West Africa: Empowering Women with Training and Discipleship
Expand a preventive program for at-risk girls to improve their quality of life.Apply
Due to extreme poverty, child labor is common in this country. Young women traveling from rural areas to work as domestics in cities are particularly vulnerable. Hands of Honor (HOH) is a preventive program that intervenes in the lives of these at-risk girls to improve their quality of life. The successful applicant(s) will help local churches start HOH programs to reach these teens.
• CAMA worker
• Creative-access country
• Single woman or couple
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of Missions Perspectives course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45 or higher
• Training and/or experience in community development
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
• Ability to articulate personal conversion and calling
• 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
• Bachelor’s or graduate-level degree in community development
• Mentoring experience
• Develop partnerships with women’s ministries to start HOH programs in local churches
• Receive training and coaching from the CAMA worker who launched the program
• Start, develop, and participate in a HOH program
• Develop relationships with young women involved in HOH programs
• Train local leaders
• Mentor existing leaders
• Learn French and the local language
Timeline for deployment:
Traditionally, this country has been ethnically and religiously tolerant. These values have been challenged recently as ethnic conflict opened the door to international terrorists setting up their bases within the country’s borders. In spite of this, the team here says they feel safer here than in most large cities in the world and have policies in place to increase security and avoid at-risk locations.
Work and Living Environment:
The advantages of this city include neighborly people, a major river, a national park, and interesting restaurants and shopping. The disadvantages include heat, heavy traffic, pollution, and infrastructure issues.
Status of Christian Witness:
Evangelicals have served in this country for nearly 100 years, yet fewer than 1 percent of the population are evangelical believers. Adherents of the Middle East’s majority religion make up 87.5 percent of the population. Many of those are heavily influenced by other traditional religions, leading to general tolerance for different religions and an appreciation of biblical teaching specifically. Besides this cultural characteristic, the country’s constitution protects evangelistic ministry that government officials pro-actively enforce.
Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of French language study in Albertville, France, followed by the study of the local language in country. The goal will be to speak, read, and write French and the local majority language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
This city will be difficult to live in for people with allergies. If someone is especially sensitive to heat, they should be prepared to develop coping strategies. Malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever are three diseases that an expatriate resident should either be vaccinated against or take prophylactic treatment to avoid. Good medical care is available locally and at a Christian hospital nearby.
Expectations for Spouse:
If married, the husband will be expected to fill another role on the team. His role may vary based on his 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:
Private schools, an international school, and homeschooling are options. A homeschool co-op with children of international workers is also available.
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 email@example.com.