A New World View – Stu & Ruth Carlson
Stu, Ruth, Caroline, and Paul Carlson have enjoyed a wider view of the world than most of us will ever have the opportunity to know. Ruth grew up as a missionary kid in Nigeria; she and her husband, Stu, wanted to provide their U.S.-born children the same chance to experience a different way of life as a Third Culture Kid.
Acting on that, in 2002, the family moved to Nigeria, where Ruth’s mother operates an orphange. Ruth found a position teaching English at a school for missionary kids where she and Stu enrolled their children, Caroline and Paul; Stu provide maintenance support at the same school. The family spent their free time helping Ruth’s mom, now 87 years old, with the orphanage she started 25 years ago.
That orphanage, the Ministry of Mercy (MOM), cares for children left there by their families and others the State entrusts to their care. Bonds formed between the children and their care givers can be deep and long lasting. Caroline Carlson was just 16-years old when she first met and cared for a very young baby boy…a child she would loved to have adopted and brought into their family. Listen to the lovely song Caroline wrote about him, titled, “Dear Baby“.
Stu and Ruth truly appreciated their monthly checks that came from their U.S. Amway business. In a country where most people live on 25 cents a day, “Those were the biggest checks we saw the entire time we lived in Nigeria,” said Stu.
Stu and Ruth moved back to the States this year and they were welcomed back with open arms by their Amway friends. “We’ve known these people for 25 years and there is strength in those friendships,” shares Ruth.
Ruth is back teaching, Stu is working on gaining support for Ministry of Mercy, Caroline is a sophmore at A&M in Commerce, TX, and Paul is in junior high school. “We are so blessed to have been able to share a wider world view with our children.”