Family Issues

Raising children in a country not your own has some unique challenges. While parenting can be a challenge in and of itself, our focus here will be dealing with issues that pertain more to families who are serving in a country that is different from their “home” or passport country.

Parenting overseas while doing full-time ministry has its challenges. How do you balance having ministry and tending the needs of your family?

Technology is embedded in everything these days and there are expectations that everyone has all the available electronics to do what are considered “normal” activities. What kind of impact will this have on your children’s experiences?

Living overseas can present more of an opportunity to raise children who are fluent in more than one language, sometimes because children become fluent in the host-culture language and sometimes because the parents speak two different languages.

This section includes for many of the passport countries of our families a schooling system overview, in-country resources, cultural differences teachers should know about, and challenges and recommendations for MKs returning to their home country.