And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. —2 Timothy 2:2
Cornerstone began out of the desire for a mission agency that empowers missionaries to hear from the Holy Spirit and obey, while also embracing their entire family. In the case of the Lindsay family, obedience meant planting a church overseas. And it meant unique challenges and opportunities for stewarding the children God had given them. At that time, few were discussing the gift or the challenge of being a child growing up in a culture different from that of your parents.
Fast forward nearly fifty years…
Children of missionaries have been referred to as “third-culture kids” (TCKs) because they frequently spend a significant portion of their developmental years in a culture different than the passport culture of at least one parent. It’s a beautiful thing that presents many challenges that have only begun to be researched and discussed in the last 20 years.
The phrase #homeish is a hashtag that has been used by some TCKs to talk about when they encounter home-like qualities. Many don’t actually have a single place they would call home.
(Tim Lindsay & Hal Hamilton)
When Tim left for Europe with his family, even though the small town of Wilmore, KY was no longer his literal home, it remained #homeish during visits back to the States. The town was like an ever-expanding “playground,” a repository of memories, and a symbolic and actual connection to important relationships.
CI has over fifty missionaries in fifteen countries. There are dozens of children in our community. CI’s headquarters has been a home-like place for many of these families because of ongoing relationships with our staff, but it lacks many of the amenities and areas of memory-making and play necessary to make it even more of a #homeish place.
That’s where you come in!
We have a lot of land at our HQ property in Wilmore, KY where we train and send out global workers. We have developed a plan to create a play area and “kid-i-fy” our headquarters so that more TCKs can enjoy being at CI when their families are in the USA. #homeish
We are actively seeing God provide for this vision! Our goal is to raise $40,000 in total. Guess what? We have some generous donors who have helped us raise the majority of our budget! Will you help us finish strong?