What are the pros and cons of being an MK?
For me personally, I’m glad that I grew up as a missionary kid. I never fit in when I was in Guatemala, but fitting in is overrated. Who cares that the kids screamed, “Fire! Fire!” and ran away from me because I had red hair and white skin, while they had black hair and brown skin. Yes, I cried, but I got over it.
For all that, I know that living overseas in a third-world country has opened my eyes and given me more wisdom. I have more perspective on life. When I later lived in England as a teacher and my shower stopped working, I was not angry when it took six months for them to fix it. Americans become furious when their lives are not perfect. I’m not sure why they do this. They expect that life on this earth is heaven.
Having grown up in Guatemala, I can tell you that this life is not heaven, and it never will be. Heaven is what happens when you have a deep walk with God and care about God’s glory. Then your life can be heaven on earth, even if your body is put into flames, because more of God in your life is more incredible joy. Yes, heaven is the presence of God. You can have it here on earth when you die to self and stop seeking earthly ease.
Americans are really in the grip of materialism, and American Christians are oblivious to the fact that their walk with God is almost non-existent. They live for TV. They live for a nicer house. They live for all that they covet. They do not live for God. It’s hard to find an American Christian who actually walks by the Spirit. It’s easier to find true Christians in any third-world country, where their walk with God is raw and real.
I watched the following video that has many MK’s telling the pros and cons of being an MK, and I list what they said in the bullet points under the video:
Advantages of Being a Missionary Kid:
- You get to taste amazing food from everywhere.
- You get to meet a lot of interesting people.
- You’re 5,000 miles away from your family.
- You appreciate the small things in life.
- You know another language.
- You get to travel everywhere.
- You can fit in to most contexts.
- You understand people better.
Disadvantages of Being a Missionary Kid:
- Pride keeps you away from good relationships.
- Always saying good-bye.
- Traveling everywhere.
- Always feel like an outsider.
- Lack of stability.
- Not being there when your younger siblings are growing up, if you go to college in America.
- Not being able to connect and feel like you’re a part of somewhere.
- Not understanding American culture. Feeling “out of it.”
- Home is ever changing.
- Feeling misunderstood.
One MK said that she would never be truly home until she was in heaven. For me, home is where my husband is. It’s more the people that I’m with, rather than the physical location.
Can you think of any other pros and cons of being an MK?
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