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…

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…


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.

8) Help develop a TCK Wellness Inventory —

Brigada readers helped Phil develop and provide psychometric validity for the Humanitarian Worker Wellness Inventory which several organizations are adopting.


He needs your help to develop a similar tool for adolescents.  View and ask your teens to view and comment on proposed statements here


When completed the tool will be available for parents, schools and organizations to assess and provide a model for adolescent spiritual, social, emotional, physical and intellectual wellness.  For more information email


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.

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 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.)

8) Breathe Retreat for Cross-Cultural Workers

Breathe is a 10-day retreat happening June 24-July 4, 2010 in Switzerland designed for the renewal of singles, couples and families who serve in cross-cultural settings. Under the guidance of professionals with years of experience in pastoral and member care counseling, you will have the opportunity to focus on issues affecting you and your family. Full programs are provided for preschoolers, elementary, and teens that consider the unique needs of TCKs. The program includes counseling, medical consultation, massage, childcare, meals and lodging. To download a brochure and register, go to

2) Connect your MK’s to these Re-entry Retreats

mrcMissionary Kids (MK’s) have unique needs and abilities. They pick up the best characteristics from each of the cultures in which they’ve lived, giving them stellar potential, if it’s fully utilized. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not totally understood. Enter mResourcesConnection. They have two MK Re-entry Retreats this upcoming year.  Learn more about the org at…

And see the 2 TCK/MK retreats at…

2) Tap Into MRC For Missionaries And Their Family Needs

Missionary Recourses Connection is committed to providing care for missionaries and their families. Based in the Columbia, South Carolina area, they also became a “True Fan” of Brigada this past week! (Thank you!) The care they provide extends to the whole person — including spiritual, mental, and physical health, along with community resources, networking, personal and spiritual growth, MK needs, fellowship and spiritual nurturing. Their mission is to enhance the health, ministry effectiveness and longevity of service of missionaries and their families. See them on the web at…

for further info. As you’ll see there, in the summer of 2009, they are thrilled to be offering two MK Reentry Retreats for MK’s coming to the USA to attend college. They’ll be offering one in July and another one in August. Further info can be found on their website.

6) TCKLife: Links, Resources, And More

Member Care Radio recently announced a new resource that is dedicated to Third Culture Kids. Organizers hope that

will become the “central resource” location for sharing resources, information and networking for Europe. The website is dedicated to TCKs, families and those who care and work with TCKs.
You will find resources about:
*** TCK Networks and Organizations
*** Books, videos, poems and much more
*** Educational Issues (Curriculum, International Schools, & more)
*** Parenting Abroad
*** Overseas Care
And much more!! Plus — you can also *contribute* your ideas, too.

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