Compassion and Mercy Associates

Joining Hands to Reach a Hurting World

DR Congo: Community Development Worker

Assist the local church to reach the poor who have had little access to the gospel.

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The appointee will be a community development facilitator focusing on efforts to reach the poor who have had little access to the gospel in the lower Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) region.

Position Type

• CAMA worker
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Ordination not required
• Single or couple (while a single may be considered, a couple might be better given the local realities)

Required Qualifications

• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of Missions Perspectives course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• Experience in community development that demonstrates an ability to partner with the local population

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

• Ability to articulate personal conversion story and call to ministry
• Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
• Theological alignment with The Alliance
• Demonstrated flexibility and grace in conflict

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s or graduate level degree in international development

Responsibilities:

• Assist the national church in launching new development efforts and in assessing current medical and education ministries
• Identify potential new partners and coach the church in cultivating these contacts
• Focus CAMA involvement on one or two key projects that respond to pressing local needs
• Facilitate short-term visitors’ involvement in local projects and ministries in the lower DRC region

Timeline for deployment:

Fall 2019

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—DRC

Work and Living Environment:

Housing accommodations will be in the port city of Boma, DRC. The primary work will be carried out in and around this city.

Status of Christian Witness:

Joshua Project—DRC

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. CAMA international workers will receive one year of French language study in Albertville, France.

Health Considerations:

Some healthcare options are available. Major surgeries need to be done outside of country.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, abilities, training, and family commitments, as well as the needs of the team.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There are K–12 grade schools in Kinshasa or boarding schools in surrounding countries.

Compensation Package:

This is a partially funded position with the expectation that the appointee(s) will raise 75 percent of support costs through their network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development arm of The Alliance. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which we are committed to model and reflect through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed as you move forward in the application process.

Important Clarification:

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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please write Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org.

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