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Sent: Reflections on Missions, Boarding School and Childhood Kindle Edition
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Dr. Jenny Ostini is an Australian applied social scientist working in social and policy settings on gender, literacies and understanding workplace experiences and behaviours. She credits her complicated childhood for her enduring interest in the choices people make and the impact these choices have on their lives and families.
Bernard Dainton and his wife live in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. After secondary education and university in England, he studied at London Bible College 1988-91, before working in an inner city church in London for nearly twenty years, at the same time as earning a living with a series of charities. He attended Chefoo Boarding School from January 1970 to June 1975. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
"There are no words that could express the honour of being invited to write the Foreword for this collection of amazing stories. These stories full of true loss and hope, authentic wonder, gratitude and thoughtful fury." Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, Lies We Believe about God, Eve, Cross Roads.
"In watching, I have seen the truth that adult Missionary Kids are not victims of the past but can make choices for the present that can change old messages into new. It is a powerful message indeed..."
Ruth Van Reken, author of Letters never Sent: A Global Nomad's Journey from Hurt to Healing, and co-author of Third Culture Kids: The experience of growing up between worlds.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08K789HYY
- Publisher : John Chenoweth (26 September 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 2376 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 476 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 287,002 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a challenging but essential read for anyone involved in missionary circles or thinking of sending their children to boarding schools as well as for those of us who lived these childhoods. Two solo albums, original artwork and individual writings preceded this compilation, which will undoubtedly be followed by more creative outpouring as we wrestle with our memories and who we have become. The last chapter of this book testifies to the grace and healing to be found through sharing our stories - at the end of these often painful journeys back in time , for some there may be a note of hope, a glimmer of light.
The stories are a mixed bag as experiences and perceptions vary. For those who have been in a similar situation it will sound all too familiar. If you are thinking that your career or “doing Gods Will” is more important than being there for your children then read this book before you make any decisions that will have life-long implications.
Secondly, the book "Sent" is significant because it lays the blame for what happened to very young missionary children squarely where it belongs: at the feet of mission agencies whose theology valued the saving of souls over the nurturing and well being of their members’ own children.
Although "Sent" is not an easy read in places, the reader will also find inspiration in its pages because of the writers’ courage, and even humor, in telling their stories and in the glimpses the reader gets of the wonderful, admirable people each of them has become. My hope is that this book will encourage other MKs with similar experiences and that it will shine a spotlight on the ongoing problem of mission boards who have failed to properly address their own histories of sending their children away.
Dianne Darr Couts,
President, MK Safety Net
Author, Advocate, Speaker