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NCF in Action

September, 2014

Dear Friend,

 

We are pleased to report that NCF has just completed its 35th year offering of MK Reentry Seminars. Thirty-two missionary kids from 21 countries and 5 continents, served by Seminar Director Debbie Narramore Hewitt and 17 staff, came to the Biola University campus to become better prepared for their transition to life in the U.S. and college. They invested deeply, grew spiritually and emotionally, gained new personal insights, made new and significent riendships, and developed connections with MKs and staff who can provide ongoing support.

       Debbie Hewett offers MKs encouragement during
       class time.
 
To provide that ongoing support, Debbie and Dr. Paul Hewitt have connected several MKs with counselors in their college and university areas. NCF has also offered at its expense to provide them access to Covenant Eyes, an online Christian accountability tool to which MKs may voluntarily subscribe to have their computer filter and monitor the websites they go on. We ask your financial and prayerful support for the MKs who have indicated they would like ongoing counseling or computer filtering and monitoring.
 
Here is a note that one MK wrote following the seminar:


Dear NCF Donors,

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.This seminar has been an amazing experience. Saying it has been a blessing is saying too little. I have met a ton of cool MKs that have similar life stories and experiences. God has met me in my pain. I am slowly but surely learning to trust him with my grief and troubles. This seminar has been eye-opening, faith-changing, and just an all around life-changing experience. I truly don’t know the full extent of what it means to be an MK, but I have been given many tools and relationships to pull through.

We received another letter from an MK’s mother following her son’s return from the seminar:

I can't tell you how much I appreciate the scholarship that your foundation gave our son. I honestly don't know how he would

 
 MKs at Biola University mural wall.

have attended if it hadn't been for this help. He was immensely blessed by this seminar and has come back a changed person. He was able to begin processing so many losses and stresses he's had over the past several years. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can't tell you thank you enough!

We are working on getting him into some counseling here so that he can continue to work through some of the depression, etc. that he has been experiencing since he returned to the U.S. We are working on funding that but trust that God has that in his care, so we're looking for the door that he is opening.

Thanks again for caring for our son and other MKs who are transitioning back to the U.S. I hope that in the future we'll be in a place financially where we can contribute to the Narramore Foundation so that we can be a part of helping other MKs be blessed and loved on by all of you.

Plans for the October 2014 NCF Member Care and Counseling Seminar in Antalya, Turkey are well under way. With 18 psychologists, counselors, and other staff volunteering their time and expertise, we anticipate serving 35 member care missionaries who serve God’s Kingdom workers in many difficult places throughout the world. Not only does this seminar provide an excellent training in basic counseling and member care skills with a strong integration of biblical principles and psychology, it also enables many of the participants to work through their own stresses and conflicts, which in turn increases their effectiveness as care providers for their mission personnel.

Many missionaries live on low incomes. To assist them, we only charge seminar participants a nominal amount for their room, board, and training. NCF must raise approximately $3,000 per missionary over and above seminar fees to cover the expenses for hosting this seminar.

Thank you for your partnership with NCF to be global expressions of Isaiah 57:14b-15 for God’s people today:

“Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people. For this is what the high and exalted One says—He who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’”

              Grace and peace,
              Tim Hibma                Cindy Hibma
              Tim Hibma, LMSW            Cindy Hibma, RN, BSN             
              Interim Director               Interim Director of Operations

P.S. Your gift will help us continue offering resources to MKs and missionaries. Please share the burdens with which these dedicated missionaries struggle as they seek to faithfully and effectively serve our Lord. And whether or not you’re able to give financially, please pray for the MKs as they process their time at reentry seminar and continue their transition, and pray for the member care providers who are preparing to come to the seminar in Turkey in October.

NOTE: Donations can be sent on our secure website via Credit Card: Click HERE to send support online, or use the link below. Or they can be be phoned in via Credit Card, or sent by snail-mail to the NCF office at the address below.

Phone
in to 1-800-477-5893, or

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to the:
Narramore Christian Foundation
P.O. Box 661900
Arcadia, California 91066-1900
U.S.A.

NOTE for U.S.A. residents: Narramore Christian Foundation is registered in the State of California as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax deductible organization.


 
   
         
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