Where is my home?
This question usually deals with heaven in a spiritual sense. This blog is about the physical aspects. Many of you reading this are missionary children that grew up in a foreign land or you are parents now raising your children in a foreign land.
How do you answer that question – “Where is your home?” or “Where are you from?”
Many of us who are 100% Americans – born and raised – are jealous of people who had the chance to grow up in another culture. You learned another language, culture, you got to travel, learn other foods, etc. And yet it is often a struggle of identity for those who grew up in it. As adults we can choose to live in another culture and know why we are there. We also know where our original home and family are. But a child growing up in another culture doesn’t always have that basis point. They may not “fit” into either culture. They may be confused in who they are – for life.
Our son Joshua was born in Guatemala but was adopted as an infant. He is VERY American. People do not confuse him being Guatemalan. Besides the color of his skin he looks “American”. Isaiah was adopted at age 9 and people knew he was from Guatemala by just looking at him. He carried himself differently and had a different look. Spanish people would immediately speak to him in Spanish. That never happens with Josh.
Our son in law David is a British citizen but was raised in China. He now defines himself as British by birth, culturally Chinese, living in America with a green card. He doesn’t feel like he is British, Chinese, or American.
Where is your home? Who are you? Hopefully you can find your “Home” in the Lord. If you were raised in a foreign land or you have children in that situation, take a look at the video link below.
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.