Meet Lauren Wells

Oct 17, 2019

 Welcome to Skill Building Thursday, friend,

As you know from Tuesday, this week we interrupt our normal broadcasting to introduce you to two people (Tim on Tuesday and Lauren today). You know that my philosophy of lasting change involves, in part, a slow and steady drip of information. With that in mind, I am looking for people who believe in Global Trellis and this on-going investment in your soul and your skills. On a quarterly basis we will rotate through topics and conversations so that they can seep into you (and me!). Lauren will be sharing about TCKs.

Several years ago Lauren and I became FaceBook friends and in September when I posted I was attending Missio Nexus, she commented she would be attending too. What a randomly fortuitous God-perfectly-timed meeting! We clicked instantly and Lauren bubbles with joy for TCKs.

I’m excited for you to meet her!

Lauren, share a bit about where you’ve lived overseas and what you were doing.

My family moved to Tanzania, East Africa when I was 12 and I lived there with my family through high school. They stayed there during my college years so I would go back to TZ for summer breaks and teach various summer classes (ballet, music lessons, drama) at the international school. I knew at that point that I wanted to work with TCKs long term. 

Where are you now? What are you up to?

I now live in Portland, OR with my husband and our two girls—Clara (3) and Audrey (2)—and work for CultureBound as the Director of Training and TCK programs. I get to travel internationally and within the US a few times each year (for a while it was with a baby tagging along, now I limit my travel to once per quarter), and work with either TCKs themselves, parents of TCKs, and/or organizations. I developed curricula for pre-field training for kids and teens that teaches about culture-learning, language-acquisition, and transition and that program is now being used by several organizations around the US. I also blog on my website ( and try to provide a lot of practical information for parents raising TCKs. 

What drew you to working with TCKs and their parents?

I loved growing up overseas, but it certainly was not without its share of challenges. When I realized that I was not the only TCK dealing with significant challenges in my early 20s and that, in fact, the majority of TCKs do, I really felt called to find ways to prevent those challenges early on in a TCK’s life. I studied a lot about Prevention Science and then began applying that to the TCK experience. I truly believe that parents can raise healthy kids overseas and that we can decrease the debilitating challenges that many face in adulthood if we apply a preventative philosophy in a practical way. So, that is what I am trying to do! 

Lauren, I’m so delighted we met in person last month and for your enthusiasm for the ways that TCKs and their parents can tend their souls and grow personally!

What questions/conversations would you like for Lauren to have with you? (P.S. This is not just for parents, as an “auntie” to many teammates under the age of 18, I needed to learn about TCK’s as well!)

One way to love your TCK? Understand better how God has wired them with this month’s workshop on Enneagram and Team Growth. Or watch with your teammates and discuss how the team can better love and support your kids.

Amy Young

Life enthusiast. Author. Sports lover. Jesus follower. Supporting cross-cultural work.




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