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You've made the right decision! Your kids are probably having the best learning experience they'll ever have in their lives. It's a rich, rich heritage that they'll be grateful for. I urge you to buy a copy of Dr. Wess Stafford's book "Too Small To Ignore." Wess grew up in an African village and, as CEO of Compassion Int'l, he brings great empathy to his job. What an exceptional person!
11/27/06
Awesome ... and I agree 100%. My only regret is that I didn't get started earlier when all our children were young. But then, maybe I did since we adopted three special needs kids and raised them along with our natural kids. Surely that was a mission field in itself! LOL My dream now is to have my adult children accompany me to Kenya or India and "taste and see that the Lord is good" through the eyes of those who crave His presence, His provision, and His love! Excellent story! Thank you so much for sharing! I applaud you for what you do and for being brave enough to do what most only dream they could do for their children! You're an awesome MP!
11/27/06
I love learning, being ministered to and totally impressed with a great writer all at the same time. Excellent job, Donna. I loved the perspective. God bless.
11/27/06
Thank you for sharing this. I know many parents who struggle with the same thing. I'm thinking that I will need to pass on a link to this story to them as I'm sure it will minister to them. Thanks so much for being a blessing!
I would like to add my thanks to those that have commented before me. Well written, Donna. Beautiful flow through the entire writing. You did a great job of setting the stage for us, as readers, to hear the hearts of your children. I'm glad that you "hinted" my way here.
11/28/06
The first half, especially, was just so real--you gave the children such personality in so few words. Awesome.
11/28/06
Wonderful testimony to God's work in your family's life. Even your children are witnesses to other children about God's magnificent work in Africa. If that isn't confirmation that you're doing the right thing in including them in your missions journey I don't know what is. Blessings to you~
11/29/06
Excellent telling! I was definitely engaged fully in this! You made me think differently about this issue, and I thank you for it!
11/29/06
Wonderful testimony to God's work, and as your question, I back you 100%. What a wonderful life you have given your children. A basis of life than no other child will have and memories that will follow into adulthood.
11/29/06
You know, when I was growing up in Africa (and taking those same impassable roads to tribal villages) I used to feel sorry for the kids in America and Canada and Europe because I felt they were missing out! I too was lucky to learn 3 and 4 languages, mingle with people who were completely different from me in culture, race, looks, economic status and so on; and I loved every moment of it.

I loved being so close to nature, and not having a TV and having to make my own entertainment, and learning all about the animals that surrounded me. That comment made by the well-intentioned woman shows me just how ignorant she truly is to the wonders (and hardships) of Africa.
11/29/06
A wonderful read. Good job. :)
11/29/06
I believe as your other readers, that your children are richer for the missionary life you have given them. America can be an extremely selfish place, and it would be good for all to realize, as your children have, that "our existence in this great big world is not all about us." People need to see real purpose in life to grow into productive individuals. You have given this gift to your family. Great job, in both living and writing! Blessings, Cheri
I think you've made an awesome choice for your kids. What better way for them to experience life, than to actually live it? So many of our children (my own included) have no idea what the world is like outside of the virtual worlds on the latest game systems. Your children are very fortunate that you are giving this opportunity to explore the world. :)
11/29/06
What a great experience for your children! They are so much richer in all ways, and I would think espcially spiritually, for having been "MK's". Wonderful story, captured my attention and held it till the end.
Standing with you in support!!
11/29/06
An excellent testimony, and I agree that you made the right decision! Following God's call is never wrong, and your children are getting invaluable knowledge and experience. I enjoyed reading this very much. Thanks for sharing this.
11/29/06
You have my support, MP ;-) I loved this piece and actually kinda understand where you are coming from. I'm a military brat (retired for 12 years now) and my mother and I have been talking about if she would have done anything differently or not. I treasure the experiences that I have had and don't even want to exchange them for anything.
That lady didn't now what her own kids were missing out on! Some of the things you mentioned your children get to see are really quite a priviledge. It sounds like a healthy environment, better than some of the 'normal' situations.

Well written. I could imagine the class very easily.
11/30/06
I'm so glad I came here to thank you for your comment on my "parent" story. This is such wonderful reading. I bet it would be fun to hear your lessons in person, right along with the children.

I've heard others express the same words of disapproval you heard. Such women need reminding that God is just as able to care for us in Africa as in America. The important thing is to be in the center of God's will, no matter where that is.

Dear MP, you definitely have my 100% support, too. God's best to all of you MPs.