Who We Are


Missionary Kid Caregivers Summit (MKCS) is a network for people who are involved in MK care at some level.  It is our desire that this group will provide a place to network information and to seek to support one another in our various ministries.  

Missionary Kid Education Summit (MKEDS) is a network of educators, international schools, and educational support organizations. The purpose is to collaborate, identify current education trends, provide professional development and advocate for best practices in MK education.

MK Synergy – Every third year the summits join together to cross-pollinate, network, and share resources. 


History of MK Caregivers/MK Education:

In 1993, Richard Edlin (SIM missionary & Assist. Dir. for MK Education with ACSI) gathered mission personnel with MK Education responsibilities. The first meeting was held at SIL offices in Dallas. At that meeting, there was a vote to redirect the focus of those gathering for broader issues of MK care and missionary family issues. The group separated into two consultations, one called MK Caregivers Consultation (MKCC) discussing broader MK and family issues, and one called Intermission MK Education Consultation (IMKEC) focusing mainly on the educational needs of missionary families.

MKCS continued meeting annually, organized and run by various different mission agencies. In 2012, an MOU was signed with Barnabas International giving MKCS a more stable financial home to exist under.

IMKEC continued to meet annually under the umbrella of ACSI until 2015.

In 2015, MKCC and IMKEC agreed it would be mutually beneficially to combine conferences every three years and joined together at Avant Training Center in March of 2016 for a shared conference. This would later be known as MK Synergy.

In 2016, the name MK Caregivers Consultation (MKCC) was changed to MK Caregivers Summit (MKCS) to reflect a change in times and dynamics of the gatherings. In 2019 IMKEC changed their name to MK Education Summit (MKEdS) to better align with their sister conference and MK Synergy.

In 2019 MKCS and MKEdS began MOUs with Interaction International, asking them to help sponsor and promote their conferences and it’s desire to make a global impact on MK work.

MKCS Statistical Summary (as of Nov 2021)

500+ different individuals have attended at least once.
180 different agencies/churches have been represented at least once

Partial List of Agencies and Churches: A Lamp Unto My Feet, ABWE, ACSI, ACSI, AERC, Africa Inland Mission Intl, Alliance Academy International, American Baptist International Ministry, Anchor Education, Antioch Ministries International, Arctic Barnabas, Assemblies of God World Missions, Avant Ministries, AWM, Baptist Bible Fellowship International, Barnabas, C&MA, Cadence, Calvary Church, Camino Global, Canadian MK Network/Outreach Canada, CEF, Christar, Christian Academy in Japan, Christian Counseling Associates, CIT, Club 4th, CMFI, Columbia International University, Compass Ministries, Converge Worldwide, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Covenant College, Crossworld, CTEN, D&D Homes, Daraja, Eastern Mennonite Missions, ELIC, EMERGE Counseling Services Inc, Ethnos360, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Longview, FIGT, FIM, Frontiers, Gatehouse, Geneva College, Global Outreach International, Global Outreach Ministries, Global Partners, Godspeed, Greater Europe Mission, IICS, IMB, Interaction International, InterMission Ministry, Interserve, ISMK, Josiah Venture, Kaleidoscope, LBT (Luthern Bible Translators), MAF, Ministry Essentials International, (MTI) Mission Training International, MK Merimna, MK2MK/CRU, MRC, MTW, MuKappa, Narrmore Christian Foundation, National Association of Free Will Baptists, Navigators, Nazarene Mission, OC Canada, OC International, OHANA Global, OMF, OMS, One Challange, One Mission Society, PACE, Paraclete Mission Group, PCUSA, Pioneers, Pioneers Bible Translators, Reach Beyond (HCJB), ReachGlobal, RVA, SEND Int’l, Sevenstar Academy, SHARE Education Services, SIM, South America Mission, Taylor University, Teach Beyond, TEAM, Team Expansion, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Foundation, TMS Global (Train, Mobilize and Serve), TRAIN International, WEC Int’l, World Gospel Ministries, World Horizons, World Indigenous Mission, World Missionary Koinonia, World Outreach Center, World Venture, Worldteam, Wycliffe/SIL/JAARS, Youth for Christ, YWAM