Dating a missionary kid
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Corinthians ).
What about those cases in which a Christian has dated a non-Christian, and the non-Christian did come to faith in Jesus?
There are a lot of ways that you could react to discovering that he has children, but if he truly is the man of your dreams you should be able to have a relationship with him and with his children.
by Ana Gobledale, currently serving the Churches of Christ in Australia through Global Ministries, along with her husband, Tod, her son, Mandla (and her daughter, Thandiwe, who comes home for holidays.) “As a missionary kid you have something so special - an understanding of the rest of the world that not most U. I have multi-cultural aspects to myself and I feel I take a lot less for granted.” – Mandla Gobledale, 18 Tod and I headed to South Africa in 1993 with me a few months pregnant with Number One!
One problem in evaluating missionary dating from a biblical perspective is that dating of any type was not widely practiced in biblical times. Yet, since dating is often seen today as a “pathway” leading to marriage, biblical principles for marriage can be applied to dating, the precursor of marriage.
You are a global citizen, and that is something that needs to be embraced..” -- Jenny Dale, 21 “I’m more aware of all the things around me.
Our two children--Thandiwe (now 21), born in South Africa, and Mandla (18), born while living with Tod’s parents on furlough--have never been listed as “missionaries” in any official mission board documents, yet their lives have been a vital part of our life and identity as a missionary family.
Paul also writes, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. The principle here is that a close association with unbelievers often leads to compromised faith.
For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Becoming romantically involved with an unbeliever is playing with fire.