by Sydney Wiseman
Five private international schools, four countries, and three different languages.
Lexi Sunberg, freshman social justice major, is adapting to life at Trevecca after spending all her growing up years on the mission field.
Sunberg was born in Kansas City and then was moved to Russia when she was just five-weeks-old. Her parents are missionaries.
“I know a lot of people who don’t enjoy it. It’s normal life to me. I love it,” said Sunberg on the life of a missionary kid, “I really like to travel, meeting people, and hearing stories. There are some pretty awesome people out there.”
Sunberg and her family lived in Russia for two years and then moved to Bulgaria where they stayed for 13 years, and Hungary for three years. Sunberg is in the United States now attending Trevecca but her father and mother along with her three younger sisters still reside in Hungary. They have been in the ministry for 20 years.
Even though Sunberg is living in the U.S. for now, she doesn’t call it home.
“Bulgaria is my hometown. I love America and Hungary but Bulgaria is my country,” Sunberg said.
While in Bulgaria, Sunberg and her family did a lot of compassionate ministries. Bulgaria has a high gypsy population. They would go to villages and host vacation bible school. Sunberg was in charge of the crafts at VBS and they were expecting around 100 kids… 300 showed up instead.
Sunberg is a social justice major in hopes for working oversees and becoming a teacher when she graduates college. Sunberg feels that whatever she does will always be missions because she grew up in the world of missions.
“I don’t know if God is calling me to missions as a career but I will always be a missionary,” Sunberg said.
Rebecca Merrick, international student advisor, said that Sunberg is really adapting well to the life at Trevecca. Even though Trevecca establishes a friendly, Christian, environment, there are some challenges for international students.
“One of the challenges is finding friends. It is easy to find friendly classmates but it isn’t the same as finding friends,” Merrick said.
Emily Mowry, freshman and friend to Sunberg, said that they have a lot in common and enjoy one another’s company.
“We can talk about a lot of stuff and we like a lot of the same stuff. It’s cool,” said Mowry.
Mowry admires Sunberg’s ability to go with the flow and how calm she appears to be.
“You can tell culture shock well but Lexi is really good at going with the flow,” said Mowry.
Sunberg has made friendships even through the difficultness of coming to college on her own. Mowry said that when Sunberg and her family came to Trevecca to move in, Sunberg had one suitcase. The rest they had to buy.
Sunberg said that there is one piece of advice that she wants people to know from a missionary kid standpoint:
“If you go overseas, don’t try to change people. Love people. It goes a lot farther.”