Reach a West African Deaf Population for Christ

The Bobo Team is looking for a couple or two singles that are fluent in sign language and willing to make a one- to two-year commitment to impact the deaf community with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Burkina Faso

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The Bobo Team is looking for a couple or two singles that are fluent in sign language and willing to make a one- to two-year commitment to impact the deaf community with the good news of Jesus Christ.This will involve organizing a local team and working through the deaf school to encourage Bible studies for the deaf and signing in local churches and to integrate local deaf groups located in Bobo-Dioulasso. The chosen applicants will also facilitate short- term teams desiring to work with deaf students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Vibrant testimony and sincere follower of Christ
  • Fluent in American sign language
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40
  • The spouse must also be fluent in sign language and have ministry experience
  • Active member of a deaf community as well as strong recommendations from a deaf ministry in the United States
  • Resourceful and able to adapt to new situations

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Loving

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in cross-culture relations
  • Wllingness to be immersed in Burkina Faso’s deaf community
  • Teaching experience

 Responsibilities:

  • Work through the local deaf school to make contacts among students and others in the deaf community interested in Bible study
  • Raise awareness of deaf ministry in local churches
  • Form a team to work among the deaf to address some of the problems unique to this community.
  • Bring together deaf believers from across Burkina Faso to find ways to bring the gospel to the deaf community
  • Connect with the larger deaf community; be a person of influence in raising awareness of the opportunities availablefor the deaf community

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2019. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Burkina Faso

Work and Living Environment:

The city of Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in Burkina Faso. With a growing population and expanding city limits, it is an exciting place to be where people of all ethnic groups and faiths live together. Many deaf live in the city, are without direction, and have had no exposure to the good news of Christ. Several associations work with the deaf but none emphasize the gospel. The Bobo Team will facilitate furnished housing and adaptation to life in Burkina Faso.

Status of Christian Witness:

Burkina Faso remains a country that is open to the gospel and to hearing the story of Jesus. People groups that were unresponsive for many years are now asking for people to come and tell them about Jesus. The deaf community has been open to short- term teams and has welcomed interaction with Christians. Burkina Faso has shown an interest in schools for the deaf and continues to be a strategic country carrying much influence in West Africa.

The Joshua Project—Burkina Faso

Language Expectations:

Applicants are required to be fluent in American sign language.

Health Considerations:

Burkina Faso comes with the health challenges that are found throughout West Africa. A hot and dry climate can be challenging at times.Though hospitals and clinics are numerous, doctors are over worked and often diagnostic equipment is not functioning. Bobo-Dioulasso is not be a good place for someone with chronic health concerns or health issues that require frequent monitoring.

Expectations for Spouse:

Many ministry opportunities are available for spouses, depending on age of children and gifting and training. The spouse would need to be fluent in sign language. 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 ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

A local French school and homeschooling families provide educational opportunities for children. An English-speaking youth group and opportunities to interact with youth in other cities are available. Church Sunday schools and club programs provideavenues for international workers’ children to connect with the Burkinabè. A homeschooling co-op in the capital city is available for those desiring to join other families for teaching sessions that include science experiments, drama classes, and standardized testing.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars through Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, some of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, physical, and spiritual health. These will be assessed as you move forward in 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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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