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ByWilma Findlay on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Recommended Podcast: Pondering Purple

Wilma Findlay By Wilma Findlay on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

 

Third Culture Kids (TCKs), or Missionary Kids (MKs) have an ability to connect rapidly when they first meet others who have grown up outside their passport culture.

Along with other staff who have been part of Classic ReBoot, I have seen this happen repeatedly. (Classic ReBoot is a transition retreat for MKs ages 17-20 arriving back to Canada.)

Even with MKs who feel like they were ‘forced to attend by their parents’, within 24 hours of arrival these MKs are thankful to learn there are others like them. The week ends too quickly, but all feel it was one of the best weeks of their lives.

Michèle Phoenix is one of the Classic ReBoot teachers and has the distinction of being the only person to attend every Classic ReBoot, and meet every MK!

Michèle herself is an adult MK; she taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy in Germany, and for the past decade she has been advocating for MKs. She began writing a blog addressing many of the issues that she hears from MKs. Last year she began producing them as the podcast Pondering Purple.

Recommended Podcast Episode

This podcast episode (longer than Michèle usually makes) is an interview done by TeachBeyond about MKs.  She mentions many aspects of MK life and realities experienced by MKs that their monocultural parents and teachers may not comprehend.  MK experiences of growing up cross-culturally are uniquely allowing them to be bridge builders between cultures and communities.

Listen to Pondering Purple – It’s an INTERVIEW! on Spotify.

Listen to Pondering Purple - It's an INTERVIEW! on Apple Podcasts.


Wilma Findlay is part of the MORE Network, serving as a Member Care Consultant, Resource Librarian, and Registrar for the MORE Network Events. Along with her husband Alan they understand cross-cultural ministry from first hand experience working overseas, and volunteering with international students in Canada. Now after 30 years of experience in cross-cultural worker encouragement and support, Wilma’s passions include providing care and support for children who have grown up in a cross-cultural environment, people in transition, and developing the MORE Network Resource Library.

 



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Did you miss our past blogs? Check them out below!

 

Changing the Oil on your Cross-Cultural Worker

How do we care for our Cross-Cultural Ministry Workers? Using car maintenance as an analogy, Mark unpacks three ways the church can support & care for Cross-Cultural Ministry Workers.

 

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The Joy of Transitions

God calls us to follow Him in obedience. Almost always it means change. Leaving our comfort zone, we move into unknown territory, feeling anxious, fearful, and sometimes terrified. Yet we can journey through transitions with confidence, fearlessly, and with anticipation. What does transitioning God's way look like? 

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Wilderness ReBoot: Solitude, Community & Mission

As we celebrate that Wilderness ReBoot is returning in July 2022, Ben shares about how his love for the wilderness first started, and gives insight into what adult MKs (Missionary Kids) can expect at Wilderness ReBoot. 

Read more...

Christmas Memories from Around the World

Watermelon, Handprints and Fireworks ... What do they all have in common? They are all elements of favourite Christmas memories and traditions from our MORE staff, from around the world! 

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Loving and Supporting MKs: One Church's Story

What are some ways you could love and encourage the MKs you know? Here's a story of how one church practically loved and supported MKs!

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World Mental Health Day 2021

3 Articles + 1 Library for World Mental Health Day 2021. Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers & Third Culture Kids. 

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Memoirs from a Missionary Mom: On Loneliness

During our first year in Chavuma, Zambia with four boys five years old and under, most days I didn’t get past the clothes line, pegging out loads of diapers and laundry. Even without small children, life in developing countries where many missionary mothers serve is characterized by hard work ...

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Finding Community as a TCK (Third Culture Kid)

Have you ever felt alone in a group? Have you felt disconnected even while others around you were laughing and smiling and having a good time? In those moments, did you feel like people saw you? Did you feel like people asked to get to know you or asked how you were feeling or what was happening in your inner world?

To be seen, heard, and known for who we really are is the essence of connected community.

Alysia shares insights on community from the perspective of a TCK (Third Culture Kid).

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Recommended Podcast: Pondering Purple

A recommended podcast for MKs (Missionary Kids) & TCKs (Third Culture Kids) and those who love MKs & TCKs! 

Read more...

Changing the Oil on your Cross-Cultural Worker
How do we care for our Cross-Cultural Ministry Workers? Using car maintenance as an analogy, Mark unpacks three ways the church can support & care for Cross-Cultural Ministry Workers.  
Read more...
The Joy of Transitions
God calls us to follow Him in obedience. Almost always it means change. Leaving our comfort zone, we move into unknown territory, feeling anxious, fearful, and sometimes terrified. Yet we can journey through transitions...
Read more...
Wilderness ReBoot: Solitude, Community & Mission
As we celebrate that Wilderness ReBoot is returning in July 2022, Ben shares about how his love for the wilderness first started, and gives insight into what adult MKs (Missionary Kids) can expect at Wilderness ReBoot. ...
Read more...
Christmas Memories from Around the World
Watermelon, Handprints and Fireworks ... What do they all have in common? They are all elements of favourite Christmas memories and traditions from our MORE staff, from around the world! 
Read more...
Loving and Supporting MKs: One Church's Story
What are some ways you could love and encourage the MKs you know? Here's a story of how one church practically loved and supported MKs!
Read more...
World Mental Health Day 2021
3 Articles + 1 Library for World Mental Health Day 2021. Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers & Third Culture Kids. 
Read more...
Memoirs from a Missionary Mom: On Loneliness
During our first year in Chavuma, Zambia with four boys five years old and under, most days I didn’t get past the clothes line, pegging out loads of diapers and laundry. Even without small children, life in developing c...
Read more...
Finding Community as a TCK (Third Culture Kid)
Have you ever felt alone in a group? Have you felt disconnected even while others around you were laughing and smiling and having a good time? In those moments, did you feel like people saw you? Did you feel like people...
Read more...
Recommended Podcast: Pondering Purple
A recommended podcast for MKs (Missionary Kids) & TCKs (Third Culture Kids) and those who love MKs & TCKs! 
Read more...
The Importance of Community
Agreement on all aspects of life and ministry are not a requirement for community. In fact, strong relationships are built on healthy dialogue, disagreement, and mutual respect. God calls us far beyond comfortable relat...
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