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extra painful about knowing that there is an ocean between me and my child.” Another missionary wrote, “Please pray for us. This is the first time that we will go back to the field with one missing.” A missionary couple to Papua New Guinea said, “It will be very difficult for us to leave Sara behind. It will be a painful separation as it always is when leaving kids behind in the USA. We will need God's special grace when that time comes, so remember us in your prayers.” In their book Third Culture Kids, David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken refer to missionary kids (MKs) as Third Culture Kids. TCKs are kids who are American but grow up in another culture. Ruth Van Reken was an MK, so she knows what they face. Pollock and Van Reken say that TCKs often grieve for hidden losses. “With one plane ride a TCK's whole world can die. Every place that's been important, every tree they've climbed, every pet they've had and virtually every close friend they've made are gone with the closing of an airplane door. TCKs don't lose one thing at a time; they lose everything, but there's no funeral.” 1 It is painful when an MK sees his family fly away without him for the first time. One young college student said that he took his family to the airport for them to return to the mission field. After they boarded the plane, he went back to his car and sat in the airport parking lot and cried all night. Not only do MKs grieve the loss of family, but they grieve the loss of their adopted countries. Even though the missionary kid may be an American, for many of them the only home they have ever known is their “host country.” Because we at BIMI understand the emotional challenges that missionary families face when it is time for the MK to leave “the nest,” we are especially thankful for the ministry of Glenda Williams. Years ago as a BIMI employee, she saw the need for an MK Ministry. This ministry includes keeping in contact with MKs when they return to America for college by sending birthday cards and Christmas gifts and by lending a sympathetic ear. When a BIMI Director is speaking at their college, she endeavors to arrange a time for the MKs to go out to dinner with him. Glenda Williams God has placed a special burden on Glenda's heart for MKs. She loves them and prays for them during the emotional struggles they face upon “reentry” into the United States. So, the next time you read in a missionary prayer letter, “Gordon (or Susie or Timothy) is going to college,” would you say an extra prayer for that missionary family? 1 David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken, Third Culture Kids (Yarmouth Maine: Intercultural Press, Inc., 1999), 167. Number 3, 2011 BIMI WORLD 15