MK Events & Retreats
In Matthew 25, Jesus encourages us to treat strangers as we would treat Him (v. 35). Few verses so clearly challenge us to reach out to help MKs and other
newcomers adjust to the norms of our sometimes all too familiar world.
MKs are typically the products of two cultures…sometimes more…yet they belong to none. They sometimes live under strict cultural rules growing up, and are
surprised by the shifting values they encounter upon return to their passport country.
Many learn to conduct themselves and communicate in ways that are regarded normal in the other country but strange in their parents’ homeland. MKs can
often feel awkward about their lack of passport country literacy and they feel humiliated by the laughter this sometimes evokes. The humiliation prods some
MKs into the relative safety of seclusion. With such a backdrop, some MK experience rough transitions, far away from family, friends or anything familiar.
Mu Kappa (www.mukappa.org) is a ministry whose purpose is fellowship, friendship, encouragement, fun and support for MKs during this major transition of their
lives. To missionary kids, the term “MK” suggest a sense of identity and belonging, providing a kindred spirit with other MKs, a context for mutual understanding
and communication that they find nowhere else. No matter what part of the world they come from, MKs typically sense a special fraternal bond with other MKs.
Barnabas provides a variety of seminars and retreats that MKs can get involved with so they can connect with other MKs who are in the midst of their transition
experience. These events are designed to encourage MKs in all aspects of their journey. Time is given to focus in on spiritual formation. Discussions center
on the cultural differences they are experiencing. Sessions are designed to address relational issues. These are great opportunities for MKs to process their
journey with people who care and have a passion to help.
So, check out the MK Event page and see if there is a retreat, seminar or gathering near you.