Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

Third Culture Kids

     Five years have passed since we moved to the Dominican Republic. I don’t think we will ever forget all the emotion of that day! As a parent, you always want the best for your children. I remember wondering what the move would mean for us as a family and how Ethan and Miriam would respond to the new culture and their lives as missionary kids (MKs) or third culture kids. I trust that God has big plans for them, and I continually pray that al the experiences that they have in the DR shape them into compassionate followers of Jesus.

   As I left the house the other day to pick up Miriam from ballet, I turned the corner and saw Ethan playing with his neighborhood friends in the street. I took a mental picture of the moment. It made me smile to myself. I don’t want to forget how he interacts with those around him. I don’t want him to forget.

   When I arrived to pick up Miriam and our neighbor girl, Camila, at the rehearsal, I watched how they chatted and goofed around on the way out the door. I took a mental picture of the moment. It made me smile to myself. I don’t want to forget how she interacts with those around her. I don’t want her to forget.

To honor Ethan and Miriam, I dedicate this blog to them. They gave me permission to share this question-and-answer session with you.

ETHAN

How old are you?  12 years-old

How old were you when you moved to the DR? 7 years-old

What’s your favorite thing about being in the Dominican Republic? I really love my dog, Zane, that we got here.

What kind of activities do you enjoy? I like to play with my friends, videogames, and to practice drums.

What other things are you involved in? I go to Dominican school and youth at church.

What is your favorite Dominican food? Fried chicken and white rice.

How do you serve God? By helping others in whatever they need.

How do you help in Solid Rock International? I help motivate and entertain the group members. Sometimes, I help with projects.

What is your favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 119:105  Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

What’s it like to be a missionary kid? It’s different and unusual because I speak 2 languages and I learn in 2 languages.

MIRIAM

How old are you? 9 years-old

How old were you when you moved to the DR? 4 years-old

What is your favorite thing about being in the Dominican Republic? I like playing with my friends.

How do you play? We ride bike, sometimes we go swimming, and we rollerblade.

What other activities are you involved in? I go to school at Lucille Rupp. I do ballet and worship dance at church.

What is your favorite Dominican food? White rice with bean sauce.

How do you serve God? I go to church. I help my parents. I help my friends.

How do you help in Solid Rock International? Sometimes, I help make food. I talk to group members.

What is your favorite Bible verse? Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

What is it like to be a missionary kid? We travel a lot and I don’t get to see my grandparents as much as I want to.

As readers of our blog and supporters of Solid Rock International, I ask you to pray for all the missionary kids of the world. They all make sacrifices to serve in the roles that the Lord has called them to right next to their parents. The holiday time can be especially difficult for them as they watch family from a distance have their special gatherings.

I will leave you with pictures of all the things that we have been involved in over the past several weeks. We’ve been busy and we praise God for all of the opportunity that he gives us to serve him.

Thank you for continuing to lift our family up in prayer as we serve together in the Dominican Republic.

Family photo session during the staff retreat
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