Profile: Crystal Dawson

I love Facebook. I understand the disadvantages that come with it sometimes, but being a missionary kid I am thankful for it in many ways. It would be almost impossible for me to stay in touch with my friends in Thailand, as well as the missionary kid friends that have since dispersed to their respective countries. I love being able to see them and their families grow, many of them now with children of their own. And when Crystal contacted me on Facebook because she happened to be in the States, I thanked God again for the opportunities that today’s technology provides. The last time I had seen Crystal was when I was about 13. Her family, originally from Australia, was leaving the mission field in Thailand for another in Cambodia. Over ten years later, Crystal finds me online and came to visit for a couple days. I couldn’t give up the opportunity to interview her for my profile series. Hope you enjoy it!

Where did you grow up? Thailand, Cambodia and Australia

Where do you call home? Many places but mostly Australia

How many countries have you visited? 20

What do you love most about being a missionary kid? Being able to watch my parents work, traveling, making friends from different countries and learning new languages.

What did you do this Summer? Australian winter, US summer; I came to the US to help run crafts at a camp in Minnesota for 2 1/2 months. Then went traveling for a month to see friends and family.

What has surprised you the most about the U.S.? Their genuine generosity and kindness and somewhat ignorance about the world outside.

If you had unlimited resources, what would you do? Educate people about the needs and issues of people in other countries and give them opportunities to go and physically see, experience, understand and help. Illegalize trafficking in any country.

What is your favorite food? Pavalova

What does family mean to you? Love, help and growth.

What is your favorite Bible verse/passage? 2 Corinthians 12:9 - “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. and the book of Esther.

Any other advice? Dare to hope, risk love, have faith.