T + C + K = Third culture kid

I ran across this video as I was taking a moment to go through some news and updates.

A third culture kid, or TCK, is defined by authors Pollock and Van Reken as someone who was raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their developmental years. Most missionary kids are TCKs and this video piqued my interest for several reasons.

First, I enjoy stories and to see how these kids have grown up all over the globe is indeed their own unique story. Second, their lives and childhoods are so different than mine. Being married to someone from another culture is a constant reminder of this. Our paradigms for a happy childhood, a good education, justice, etc. are all marked by the different cultures we live in and have experienced. Thirdly, I will most likely raise TCKs. Which is a little unnerving to think about. But then I’m reminded of how the Lord has sovereignly woven my story and can trust that He will be faithful to do the same in the future, but in His own creative way.

I hope you enjoy the video and you get a glimpse into what it looks like to be a TCK.

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