Who are TCKs?
Third Culture Kids or TCKs are people who have lived in a culture other than their parents’ or their passport/birth country’s culture during developmental years or years before adulthood. Because of their exposure to two or more cultures, a “third culture” is formed and incorporates the cultures TCKs have significantly interacted with. Thus, a TCK’s cultural behavior is not restricted to only one.
The term Adult TCKs or ATCKs is used for TCKs who have grown to be adults.
Even if a TCK or ATCK returns to their passport country, they’re still considered a TCK due to their experiences.
The ministry started small with a teenager’s desire to love Christ and her longing to reach other TCKs. She had been through three countries and many transitions, challenges, and struggles. Jesus carried her through all of them despite the lack of awareness and understanding from the Christian communities around her. In her mid-teens, she discovered that she was a third culture kid and that many individuals like her around the world experienced the same challenges. They were also struggling due to the lack of people around them understanding and encouraging them in Christ. Years passed and the teen grew into an adult TCK writer.
The ATCK began with a prayer, a question, and an answer.
“What do you think of an email ministry for TCKs?” the ATCK asked.
“That would encourage me,” a TCK said.
After many prayers, a letter was sent to a small email list – also known as the TCK Letters. Its purpose was to uplift other Christian TCKs with lessons learned from personal challenges.
Soon the ATCK met other TCK writers with the same desires of loving Christ and encouraging other TCKs in Him. Then one day in late 2020, the idea of creating a proper website dedicated to serving Christian TCKs appeared. The group of TCKs prayed. Eventually, the group expanded and the idea was pushed forward to be implemented. More people were recruited and a team was formed!
That, however, was just the beginning. After months of commitment, struggles, mistakes, and challenges, TCKs for Christ was officially launched on September 4th! The website ministry is only possible with the strength, grace, and mercies of Jesus Christ working in a team of imperfect individuals trying to love Him and further His kingdom.
TCKs for Christ doesn’t belong to the team. It belongs to Christ. The One who has freed, encouraged, comforted, and healed TCKs around the world regardless of their ethnicity, passport covers, and borders.
And in Him, they have their home and identity.
Our Vision Statement
We, the TCKs for Christ team, strive to serve, encourage, and challenge teenage and young adult Christian TCKs in Jesus. They include missionary kids, business kids, military kids, diplomat kids, cross-cultural kids, mixed-cultural kids, domestic TCKs, etc.
The TCK life has its struggles and challenges, and we desire to encourage a TCK in truth and to tell them that they are not alone and that there’s Someone who cares more than they can ever know. Our team consists of TCKs with various backgrounds writing for young TCKs to motivate them to use their gifts for His kingdom and to live victoriously with a firm identity in Jesus Christ.