Teaching Third Culture Kids

The Webb’s Prayer News

Saturday 21st June 2014

An excellent article in Evangelicals Now this month highlighted the unique contribution of third culture kids to churches and Christian unions in our increasingly multi cultural society today.  (http://www.e-n.org.uk/2014/06/features/tcks-the-third-dimension/?search=1).

TCKs stands for ‘Third Culture Kids’ or, more accurately, ‘Trans-Cultural Kids’ and refers to children whose parents live and work in a country other than their country of origin, often referred to as their ‘passport country’. Large numbers of TCKs are the children of missionaries and were previously known as MKs (Missionary Kids).

Having worked with International students for Friends International, Ann and I have seen that those among the Christian Union who related best to overseas students had themselves been TCK’s. Because of their rich experience, living overseas, TCK’s understand cross cultural mission in a way that very often well meaning British students do not. The EN article gave the illustration of somebody going to the cinema to watch a 3D film without wearing the 3D glasses.

“I wonder, says the writer, . . .is your CU or church looking at the mission field of your campus or local community through 2D lenses when you could be seeing it in 3D with the help of TCKs?”

Often, third culture kids are the missionaries and Christian leaders of the future. What a privilege to be involved in their education, formation and discipleship by teaching at Grace International School Chiang Mai. Our own children will also spend some time as TCK’s. We pray that God may also raise them up to be leaders of the future.

Not only is the school preparing leaders of the future but it is also enabling missionaries to stay on the field. Parents of the children at Grace serve in 24 different countries, working in Bible translation, rescuing children from the sex industry, in outreach to tribal groups in that part of Asia and in many other ministries. Ann and I look forward to finding out more about the mission of Grace international school during my induction which starts in just five weeks time.  We would also like to share with you now our present items for praise and prayer including some answers since last week.

Answers to prayer:

  • God has been very faithful in confirming to us that this ostensibly drastic change of direction is the course that He wants us on for the time being. We have had a tough year but God is healing us.

 

  • God continues to give George and I great opportunities to share the gospel in the Lighthouse with people from all backgrounds. Every day, I have the opportunity to lead evangelistic Bible studies. My back was also good enough to work on the building site this week where I also had opportunites to share the gospel.

 

  • Lois has been amazing through this difficult time with her nose operation, and it is healing well.

 

  • God has provided for us financially since I left Christ’s College and we have received pledges for most of our support for going overseas for this year.

 

  • We have a great tenant for 68 Loop road (still subject to agreements being signed) who we pray for to be blessed as they move into this community.

 

Please pray:

 

  • For continued closeness to God and joy and peace in our family as this period is stressful and somewhat overwhelming. We have struggled at times.

 

  • That we can contribute in a meaningful and committed way in Chiang Mai, overcoming the culture shock and that God would use us for his glory.

 

  • The children would end their terms well and continue to be positive about this move, and that God would help us get the right flights and visas very soon.

 

  • We have been liaising about a house in Chiang Mai which we want to rent. Please pray that this can be finalised soon.

 

  • I am going to be in Chiang Mai to start work two weeks before the rest of the family arrive. Please pray that God would bless us all  and provide grace to us in that difficult period as the family is apart.

 

  • Pray for Lois to be patient during this time as her nose heals, and for it to continue to heal well.

 

  • For friends and family who we will miss very much.

So appreciative of your prayers and support.

Love Chris, Ann, Sam, Lois, Joe and Isaac.