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6) What if Someone Created an Apologetics Site for Children…

What would it look like? I have quite a bit better idea this week as opposed to last week. Because I’ve discovered a new site (still being developed) called “Out of the Question.” Check out their progress at…

http://www.outofthequestion.net/

Using animated movies and some great story lines, these British media types are introducing today’s youth through an entirely different set of cultural communicators. What’s your take on this site? Please share your opinion by clicking “Comment” following the app or web version of this item. Thanks in advance for participating! (And thanks to the Out of the Question development team!)

8) Cool Storybook Site: An Option for your Snow-Day

Are you the parent of a restless Missionary Kid (MK) on a snow day, miles from your homeland? You could be in a creative-access country, or somewhere in downtown Cincinnati. It doesn’t matter. Your kids will still enjoy these books. Check it out at…

http://www.storylineonline.net

It features big-time actors and actresses reading kids’ books just for fun. For example, see this story about “The Tooth”…

http://www.storylineonline.net/the-tooth/

To see all their stories, make sure you click “View List of All Books” upper right. In my opinion, their landing page doesn’t do a good enough job sharing all the options at their site. (Thanks for sharing this site, T…)

4) For MK’s and TCK’s Headed to College this Fall

Do you know a son or daughter of a missionary family or a Christian family living abroad? Is that son or daughter graduating from high school this week, headed to college in the USA this fall? If so, please consider recommending this great retreat for MK’s and TCK’s…

http://www.mresourcesconnection.org/missionary_kids.htm

Its goal is to provide helpful tools which prepare for transition into American life and college. The dates are August 5-11, 2013 at Bethel Christian Camp in Gaston, SC.

1) Reentry Books for Children And Parents: Free Download

MK/TCKElementary age children may find reentry difficult and their parents may not know what to do to help.  “We’re Going Home” (108 pages) is for children ages 6-12 who are returning to their passport countries. Written at a third grade level, “We’re Going Home” includes the story of a family returning to its passport culture. Each chapter also has activities such as scrambled words, crossword puzzles, word searches, mazes, and codes.  “I Don’t Want to Go Home” (54 pages) is a companion volume for parents. Each chapter in the parent’s book has information about TCKs in the Bible, children’s TCK issues today, and suggestions to help children reenter well.  The books are 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 them at…

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm#going_home

 

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…

 

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm#cultural_creations

 

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…

 

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm#adolescence

 

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…

mrcdottckdotretreatatgmaildotcom

Register at

http://www.mresourcesconnection.org

 

Learn more about the venue at

 

http://www.bethelchristiancamp.org

 

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

 

http://www.stand4kids.org/dl/

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

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

 

http://www.mksafetynet.net/index.html

 

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

 

www.MemberCareAssociates.org

6) So What if you Need a Real Trained Psychologist to help an MK? —

Where would you go? Well now there’s an answer. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell recently passed along a great resource site:

 

http://internationaltherapistdirectory.com/

 

Just go there and pick someone from a country and/or state near you and — bam — you’ll find a pro’ therapist with specific training and experience with working with MK’s! How ’bout that! :-) Try it!

(Thanks Kelly and Michèle. Learn more about Kelly and Michèle’s work at:

 

http://www.MemberCareAssociates.org

1) An Accredited High School Diploma in Your Own Home —

Dalat International School has been involved in MK and TCK education for more than 80 years and it is fully accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC). Recently Dalat has been able to contribute to the ever increasing pool of educational possibilities for missionaries who live in restricted access or isolated conditions by offering students the possibility of earning a Dalat High School Diploma in an online setting – as long as the family has access to dependable broadband Internet. The school has an online high school program with a North American school calendar and structure that mirrors that of the brick and mortar school. A lot of effort is put into making these students part of the Dalat community as much as possible. Registration for the 2011-2012 school year is open, and interested parties are invited to contact the admissions’ officer at

admissionsatdalatonlinedotorg for more information. Student discounts on the published school fees are available for approved mission organizations.

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…

http://www.tckworld.com

http://www.mknet.org

http://mukappa.org

http://acsi.org

http://crossculturalworkers.com

http://tckinteract.net

http://mkplanet.com

http://mk2mk.org

http://barnabas.org

http://iched.org

(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…

http://www.mukappa.org/

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.

1) New Resource for college-aged Third Culture Kids —

“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…

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