Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who started Books for MKs?
A: Books for MKs was founded by Kailey Bradley, who grew up as an MK and never had enough books to read on the mission field. Kailey is a voracious reader, who reads approximately 185-200 books per year, most of them children’s literature.
Q: What does Books for MKs do?
A: Books for MKs collects donations, and uses the funds for MKs to choose the books they need from a secure website, Better World Books.
Q: What is an “MK”?
A: “MK” stands for “Missionary Kid.” (Sometimes refered to as “TCKs” meaning “Third Culture Kids.”) These are the children of missionaries who have left their home country to preach the Gospel, run an orphanage, help the poor, rescue child slaves, counsel drug addicts, administer vaccines and medical help, and do other amazing work all over the globe. MKs grow up in a country other than their passport country, and as a result, they do not have access to resources like libraries or bookstores in their native language.
Q: Why is it so important for MKs to have books?
A: Reading is such a huge part of a child’s education, and most MKs are homeschooled by their parents on the field. And also, it’s one of the few things that is not at all available to them in a foreign country. There are no English libraries or bookstores, no educational resources for these children. Books in English are rare and precious to them.
Q: What sort of impact do the book packages have on the MKs?
A: I cannot even describe to you the intense emotional impact that these packages have on an MK! Being a missionary can be very isolating, but a gift of books from your home country is an incredible reminder that you are not alone or forgotten. Usually the missionary parents will receive lots of encouragement and support, but people tend to forget about the children.
And now I see the incredible response from the MKs who receive the books, the massive smiles on their faces, the thank you cards that I get from them. Trust me, God is working to encourage those little hearts, and God is reminding them. You are not alone.
Q: Where do the books go?
A: We currently give books to over 200 MKs in dozens of countries around the world.
Books go to children in ….. Papua New Guinea, Bulgaria, Mexico, Cambodia, China, Japan,Bangladesh, Italy, Hungary, Cameroon, Ukraine, Indonesia, Peru, Costa Rica, Thailand, Kenya, Romania, Tanzania, Honduras, Guatemala
Questions about Donating
Q: How can I donate my used books?
A: Books for MKs does not accept used books, but you can support the MKs financially!
Q: How can I donate financially?
A: You can donate financially at GoFundMe.com for either a one-time donation, or a recurring monthly donation. Every penny is used to purchase more books for the MKs! We really need funds for more books!
Q: What if I have a Kindle to donate?
A: You can donate a used but functional Kindle by emailing email@example.com for instructions.
Questions from Missionaries
Q: How can I request books for my missionary child?
A: Fill out the Sign Up form on the MKs Sign Up page, and your contact info will go to Kailey Bradley, who will provide you with a gift card to Better World Books, where you and your children can order books with free international shipping.
Q: How much does it cost the missionary to receive books?
A: NOTHING! The books are FREE for missionaries. There is no cost to the missionary family, and the books are theirs to keep.
Q: What if I’m currently on furlough, deputation, vacation in the United States?
A: Missionary families in the USA can still receive books, as long as they are still active missionaries planning to return to their overseas ministry.
Any other questions?
Leave a comment below or contact Kailey Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org