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Typical Week in the Life of a Missionary Kid

The following lightly edited selection is from the diary of a fifteen-year-old missionary kid. Michael's parents and two sisters work as missionaries at a radio station in the Caribbean. A family friend, Rebecca, is currently visiting with them.

After reading the diary to your class, start a discussion about life as a missionary kid. Questions to ask include:

  • How is this family like your family?
  • How is this family different from your family?
  • What challenges does home-schooling present on the mission field?
  • How does Michael help in the ministry?
  • What could you do to help Michael and his family?

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Friday 6-9-2000

5:30--got up, dressed, made bed, and did homework

6:20--devotions

7:00--chores (swept room and porch)

7:30--listened to Word to the World (15 min. radio program)

7:45--breakfast

8:30--school (Bible class) and homework

10:00--listened to Stories of Great Christians (15 min.) and homework

11:00--Economics Class

11:45--Biology Class (video), got irritated with sister

12:30--homework--very distracted

1:15--Went to the beach to study (too much noise at home)

1:30--Girls walked right past me to the beach and didn't even see me, and they say that I'm unobservant.

1:47--Girls walked past again, but Alyssa saw me. They stopped to talk and Rebecca took a picture of Christina, Alyssa and me.

1:55--PIZZA! Man, was it GOOD!

3:00--Spanish class

3:45--I half listened to Adventures from the Bookshelf (radio program)

4:00--Wasted a few minutes

4:10--piano practice (30 minutes)

4:40--Homework--English (research)

5:25--started heating water on the stove for dishes

5:30--Did Saturday cleaning because of children's church activity, cleaned room

5:45--washed dishes--Alyssa cleaned the porch for me--I have great sisters (felt bad about it though-thanked her)

5:49--grabbed things, threw them in my pack--took a quick sponge bath and put on a clean shirt

6:55--Left house headed for the radio station--mom drove us

7:10--arrived, carried stuff in

7:30--took the radio board for an hour--got set up for dubbing--homework--listened to a new music CD, shoelace broke

8:30--shift ended for me--dubbed one 30 min. program--homework, helped Dad trim bushes--edited the dubbed wavefile

10:20--Dad took us kids home, left mom at station doing work

10:30--Miscellaneous tasks

10:50--shower

11:06--in bed

12:30--writing this down, folks not home yet

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Saturday 6-10-2000

7:45--got up, put new sheets on bed

8:00--listened to Ranger Bill and got dressed

8:30--prepared for children's church activity, ate doughnuts that Rebecca made

9:45--left for children's church activity at Coconut Beach, helped with the activity

2:30--headed for home

2:55--unloaded truck at home

3:05--sat on porch railing and cleaned sand off and out of my boots (I got wet trying to rescue a cricket ball.)

3:30--cleaned inside of truck

4:30--moved Dad's bike to wash it--decided to sweep the walk around the house first, scrubbed truck's floor mats--washed bike, rinsed the truckbed's benches.

6:20--washed the truck

7:05--took shower (rainy season)

7:35--talked about children's church activity with my parents

9:00--homework

9:30--bedtime, got to bed at 9:40

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Sunday 6-17-2000

8:00--got up, ate breakfast

8:15--heated dishwater, made bed, washed dishes

9:40--got dressed for church

10:05--left for church, helped clean church, talked to people

11:10--church

12:??--talked to people, helped close church up, went with Mom on take-home, took Sister Irene to hospital, Mom visited a lady in the hospital while I waited in the lobby, took Sister Irene home, then went home

2:20--home, changed clothes, lunch (Father's Day), dishes, wasted time, studied only half-heartedly, didn't accomplish much, worked on this diary about what happened Saturday, took sponge-off, dressed for church

6:05--left for church, helped clean church with girls while folks did pick-up

7:10--church

8:20--talked with people, helped close up church

8:50--I went with Dad to take people home near Listere, we had Bro. Randy's truck

9:40--dropped truck off at the station, went in and talked with him a while

10:00--headed for home

10:15--home, had a piece of cake and Mom read the current book to us. I worked on my stamps while I listened.

11:00--bedtime

12:30--wrote what I did Sat. evening and Sun.

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Monday 6-12-2000

5:30--got up, washed face, tried to do homework, mosquito bothered me, dressed, went to room and tried to do homework on bed-fell asleep

7:15--woke up (forgot devotions)

7:30--Word to the World

7:45--called Brother Randy about yard work at his house

7:00--breakfast

8:00--school, Bible, calligraphy, Biology, etc.

11:30--went to Bro. Randy's to do yard work--worked 2 hours

1:40--Dad picked me up

1:55--home, cleaned up, ate lunch

3:00--Spanish class

3:55--got ready to leave for a family activity

4:10--left for Belview to walk the beach and picnic

7:30--got home, unloaded truck

7:45--started heating water, did some homework or something(??)

8:00--dishes

8:49--showered

9:10--homework

9:30--bedtime

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Tuesday 6-13-2000

6:??--got up, made bed, dressed, devotions, swept room, went out to container to fix my sister's shoe

7:45--Mom came out and was upset cause I forgot to listen to Word to the World at 7:30--mad at Mom, worked on Monday's schedule

8:07--breakfast

8:24--porch chores, fed dog, wasted some time

8:50--school-Bible class

9:15--homework, started dishwater heating

9:20--looked at TV/VCR for Mom--problem with the tape

9:25--homework

9:45--Mom came in and …

11:30--Biology

12:18--Economics

12:54--worked on this diary, homework

1:56--lunch

3:00--Spanish

3:45--Literature, English, homework

6:06--dishes

7:10--went outside and talked with Mom

7:39--Homework

9:30--Bedtime

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Wednesday 6-14-2000

5:43--got up, make bed, dressed

5:52--devotions, homework, chores

7:11--finished fixing sister's shoe

7:25--read email

7:35--haircut--Dad, the barber

8:00--Breakfast

8:15--Dad showed me where he wanted the tractor to plow ground for our garden, in case the fellow came (he didn't)

8:20--showered, teeth, etc

8:45--school--bible class

9:26--started dishwater--homework, dishes

10:22--school, wasted some time

11:54--homework

2:15--lunch

3:11--dishes

3:55--homework

5:30--dressed for church

6:00--left for pick-up

6:20--helped clean church, talked to Polsons (live next to church, catholic)

7:08--church, helped Mom with the boy's class (ages 6-11)

??? didn't record anymore--

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Thursday 6-15-2000

Overslept- my alarm clock...

5:50--up, dressed, homework (devotions??)

7:30--Word to the World, chores, made bed

7:45--homework

8:00--breakfast

8:20--porch, feed dog

8:35--school-Bible

9:30--dishes

10:15--homework

11:00--Economics

11:45--Biology

1:35--lunch

2:30--Spanish

3:30--homework--worked hard on writing story for English

5:24--started dishwater, homework, dishes, homework

9:45--bedtime, Mom delayed me to ask me some school schedule questions

10:20--finished writing diary

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Friday 6-16-2000

4:15--woke up

4:25--got up, dressed, devotions

5:00--homework

6:15--fed the dog

6:20--homework

7:32--Word to the World, chores

8:01--Breakfast

8:22--homework

8:39--school-Bible

9:30--started dish water, homework

9:48--dishes, Stories of Great Christians

10:14--homework

10:24--Biology

11:10--talked to sister(s)

11:20--Economics

12:00--Lit.

12:55--homework

1:45--lunch

2:50--homework

4:20--Spanish

5:28--dishes, wasted some time

6:40--went outside

6:52--homework

9:30--watched a video (Cinderella, 'cause Rebecca had never seen it), talked, snacked

1:00--went to bed--unusually late night for us.

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