WEC International USA | How We Care for Missionary Children and Their Families
The Purpose of the WEC USA MK Department is to serve WEC MKs and their families in ways that help the MKs gain strong spiritual roots and wings, lead fruitful lives for Christ, and find their place in God’s Kingdom.
We believe that all children are of great value and that MKs play an integral part in God’s plan for the nations. They have a tremendous ability to impact the world in significant ways.
We are committed to serving MKs and their families by:
• Screening – The Candidate Department in coordination with the MK Dept., screens children coming to the Candidate Orientation.
• Candidate Orientation (CO): During CO, the candidates receive teaching on the Missionary Family, MK Education, MKs in WEC, and Child Protection. Extra parental support is available according to individual needs (counseling, educational advice, etc.).
• MKIT (Missionary Kids in Training)
o During CO, the MK Dept. runs MKIT so that children have age-appropriate training to prepare them to go overseas with their families. This helps children bond with WEC, gain practical and emotional preparation to go to another culture, understand their identity and see that God’s plan for mission involves the whole family.
o It targets K-12.
o It begins with an interview with parents to determine their children’s needs.
o It gives parents of pre-schoolers resources to meet the needs of younger children.
o Upon completion of MKIT, children receive special recognition.
• Maintaining connections with parents and children by phone, letter email, Skype etc.
• Sending small gifts and notes with travelers.
• Sending Middle & High School-aged MKs the Email letter “We Connect”.
• Advocating for and encouraging MKs
• Meeting MKs to listen to their experiences in an informal setting when they come through Camp Hill.
• Planning a special MK event(s) during the annual USA conference and coordinate with any childcare workers.
• Arranging connections between the visiting MKs with kids on the Hill whenever possible.
• Communicating with families while in the States.
• Helping parents think through issues involving their children.
• Informing parents and teens about re-entry camps and helping families prepare high schoolers for their transition to a long-term stay in the US.
• Debriefing MKs
• Sending graduation cards and gifts
• Visiting young adult MKs in college when possible
• Sending MKs in college an e-mail letter “TCKonnection to the Hill”
• Sending encouraging mail when possible
• Facilitating events to bring college-aged/young adult MKs together, like
the Christmas party
• Interacting with adult ATCKs as opportunities arrive
• Building positive and encouraging relationships with our staff kids and their parents.