This section includes information on resources for children, youth/teenagers & parents/teachers. (N.B. MKs means Missionary Kids and TCKs means Third Culture Kids)
Colour BibleThe Colour Bible, by Eric Visser, is a simple printed resource which consists of 10 stories from the Old Testament and 10 from the New Testament, each with text in basic English and a picture to colour in. The Messianic promise develops as you progress through the stories. It's the gospel in a nutshell, simple but effective. There is no copyright on the Colour Bible, so you can print as many copies as you like or use it as part of your own outreach material. A Spanish version is also available and a version in the Swahili language is in preparation.
The Good News Coloring BookThe Good News Coloring Book (GNCB) is a coloring book which uses only scripture verses, God's Word, to tell the story of Jesus Christ. Key passages have been illustrated to appeal to children, and through children to their parents. By using only scripture, the GNCB has been easy to translate. Using a New Testament in another language, verses are copied exactly as they appear. The verses are then checked by native speakers to assure accuracy, and then those speakers help translate the title and the prayer on the last page. Many languages are available and the books are free to print.
MK CareThis German website (in German) offers resources and care for MKs across Europe.
MK ConnectionThis US site calls itself a central place for finding things of interest to MKs and TCKs.
MK NetMKNET is a US based mailing list for MK's and TCK's. Topics range widely. The framework of the discussion is simply tolerance for other views. There is no religious or secular agenda. To Subscribe to MKNET, send an email from the mail account you want the list mail to come to, to the address below. It's important that you include the words 'subscribe mknet' in the body of the email [without the quotes]. It doesn't matter what the subject is.
MK PlanetmkPLANET is a growing community designed and run by current missionary kids (MKs) and adult missionary kids (AMKs) as an active community providing information, interaction, and support.
TCK WorldThis US based site has many links and information for 'Third Culture Kids'.
Mission websites for Children and YouthThe following websites are set up by mission organisations and are aimed at informing about and involving children and youth in mission.
www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/games (Christian Aid)
www.globalkids.om.org (Operation Mobilisation)
Book 1 - Pre-field Preparation: www.oscar.org.uk/myadventure1.pdf
Book 2 - Home Leave: www.oscar.org.uk/myadventure2.pdf
Book 3 - Re-entry: www.oscar.org.uk/myadventure3.pdf
Activity Village.co.ukThis secular site has lots of good information and links to help entertain and educate children up to the age of 10.
Story BagsStorybags provide and produce good quality resources for use in Churches, classrooms, Sunday schools and Missions.
Go TeachGo Teach has been producing Bible teaching material in the United Kingdom since 1946. They produce materials to help churches and individuals to teach God's Word effectively to children and young people between the ages of 3 and 14 years.
Tel: 01625 422279
Quest for CompassionThe purpose of Quest for Compassion is to educate children about global poverty and help them develop a heart for the poor around the world. When children understand poverty, they grow into compassionate adults.
WEC Youth & ChildrenThis page lists what WEC International offers for those working with children and young people (abroad and in the UK).
When Abroad, Do as the Local Children Do: Ori's Guide for Young ExpatsThis is the title of a book available through Amazon. "... an easy and fun way for children and parents to reflect on, and talk about together, their upcoming transition, and throughout each of its distinct phases. Filled with warmth and humour, age-appropriate activities and strategies, it is a valuable part of any relocating family's pre-departure tool-chest."
Wycliffe Children's ResourcesProduced by Wycliffe's US team with ideas from around the world, these fun, interactive lessons, from simulations to stories, ethnic meals to hilarious games, slight-of-hand stunts to crafts to linguistic problem-solving. For children from pre-school to teens and up.
Backpack MissionsThis is a great set of resources to help you teach Great Commission principles to children in any church. Although Southern Baptist and American in their approach, each resource can be adapted and customised for your particular situation. Backpack Missions is comprised of simple mission object lessons presented by a world trekking backpacker character, "Backpack Andy" [or personalize with your own name] who teaches a missions lesson using objects taken from his backpack. Backpack Missions is drop-in mission education and awareness.
Interaction InternationalThis US site and service has been set up to be a catalyst and resource working cooperatively in the development of programs, services and publications to provide and contribute to an on-going flow of care that meets the needs of third-culture kids* (TCKs) and internationally mobile families.
Tel: ++ 1 630 653 8780 (USA)
Kids of CourageThe Voice of the Martyrs publishes Kids of Courage (formerly LINK) materials for children 5 to 13 so that families and schools can include children in learning about and serving the persecuted church.
Every Child Ministries (ECM)Every Child Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and empowering African Churches to disciple their new generation for Jesus Christ. They do this by teaching, training teachers and leaders and equipping churches with teaching materials. At present their two largest ministries are Sunday school and Bible teaching in public schools. They have made some of their Sunday school materials available on their web site for Churches and individual Christians to copy and use to train teachers to reach the youth of their continent for Christ. Materials are currently in English, French, Spanish and several Congolese languages.
YouthworkYouthwork is a UK monthly magazine that contains fresh new ideas and resources for youth ministry, both in print and through their website.
Youth SpecialitiesThis US based site has a good list of youth ministry links: including games, homework helps, music, poetry, Bible study, faith questions and more. Links also address sexuality, teens in crisis, and living out one's faith.
The SiteTheSite is a secular resource produced and managed by YouthNet UK, a small registered charity founded in 1995. It is designed to connect, principally young people in the UK to the best information, help and advice available. It tries to enable people to make informed decisions for themselves and strive to be the best they can.
Global Connections 'TCK' ForumFor staff of Global Connections member agencies, service agencies, churches, schools, parents and ex-mission partners who are concerned with the welfare of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) there is the TCK Forum. The main focus of the Forum is to help and encourage the care, education and training of Third Culture Kids.
The Association of Christian Teachers (ACT)This is a site for Christian teachers or anyone else concerned about education. ACT provide support and advice to members. Their website has links to resources, forums and news about education from a Christian viewpoint.
Tel: 01604 632046
ChildnetChildnet is a website for the general public run by Christians. It has links to lots of good resources for kids and info on Internet safety.
Tel: 020 7639 6967
EducareEducare is an email newsletter published 4 times a year (January, March, June, September) and covers a wide range of third culture issues from preparation of children for cross-cultural living to re-entry to the passport country, boarding to home schooling and much more. It is available free of charge on request.
Editor, Steve Bryant, also produces 3 CDs of resources available to purchase at £3 each (including P&P). They are:
- TCK Education & Welfare (2010) - a comprehensive guide to education and welfare issues when taking children into cross-cultural situations. This contains just about everything from pre-departure preparation to re-entry, home education to boarding and much more.
- The Next Chapter (2010) - a guide to re-entry for younger children. This has a section for parents with all of the essential information about re-entry, plus an activity book for children up to about 12 or 13.
- Into all the World.....With Children (2011) - a guide to preparing children for cross-cultural living. There are sections for parents and sending agencies, plus a wide range of colourful activity sheets and ideas to help prepare children of all ages.
Family LivesFamily Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.
The Max7 website features a variety of Bible resources including curriculum, videos, music, and training materials for use through children's or young people's ministry, sports or creative ministry. This worldwide partnership freely serves the work of evangelism, helping children and young people live life to the MAX, 7 days a week with Jesus – the life described in John 10:10.
With an easy-to-use multilingual search function the website allows users to find resources relating to a Bible verse or keyword. In addition, the Max7 community is able to participate and contribute to resource development through feedback and uploading new resources to the site. Regular updates of new Max7 resources can also be accessed through RSS feeds from the website, so users can stay in touch with new resource additions.
ParentsCentreParentsCentre, which works in conjunction with Directgov - Central Government's official online resource - focuses on all the important issues facing you as a parent, from choosing a school for your child to dealing with bullying, and from homework tips to safe internet links.
The Pregnant TravelerThis US based website, that sprouted out of The Travel Doctor website, is concerned with all things to do with pregnancy and travel.