As Jacq spent time looking after the teenage kids of OMF workers at the OMF Japan conference, she experienced a deepening love and compassion for Third Culture Kids. She shares what she learned, and the joys of working with these kids during her Serve Asia placement.
*The following pictures and captions were taken from a social media takeover
Hi everyone! I’m Jacqueline from Singapore. I love nature photography because it reflects the brilliant creativity of our loving Creator God. I’ll be running a youth programme with my teammates for the Third Culture Kids this week in Sapporo, Japan! They are children raised in a culture other than their parents’ culture for a significant part of their developmental years.
Exposed to a greater variety of culture, their challenges are unique, which I will share with you more in the upcoming posts. Please pray for us that we’ll have a fruitful time of friendship, fun and encouragement through God’s words with all the participants!
Third Culture Kids are often more comfortable in the culture that they grew up in rather than their parents’ culture. Some face adjustment issues when they return to their parents’ country. On the other hand, they demonstrate great versatility in learning about different cultures.
Today we will be introducing a significant part of Singapore’s culture to them: food! Please pray for these young people that their identity is rooted in Christ no matter which culture they are part of.
Because of the environment Third Culture Kids are in, regular Christian fellowship isn’t always easy to come by. Please pray for godly friendship to be present in their lives and more importantly, pray they remember that Jesus is their best friend who is journeying with them always.
We asked the TCKs to draw what was impressed upon their hearts the most about Jesus after a time of Bible reading today. See how creative they are!
Please pray that they have a relationship with Jesus and not just understand Him with head knowledge but experience transformation through the regular reading of His Word.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
On the last day of the conference, we prepared Polaroid photos and cards for the TCKs as farewell gifts.
If you know any TCK, please encourage them in their walk with God no matter the circumstances. Thank you too, for praying for us for the past few days. As a team, we have the confidence that God is working in the lives of these TCKs according to His purpose and plans.
Many Japanese still do not know what Good Friday and Easter is about. As Easter services will be conducted in churches all over Japan this weekend, would you pray that those invited would attend the service and receive the gospel into their hearts?
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. “ (Isaiah 53:5-6)
Thank you for journeying with me for the past week. It’s been a meaningful experience running a youth programme leading up to Good Friday and Easter.
As my Instagram takeover ends today, I would like to encourage those among you who have a heart for Japan to come and serve, no matter how short the term may be as every effort counts. If you can come and work as a group, it is even better as it is said in Ecclesiastes 4:12 that though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
A few days ago I saw the branches of young trees bundled together along the roadside and my friend told me that it was done to withstand the weight of the heavy snow. We are stronger together when we unite as the body of Christ.
Have a blessed Easter as you faithfully serve Jesus today, for “blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)