I learned of this video from Ed Stetzer (no we are not friends.. I read his blog.) Here is some information that I swiped from his blog that will help give context to the video. Make sure to take time and click on the bottom link. It will help give you some perspective on where you stand economically in this world.

First World: The developed world (like the U.S., Japan, France, etc.).
Second World: The communist world (think the Soviet Union, etc. back in the day).
Third World: The developing world (think most of Africa, for example).

For what it is worth, I now refer to the Third World as the Two Thirds World, which is more reflective of the reality today. Two thirds of the world lives there.

Finally, be sure to check out the Global Rich List to see how you fit in the world of global economics. It will make you think.

[original source EdStetzer.com]

This week I would like to focus on the challenges Pioneer Senders have as we strive to raise radical kids for the Kingdom in such a comfortable world. It is my desire to say more in fewer words, so I have chosen to break these subject up into a 5 post series. Today i would like to introduce the challenge.

I understand that raising kids on the mission field comes with many challenges. I would also like to draw attention that there are some challenges that us SENDERS have in child rearing that often go overlooked. By no means do I think I am a child rearing expert. I will not even be attempting to cover the fundamentals of parenting in this series of posts.

Developing a proper world view can be very difficult for the children of us SENDERS. Missionary kids are more aware of the fact that everyone does not grow up in the same environment. This week a friend of mine who grew up in New York City told me that he believed growing up that every kid spent their afternoon seating on a “stoop” with thousands of people passing by his apartment in a concrete jungle.

When I first moved to Alpharetta, GA I was amazed at how big the houses were. I am from a town of 500 (Hardin, KY). I had travelled the world and was used to the fact people lived in poverty but had never seen people live in such luxury. Over the last 7 years the houses do not seem so big anymore. What seem extravagant now seems normal. This frightens me!

I will not be able to (and it would not be practical even if I could) take my kids out of the country every year and give them a lesson on the fact that most of the world does not a McDonalds or a church on every corner. What are we to do to help our kids see that the “1st world problems” are not the “real world problems”? Join me all this week and join the discussion!

 

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