Learn About “The Green Dot” Violence Prevention Through MK Safety Net Webinar

Imagine a school where a boy is chased down by a mob of other boys, where students are called out of the dining room and return with welts on their legs from strapping, where kids are publicly shamed for things like wetting the bed or leaning back on the legs of their chairs. Hundreds of missionary kids have grown up in boarding schools where those things and worse took place every day.

I would like to think that things are much different today, but stories from New Tribes and ABWE MKs tell us missionaries are still working hard to cover up abuse that happened in the not too distant past. Because missions are so good at keeping these things secret and silencing victims, we really don’t know the extent of abuse that happened in the past, or whether it is still going on today.

Now imagine a school where staff and students watch out for each other to make sure everyone is safe from violence. Staff are empowered to intervene if they witness abuse by other staff. Students keep a protective eye on one another and are allowed and expected to speak up when other students and even staff are seen committing violent acts.

Mk Safety Net Canada, a faithful advocate for missionary kids who have experienced abuse, is partnering with the violence prevention group Green Dot. They plan to provide a program tailored to missions which will train participants to identify and intervene when they observe interpersonal violence. The Green Dot model of violence prevention has been used in a long list of high schools, universities, military bases and community organizations. You can see this list on their website by clicking on their name above.

Green Dot will adapt the method to the unique situation of mission agencies, which are closed communities with a history of not reporting abuse to outsiders. They have had a good success rate working with similar groups in the past.

The goal of the program is to train people at every level of the community, so that they are engaged, proactive bystanders and potential witnesses to violence, and can actively intervene. This sounds like something that is really needed in mission boarding school settings. How many of the staff at Kent Academy, over the years, were witnesses to violence and abuse, but looked the other way?

Green Dot and MK Safety Net Canada are offering an informational webinar on March 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST to introduce the program and give interested parties a chance to join in the discussion.  To find out how to participate in the webinar contact MK Safety Net Canada at MKSNCanadaGreenDot@gmail.com.

Read a letter by MK Safety Net Canada board members, introducing this program in more detail.

 

 

 

MK Safety Net Conference 2015: Journeying Together

Did you attend, or wish you could attend, the MK Safety Net Conference in Chicago last year? You’ll be happy to hear that the time has rolled around again. You can register now for the 2015 Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

This is a gathering for adult MKs and TCKs who have experienced abuse, and also for family, friends and others who are involved in this ministry. The organizers hope to create an authentic environment where abused MKs can share their stories. They also want to affirm the support that is offered to abuse survivors through MK Safety Net, and help them connect with resources they can use. Last year’s conference was a huge success. You can read some of the comments from attendees on the MK Safety Net web site.

The conference will be held at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 17-19, 2015. The conference cost is $150 ($125 for early registration) and there is an additional cost for the hotel room.

Wm. Paul Young, MK and best-selling author of The Shack, will give the Friday evening opening address. Boz Tchividjian will speak on Dealing with Institutions. Joanna Colrain, a Trauma Recovery Counselor, will speak on Recovering from Trauma. Finally, Ivan Fleishman, a Psychologist for abuse victims, will speak on The Effects of Abuse on Families.

There will also be breakout sessions, on these topics:
• Topics covered by the main speakers
• Legal options for abuse victims
• Creativity in the healing journey
• Recovering healthy spirituality after abuse in a religious setting

You can register for the conference and find a detailed schedule here.

“The Unexpected Journey” MK Safety Net Conference 2013

“The Unexpected Journey – I will not be silent anymore” is the theme for the conference that MK Safety Net is hosting in April for former MKs and their families and friends. This gathering will be held in Chicago on April 19-21, 2013. There is a fantastic list of speakers including

  • William Paul Young, author of The Shack
  • Boz Tchividjian, founder of G.R.A.C.E
  • Andrew Schmutzer, author of The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused
  • Beverly Shellrude Thompson, founding member of Mk Safety Net
  • David Chlossey, national director of SNAP

Visit MK Safety Net for information on the program, where to stay and how to register.

Mk Safety Net Conference for April 2012 has been postponed until April 2013

From the MK Safey Net web site:  Due to circumstances we were not able to control, the MK Safety Net Conference is being postponed. It will be held next year, April 19 – 21, 2013, in Chicago. We are grateful that Paul Young, Andrew Schmutzer and Boz Tchividjian are available to participate in the conference next year. We will keep you posted about further developments.

MK Safety Net Conference April 20-22, 2012

MK Safety Net is sponsoring a conference April 20-22, 2012 for former MKs and their families.  The conference will be held at Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows Schaumburg in Rolling Meadows, (Chicago), Illinois.

They have some exciting guest speakers on their agenda, including William Paul Young, who is an adult MK and the author of The Shack, Boz Tchividjian of G.R.A.C.E., and Andrew Schmutzer, an adult MK and professor at Moody Bible Institute.   As the MK Safety Net web site states, all keynote speakers and breakout sessions will address abuse and trauma experienced by former MKs with a view to breaking the silence of abuse and offering resources to move toward healing.

They will discuss topics such as therapies that are available for trauma treatment, the impact of abuse on family systems, how to report abuse, and how to recover spirituality after abuse.  Whether you are an MK who has suffered abuse, or the friend or family of such an MK, it sounds like there will be something at this conference just for you.  I know that for myself the support group in this area is largely online.  What a wonderful opportunity to meet in person, and have an actual ‘real life’ conversation.

You can read more details about the location and scheduled events for this conference on the MK Safety Net web site.