TCK Voices: Elena Coyle

Today we have Elena with us! Welcome, Elena!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the different cultures you are part of?

Hey! I’m Elena, and I am a TCK that was born and raised in China. I moved to the States about two years ago. I lived in China for almost 13 years, and then, because of visa problems, my family and I were unable to get back into the country. We lived out of our suitcases for about two years before we were able to go back to China, get our stuff, and be able to say an official goodbye before moving to the States. 

What is an advantage of being a TCK?

An advantage of being a TCK is the uniqueness in experiences you get to be a part of. 

What is the hardest thing about being a TCK?

I think a couple of the hardest things are the feeling of being stuck between two worlds and not being able to have a constant group of friends with you in person. I love being a TCK, but like anything in life, it comes with challenges. 

What is one thing you learned from being a TCK?

What I have learned from being a TCK is the idea of what belonging is and how that affects your mindset of the place that you’re currently living. 

How has being a TCK influenced your faith?

Being a TCK has influenced my faith because I have seen different worldviews and opinions people have of Jesus; I think that has ultimately made my faith stronger. I think the idea of the expat community doing life together has influenced my faith more than I could ever express. 

What is one thing you would like to tell your fellow TCKs?

You’re not alone. Whatever circumstance you’re going through and whether you’re feeling misunderstood, forgotten, lonely, etc., you’re not alone. That was one of the most valuable lessons I could’ve learned. So, don’t shut yourself out from possibilities of new friends even if it means saying goodbye later on. God has something for you in every place you are – you just have to be open to what that something is. 

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Elena! 

1 thought on “TCK Voices: Elena Coyle”

  1. Thank you for sharing, Elena! I definitely agree that coming into contact with other worldviews about Jesus and the Bible have strengthened my faith. Our experiences help us in so many areas!

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