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Today I just wanted to sit down and talk to you guys about what it’s like to be a missionary/mission kid. Being on the mission field there are a few different labels that you have to learn to accept. As a missionary kid you get the label “MK”and sometimes “TCK”. The label TCK means Third Culture Kid. I still have trouble accepting them both…
The First time I heard these terms was when my family was in colorado for mission training. I was only twelve, but still went to class with the teens. Well class, it was just somewhere for us to go while our parents were in training and it was for us to learn about the mission field and what it is like to be an MK. Being with the teens was more talk about how we REALLY felt about the mission field. There was a day that our teacher started talking about what an MK is. This day changed my view on missionaries forever.
Our teacher talked a lot about a TCK (Third Culture Kid), even more than an MK.
I’m getting a little off track so let’s break it down!
MK- Missionary Kid
TCK- Third Culture Kid
A missionary kid is simple to explain (and really just self-explanatory), it is as if you were a “pastor’s kid”, except in a mission family. But I really cannot think of any other examples like this.
A Third Culture Kid is a kid who grows up away from his/her own country and therefore makes a third culture of their own. After being on the mission field they don’t fit into their original home, yet can’t fit into their new culture .
Both of these bother me a little. Here are my thoughts on the matter:
An MK is a not very needed label that kids get because of their parents jobs. I feel that kids do not need an individual name because of their parents career, but at the same time I understand why it exists.
A TCK is a very rude awakening to a new missionary kid. Being given this label is an odd feeling. The way I learned about this was basically being told I was never going to fit in anywhere again. Which may be true, but is definitely not what teenagers want to hear.
If you’re still reading, thanks so much for sticking around!! This is the end of my little late night rant, hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into the life of an “MK”!
Here are a few articles I found about being an MK that you might enjoy:
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