West Africa: Provide and Develop Rehabilitation in a Hospital
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Join a hospital-based team looking for a physical or occupational therapist to assist inpatient rehabilitation, develop therapy services from the ground up, and train national staff to grow the new department. You will see lives changed as they provide compassionate service to needy people.
• CAMA worker
• Creative-access location
• Single or couple
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Provide hands-on clinical therapy for stroke patients, pediatric surgery, burns, chronic wounds, and more
• Train national staff in the basics of rehabilitation therapy
• Work with local village church-planting teams to improve the quality of life for disabled people in rural settings
• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Licensed physical or occupational therapist
• 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 45 or higher
• Two years of experience in clinical settings
• Cross-cultural experience
• Ability to articulate personal conversion 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
• Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
• Ability to learn from and recover from failure
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/Fall 2021: Once appointed and fund-raising 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.
This West African country is consistently ranked as one of the poorest in the world. Despite a well-established national church, less than 2 percent of the population is evangelical. The town has a population of 200,000 and is approximately six hours from the capital. Electricity, water, Internet, and phone service are readily available. Small grocery stores supplement supplies found in the local market and in the capital city. A multifaceted team offers opportunities for many types of ministry. Missions organizations in the area provide additional avenues for friendship and work with other Westerners.
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, followed by study of the local language. 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.
Candidates must be in good physical health to endure the climate and challenging work conditions. Hot, dry weather is the norm but hot, humid weather prevails in the rainy season. Vaccinations are required for malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever. Village ministry requires travel on rough roads and can be difficult, especially if a candidate has back problems. Health infrastructure is poor; however, an in-town hospital staffed by Western doctors, and other medical facilities in the capital, offer quality care.
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 team objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children’s needs, etc.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Homeschooling is an option with on-site classrooms and a library available to supplement the curriculum. Depending on need and availability, The Alliance may send a teacher to form a homeschool co-op. Youth with A Mission (YWAM) administers a French-speaking school in town where several families have enrolled their pre-school and elementary-age students. Dakar Academy (K–12) in Senegal offers boarding options for sixth through twelfth grade.
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.
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.
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.