…And that’s a wrap for the 2015 NCF MK ReEntry at Biola in L.A.!! We had the privilege to serve 32 MKs from around the world, from over 20 countries! We had an amazing group who dove head first into the intense program. We served with an all-star staff, we had 6 MK Staff who are a few years down road of transition, there were licensed Third Culture Kid Counselors, and Auxiliary staff. It was truly a pleasure to work with all of them.
The program is intense – no doubt about it. The MKs are given an opportunity to work through some of the challenges of transitioning cross-culturally. Tackling elements such as; learning practical “life in the USA”, beginning the process of grieving what they have just left behind, and looking forward to what is coming and how to grow in the Lord through such a daunting task. It has been a privilege to watch these MKs over the last two weeks. Cannot wait for the next one! 🙂
Thank you to our 60+ financial partners and the many more prayer partners who have given! Your giving has helped us be in position to help run this program. Your partnership is so appreciated!
Below are a few pictures, though we have many more great pics on our Google Album.
Lastly, here is a note we received from an MK on the last day – it sure warmed our hearts to read! We wanted to share it because if it wasn’t for our ministry partners… we wouldn’t be here! So this letter is not just for Bree and I… it is for YOU as well!
Partnering with you,
Pete and Bree Ammerman
We have some great news! God has given us a place to call HOME in Southern California!
We have officially been approved to lease a 3BR/1.5BA townhouse in Mission Viejo, CA which is RIGHT where we hoped to be. Location is perfect and is close to: many of the colleges and Universities we needed to be near for ministry, major airports missionaries use, down the street from Interstate 5 (which is a major artery of travel), it’s south LA so easier to reach San Diego area colleges, and even close to Bree’s extended family!
It’s amazing to me how much we tend to struggle with anxiety and fear when He asks us to walking out in faith… but He has always been so faithful to us and provided for us. This provision is just another example. If we are honestly… it was such a roller coaster of a process… and we gave into anxiety many times… but God came through as He always does.
Our move date is December 28th which is coming up soon! For the rest of December we will be up in our home area of Northern California with the goal of finishing strong in our season of raising partnerships.
Lastly, we will be needing to furnishing this ministry home and will be starting from close to ground zero. Right before moving to CA we lost our car when a dear dashed into us on the road and we ended up needing to part ways with the majority of our household possessions… If you are interested in partnering with us in this way, please check out our “needs list” http://bit.ly/1u6pXdC.
Great way to support ministry to Missionary Kids. Hume Lake Christian Camp is heading to Papua New Guinea to minister to New Tribes Missions Missionary Kids in October. They will be running a Hume Lake style camp for the MKs who are living there with their families.
Bree and I were blessed to be on this team in 2012 and saw first hand how important these opportunities are.
The team is selling Hume PNG Tanktops to raise support for the trip.
-The cost for the tank is $20. [$2.50 for shipping]
-The tank design has the PNG national bird & the Hume Lake drop that derives from the mission statement to be a drop wherever lives are touched and that that would have a ripple effect to spread out & touch more lives.
You can order by emailing Eryn Holm at email@example.com.
This August, our New Tribes Mission MK Care Team hosted an college-age MK Retreat in Michigan. What a blessing it was to fellowship together with so many of our NTM MKs all at once! 30 students from around the midwest and east coast made their way to the retreat and had a blast.
Our goals for the retreat were to:
-Have a relaxing few days before school/work starts back up for the students.
-Meet other MKs that have similar experiences and challenges.
-Get to know our MK Care team.
-Eat well and have fun.
…I think our goals were met!
Plenty more pictures can be found at http://on.fb.me/1pMlxZr
This July, Bree and I were able to partner with the Narramore Christian Foundations’ MK ReEntry Seminar at Biola University. It was an incredible 2-week program that gave MKs a unique chance to process their cross-cultural transition to the USA as well as into college.
This FUN-FILLED seminar had some very practical objectives:
Orientation: We talked about American culture—the good and the bad, college life, friendships and dating, and finances. There was several off-campus social and recreational outings, including the beach, and an amusement park.
Assessment: Personality tests that assess personal adjustment and identify growing edges.
Adjustment: Christian educators and counselors, with a heart for missions and a love for teens, encouraged and guided students in addressing areas for personal, social, and spiritual growth.
Challenge: Daily meetings, nightly dorm devotions, and informal conversations with staff and fellow MKs challenged students to trust God more fully and give new understanding to the Christian life.
One of the students said:
“As my family and I left South America earlier this year I didn’t shed a tear. All I felt was an empty numb feeling. All my lifelong friends where at the airport to see us off but I still couldn’t feel it.
I wondered what I was missing; why couldn’t I feel it?
This morning I felt it, all of it, as I said goodbye to all of you I felt that I was also saying goodbye to South America.
Thank you all so much for, well everything, I have felt a new kind of friendship with all of you that I have never felt before.
It all seems like a dream now that I’m back in the USA, but I will never forget the Reentry seminar.”
What a joy it was to be a part of this amazing program. We can’t wait for next year!
Last month, we had an awesome opportunity to attend the Missionary Kid Caregivers Conference in Kansas City, MO. More than 50 professionals from seventeen mission agencies profited from formal presentations and informal discussions on the subject of discipleship of missionary kids and families, among other things.
We were so blessed as our ministry network exploded with new contacts. It was one solid week of incredible conversations and brainstorming. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for all that we learned.
Our New Tribes MK Care team also took advantage of the gathering and held some team meetings of our own which was wonderful considering most of our meetings are held over conference calls.