Burkina Faso: Minister Through Discipleship and Community Development

Minister to at-risk and vulnerable people

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Please contact Pat Altemose at
cama@camaservices.org.

Minister to at-risk and vulnerable people through community development in partnership with the Alliance national church on an aXcess team.

Position Type
• CAMA worker
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Single or couple

Responsibilities:
• Minister to at-risk and overlooked peoples
• Develop youth technical and job-training programs
• Work to provide wells for village church-planting efforts, when possible
• Assist in relief work for famine, poverty, and civil unrest
• Facilitate social formation programs for community development
• Partner with church structures to serve the growing number of IDPs

Required Qualifications:
• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher

Preferred Qualifications:
• Development work experience
• Bachelor’s or graduate-level degree in the field of international development and/or agriculture, animal husbandry, creating handicrafts, or small- business enterprise
• Prior knowledge of French

Biblical Characteristics:
• 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 and consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
• Ability to learn and recover from failure

Timeline for deployment:
Summer 2022 or earlier
Once appointed and fundraising 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

General Information:
• World Factbook – Burkina Faso
• The Joshua Project – Burkina Faso
• Housing accommodations will be in Bobo-Dioulasso, with much of the work in the surrounding regions.

Language Expectations:
Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know French, one year of French language study in Albertville, France is required, followed by a year of Jula language study after arriving in Burkina Faso.

Health Considerations:
While medical expertise is limited in Bobo-Dioulasso, there are better options in Ouagadougou, the capital.

Expectations for Spouse:
Spousal roles vary, based on the spouse’s gifts, 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 the family roles, children’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
There is a French-language international school which is a great option for younger children. Many families homeschool and are open to co-op style teaching. Older students have the possibility of attending boarding school in a neighboring country.

Compensation
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.

Whole-Life Health
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.

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.