Missionary Kids Ministry (MKM)
In 1983 Rick and Margaret were led of the Lord to pioneer Missionary Kids Ministry (MKM), a “Home Away from Home” in Hatfield, PA, for late high school and college age MKs whose parents are serving the Lord overseas. MKM provides: spiritual, emotional, social, and physical care for MKs from various countries and mission boards; counseling for many other MKs in need; sensitization to the needs of MKs and missionary families through speaking opportunities in many churches; and serves as a model for additional MK homes. In their roles as AIM’s MK Services Coordinators, Rick and Margaret were involved in much personal interaction with the 190+ AIM MKs by phone, email, instant messenger, birthday cards, care packages, and visits throughout the year. They also served as the Coordinators for Rift Valley Academy’s Alumni Association, traveling to reunions, counseling alumni, and maintaining the extensive 3,700+ member database. Margaret continues to carry on all these responsibilities with the wonderful help of her Administrative Assistant, daughter Rebekah. The Lord is leading them to broaden the scope of MKM by also housing missionary families in crisis.
Margaret was born in Wilmington, DE, to Dr Jack and Eleanor Murray, and was saved at age 3 at Church of the Open Door where her father was pastor. She graduated from Abington High School in 1971, then PCB in 1976. While a student at PCB, Margaret met Rick Rineer, an MK (missionary kid) from East Africa, who was born in Lancaster, PA, then at age 3 went to East Africa with his missionary parents. Rick was saved at an early age, attended boarding school in Congo, then in Kenya, while his parents served in Sudan, then Uganda. Rick graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya, in 1971. During their courtship Rick and Margaret were active youth leaders and Sr. High Sunday School teachers, and Margaret was a church pianist for many years. Margaret traveled in ministry with Bible Evangelism, and was also a summer missionary in Europe with BCU in 1972. Rick and Margaret were married on July 31, 1976, and then moved to Morgantown, PA. Rick earned a Masters of Education in History degree from Millersville University in 1978, and State Teachers Certification in 1979, while also working as an electrician and plumber. They left for Kenya, East Africa in 1980, where they were dorm parents and teachers at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya. In 1983 they returned to the States to pioneer Missionary Kids Ministry (MKM), a “Home Away from Home” for MKs in Hatfield, PA, and 83 MKs (from 26 mission agencies and 29 countries) have lived with their family since that time. During those years Margaret was also a pianist, Nursing Mothers Counselor for Hatfield, and she and Rick home schooled their children. In 1994 Rick earned his Masters in Christian Counseling from PCB’s Graduate School. In 2002 they also became AIM’s MK Services Coordinators, overseeing AIM’s 200+ 18-25 years old MKs studying and working in the States while their parents served overseas. Rick and Margaret continued serving the Lord together until the Lord called Rick to Heaven on November 4, 2005, following a 13-month battle with cancer. Margaret continues to direct MKM, serves as AIM’s MK Services Coordinator, ministers in music, speaks, and home schools Elisabeth.
1. That I, as a widow and mom, and my five precious children, would walk closer and closer to Jesus every day, reflecting His love and care!
2. Constant prioritizing of time as I seek to meet the multiple and varied needs of my precious family and the many missionary families to whom God has called our family to share our hearts, lives, and home.
3. Adequate rest, health, and continued healing from the intense loss in our
family, in the midst of a very demanding stress-filled schedule.
4. Divine wisdom and strength as we deal with MKs and missionary families in
transition and crisis.
5. Volunteer help with the MKM house and property.