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Growing up overseas represents at least three kinds of head start: First of all..the intercultural experience carries with the kind of flexibility...that allows well-balanced young people to get a head start on coping with interpersonal relations...the overseas experience provide a concrete awareness of what the world is really like....There is an absolutely overwhelming trend toward toward an increased demand for internationally experienced young people to go into international careers, if they have broken the language barrier. International experience and multilingual capability are more valuable than degrees in today's marketplace....Growing up leaves scars..Life is like that. However we are after something far more significant than the reduction of scars. We're after the power in life that comes from disciplined resourcefulness. I will give you three to one [odds] any time on a missionary kid over anybody else in terms of disciplined resourcefulness. ...Another of the great positives we're after is culture learning skills themselves--the capacity to learn culture.....The beauty of growing up overseas is that ht ere is a third culture context that can come into clarity, and is actually looking forward into what I see as twenty-first century Christianity.(pp. 49, 50, 51, 57)
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