You can take the girl out of the jungle, but you can't take the girl out of the jungle — that's how it goes, right?
As many of you have heard me say a million times, I was a missionary kid in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. What started out in 1995 with my parents saying, "Let's stay two years and see how this thing goes," turned into, "Well, Becca and Zach have graduated from high school now, so I guess we'll move back to America," in 2010. The town where my family and I lived, Ukarumpa, was mostly an expat community, with people from all over the world living in a mile-square compound. And while sometimes it was difficult being in such a small, remote town, I still loved it.
But even if you're not from Papua New Guinea (PNG), that doesn't mean you can't relate — especially fellow missionary kids (MKs) know as well as I how small the missionary universe is. And if you're from PNG but didn't specifically grow up in Ukarumpa (I'm looking at you, Numonohi), you'll be able to sympathize with several — if not all — of these experiences:Read more