Flow of Care for Missionary Children, Pre-field to College

  • Screening – in coordination with the Candidate Department
  • Candidate Orientation
  • MKIT (Missionary Kids in Training)
    • 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 their families.
    • It targets K-12.
    • It begins with an interview with parents to determine the spiritual and emotional needs of their children.
    • It gives parents of pre-schoolers resources to meet their needs.
  • “Shepherding a Child’s Heart,” a parenting class
  • Teaching Modules – Missionary Family, MK Education, Child Protection and Transition Issues
  • Extra help – given according to individual needs (counseling, educational advice, etc.)
On-the Field
  • 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”.
Home Leave
  • Debriefing MKs in an informal setting when they come through Camp Hill (by spending time listening and helping them prepare for their time in the US)
  • Planning an MK program during the annual USA conference
  • Arranging connections and events with kids on the hill whenever possible
  • Maintaining communication with them while in the States
  • Helping parents think through issues involving their children
Re-Entry Transition
  • Debriefing MKs
  • Sending graduation cards and a copy of  Among Worlds
  • Informing parents and teens about re-entry camps
  • Debriefing and helping MKs and families prepare high schoolers for their transition to a long term stay in the US
  • Visiting young adult MKs in college when possible, helped by other members of WEC USA
  • Sending MKs in college an e-mail letter TCKonnection
  • Sending care packages
  • Facilitating events to bring college-aged/young adult MKs together,  like the Christmas party
Adult Third-Culture Kids
  • Interacting with adult ATCKs as opportunities arrive
  • Developing an intentional ministry to adult WEC ATCKs
Staff Kids
  • Interacting with them as opportunities arise
  • Helping staff kids build and maintain relationships with each other
  • Giving them spiritual input
  • Providing a forum for communication between kids & staff

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