Missionary Kids

3) Resources for Families, Children of Missionaries, etc.

missionary kidsHere’s a resource list [improved on Sept. 7] originally developed by Penny, who cares for the children of missionaries at Team Expansion, based in Louisville, Kentucky. (Thanks to the Brigada family for their contributions!)


[was originally http://www.brigada.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/family_resources-2014-08-01.pdf]

The list is annotated and contains Amazon links (or other sources) for each book or resource mentioned. She’s done a great job putting together a rich list of resources. (Thanks Penny!)

1) Understanding Adolescence

adolescentsFirst published by Victor Books, “Understanding Adolescence” has been updated and is available on-line. It is relevant to missionary parents, teachers, youth workers, and anyone else who works with teenagers. It is also helpful to missionaries serving in cultures that do not have adolescence as a stage of development. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


3) Know any Third Culture Kids or MK’s Entering College in the USA?

missionary kidsWould they benefit from a week of fun and support designed to help them through the potentially stressful transition back to the U.S.? Missionary Resources Connection, a ministry committed to supporting and resourcing missionaries, is now accepting applications for our 12th annual MK Re-Entry Retreat, August 4-10, 2014, at Bethel Christian Camp in Gaston, SC. The registration deadline: is June 1 and the cost is
$425.00 per student. For more information about the program, click to…


or email Tisha at

8) First Book published on Counseling adult Third Culture Kids

TCKIn her new book, “Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile” Lois Bushong, an Adult Third Culture Kid (MK) and a licensed Marriage & Family therapist, delves into this previously, unexplored world of how to effectively counsel adult Third Culture Kids. Readers will discover the basic characteristics of those who have been raised with a globally mobile lifestyle and identify the counseling techniques, which are most effective for this population of client. This book is designed for present or future counselors. It is appropriate for use as a textbook for a graduate counseling program. Because of its lay terminology and use of examples and stories, it can be read and understood by global nomads and those who care about them. Find it at


on Amazon.

1) Raising Resilient MKs: Free Download

“Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers” Edited by Joyce Bowers provides 500 pages of invaluable material for those involved with TCKs in any way. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) published this book in 1998 and have now graciously given permission to make it available free of charge . The book is available to download as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


1) Two Free Downloads: “TCK’s” and “Understanding Adolescence” —

We use the term, “Third Culture Kid” or “TCK” to refer to a child of a missionary family or other cross-cultural worker. The first book, “Third Culture Kids and Adolescence: Cultural Creations,” is for teenage TCK’s to help them understand how both their being TCK’s and their being adolescents is a result of their living in Western culture and their living in two or more cultures.   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…




Second, “Understanding Adolescence,” is an accompanying book written for the parents of the adolescent TCK’s mentioned above.  This book is also helpful to teachers, youth workers, and anyone else working with teens.  It helps adults understand their adolescents and gives suggestions for living and working with them.  It is also 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…




1) Retreat Especially for Third-culture and Missionary Kids —

They’ve entitled it, “Transitioning to Life in America.” It’s a special retreat sponsored by Missionary Resources. Think of it as a Re-Entry Retreat for MK’s and TCK’s. The dates are August 6-15, 2012. Designed for high school grads and college students transitioning to the US, it’ll give you a chance to enjoy other MKs/TCKs as you meet together to explore such topics as Your Identity in Christ, American Culture, Healthy Relationships, College life, Unresolved Grief and Loss, Money Matters, Guy/Girl Issues, Finding a Home Church, Handling Negative Emotions, and Transition.  They also make use of Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (personality assessment). Activities include a high ropes course, zip line, paintball, swimming and other outdoor sports activities. Intermingled between sessions and activities are small group times where each participant is able to tell his or her story in a safe, understanding environment. It all takes place at beautiful Bethel Christian Camp in Gaston, SC. Contact the organizers at…


Register at



Learn more about the venue at




The registration deadline is June 15. Better act fast.

7) Kids’ Missions Lesson Downloads –-

Stand4Kids, a ministry team of Pioneers, offers downloadable mission lessons for children – 23 so far with more to come. Most are geared for ages 5-11. Themes include unreached peoples, THUMB, prayer, holidays, mission events, and children-at-risk. Since many cost just $5 US, these stand-alone lessons are great for small churches and homeschoolers who can’t afford a full-blown curriculum or for folks looking to supplement ongoing kids’ missions programming. Check out



6) Do you Care for Children of Missionaries? (MK’s) —

If so, you’ll love MK Safety Net (MKSN).




It was launched in 2005 to be “a resource to and advocate for current and former MKs and TCKs who have been hurt or damaged by their experiences within the missionary environment.” In addition, the organizers wanted it “to call Evangelical mission agencies and their supporting churches to establish justice and healing, especially in those cases where the church has wounded its own children.” The site includes a section with poems, essays, letters, and memoirs from various readers. (Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for this reminder. Read more about them at



9) Download Free: “Raising Resilient MKs” —

This valuable 500-page book published by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) went out of print several years ago. It is now available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as a .mobi file for your Kindle. Its 56 chapters by 38 authors are important resources for anyone involved with Third Culture Kids, such as parents, teachers, school administrators, and caregivers. ACSI has graciously given permission for it to be free of charge. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


5) “Must Read” book for TCKs and those who are about them —

“Home Keeps Moving” follows Heidi Sand-Hard and her missionary family on their many moves through the eyes of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and the unique phenomena of having four very different home countries to which to relate.  It tells the true story of being catapulted from continent to continent constantly: leaving friends and starting all over again, her unquenchable search for a ‘home’ with the odds all but against her due to constantly relocating (even into adulthood).  You will laugh and cry with Heidi as she recounts hilarious and heartbreaking tales from her child-hood as West blends with East. It’s available from McDougal Publishing

http://www.mcdougalpublishing.com For more info see


8) Learn More about MKs and TCKs —

MKs (“Missionary Kids”) and TCKs (“Third-Culture Kids”) are very special people — with special needs. Learn more about them at…











(Yes, [disclaimer] I’m especially interested in MKs because my wife works as Team Expansion’s MK Care Coordinator.)

1) Have you heard about Mukappa? —

Funny name. Cool site. Just click to…


and check it out. Mukappa.org is a worldwide community of children (or “kids”) of missionaries (MK’s). The website serves as a rallying point, listing local chapters (complete with faculty advisors and contact info), up-to-date MK events, and much much more. “Mu Kappa … is like a family away from home … provides the support and assistance I need … is a way to meet people who are from a similar background … gives me a circle of friends with whom I can have good talks … is people who understand & care, especially when I’m homesick … provides an environment which encourages spiritual growth.” Check it out today.

6) “Third Culture Kids” Book Now Revised —

The 2009 revision of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken, updates facts and figures and looks at the impact of internet social networks and other changes in the world since the first edition in 1999. According to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, “One central feature is the material on cross-cultural kids-an overarching category reflecting the diversity of cultural experiences and which in many ways can be considered the ‘new norm.’ Visit Ruth’s website at…


The O’Donnells point to a helpful summary/comparison of TCKs and “CCKs” (Cross-cultural Kids) here:


(Thanks Kelly and Michele!)

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