MK Transition Seminar - What's it about?
"Understanding your story, sharing your story, and living your story"
God has been writing and shaping your MK story from the day you were born. As an MK your story is exciting, diverse, and filled with mobility and multiple cross-cultural transitions. Each chapter paints a picture of "who you are" and how God has designed you.
At this seminar you'll find a safe place to understand, share, and live out your story as you embrace your past, understand the present, and build toward your future. You will have the opportunity to talk about what’s on your heart and celebrate your heritage with like-minded friends. You will come away affirmed, encouraged, and empowered as a unique, valuable person, to make choices that will enable you to have a profound impact on your world.
This seminar has some very practical objectives:
Orientation: We'll talk about American culture—the good and the bad, college life, friendships and dating, finances, and social customs. There will be opportunities to share in small group, around meals or in informal chats around topics such as:
- Transitioning effectively to North America
- Understanding yourself & others
- MK/TCK Identity Issues
- Dealing with separation, loss & grief
- Handling your own finances in college
- Managing emotions in the midst of transition
- Initiating healthy friendships
- Choosing a church
Assessment: Personality tests will help you to understand your unique design, assess your personal adjustment, and identify growing edges.
Adjustment: Christian educators and counselors, with a heart for missions and a love for teenagers, will encourage and guide you in addressing areas for personal, social, and spiritual growth.
Challenge: Daily chapel, evening dorm meetings led by our MK staff, and informal chats with staff and fellow MKs will challenge you to trust God more fully and help you in your spiritual formation.
Recreation: It's not just about sessions! There will be several off-campus social and recreational outings plus time to enjoy soccer, swimming, volleyball, group activities, table games, or just sitting around talking together. We guarantee you'll have a lot of fun!
Biola University: Debbie (Narramore) Hewitt and her husband Paul staffed the seminar from 2003-2007 while Paul was in graduate school pursuing his Psy.D. from the Rosemead School of Psychology and have worked with the Narramore Christian Foundation to provide counseling support at a seminar for cross-cultural workers in Thailand. Debbie taught high school English including 2 years at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya and is currently teaching college Freshmen at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mi. while Paul is a psychologist on staff at the Christian Counseling Center. (email@example.com)
Cedarville University: Donna Messenger has been a staff member of Barnabas International since the spring of 2008. Donna has worked for many years with MKs in the college setting at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and overseas in Eastern Europe. She is the Director of Mu Kappa International and currently resides in Cedarville, OH. Donna travels extensively to Mu Kappa chapters around the country to facilitate the start of new chapters and encourage MKs wherever she finds them! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barnabas International (Cedarville University Sponsor)
Barnabas is a ministry dedicated to the encouragement of missionaries, MKs, and national pastors. (www.barnabas.org)
The Narramore Christian Foundation (Biola University Sponsor)
For over 30 years this Christian counseling ministry has offered the MK seminar. (www.ncfliving.org)
Comments from past participants:
“I loved getting to know new people who are going through the same thing.”
“I enjoyed meeting other MKs, getting to know the staff and getting some perspectives I hadn't thought of.”
“Before, I knew in my head that I was not alone in this transition experience, but I couldn't really feel it in my heart. Because I came here, I now feel and believe it in my heart as well.”