Here’s some articles about One Challenge’s journey with TCKs…
The teens mentioned above were suffering from a malady called “Hidden Immigrant,” a term coined by Dave Pollock and Ruth Van Reken, both TCKs themselves and speakers and authors on TCK issues. A “Hidden Immigrant” is a person (adult, child, or teen) who looks like everyone else on the outside but is more like the foreign host country on the inside.
This question puzzles most mission workers’ kids (MK) and third-culture kids (TCK). Their lives have been defined by going back and forth between fields of service and the birthplace of their parents.
Looking at the varied life experiences of Third Culture Kids (TCKs), with their physical and developmental “journeys” throughout life, what might a profile of this distinctive and wonderful group include? Each person has “upsides” and “downsides” in life experiences that are unique.
MKs and TCKs often ask, “Who am I?” 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…”
Did you know there is a “hidden people group” that is growing? The mission movement has mushroomed over the past 50 years… both U.S. mission workers and recently even more among non-western countries. Although this “hidden” group has been given increasing attention in recent years, many are still not aware of the needs of this group.