We are 43 days away from moving to Argentina. This move is not for a couple of months or a few years. We are moving down to Argentina to spread the Gospel, plant churches, and train men. With this change in our lives, there are a lot of things on my mind. This post is about our daughters.
We have three girls, Lily (10 years old), Piper (6 years old), and Ivy (4 years old). These girls will grow up (or continue to grow up) in Argentina. We have been asked about our girls occasionally while on deputation. Some people feel pity for our daughters, they will be missing out or are being shorted by being taken away from the United States and being raised in another country. Some may think our daughters would greater benefit from staying here in the States.
I don’t think our daughters will in any way suffer any disservice by growing up in Argentina. These girls will become fluent in Spanish, will learn how to adapt in a foreign culture, will make friends that they would not have met otherwise. They will serve in churches we plant on the mission field. If God does not keep them on the mission field, being able to speak fluently as well as being able to understand both American and Latin American cultures may aid them greatly as adults.
In short, our girls are not being “shorted” at all. They are actually getting a great advantage. I believe our daughters are blessed to grow up in Argentina as a part of a missionary family. This is how we believe, and this is how we present what God is leading our family to do to our daughters. They are excited about moving down to Argentina, about helping plant churches, and about making new friends. We are very blessed to have Lily, Piper, and Ivy. They are incredible girls. I believe God is going to use them mightily. I believe God is using deputation and will use life and experiences in Argentina to mold them into the servants He desires them each to be. A lot is on my mind, my daughters growing up in Argentina is one of the blessings that are on my mind.