Author Archives: Jonathan Smith

Jonathan SmithJonathan Smith is a missionary kid (MK) on the island of Papua, Indonesia. His Dad is Chief Pilot of the MAF program there. He goes to school in the city of Sentani where he lives, laughs, and learns with his friends. He blogs at See the Edge.

Leaving Home (and Finding it Again)

Jonathan (center) with his friend, Dani (right), and another friend, Andrew (left).

You know that moment when you’re hugging your friend, and you won’t let them go because you don’t know when you’ll ever see them again? I had quite a few of those moments as I packed my bags, graduated from High School, and […]

Four Things I’ve Learned as a Missionary Kid (MK)

Jonathan with his sister and friends enjoying a beautiful waterfall in Papua, Indonesia.

As I’ve just graduated from high school, I’ve spent lots of time looking back on my life as a missionary kid. The people I’ve known, the places I’ve been, and the experiences I’ve had have all taught me something. Here are four […]

Friends in High Places

The sunrise was golden. The mountains were beautiful. The plane was cutting smoothly through the crisp air. That’s when my friend, sitting next to me on the small plane, handed me his bag and reached for a sick sack. We were pretty high up, around 8,000 feet, and the small planes MAF flies in Papua […]

Getting Out Of The Rut

It’s so easy to get stuck, isn’t it? I was driving my motorbike up a steep dirt hill a little too slowly when my tires slid sideways into a rut and started spinning. I twisted the accelerator as hard as I could but it didn’t help—my bike was stuck. Did I mention that I was […]

The Flow

It was getting darker outside and I was starting to worry—I was supposed to be home by 6:00 for supper. We were finally ready to leave when my friend Yakobus decided to jump into the lake, and all hopes of being home on time vanished like the dryness of my clothes as the water splashed […]

Do We Really Make a Difference?

It’s easy to get caught up in all the bad things that happen to us and forget that we have other experiences that make up our lives. As a missionary kid, it’s easy for me to wonder what the point of my life is. I don’t have a cool job flying airplanes or translating the […]