The Nichols Family-Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Mark 16:15 "He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

The Nichols Family-Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Mark 16:15 "He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

Article from The Daily Nichols - September 2nd, 2021

Before we moved to Mexico, my family and I were recommended by NOE to go to an intensive missionary training camp. Though I knew it was recommended for a reason, I made many subconscious assumptions about what it was going to be like. When I got to CIT, I realized my assumptions were very wrong and that I was going to learn a lot in this month of training.

My classes consist of myself, Levi, Weslee, a boy named Sunday, and my teacher, Mr. Josh. Sunday was adopted from Uganda, Africa and is going to Argentina after a year of language training in Costa Rica. Mr. Josh was a missionary kid in Uruguay for 10 years of his life and then moved to Costa Rica.

As missionary kids, we are called TCKs, meaning Third Culture Kids. We are taking our American culture and mixing it with Mexican culture, making an entirely new culture. All of my siblings and I will be TCKs when we move to Mexico.

At CIT, we are learning about the Bible more than we ever had before. Did you know there were TCKs in the Bible? Like Joseph: he had lived the first 13(ish) years of his life in Canaan, then was sold as a slave and had to adapt to Egyptian culture.

We are also learning about how to better adapt to a new culture and to change. Though there are many ways people adapt to change, it has been narrowed down to three main ways: The first way is to refuse to get to know the culture and try and hold on to your past culture forever, never being able to fit in with the culture you are currently in. The second way is to experience culture shock by assuming things before arrival, but then eventually adapting to the culture. The third way is to always be ready for change and have a “go with the flow” mentality.

Since these views on adapting to culture have been brought to my attention, I am actively striving to be as close as I can to the third way of adapting. Though this may be difficult and will have challenges every day, I know that through all of this, God is with me and has a plan for everything that will happen.

Union Mills, NC - August 8th - September 3rd, 2021

August 11, 2021

As you all probabaly know, our family has decided to be missionaries and move down to southwest Mexico. If you didn't already know that, then you were most likely really confused when you found out we had sold our house, narrowed down our possesions to fit in a 6'x12'x6' trailer, and moved into our church for 8 weeks.

Anyway, yes, that is what happened and no, it's not as bad as it sounds. I kinda liked living in the church because we would all just go to bed when Harmony would, and it was nice living on healthy sleep schedule of 9:30 bedtime and 6:30-7:00 wake-up. The only downside to living in the church was the fridge being located down two flights of stairs down. So, whenever I would make tea in our room, I would have to go get the creamer from the fridge (yes, we drink tea with creamer, deal with it), go back up, pour the creamer, go back down and put the creamer away, and then go back up to enjoy my tea. At least you can't say we didn't get our steps in for the day.

Right now we are at missionary training, and it's awesome! We are learning how to adapt to culture, and I am really enjoying it. I have a really fun teacher and my class consists of myself, Levi, Weslee, and another kid named Sunday. He is 12, and his family is going to Buenos Aires, Argentina, but first they are spending a year in Costa Rica doing language training (basically learning Spanish). I don't know about you, but I would love to spend a year in Costa Rica learning Spanish!

Missonary's kids are called TCKs, meaning Third Culture Kids. This a super cool concept because we are used to the USA's culture, but when we get to Mexico we will have to adapt to the Mexican culture, but since we won't be completely USAn or completly Mexican we'll be mixing the two cultures together and making an entirely new culture, which is what we call the third culture.

Did you know there were TCKs in the Bible? Like Joseph and Moses. Joseph spent the first 13ish years of his life living in Caanan, got sold into slavery and then had to figure out how to adapt to the Egyptian culture. Moses was born Hebrew and found by the Egyptian princess. The princess let Moses be taken care of by his birth mother for the first few years of his life, so he got used to the Hebrew culture and then was put into the culture of Egyptian royalty. Cool, right?

Well, I always find it hard to end blogs or reports without it sounding abrupt and awkward, so I've deciced to end all of these entries with a cultural difference so you know its about done: In Mexico, people in general (unless you are working out) don't wear shorts and normally wear jeans.

God bless,
Selah R. Nichols

Acts 20:24 "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."

This is Selah, not Karlee. We're sure.