When families move overseas to become mission workers, the call may begin with “mom” and “dad,” but living in and serving communities around the world affects the whole family. A joy in the lives of our mission workers is when they see their children reach out and minister in their own right.
So far in 2017, several of OC’s third culture kids (TCKs) explored what it means to serve in their countries and beyond.
Micah made a decision. He wanted to serve as a leader in Holiday Club (the South African equivalent to Vacation Bible School). This meant hard work, before and during the club, because, not only would Micah be preparing for the club, he would also have to work ahead on his schoolwork.
He committed to the experience with an attitude based on three principles: have fun, encourage and mentor his group leaders as they led their small groups to Christ, and grow closer to Christ himself.
During this commitment, Micah took leadership over the drama portion of the week, writing and directing daily scripts centered on the week’s Lego theme: Building a Relationship with Christ. He spent every night at the church with his other co-leaders, building relationships with each other, gaining training in evangelism and discipleship, serving the church body, working toward a common goal, and having fun.
“It’s amazingly cool that Micah is not only a mission kid – but a mission worker in his own right!” Heather, his mom, says. “He has people from the U.S. and other nations praying for him to minister in the name of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to offer the gift of salvation to those he will serve and influence.”
When the opportunity came up to work with TCKs in North Africa, Mikayla saw this as a way to serve kids with similar upbringing to hers.
“As a TCK myself, I felt very connected to this ministry and I’ve always enjoyed working with kids,” Mikayla says. “TCKs have such unique stories, and I wanted to experience how God is working in the lives of kids living overseas.”
The one-week trip was Mikayla’s first time do missions without her family, which she says was an important growth opportunity.
“It was an important trip for me because it was my first ministry experience without my family. I was able to focus on God’s work and reflect on it independently,” she says.
As an OC TCK Mikayla has experienced people investing in her life and hearing her story. This trip was an opportunity to “give back.”
“It was surreal teaching a curriculum that was similar to what I grew up learning from other TCKs!” she says. “It was one of those ‘full circle’ moments where my spirit was refreshed and I felt so grateful for the people who have invested in my life.”
Isabelle didn’t want to participate in her youth group’s Alpha course. After some encouragement from her mom, she gave the experience a try. “After a few sessions, I realized that I had been needing fellowship and conversation – in my Christian walk I’d kind of forgotten how important that actually is,” Isabelle says.
The time through Alpha solidified Isabelle’s relationship with the group, and grew her in her walk with Christ, but she also learned that she too is a powerful tool for the Kingdom.
“God showed me on the Alpha weekend that He will use anyone, no matter how young or inexperienced you are, to further his Kingdom,” Isabelle says. “On the weekend, I prayed with a friend of mine named Hannah and she gave her life to Jesus. Her friends, too, had never experienced Christianity, but through Alpha I was able to build relationships with them and tell them why I believe what I do and how they can learn more about Him. I was so honored to experience Jesus first-hand and share that with others.”
Pray with One Challenge
- Pray for Micah, Mikayla, and Isabelle as they continue to grow in their relationships with the Lord and discover how he is using them for His glory.
- Pray for our families who serve around the world, that their kids would grow to be powerful tools for the Kingdom, no matter where life takes them.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. One Challenge seeks to educate on all levels in order to equip the next generation of leaders … English as a second language, global workers’ children in international schools, university and seminary students.