All over the UK, kids have just started a new term. What about missionary kids? People are often curious about schooling when families are planning to work overseas, especially if the destination is remote. Surely schooling is bound to be an issue in many of the locations Wycliffe workers go?
Working in missions doesn’t mean sacrificing children’s education. No matter where a family involved in cross-cultural missions is based, you can bet their kids’ education is a priority. Parents want their kids to grow up to be successful and have an impact on the world. And there are more options for schooling than you would think:
- Homeschooling — This is a great option for many, especially those based in remote villages. Homeschooling offers great flexibility, and can be tailored to the individual to a much greater degree than other options.
- Local schools — Some missionary kids go to school in the community they live in, with local children, which can work really well. They get the cultural experience as well as a formal education, though it is at the host country’s pace and not that of their passport country.
- Boarding schools — Not all parents want to send their kids to a big city for schooling, but depending on the situation (like parents living in a remote village and kids needing to learn more than their parents are able to teach them), boarding school might be an attractive option.
- International schools — Sometimes an international school for expat children offers kids the education they need, especially if they’re planning on going to university in their passport country (like the UK, Australia, the US, etc.). Sometimes good international schools are available locally; other times students might need to travel for their education. Take a look at what international school is like through the eyes of Alan and Amanda in this video.
Would you stand in the gap for children of cross-cultural workers; especially for their education as they start the new school year?
- Pray for inspiration for teachers and homeschooling parents concerning curriculum, teaching style and adapting schooling to individual children.
- Pray for good friendships; that God would provide like-minded, encouraging friends for missionary kids, wherever they are.
- Ask God to help children to be lights for him in their environments.
This prayer post is adapted from a story on Wycliffe US’s website by Melissa Paredes.