CAMA Services

Transformed Lives. Restored Communities.

DR Congo: Minister to the Urban Poor and Coordinate Volunteers

Assist local churches with urban ministries.

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The successful applicant(s) will assist local churches in implementing ministries to the urban poor and coordinate the visits of short-term teams and volunteers to the DRC.

Position Type:

• CAMA worker
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Single or couple (while a single may be considered for this role, a couple might be a better fit given the local realities)

Responsibilities:

• Assist the local church in implementing ministries to the urban poor, including women at risk and children living on the streets
• Help expand both the local church’s English services and ESL programs
• Work with the national church’s development office in Boma to develop projects that appropriately assist schools, medical facilities, and other ministries of the local church
• Coordinate the visits of short-term teams and volunteers
• Coaching visitors and giving them opportunities to be involved in urban development work

Required Qualifications:

• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of World Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher
• Experience in community development that demonstrates an ability to partner with the locals

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or graduate level degree in international development

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 all aspects of life
• Vibrant spiritual life and consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
• Ability to learn and recover from failure

Timeline for deployment:

Summer 2021: Once appointed and fundraising and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

World Factbook—DRC
The Joshua Project—DRC

Housing accommodations will be in the capital city of Kinshasa. Visitors will be housed at a guest house and their ministry work will be carried out in and around the city.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know the language, one year of French language study in Albertville, France, is required.

Health Considerations:

Some health-care options are available. Major surgeries need to be done outside the country.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting team objectives, depending on the nature of the family roles, children’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There are K–12 grade options in Kinshasa and boarding school options in surrounding countries.

Compensation:

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, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development specialization of Alliance Missions. 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 during 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.

Questions?

Please contact Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org.

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