“Third Culture Kids and Adolescence: Cultural Creations,” is written for teenage TCKs to help them understand how both their being TCKs and their being adolescents is a result of their living in Western culture and their living in two or more cultures. This book examines the role of culture in creating adolescent TCKs, and includes a practical section at the end of each chapter, a section titled “What Can Adolescent TCKs Do?” It is available free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. Find it at…
The life of a missionary kid is filled with transitions, good-byes and feelings of not fitting into either their host or home culture. Satan loves to use these hurts to create feelings of doubt, self-criticism, and hopelessness. Help your child learn specific ways they can fight back against Satan’s schemes through a new children’s Bible Study by Carol Lozier, LCSW called “Clothed In Armor: Spiritual Warfare for Kids.” Based on the armor of God, children will learn the truth about themselves and specific ways they can fight back like a mighty Christian soldier. The Bible studies come in two editions, one for all children
and one specifically for adopted and foster children.
Highly recommended. (Thanks Renee, who told Allan, who told us.)
People are still using them all over the country. Hats off, in fact, to ANY group who continues to address the question of how we teach our kids to pray. Watching a teacher this week try to teach a five-year-old to pray convinces us: This question deserves more attention.
Thankfully, here’s at least one curriculum you could consider…
This material includes a music CD, a teacher’s resource CD, a reproducible journal, and more. (This Pebbles and Stones group is taken from “all of us are living stones.” They focus on children across the world, raising up leaders within communities, in an attempt to raise up kids who know God’s story and how to reproduce it.) The “Kids Love to Pray Too” curriculum is based on Al VanderGriend’s book, “Love to Pray.”
Now you can train your kids to pray like never before. Get the book, ” KidsGap: Teaching Children To Be Kingdom Intercessors,” by Jenny Almquist. Check it out here…
It’s designed for kids 8-12 and has 12 lessons on prayer, including “How to hear God’s voice, How to Pray for the Lost, The Power of Praise in Spiritual Warfare and much more.” Highly recommended.
It’s probably been a while since we mentioned them.
As Brian from Train International pointed out this past week, they’re not only helpful for missionaries, they’re also a great entry point for ladies with a heart for the nations to engage in missions and to serve missionaries. As they say on their website, “We prepare a prayer letter and card for you. These contain an explanation of what you will be doing, and your budgetary needs, to give to possible donors. We will send this material to you after you are matched with a family and dates are determined for your visit.”
We recently mentioned Lifekids.tv and Neal’s comment prompted us to mention it one more time, in case you didn’t catch it in our previous edition. Neal wrote, “In that I have 16 grandkids and 13 great grand kids, I spent a few minutes on this site. WOW! AND DOUBLE WOW! I immediately sent it to all my family’s mother and grandmothers! What a wealth of help in this world today!” He’s right! Don’t miss this great resource at…
Remember that item, “9) Looking to Motivate Kids Toward Missions?” in the July 13th, 2014 edition? Karen, from Stand4kids, wrote in a comment for that item, “I created Stand4kids. … We are now under the Center for Mission Mobilization. Most products are found at cmmpress.org. Download lessons are at stand4kids.org/dl/. Our children and family team is called Weave and we have a new website with many free activities for families at
Check it out! (And thanks, Karen.)
How many ministries give you a chance to involve your kids in witnessing opportunities with children on the other side of the globe?! That’s what the folks at friends4one say they can do.
Get your kids engaged in mission to China through their global learning and outreach curriculum. Kids 6-12 are matched with a child in China. Through their secure website, they can make a friend, learn about another culture, and share the hope they have! (Thanks for the tip, Laura!)
Try starting at the collection of resources here:
This Stand4Kids page is run by Pioneers and it includes many of the great things that Caleb Project developed during its best days. They’re trying to “ignite and equip believers to engage children as recipients of and participants in the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Good stuff.
(Note: At this time, we could not find a web description in English, but the coloring book itself is available in English. You’ll see it there.)
Then you just might like Bible Heroes…
It works on all your IOS devices and should keep your kids busy for hours!
If you’ve got kids, and if tickets are the same cost, might be an interesting way to divert your kids on an overnight flight. (Can’t wait to hear about business class passengers ducking to dodge in-flight testing of these new designs. :-) ) (Thanks Caleb!)
Some would say that culture and language are best learned through peer friendships, mission is best done through relationships, and children are a gift of God that He can uniquely use in his mission to lost and hurting people. In light of these truths, Friends4One offers an educational, missions engagement program that connects American Christian children with a child of the same age and gender in China. These 21st century pen pals use the internet to build a friendship and share Christ’s love. Check out…
to discover how you can connect more American children (12 and younger) in your family, church, Christian school or homeschool network with this unique opportunity to engage in relational, cross-cultural ministry. Write
infofriends4oneorg if you are interested. (Word to the wise: In today’s environment, obviously, you’ll want to build in every safeguard imaginable so that these children aren’t misled.)
Love to see children get excited about Jesus? Want to help them grow an interest in missions and Asian culture? The Caravan now has 16 characters to help kids learn truths from the Bible while exploring Asian culture. Check out the free new stories, coloring sheets, games, activities, and fun facts at:
Be sure to join Zeke and his friends on all their adventures!
Stand4Kids, a children’s ministry team of Pioneers, recently launched a website to help equip children’s leaders and workers. It has a dual focus: missions for kids and children-at-risk advocacy. Check out
“The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition,” by Tina L. Quick is the first book written to and for students who have been living outside their passport countries but are either returning home or transitioning on to another host country for college/university. It addresses the common issues students face when they are making the double transition of not only adjusting to a new life stage but to a cultural change as well, for even their home country will be foreign to them in many respects. Parents will appreciate the chapter dedicated to how they can come alongside their students, prepare them for the journey and support them throughout this major transition. The book is also applicable to families repatriating with secondary school-aged students as the psycho-social/emotional issues remain the same. See the book at…