T.C.K.-THIRD CULTURE KID
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.
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...