Our friends, who are also missionary kids living here in the jungle, were asked this question by churches. Can kids cope on the mission field?
We have heard that one of the most formidable obstacles that discourage and detour young families from pursuing lives as missionaries is the concern of whether or not their children can thrive on the mission field.
This is a topic that a lot of potential missionaries, parents, and people in general struggle over because children are valued and there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to taking them to another country. Worrying thoughts swirl through a parent's head as they consider repercussions they might endure if they ever took such a risk with their kids.
Some thoughts and questions I have heard include the following:
There are many positive angles that I think missionary kids learn. We learn to respect and appreciate the differences of cultures. We learn to adapt to change. We learn to be flexible. We learn the importance of ministry. Maybe that is why so many former MKs (missionary kids) come back to the mission field as missionaries themselves. Being an MK most of my life, I think I can say that my brothers and I have thrived despite the fact that we are far from our home country. So far it seems we have all turned out all right without any strange side effects! : )
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