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My name is Savannah Jellison and I was born
into a military home in 2001. A little later in
2013 my parents became missionaries. That
makes me a Military Kid AND a Missionary
Kid. Let me tell you what it means to me to be
both. What would being a Military Kid entail? Well, I
will start with where we have lived. I was born
in Alamogordo, New Mexico (I have actually
been asked if that is even in America!). When
I was almost two, we moved to Landstuhl,
Germany. I loved Germany. While we were
there, we moved four times in eight years. You
might be thinking, “Wow, you guys did a lot
of moving,” but I LOVED IT! Some military
families move even more than we did and
some hardly ever move. The ever-changing
surroundings and circumstances help build a
camaraderie between the individual military
families, creating one giant military family.

MKs help each other make friends at school,
at church, and in the community. Moms unite
and talk about past experiences and help each
other like no other community. Now, do not
think military life is a bed of roses. Many moms,
dads, and children struggle with the constant
change and the ever impending possibility of
the military member being gone for extended
periods of time. I have just chosen to think
about what I have and not what I am losing.

Military life was not candy canes and lollipops
for me. My dad was in the Air Force for just
over 18 years. We added up all the times he
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was deployed, temporary duty, or on a remote
assignment and the total was almost seven
years! I remember some days were harder than
others. My mom is the best military mom in
the world! (I may be a little biased.) She would
do fun things with us while Dad was gone, just
to make it a little easier for us to cope. I am
blessed that my dad always came back safe but
that is not the case for everybody.

Every military family knows that if something
major is going to go wrong, it happens when
the military member is gone. I cannot go
into every situation but this happened to us
as well. All my brothers have had to go to the
emergency room while Dad was gone. We have
had serious car issues. The washing machine
would break down. It was always something.

We knew it would happen and just depended
on our military and church families for support.

While I love being a Military Kid, I also love
being a Missionary Kid. However, they are
VERY different lifestyles. In 2005, my parents
surrendered to missions at a conference in
Rothenburg, Germany. Then, in 2012, God
confirmed with my dad that it would be military
missions. In 2013, we moved to Okinawa,
Japan, and began working in a military church.

We loved it there so much! My parents saw the
great need for a church on the north end of the
island, and God led us to go on deputation so
we could start a new work.

What is deputation? It is a time when
missionaries travel all over to different churches