Compassion and Mercy Associates

Joining Hands to Reach a Hurting World

Kosovo: Use ESL and Discipleship to Grow His Church

Be a part of a team helping to grow His church in one small Kosovar city.

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Position Type:

  • ESL teacher
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple or single

Required Qualifications:

  • Clear conversion and call to ministry of the Gospel
  • Demonstrated spiritual maturity and service
  • A recognized degree in TEFL/TESOL [or a Certificate w/experience on a case by case basis]
  • Completion of Missions Perspectives course
  • Willingness to work in cooperation with the local team and its goals
  • Physical and mental health

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of teaching experience
  • Cross-cultural training and/or experience
  • Flexible and able to make a healthy adjustment to the local culture
  • Proactively develops relationships

Responsibilities:

  • Healthy, growing relationship with Christ
  • Attend and contribute to weekly team prayer meetings and other team events which include bi-monthly family mealtimes and monthly fun day/evenings
  • Maintain a good working relationship with team members
  • Attend weekly gatherings and foster relationships within the community
  • Regularly connect with the church through monthly prayer times
  • Teach and lesson plan for a minimum of two classes/levels three times per week in the fall and spring semesters
  • Meet monthly with potential student teachers
  • Offer an English camp once per year using this time to train interns/teachers (both foreign and domestic)
  • Help host interns and/or short-term teams
  • Contribute in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and other ministry-related activities as arranged by the team leader
  • Communicate regularly with supporters

Timeline for Deployment:

Early spring 2018 for language study and enculturation

General Information:

Kosovo is landlocked: bordered by Albania on the west, Macedonia on the south, and Serbia on the east and north. It is 4,212 square miles in size or roughly the size of Connecticut. Kosovo is home to a large Albanian majority (90 percent) with Serbian, Roma, Turk, Bosnian, and Goran minorities. Average temperature within the country ranges from +30 °C (summer) to –10 °C (winter), similar to the north-central United States. Visit The World Factbook for more information.

Currently, the team is involved in business development, health occupational therapy, mental health counseling, evangelism, teaching EFL, and more.

Work and Living Environment:

Kosovo is a country of 1.8 million people, rich in history, with a number of interesting area sights and activities to enjoy. Albanians are extremely welcoming and easy to develop relationships with. Crime is quite low.

Status of Christian Witness:

Kosovo maintains freedom of religion, yet less than 0.1% percent of the population is evangelical Christian. Visit Joshua Project for more information about the peoples of Kosovo.

Language Expectations:

Albanian is the national language. One year of formal language learning in Albanian is required with an additional year as necessary.

Health Considerations:

Some local private, pay-for-service clinics offer quality basic and emergency care. Private hospitals/clinics in the capital city provide quality care in nearly all specialties. A large percentage of Kosovars heat their homes with wood stoves so any smoke allergies could be a concern. Additionally, though technically banned, smoking is allowed in most restaurants and coffee bars.

Expectations for Spouse:

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

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Educational options in Kosovo consist of: (1) local Albanian public schools, (2) homeschooling, (3) Black Forest Academy in Germany for high-school-age children.

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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