Southeast Asia: Holistic Outreach Development Worker
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CAMA has been in this Southeast Asian country for 23 years. A nongovernmental organization (NGO) established by CAMA has built a trusted relationship with the government Women’s Union. The NGO provides educational support to preschools and has an orphan or single-parent home-based program that reaches 220 children. The successful applicant(s) will help lead and raise the capacity of existing staff and provide new opportunities for preschool teachers and students of all ages. Through meaningful relationships, the successful applicant(s) will share the love of Jesus in a variety of ways through word and deed.
• CAMA worker
• Creative-access country
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Single or couple
• A clear conversion and call to the ministry of the gospel through demonstration and proclamation
• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Two years of community development/NGO experience or social outreach of some kind
• Completion of Missions Perspective course
• A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60 or higher
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• Ability to work on a cross-cultural team
• Computer skills
• Cross-cultural training or living experience
• Teaching and/or social work background
• Clear understanding of CAMA’s community development values and principles
• Current involvement in ministry
• Some background in administration and/or education
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
• Live among local people to learn the language, culture, and current needs of the community while building friendships that lead to regularly demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel
• Learn about existing projects and how the CAMA NGO operates in the local context during 12 months of language study
• After the first year, work closely with existing CAMA NGO staff and teammates while exploring new opportunities for improving or expanding the scope of current projects, such as computer-skills training
• Promote and advocate for healthy lifestyles for youth and families in the community
• Network with international and local NGOs, local churches, and like-minded groups to enhance outreach through cooperation
• In any project, give opportunities for people to develop their skills, helping them to understand the gospel through relationships and discipleship
Timeline for Deployment:
This bustling country is rich with culture, opportunities, and growth.
Work and Living Environment:
The city has grown economically in the past decade. There are malls, shopping centers, modern grocery stores, and local markets. It is a land of vast wealth and extreme poverty that is constantly changing.
Status of Christian Witness:
Minority people groups are more open to the gospel than the majority population. Overt proclamations of the good news is permitted only in registered churches. Caution and a discerning spirit are needed when engaging in such activities elsewhere.
Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intensive language study, followed by six months of language and cultural acquisition studies during work with the NGO. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the local language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
The city is crowded and polluted, like most urban centers in Asia. Traffic jams are common. The weather is usually hot and humid except for the three winter months when it gets cold and damp. Health-care facilities are available for minor issues, and many medications are readily available. Serious health issues are typically handled in Bangkok, Thailand. In short, the country does not have consistent, reliable health care, and it is typical to leave the country for serious health issues.
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:
Several local schools, a few international schools in the city, and homeschooling are viable options. For high school–age children, there are also international boarding schools in Thailand or Malaysia.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.