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 http://www.estherschildren.org/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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