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choices. It wasn't till I came back to America for our first furlough in 1989 that I really started to notice how different the cultures were. In America strangers are friendlier and even say “excuse me” when they pass by in the grocery store. I noticed how dependent America was on cars. As a twelve-year-old I could not just walk home from school or to the park as I did in Germany. Here I needed my parents to drive me everywhere. I noticed how raising my hand in school and telling my teacher I disagreed with her was not as acceptable in the US as it was in Germany. Most teenagers struggle to find their identity, and living within two cultures does not make it easier. I grew to really love both cultures and this taught me to love diversity. I think MKs might be better equipped to face the challenges of a world that is getting smaller because they aren't afraid of differences in culture. They understand that there is beauty in diversity. These are just a few things that come to mind when I think about what a unique opportunity it is to grow up as an MK. Although there are some tough things about being an MK, the good things definitely outweigh them. Now in my thirties, I can see how God is still using my experience of having grown up in two cultures. God has allowed me to work at the BIMI World Missions Center where I serve missionaries. I can understand and help them a little better because I know what they are going through. Also God has sent many Germans to Chattanooga with the opening of a Volkswagen plant. This gives me opportunities to use my knowledge of the German language and culture to connect with them. I would not trade my MK experiences for anything. Jonathan Bergen serves as BIMI's graphic designer and is responsible for most of what you see in BIMI World and www.bimi.org. He also designs many of the prayer cards and other printed products used by BIMI missionaries. My family at the Atlanta Airport—December 3, 1985 Our destination: Munich, Germany 21