Bosnia: Couple to Serve at Refugee Ministry Center
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The successful applicant(s) will join a team of Alliance international workers serving in the cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo, Bosnia. This team is looking for a CAMA couple to work alongside them in community development at a ministry center. This is an opportunity to work with immigrants and refugees. Some areas of expertise the team is seeking are English as a Second Language (ESL), mental health counseling, and small business management/development.
• CAMA worker
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• A clear conversion and call to the ministry of gospel demonstration and proclamation
• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of Missions Perspective course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45 or higher
• TEFL/TESOL certification or recognized degree
• BA or MA in mental health counseling
• Experience working with immigrants/refugees
• Experience teaching ESL to children and adults
• Experience training small business owners
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
• Ability to articulate personal conversion and call
• Ability to articulate the gospel to a seeker
• Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized
• Theological alignment with The Alliance
• Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
• Learn the local language and adjust to the local culture
• Work alongside Alliance colleagues, helping with ESL training, small business training, or mental health counseling as your experience allows
• Develop and implement new programs based on the community’s needs
• Communicate regularly with donors
Timeline for Deployment:
CIA World Factbook—Bosnia-Herzegovina
Work and Living Environment:
Sarajevo is a cultural melting pot of the East and West. About 25 percent of Bosnia’s population lives within a half hour of Sarajevo. Bosnia is similar to most European countries but has a strong Eastern influence and a bureaucratic system left over from the Socialist era.
Status of Christian Witness:
The Joshua Project—Bosnia-Herzegovina
Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive two years of intensive Bosnian language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the local majority language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
Hospitals, pharmacies, and public and private clinics are available for most health-care needs. However, those with ongoing health conditions may need to consider options outside of the country.
Expectations for Spouse:
Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
In Sarajevo, there are local, international, and English-speaking schools. Homeschooling is not permitted by Bosnian law. Black Forest Academy in Germany is a great educational option for high school–age children.
The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, sending church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application. Training and coaching in fund-raising are available.
CAMA Services is the relief and development arm of The Alliance. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to modeling and reflecting biblical holism through our work. Because of this commitment, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.
Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process.
Please contact Pat Altemose at email@example.com.