Volume 5, Issue 1: Children and International Development

Child development is a topic of great importance that can be approached from a variety of lenses, through which we have come to a better understanding of the relationship between early childhood/adolescent development and later adult life experience. For this issue, we have selected research and reflections exploring children and international development that deals with historical, socio-cultural and biblical/theological perspectives.

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Volume 5, Issue 1: Children and International Development

Child development is a topic of great importance that can be approached from a variety of perspectives. From a biblical perspective, children are mentioned in reference to the kingdom of God. Was it a certain quality of children that Jesus was referring to or their position in society? In either case, Jesus clearly identified children as his concern. For this issue, we have focused on children and international development from historical, socio-cultural, biblical and theological perspectives.

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Research with children at risk has contributed to informed practice, which in turn has aided children living out very difficult lifestyles. The following document highlights the important task of careful and reliable research among this population by focusing on participatory methodologies that bring positive change and development. Children are presented as both research subjects as well as researchers who participate and inform studies looking at interventions. Several cautions and ethical considerations are also discussed in order to emphasize the protective care of the child or adolescent during research endeavors.

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The theme of this research is to display the intercultural connection within this diverse group of people that are Black, White, Red, male & female. This diverse group of people increased intercultural development in the Wyandot land in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and greatly contributed to the development of children’s education/vocational training. This information is important to bring to attention because it reveals intercultural development/ministry in America during the late 1700s-early 1800s. This dynamic is important to bring to attention because it reveals two beginnings in American history. The first beginning is a successful ministry movement towards/with the Wyandot Indian tribe. The second beginning is the establishment of a school for children in Ohio.

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Does a child’s psychological development determine how successfully he/she will cross cultures later on in life?  Certainly it does, even though it is not the sole determining factor.  In this short article, I will contend that child development is one of the major factors contributing to a cross-cultural workers ability to cross cultures well.  In so doing, I would like to highlight that the process of uprooting a person from one’s home country and familiar support system, leaves a person feeling extremely insecure.  With the additional difficulty of language acquisition and dealing with culture shock, the whole process shakes a person to the core. And it is precisely the challenge to one’s identity and worth that makes self-esteem such an important variable in being able to handle the changes and adjustments required in crossing cultures.

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The disintegration of the family unit in El Salvador has been a major contributor to the current state of societal emergency. The lack of a father figure in many families has prompted many youth to seek out approval and protection through gangs such as the MS-13 and the 18th Street gangs. Single mother families produce more single mother families and the cycle continues in a downward spiral for the society in general. Gangs control many communities, extort business owners, and have taken an increasingly aggressive stance towards governmental institutions such as the police, military families, and public school teachers and students.

The church is the only viable solution to provide a fatherly protection and unlimited love for those youth at risk. This paper looks at three youth and the reasons behind their struggles.

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