Yesterday, we prayed for more missionary workers to go to Japan. Today, we will be praying for the workers’ children, also known as missionary kids or MK’s. They need as much prayer as the missionaries doing the work to reach those who need the Gospel.
When we went to missionary orientation in Springfield, Missouri back in March, our leadership mentioned it is not only the parents who are called to the mission field, but it is the children who are called as well. If we serve a big enough God who is sovereign enough to call an individual or a couple to a foreign field, from their native language and their own culture, to a place where they may have never been before, to a language they do not speak, wouldn’t the Holy Spirit have a divine plan and a purpose for their child(ren) as well? I probably should have had this thought beforehand, but I honestly never viewed it like that before. Jesus had called us to be missionaries when we were in college, and it’s amazing to think that not only we are following God’s call on our life, but our children Zane, Oliver, and Adelisa also will be used by the Lord.
MK’s deal with a lot of different issues unique to them. Many leave everything they have ever known: their favorite foods, their native tongue, their school, their extracurricular activities and sports, their family and close friends, and even in some cases they leave the comforts of western civilization like running water, heat and A/C, laundry, etc. They move to a country where they probably have never visited before, and it can be very lonely and isolating. It can create an identity crisis because they have left everything behind, and now they are trying to learn a new language and are learning how to fit into a new culture. They don’t necessarily fit into American culture when they come back to visit, but they don’t necessarily seamlessly fit into their adopted culture. This is where the term “Third Culture Kids” comes from since many MK’s don’t fit into a specific culture.
However, these kids can become very well adjusted, and thrive in their new culture. Children have the availability to make friends very easily, no matter where they are. They can make friends with other children who have never heard the Gospel, and can create an opportunity to share the love of Jesus. They can even be an incredible light in ways their parents may never be. We have heard of MK’s who were able to break the barriers into communities where their parents weren’t allowed to go into, and when the MK came and made a friend in that community, then the parents were welcomed to go minister to that community.
One missionary told me her grown children thanked her for choosing to serve the Lord as missionaries, and for providing a wonderful experience for them. Her kids no longer considered America their home, and even had their adopted country listed on their Facebook profile as their hometown. I’m thankful God not only called us, but He has a purpose for Zane, Oliver, and Adelisa as well.
We started our campaign with the goal of raising $200 in monthly support, and we have now reached $125! We are so close to reaching our goal. Would you consider partnering with the #Shims2Japan team to help us share God’s love with the children of Japan, by committing to support us monthly? We need 3 people at $25 a month or 8 people at $10 a month or perhaps even 1 person at $75 per month. Can you help us reach this big benchmark of our first 10% of the monthly budget raised? If you would like to you can do so by clicking here. Remember to click on the box that says, “Set up a reoccurring gift” or you can message me and I can send you a pledge form as well.
I’d be remiss if I failed to mention the numerous one time gifts that came in as well. We are so very thankful for every dollar and dime that is given!