5 Benefits for Kids Growing Up in Another Culture

Parents most often are a little anxious seeing their kids head off to a foreign country for the sake of the Kingdom.  And when grandkids are in the mix, that becomes even more difficult.  There are costs to go.  There are costs for those who stay as well.  And the question of, “What’s going to happen to my grandkids?” often becomes a stressful plaguing thought.


In this blog post, Renee Aupperlee, a Missionary Mom in Asia, shares how an overseas situation can actually benefit children.  The title of her article is, Five Ways God Gives More to Your Kids Than You Can Imagine.

As we look back on our experience of 20 years living in other countries with five children, we can totally agree with Renee’s thoughts here.

As I peeled back the Christmas wrapping paper, my eyes lit up as I saw what was inside. But, out of the corner of my eye I saw my 4-year old son’s face instantly shadow with confusion. I triumphantly pulled out my brand new gleaming white oval ceramic pan from IKEA. He scanned the room as if he could not believe that no one else was observing the horror of this situation and then urgently whispered, “Dad gave you a squatty potty for Christmas?!”

I have absolutely loved raising our four boys overseas. The stories we have, the laughter we have shared, and the ways it has shaped them into who they are have become treasures that I ponder in my heart. Yes, of course, there are countless challenges in this crazy life. Our hearts ache for grandparents, we lay down our dreams of Little League for our kids, we long for youth pastors and teachers who would come alongside our kids, or we wish we could head off to the public library or . . .”  (Read More . . .)


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About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. www.LifeImpactMinistries.net. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. www.FundTheMinistry.com. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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