Wear Multiple Hats While Serving Others in the Sahara

Meet a critical need serving C&MA international workers with administrative support, freeing workers in their pursuit of their ministries.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Mali

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Would you like to be part of the Bamako team, engaging in a variety of ministries and using your talents and abilities to serve God and others? We are looking for someone to serve and make a kingdom impact. You would meet a critical need serving C&MA international workers with administrative support, freeing these workers in their pursuit of their ministries. You would have the opportunity to demonstrate Jesus to Malian professional and university students who are learning English at the Go Global Mali center. Most of these English students are from Mali’s majority religion. Through these classes, our team has over 200 opportunities each week to serve, share, and impact the lives of these students! You would also be a part of Envision’s ministry of hosting visitors, interns, and residents from the US to be part of the work of the three C&MA teams in Mali.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45 or higher
  • Training or experience in any of the following: business, finances, management, administration and/or information technology

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Administrative ability
  • Recognized bachelor’s degree for spouse
  • Relational skills

Responsibilities:

  • French and Bambara language acquisition to a level of competency
  • Office work, purchases, and payments. Supervising the work of the mission runner (administrative assistant), running various errands for the team and representing the C&MA and GGM teams in an administrative capacity
  • Handling the finances for the Bamako Business Office, Bamako Envision Site, and Go Global Mali and providing financial reports to Mali’s bookkeeper in the C&MA regional office, to Envision, and to the GGM team
  • Involvement in at least one of the following ministries: Teaching one or more English classes at GGM, planning and implementing Bible studies for seekers and evangelistic events at GGM, prison ministries, and/or local church ministries
  • Taking part in starting a full-fledged community center of which GGM will remain an integral part
  • Signing of the Bamako Team Agreement and participating in the activities of the Bamako Team—prayer times, strategic and administrative meetings, and get-togethers

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

CIA WorldFactbook—Mali
Go Global Mali’s Facebook page

Work and Living Environment:

Advantages of Bamako include neighborly people, the Niger River, the National Park, and interesting restaurants and shopping.
Disadvantages include heat, heavy traffic, dirty air, and infrastructure issues.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Mali

Language Expectations:

Language is essential to this ministry position. International workers will receive one year of intensive French language study in an immersion environment followed by in-country language study. Once in-country, the expectation would be to mix part-time language study with their other responsibilities, after a crash entry-level course in Bambara.

Health Considerations:

Bamako poses some difficulty for people with allergies, especially dust during the dry time of year. 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 our Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Koutiala.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings and training, and 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:

Current options used by IW’s in Bamako include private schools based on the French system, the American International School, home schooling, and Bamako Christian Academy, run by a co-op of missionary parents.

Compensation Package:

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 from 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, 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?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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