 For the Sake of the Gospel

An episode of TCK Tales

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Stories told by Third Culture Kids about both the adventures and realities of growing up cross culturally
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032 A Look At Korean Missions
This week, Jon talks with Joo Eon Ko about his experience as a South Korean Missionary Kid growing up in Cambodia. Then they move in to a conversation about the origins of the church in Korea and how it sends Missionaries, the way that missions works in Korea and the difference between American and Korean Missions.
August 15, 2019
031 A Conversation with an MK
This week, Jon has an open and honest interview with Lydia Bendele about what it was like to grow up jumping between three different countries. Starting out in Australia, then moving to the US, then Argentina, then back to the US, and then back to Argentina, until finally ending up in the US. She talks through how all of these moves have changed and affected her concept of Home. Connect with TCK Tales: Facebook-TCK Tales If you want to share your story, check out the engagement questions and fill out the form at here If you liked podcast, don't forget to subscribe for more great episodes and leave a review to help tell more people about it.
July 24, 2019
030 When You Feel Alone
Samuel Bowen shares a deeply personal story of transition and his battles with depression. He talks about the affects that growing up as a TCK in the Middle East affected his battle with depression and is isolationism.
July 10, 2019
029 The Importance of Being Called as a Family
Jon talks this week with Gavin Chase and about how both his parents and Josiah Venture were very particular about making sure that not just the parents were called to mission work, but that they were called as a family. Feeling called did not minimize the struggle of changing cultures at 12 years old, but it helped with life got hard for Gavin.
June 19, 2019
028 Wisdom From Someone Who Knows Something
This week, Jon sits down with Stephen Black, the host of TCK Care. Another podcast about being a TCK hosted by a TCK from Nigeria. Stephen talks about why he went into TCK Care as a career and ministry, the importance of living in tension, and what he would tell himself and others about his TCK experience. Check out Steven's Podcast here:
June 5, 2019
027 Introducing Missional Student
Because I didn't have enough to do, I have a second super cool podcast to tell you guys about! The Missional Student Podcast is an extension of Missional They have weekly blogs, free e-books and tools to help you learn how to live more and more on mission every day in your everyday life, plus a fun podcast with great conversation and content. Check out Missional Student at
May 22, 2019
026 The Aftermath of Cultural Rejection
This week I sit down with the President of the International Student Fellowship, Tim Gabuna. He talks about what it was like growing up Filipino in Canada and how he reconciled the two cultures growing up, and then as he has been preparing for ministry.  
May 15, 2019
025 The Realities of Being Gray
Jon sits down with Patrick Nelson who is a person of mixed racial decent. Jon and Patrick have an open and honest conversation about what it is like to grow up ethnically ambiguous and what the world could look like in the future. 
April 24, 2019
024 Interview with an International Student
Today I sit down and talk with Veronica, who though is not a traditional TCK has spent quite some time in the US. She talks about adjusting to American culture, adjusting to Moody culture, and being in an interracial, and intercultural relationship.  If you want to look into the ministry that Veronica was saved though check them out here
April 18, 2019
023 How Not To Raise Your International Student
Lisa Guilbride speaks very openly and honestly about her first experience coming to the US. All the good, the bad and what helped her adjust to the culture and what made the cultural adjustment hard. 
April 10, 2019
022 Life After Conversion
Today's story is told by someone who grew up in a Muslim country and has since become a follower of Jesus. She talks about the hardship and the loneliness that comes from changing cultures, religious, and being alienated from one's family. A profoundly honest look at life after conversion for a Muslim Background Believer.
April 3, 2019
021 Racism in Africa
Ayanda Khumalo comes back on to talk about the race issue that has hit Zimbabwe, South Africa, and various other countries in southern Africa. He talks about what has been done to make change and puts forth his ideas on how to make lasting change in racial reconciliation. 
March 27, 2019
020 This is America; As Seen by an African
Ayanda Khumalo talks very openly, honestly and intelligently about what it is like to be an African Immigrant, living traveling and working in the US. He speaks about racism and why in all the talk about immigrants in the news recently, Africans are not really brought up that much.
March 20, 2019
019 An Ever Growing Theology of Home
As Season 2 draws to a close, Jonathan Walthour tells his story, the inspiration for this podcast and how his concept of home has changed throughout his life and through this podcast.
December 5, 2018
018 Place, Family, and Stability
Katya Green reflects on three specific instances where she has seen good in her cross cultural experience.
November 28, 2018
017 Serving God Without Passion
Grace Choi talks about her experience moving back from Africa to South Korea and the way that God showed her that anybody can do ministry wherever they are, not just in a cross cultural context.
November 14, 2018
016 Home is Not Where your Family Is
Tim Pablo, talks about what it was like moving from the Philippines, to Canada to work in a Chinese church and the major identity issues that he and his family had to overcome and are still working on overcoming.
November 7, 2018
015 The Wall Between Us
James Hasdak talks about what it was like growing up in Bangladesh as a Bangladesh native in a missions compound. The child of national missionaries. He speaks of the separation that he felt from people who looked like him but lived a very different life then he did. He also discusses the importance of not assuming someone's cultural background before talking with them. Even the most well meaning comments can be frustrating.
October 31, 2018
014 Similar but Different
Caleb Hartwig talks about what it was like growing up as an American in Canada where his parents were missionaries to the First Nations people in British Columbia. He talks about how different, but similar his experience was to many of the TCK's he has met at Moody.
October 24, 2018
013 The Identity Crisis of History
Tirzah Walker talks about what it is like to be Jewish walking through, not just America but also in the world in general. She speaks of some of the similarities between growing up Jewish and growing up in a different culture or country.
October 17, 2018
012: My Identity is...?
John C Hughes talks about the realities of living out what "This is Us" tries to portray. Being an African American man adopted into a Euro-American family. How he struggled, and still does struggle, with his identity but ultimately finding that identity in Christ.
October 10, 2018
011 Am I an MK?
Katie Walthour shares a Creative Nonfiction piece that she wrote in processing her answer to the question Am I an MK? Katie talks about her doubt in her identity and feeling like a MK poser. Katie and Jon then discuss how the parts of their story have played into the development of their identity.
October 3, 2018
010 For the Sake of the Gospel
Abigail Newport tells of all the many losses that she experienced as a result of her parents calling to cross-cultural ministry. How she dealt with them and what happened when she was finally able to talk about them to her peers.
September 26, 2018
009 The Fence Protects Me
Rachel Bear talks about the toll that internalizing a message that boundaries do not matter has taken on her life and relationships, the importance of setting binderies and what that looks like in her life.
September 19, 2018
008 Where is God in Silence
Lizzy Sullivan shares a fiction short story that she wrote about how to deal with times of silence from God.
September 12, 2018
007 Facing Your Demons
Joabe Sena Anrade tells his story and what helped him face his demons and become fully whole.
August 15, 2018
006 I Don't Miss You
Dawn and David Sagar talk about the idea of detachment and the effects that multiple transitions have on personal and family relationships.
July 31, 2018
005 Where Do We Belong?
Jonathan (Jonyo) Hall goes tells his life story, chronicling the search for belonging he is still on.
July 18, 2018
004 Processing Grief
Esther Bendele shares a story of how not being given the space to process grief felt from her families major moves has affected her and her siblings as they have grown up.
June 27, 2018
003 I Love Home, I love Home Not
Josh Schumacher tells two stories of two different transitions back to the US and how differently he responded to them. He talks about the dangers of both transition attitude extremes.
June 14, 2018
002 Knowing the Family Buisness
Listen to Annessa Voss share a story about her involvement with her parents ministry and the importance for TCK's to know why they are in the country that they are living in and what their parents are doing
May 30, 2018
001 God's Provision on the Border
Intro to TCK Tales, term definition and Cameron McManus tells an incredible story of God looking out for him and his family on one of their many drives across the Mexican American border.
May 10, 2018
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