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.
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.
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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.
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.
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: https://tckcare.com
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 Student.com. 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 https://missionalstudent.com/podcast/
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.
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.
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