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Camping between the cracks

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A record-breaking 150-plus campers — representing 43 countries — attended the ninth Global Reunion on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. 

The camp serves families who live or have lived overseas for mission work, military service or business. (PHOTO BY JOHN REESE)

“We try to give third-culture kids and their families tools for cross-cultural living” and “a safe place to talk about identity,” said Nancy Hartman, a former missionary to Australia and one of the camp’s directors. 
“Third-culture kids,” or TCKs, include children of missionaries or military families who grow up in a culture different from their parents’. When the families return home, these children often find adjustment difficult. 
When they get together, TCKs “feel a sense of community in the fact that they don’t feel a sense of community with anyone else,” said Cody Hart, who grew up on the mission field in South Africa. In addition to gaining coping skills, campers find camaraderie with “people that also fall between the cracks.”
For more information on Global Reunion, see www.intermissionministry.org.

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