MKs and TCKs often ask, “Who am I?”
Some answers from an MK
One MK* answered the question, “Who am I?” this way:
“WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, adults always asked me what I was going to be, but there came a time when what I was going to be wasn’t as important as who I was. I am a combination of two cultures. I am neither and I am both.
I AM THE ONE the churches make a saint out of and the one other people pity and laugh at. I am the one who traveled halfway around the world before I was four and I am the one who has no home.
I AM THE ONE who desperately worries about fitting in and I am the one who wears my native wrap around the college dorm and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
I AM THE ONE who promises to write but never does because it’s too difficult to deal with the reality of separation.
I AM THE ONE who wears a thousand masks, one for each day and time. I am the one who learned to be all I’m expected to be but still not sure of who I really am. I am the one who chooses my college by where my friends are because nobody understands an MK like another MK. I am the one who laughs and cries, sings and prays, gets angry and doubts, fears and questions, expects and receives, hopes and dreams…. I am an MK and I am proud of it.”
(*written by an anonymous Mission Kid, also called Third Culture Kid or TCK)
See other resources about MKs/TCKs:
- OC MKs Answer FAQs (video)
- Far-flung flock comes together at PEP
- Surprises, laughter and learning — teaching in the Philippines
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Diane Morris served with One Challenge as an elementary school teacher and counselor for 28 years at Faith Academy in the Philippines. Then she served OC families (training, caregiving, and traveling to the fields) from the US Mobilization Center in Colorado Springs for 23 years (1991-2014). Now retired, she continues to volunteer at OC.
For more, see Journey with TCKs.