Hey everyone! Today I’m so excited to tell you about a special event/conference called Truth4TCKs. It’s for Christian third culture kids. Wait, you may ask: what’s a third culture kid (otherwise known as a TCK)?
A TCK is a person who has lived within two or more cultures during their childhood. They’ve moved multiple times, and interacting with different cultures is a normal part of their lives. Do you relate to this? If so, read on. 🙂
Truth4TCKs 2021 is an online conference for teenage and young adult Christian TCKs, whether they be Missionary Kids, Military Kids, Expat Kids, etc. The conference mission strives to bring biblical truth and encouragement regarding the cross-cultural and highly mobile life to TCKs – especially those that may not have easy access to uplifting care.
You may be wondering, “What makes this event special?”
Truth4TCKs is for followers of Jesus Christ that are also TCKs. The conference’s administrative team is made up of teenagers and young adults serving teenagers and young adults. It is not an organization; rather, a movement.
The Theme for the Conference
TCKs don’t have a sense of belonging to any country. Wherever they go, they feel that they don’t completely fit into the community nor does the place truly feel like home. Sound familiar? The theme for this year’s conference is finding what it means to be a global citizen of Heaven.
As Christian TCKs, they are given an unchanging identity in Christ and a home in Heaven. Once they are grounded in Jesus, they can live their lives as global citizens while using their TCK gifts to the glory of God and the good of others.
You can find out more on what it means to be a global citizen of Heaven by attending Truth4TCKs 2021.
Alright, enough from me. Clarissa Choo, one of the organizers of the event, offered to write a guest post for this blog! I hope you enjoy her post, “When Home Is”. (More information about the event bellow: dates, speakers, cost, etc.)
When Home Is
by Clarissa Choo
What is home to you?
This question can be either tough or easy for us TCKs. It’s tough because most of us don’t completely have a sense of belonging everywhere, and yet we list all the countries and people as our home.
Deriving from that perspective, we can say that home is the place, the people, and the sense of belonging.
Home can also be described as the physical house that’s permanent. However, the majority of us don’t have a permanent house, even if we return to our passport country, we have a sense that it is temporary. Our moves have rooted and uprooted us multiple times that many of us struggle with having a true home and a sense of belonging on this earth.
During my teens, I had this issue along with identity. I was having a TCK crisis.
When Home is Lost
I had always thought that South Korea, my first host country, was my home. I’d thought that I would grow up, speak the language, work, and live there for the rest of my life. That was until my family moved to China. My whole world, the place where I’d called home, was taken away from me.
China gradually became my new home but I learned that I would say goodbye to it as well. When I returned to my passport country, Singapore, I realized I lacked the sense of having a permanent home.
It feels as though I was experiencing continual loss of earthly homes. I could never return to what once was nor could I have a physical home and community that felt permanent. Even within the two host countries, I’d lived in two houses for each of them.
I moved again in my early twenties to the Czech Republic and struggled with connecting myself with the people and country while holding them at arm’s length to protect myself. Eventually, God helped me to give up wrestling and simply allow myself to love because He loves them. Jesus taught me that I grieve because I’ve loved.
And love is worth the hurt.
When Home is Nowhere
Home is nowhere for me, at least on earth. Yet I consider all of my past countries as homes; however, I can’t return to them and continue where I’d left.
The temporary aspects of communities, places, experiences, and cultures were such a normal part of my life that I am willing to move to another country now. I am like a stranger and pilgrim passing through earth (Hebrews 11:13).
When Home is Christ
Amid the TCK crisis during my teens, I realized that as God’s saved child, I not only have an eternal home in His abode but also have a home on earth. Why did I mention on earth when I said that home is nowhere on earth? Well, because He is in me (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Everywhere I went, I still have a sense of home because He is in me, and I in Him.
He is my home.
Dear fellow citizen of heaven, do you relate to my situation too? That you don’t have any place on earth to call home?
But you do have a home in both heaven and earth.
Because Christ is in you, and you in Him.
Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory, an ATCK, and a former business kid. Although she has lived in four countries, her only home is in Jesus, and because of Him, she desires to encourage TCKs to live victoriously in Him. At Truth4TCKs 2021 Conference, she serves as the blog tour host. Besides writing, she loves to wash dishes, chop ingredients into smithereens, and record hymns on her piano. Connect with her at ClarissaChoo.com or her Instagram, @ClarissaChoowriter.
Thank you, Clarissa!
Now, if you’re still interested, here is some more information for the conference:
The conference takes place on May 22nd and 23rd.
The amazing speakers have hearts for God and to serve TCKs like you. They come from diverse backgrounds such as diplomatic, military, business, ministry and more.
The speakers are Breanne Eckman, C.B., Melinda Clark, William Moore, Megan C. Norton, Chris O’Shaughnessy, and Kate Forbes (MSP).
Cheap and conveniently accessible from any country online, Truth4TCKs 2021 costs only $10 per person.
Register for the online conference here.
I hope you enjoy the conference if you decide to join! Bye, and God bless!