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Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with Youth in Asia. Here are a few!

Contribute to this blog community
Read and comment on posts, share ideas and insights with others who share the vision of reaching kids on this continent

Pray for youth workers in Asia
Reading posts on the blog will also give you some ideas of situations to pray for. Here are some other general prayer requests:

  • wisdom to speak into the lives of kids we work with
  • grace for those dealing with the upheavals and adjustments associated with living abroad (kids, parents and youth workers alike)
  • the provision of supportive community for youth workers overseas – loneliness and disconnection are common
  • good transitions: for new arrivals, those leaving, and those left behind

Work with kids
If there is a youth group happening near you, offer to help out! Often there are ways to help even if you can’t commit to being there regularly. If there isn’t anything for the youth living near you, prayerfully consider starting a youth bible study or sponsor a regular hangout time for kids in your area.

Support your local youth leader
It’s common for youth leaders all over the world to be given high expectations to fulfill and not enough volunteer staff to do it all. Even if you don’t feel a call to work with the youth in your church/area, there are lots of ways to support your youth leader.

  • Let them know you’re praying for them.  Ask if they have any specific prayer requests, and take the time to listen to the concerns or frustrations that come up.
  • Take them out to lunch, or invite them over for dinner – help them feel that important sense of belonging.
  • Offer to help the youth group by providing snacks, giving kids without transport a ride, or hanging around outside during meeting times as another responsible adult.
  • Be their youth leader – a lot of youth leaders spend time and energy mentoring, praying for, and listening to their kids, only to find they lack that sort of support in their own life. A great way to support the youth workers in your midst is to do for them what they are doing for your community’s kids.
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5 responses to “Get Involved

  1. Evelyn Sun

    January 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    love to be part of it ;)

     
    • Tanya

      January 22, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Thanks, Evelyn! Look forward to getting to know you and hearing your input :)

       
    • LindseyYoung

      October 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Kind of confused. Really wanted to send an email to someone, but I can’t find a place to do this! I am teaching TCK’s in Asia! I am also raising two awesome TCK kids :) I would love to find out more about your organization and perhaps attend a conference, even without students, just to get a feel for what you are all about. Thanks!

       
  2. Aaron

    July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Tanya,

    Is the help you need mostly “live” face to face or can people be “online” TCK buddies? Sounds like this is really a community of practice for TCK workers living abroad correct?

    thx,
    ab

     
  3. Michael

    February 28, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Tanya! Is this your blog?? Here is a message I left on the RAFT page… :)
    I like that, the RAFT, with Chinese characteristics. I’m Michael Pollock, Dave’s son. Ruth and I just finished the third edition of the TCK book Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds and I coach young adult TCKs, run retreats and consult on care issues and strategies…I’m also presenting in two Fridays at FIGT Netherlands on Beyond Raft: Teaching Students to LEAP, and acronym that represents equipping the next step of transition. I love what you are doing. We were in TJ for 9 years and I’m returning for two days March 22 and 23rd. (I’ll be in Wuhan before that.) Please contact me if you’d like to connect. This is an old thread! So I’ll also try to reach you another way. – Michael

     

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