By: Mark Hattabaugh
Ok, so you’re an MK. I know - I used to
get called “Monkey Kid” also. But they were just
the poor ones who do not realize how great of a
privilege it was to actually be an MK – maybe it
was pure jealousy!
I realize there are many types of MKs.
There are those who were born on the field;
others were taken at a young age (like me and
my brothers); others were taken as teens. And
then there are those who may not even get the
chance to live on the field but have had their
parents go after they moved out.
Either way, once an MK, always an MK!!
It’s become like a motto or mission statement
But, what about the missions call? (No,
not the long distance calls back to the USA,
where everyone gathered around the phone and
we passed the handset around to talk to grandmas
and grandpas.) Was God mistaken when
he called mom and dad into the “Missions Calling?” What was He thinking by not asking me
for my opinion on the matter? He should have
at least sent Gabriel with the message. Why not
let me in on the big secret?
Well, like you, I never got the “phone
call” either – nor the angel appearance. But,
something happened to me while I was there– I was “exposed” to ministry and to the souls of
the country where we were. Did you know you
get a burden the same way you get measles? By
I began to be a “part” of the missions
experience and the calling of my parents, not
just a KID of the missionary. From those experiences,
I learned a whole lot about ministry,
dealing with people, praying for people, starting
churches, preaching, teaching, encouraging
saints, saving sinners, and playing all kinds of
instruments. (Believe it or not – I can even play
I know many are just waiting and counting
the days to when they can “get back to USA,” while others of us were more at home overseas
than here. I actually went back on an AIM assignment
and then went on another one to a
So, first, if you are still on the mission
field with your parents, why not “join their mission” and work beside them in their burden and
calling? You’ll see how fulfilling it is and why
your parents love it so much! There is nothing
like being involved in God’s Kingdom business.
Secondly, if you are living back in the
good old USA, (I know most of us cannot call
it “home”), HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED
WITH THE MISSIONS BURDEN AND WITH THE
FIELD? Are there still ways we can assist in
missions? Are there still opportunities to use
the talents, abilities, connections, and experiences
here, state-side? Or are we supposed to just drop it all, like a hot “tamale?”
The answer is NO!
There are so many ways for you to still stay
plugged in to your Missions experience. I’m
sure you can come up with at least one of your
own reasons, but let me name a few.
• Become involved in the missions program
at your local church.
• Have your youth group “adopt” an MK.
• Help with your church’s Missions Conference.
• Communicate online with other MKs that
are still on the field.
• Join us with MK Ministries in helping with
writing, encouraging, etc.
• Join a Youth On Missions trip going to another
country or continent you may never
have visited before, and expand your
knowledge of other cultures and experience
on other missions fields. I take these
trips every year, and it’s so awesome to be a
part of other cultures and realize the great
revival world-wide. (see www.youthonmissions.com for more info)
• If you are in college, join their international
clubs (or start one), and become
connected with the foreign student body.
You’ll be shocked at how easily they will
accept the first religion they are exposed
to in college!
• If you are not in college but have a college
nearby, start a missionary outreach that
will reach into the campuses for those students
• Get together with other MKs for the holidays.
• Go on the AIM program for short-term missions
This is just a start of things YOU – as an experienced
MK – can get involved with.
Come to think of it, your parents probably
were not visited by the angel Gabriel either,
nor did they get a phone call from heaven
when they received their “Missions Calling.” It
may have come more along the lines of a BURDEN
that later turned into a “calling.” So, why
not pick up the burden, the passion, the love for
lost souls again? Renew that commitment to
the commission and join forces with the army
of MKs all over the world who are so privileged
to be a part of the “special forces” unit of heaven.
We have a
number of ways that you can be involved with MK Ministries. Here
are some opportunities:
to MK Publications (CULTUREshock & Passport Kids)
or helping with Mk events such as fellowships, retreats
and contacting MK's personally with calls, emails, cards/letters,
and personal times of fellowship
an MK Caregiver (see MK Caregiver Section)
a Pen pal- Send in your information and then we will pair you
a MK Prayer Pal (Kids Prayer)
Opportunities are also available. We are a support funded ministry.
With our MKs being spread across the world, reaching out to them
takes a full-time staff member (and numerous volunteers) and a
strong financial support base. Here are some financial opportunities
that allow you to partner with MK Ministries:
Partner In Missions
by personally sponsoring an MK for a special event (MKs need
to fellowship with other youth, and this is often not possible
without financial help. These are the events that recharge them
spiritually and help to ground them in their faith.)
o District Youth Camps and functions
o General Conference
o MK Retreats (International/Regional Retreats and the biannual
US Retreat in Carlinville, IL)
a used car for a returning MK
Frequent Flyer Mileage for returning students
need your help. The opportunities for this ministry are limitless.
We have hundreds of MKs who need us, and they need YOU. If something
on this page fits you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.