Calvary

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Calvary Missions Resource Connection is a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources that they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to America.

 

While our primary focus is to missionaries and senders within the Calvary Chapel movement of churches, we welcome all to glean from this collection of missions resources.

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WEBSITES ON RAISING THIRD CULTURE KIDS:

MK Planet is the most comprehensive MK website I've found. It contains a blog, forums, a Facebook group, a book club on Goodreads.com to encourage MKs to connect with other MKs. There is a resource center with lists of clubs and organizations, support, scholarships, blogs, magazines, books, etc. They also have a store with books helpful to MKs for purchase and a calendar with conferences geared toward MKs listed.

Global TCK Care and Education is SIL's international children's education department. Their website has excellent articles about Third Culture Kids, dealing with transitions, and their education; a list of books on being a TCK; and links to online resources for TCKs. They also have links to companies from many different countries that provide home education resources. This website is a gold mine, particularly for information about educating your child overseas.

MK Ministries is a branch of the missions program for United Pentecostal Church which exists to minister to missionary kids, listing resources and archived magazines and devotionals for MKs.

The International Society of Missionary Kids is a ministry of Assemblies of God churches designed to meet the needs of MKs within their organization. Though much of the information is specific to AOG MKs (scholarships, mission trips), the site does contain helpful information on schooling options and resources.

MK2MK is a division of Campus Crusade for Christ to support MKs. Their website has links to some articles relevant to MKs and their parents in the resources section.

"The mission of Interaction International is to be a catalyst and a resource working cooperatively in the development of programs, services and publications to provide and contribute to an ongoing flow of care that meets the needs of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and internationally mobile families." To fulfull this goal, Interaction International publishes Among Worlds Magazine, a magazine for adult TCKs, and have available back issues of Interact Magazine, which addresses issues in TCK education and care, and their website has suggestions of books to use with children about TCK issues. Additionally, they run seminars on transitioning to college, educational planning, issues related to MK care, re-entry for adults, and training those within the church who care for overseas missionaries.

TCK World contains the research of Dr. Ruth Useem who coined the term Third Culture Kids. Also included on the website are teleclasses and articles, some of which require only an email address to access, others requiring a membership.

Cross Cultural Kids is the blog of Ruth Van Renken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds. It contains information about TCKs, resources for them, and Van Renken's work. 

Mission Training International offers a pre-field preparation program for children along with their pre-field preparation for adults.

Member Care Media provides short teachings for missionaries that can be listened to online and includes teachings on TCKs as well as many other topics.

Missionary Family Counseling Services provide counseling services for any missionary family returning for fulough, education or permanent residence in the U.S. either in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, or by phone. Services are free for MKs in college and are charged based on ability to pay for others.

Michele Phoenix's blog contains articles and videos by a woman who grew up as an MK and then spent 20 years teaching TCKs. Her blog shows tremendous insight into issues and attitudes that MKs face.

Families in Global Transition has articles on issues facing families who live overseas (not just missionaries) and hosts an annual conference.

Euro TCK is a UK-based website designed to provide information about the annual TCK conference in Europe. In addition, it publishes articles on the TCK experience and has a resource list.

TCKid contains some articles on TCKs and an online community for adult TCKs.

Travel With Your Kids is filled with practical advice on traveling with children and moving overseas as a family. It also contains links to other related websites. The website is not specifically for missionaries but general to all overseas travel and moves.

International Family Transitions has articles, seminars, and book recommendations on many aspects of moving overseas with children, educating children overseas, and re-patriating children.

Equipping Minds is not geared to missionaries, but they have a heart for missionaries and are very flexible on price for them. The organization has a curriculum to help people strengthen their "working memory, visual and auditory processing, attention, processing speed, logic, comprehension, and more... The program is designed to help any individual wanting to strengthen their ability to learn. This includes the typical developing student, gifted & talented, elderly (seniors), LD, SLD, ADHD, TBI, Down Syndrome and many more." In addition to the curriculum that is available on their website, they work with families all over the world by Skype.

Not specifically related to TCKs, Covenant Eyes is an internet accountability and filtering service available world-wide with a discount for missionaries.

The Multilingual Children's Association is not targeted to missionaries, but it does contain a great deal of information that would be helpful to parents raising their children multilinually in a missionary situation, including articles, a resource directory, and a long list of recommended books.