Imagine growing up amongst an indigenous tribe with your family and considering the tribe your home, and then moving to America after high school to go to college! Spending a large part of their formative childhood years in a vastly different culture than their passport country, MKs often develop their cultural identities while living abroad. This leads to a blending of their “home” tribal culture with the culture of the United States.
Along with the tremendous advantages and a broadened worldview that comes with a multi-cultural upbringing, this often brings culture shock and unique challenges that need to be addressed. When children are struggling, the family is struggling. Many families need to leave the mission field long term to assist their children through the transition.
However, the MK Care Team can partner with the families to help ease this transition and assist to reintegrating them smoothly into their “passport” culture. This is so the families can either stay on the mission field or return to the field sooner with their mind at ease as their kids start life on their own.
We believe successful ministry to missionary kids would be to help reinforce them while on the field spiritually, socially and emotionally, reintegrate them smoothly into their “home” culture, reestablish their foundation of faith, and reconnect those who have lost touch with others in the missionary community, while promoting spiritual enrichment in the life of all MKs, for the Glory of God.
Caring for Missionary Kids:
Our Team! – Based regionally in the USA
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Message from Ethnos360 (NTM) Missionaries working in Papua New Guinea with the Wantakia People.
Missionary Kid Endorsement
“As a MK, I see the MK Care Team as vital because when I first came stateside after living in the jungles for my whole life – I had no one to reach out to. I struggled with depression for a long time. I left my world behind and even though I was living with extended family here, I felt like a stranger in this new world. Having a group of people that will reach out to MKs and help them get adjusted to living stateside is such a huge need!” – *MK that grew up in South America and is now in the USA.
Sending Church – Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Livermore, CA
Cornerstone Recommendation Letter.PDF
Ethnos360 (New Tribes Mission) – MK Care Team
MK Care AMMERMAN endorsement.PDF