Compassion and Mercy Associates

Joining Hands to Reach a Hurting World

Indonesia: Lead a Sports Ministry and Discipleship Initiative

Use sports ministry to bring life in Christ to migrant communities in Papua, Indonesia.

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Recruit, train, and support Indonesian colleagues in Papua to reach communities through soccer and other sports ministries. The primary focus will be the migrant population in Papua. CAMA workers seek to demonstrate Christ’s compassion through immediate relief and long-term development that transforms lives and restores communities.

Position Type:

  • Sports and discipleship ministry
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Required Qualifications:

  • Clear conversion and call to ministry of the Gospel
  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated spiritual maturity and service
  • Completion of Missions Perspectives course
  • Cross-cultural training and/or experience
  • Physical and mental health

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coaching and referee licensure (preferably in soccer)
  • One year of full-time sports ministry experience (preferably in soccer)
  • Experience in outreach outside the church context

Responsibilities:

  • Regularly share the gospel through words and deeds.
  • Recruit a team of Indonesian colleagues who will be able to implement sports ministries. The primary focus is soccer, but there are other diverse sports opportunities that include running, basketball, and volleyball.
  • Engage in coaching, forming discipleship groups, and mentoring leaders and coaches.
  • Network with existing in-country sports ministries, i.e., Football Plus (Bandung), to begin building training programs for workers who can start their own sports ministries.
  • Coordinate short-term teams from outside Indonesia to be involved in clinics for training players, coaches, and referees.

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2017 for language study

General Information:

Indonesia is a large archipelago composed of more than 17,500 islands. More than 700 languages are used. Visit The World Factbook for more information.

Work/Living Environment:

You will live in a city or town with minimal Western amenities, which may be in close proximity to other international workers for fellowship and accountability.

Status of Christian Witness:

There is a Christian majority in Papua, but discipleship and godly mentoring are needed. HIV, AIDS, drunkenness, and dependency are serious issues to be addressed. In recent years, millions of migrants of the majority religion have moved to Papua, creating one of the greatest opportunities for ministry to this population. International workers must demonstrate to our church brothers and sisters that God’s good news is for all people.

Language Expectations:

Language facility is essential to ministry. The selected applicant will receive one year of intense language study followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. Several hours per day must be dedicated to language acquisition. Continued work to master the Indonesian language must be a lifelong goal, as this will greatly enhance ministry and the capacity to impact people for Christ.

Health Considerations:

While several international worker doctors are available for consultation, Papua has limited hospital services; serious health issues are typically handled in Jakarta (the country’s capital) or Singapore. Jakarta has good healthcare facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spouses are considered equal partners on the team and must have a clear calling to cross-cultural ministry. The couple will be expected to be involved in hospitality, personal witness, discipleship, and mentoring. Athletic ability is not essential for the spouse, but it would be helpful.

Children’s Educational Options:

There is an international school nearby; homeschooling also is an option.

Compensation Package:

This is a partially funded position with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise 75 percent 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 arm of the C&MA. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to Biblical holism. We are first committed to model holism and then reflect holism in how we carry out our work. Because of this commitment, part of the required qualifications include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

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?

Email Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org

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