Transition, Adjustment & Adaptation

4 Reasons Why Staying in Touch With Missions After Returning Home Is a Good Idea

Have you recently returned home from a mission assignment and now feel a sense of loss and disorientation? You are experiencing a certain level of re-entry adjustment. What used to be your home culture doesn’t feel like it anymore. It’s a kind of culture shock all over again. But the issue goes deeper: You are …

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Helping Your Child with Re-entry

After 12 plus years in the mission field, it was time for us to go back — back to a place my husband and I called “home,” but for our two children who were ages two and four when we went to the mission field and were now turning 15 and 17, the place we …

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From Third Culture Kid to GC President: Life Lessons for Missionary Families

Listening to the IWM podcast episode entitled “From Missionary Kid to GC President,” I was encouraged and inspired by the personal testimony and experiences shared by Pastor Ted Wilson. Like me, Pastor Wilson was a third culture kid, growing up and living in several countries. Pastor Wilson shared insightful stories from his childhood and adulthood, …

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7 Effective Ways to Deal With Culture Shock

Would you try running an iOS app on an Android smartphone? This illustrates what people experience who have been enculturated (“programmed”) in one cultural setting (our “operating system”) and find themselves uncomfortable and disoriented in another cultural environment. I want to talk to you about culture shock – a psychological upset that stems from unfamiliar …

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A Moment of Clarity: A TCK’s experience

His name was Bill, and he rode a bicycle. It was an old cruiser that looked carefully oiled and, at the same time, well worn. Bill didn’t look old enough to be scared of riding a bike, but he did look old enough to be seriously injured if he fell from it, so I guessed …

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