Thursday, June 14, 2007

How will our kids be defined?

T.C.K.-THIRD CULTURE KID
Definition:
An individual who having spent a significant part of the developmental years in a culture other than the parent's culture, develops a sense of relationship to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Elements from each culture are incorporated into the life experience, but the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar experience.
Interaction International

Brad and I were called up to the front of the class for a little experiment involving glasses of cranberry juice and lemonade. We were asked to smell, taste, observe and comment on them individually. Then "Aunt Sandy" mixed the two drinks and asked us to comment again. The resulting concoction looked different, smelled different and of course, tasted different. It was a third drink, unique in it's own right. And so it will be for our kids...one part American, one part Austrian and yet uniquely third culture kids...


We got into groups and identified the benefits and challenges that TCK face in regards to Mobility, Transcultural Experiences and Ministry. It was exciting and yet a bit overwhelming to think about all that we may encounter as a result of serving overseas.



The pictures below are just a few of the kids here that will be adjusting to new cultures, languages etc... please pray for them to continue to grow in God's grace as they struggle in the days that lie ahead...







3 comments:

jokfoley said...

I am so blessed to be apart of your kids lives... Thank you for letting me be apart of it!! I love you guys!

Kim said...

What cute kids!! I miss talking to you! Hope you are well. I will try calling you and will have Kenzie leave a message for Abby. Also, she has made some pictures for your kids. Any idea where I could send them?? :) Kim

Amy Ross said...

Praise God ALL of our kids have an identity in Christ no matter where they are!!

As we were praying for you tonight before bed, James wanted to know when Colorado became a part of Austria!!

Give your kiddos hugs from us! We sure miss their smiling faces.