The Mk As Prototype?
More than 500 delegates attended the second International Conference on Missionary Kids (MK’S), held recently in Quito, Ecuador. The emotional and social problems of children raised in foreign cultures have become major considerations for current and prospective missionaries.
“We still need to find that balance between ‘ministry at any cost’ and dropping ministry because of its impact on MK’S,” said Dave Pollock, chairman of the conference, which was sponsored by HCJB Radio and the Alliance Academy, a school for missionary children in Quito. Several speakers testified to the painful emotions they experienced as a result of growing up on the mission field. The problems include separation from family members and the continual shifting between two cultures.
However, Ted Ward, dean of international studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Ill.), talked about the advantages of growing up overseas. Ward, who has lived in 42 countries, said missionary children have the benefit of having the worldwide Christian community as their “third culture.” Stating that Christian internationalism is a growing trend, Ward said, “The MK of the ’90s will be the prototype of the Christian of the twenty-first century.”
If Dialogue Fails
Cardinal Jaime Sin, the leading spokesman of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines, said recently that he would support an all-out war on “hard-core Communists” should current peace talks between Communist rebels and the government of President Corazon Aquino break down.
The influential archbishop of Manila, speaking before a lay women’s organization, said, “Cory ...1
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