Change lives through teaching mechanics

Help bring a meaningful, impactful presence through our center in Saint-Louis by teaching and training those in poverty and without job opportunities.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Senegal

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Mechanic/Developer
  • Funded
  • Couple or single

Samba is a young man who has never had access to the Good News. His future and that of his family is dim as they struggle in poverty. Normally closed doors will open wide as you teach life skills to young men like Samba looking for change. In close partnership with local believers, we are reaching the least-reached through health, education, and a clear message. Now in our third year, our openly Christian vocational school needs more men willing to live out their witness through teaching mechanics in a small, hands-on classroom setting. Each student commits to a 3-year program where they learn a job skill, French, Mathematics, computers, and the Bible.

The boys’ vocational school is just one piece in a larger strategy to see the local church grow as a base for a church planting movement. Other ministries of our team include: a girls’ vocational school, 2 medical centers, Bible studies, village outreach, a reading room, and a ministry to street boys. The local church initiates all our ministries as we enable them to finally achieve a 20-year old vision.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in auto mechanics
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45 or higher
  • Willingness to learn and work in a second language
  • Able to work on a team in a cross-cultural setting under national leadership
  • Willingness to receive continuing cross-cultural training on the job (those without missiological degree)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience
  • Associates degree in mechanics
  • Experience working with youth
  • Health or nutrition training

Responsibilities:

  • Teach/work in the vocational training school in your field of expertise
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Director of the Training Center and/or Alliance Team Leader
  • Look for opportunities to develop relationships and share your faith within the Senegalese community
  • Initiate Bible studies or discipleship activities with community member
  • Work closely with the national church and the Saint-Louis team to advance the Kingdom
  • Willingness to receive continuing cross-cultural training on the job

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Senegal

Background about the school:

Almost 20 years ago, the local church discovered they could best overcome the distrust in the community by reaching out through practical means. They started a medical clinic and a vocational girls’ school in which both a job skill and the Bible were taught. The impact on the community was transforming. The same community that came to burn down the new church now sings its praises. Whole families know and can repeat the daily Bible stories taught at the school and the school reaches maximum capacity each year. Leaders in the community came and asked the church to start a similar work for their young men. The new vocational training school opened in 2014 with its first class on auto mechanics.

Work and Living Environment:

Saint-Louis is a coastal city of approximately 200,000 located in northern Senegal. The work environment will be very different from US standards, but we value and teach safety as much as possible and with what is available in this culture. Work is performed indoors and outdoors without climate control. Work is performed near or with moving mechanical parts. Short periods of limited exposure to non-hazardous levels of fumes or airborne particles can be expected.

Team Life:

The C&MA in St. Louis works in partnership with Pioneers and the local Brethren church. Workers at the boys’ school meet regularly to plan and coordinate their particular ministry. The broader C&MA/Pioneers English speaking team also meets weekly for mutual encouragement, prayer, worship, strategic planning, and personal development. Though team members may be assigned a particular ministry, we step out of our roles to help every ministry at times. Particulars are usually decided within the individual ministries, but larger decisions, personnel needs, and general strategy is decided by the team in coordination with the local church. We are there for each other as we deal with the complexity of overseas life, giving a hand when we can.

Status of Christian Witness:

Our primary targeted people group is the Wolof people. Of the estimated 4.5–6 million Wolof people in Senegal there may be as many as 200 followers of Jesus. Evangelicals make up less that 0.1% of the total population in Senegal including all people groups. See The Joshua Project website for more information.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IW’s) receive one year of intensive French language study and two years of Wolof language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the languages at a functional level, in order to accomplish their ministry and to share the good news of Jesus. IW’s will be expected to be disciplined and intentionally persevering in the first season of language learning.

Health Considerations:

Local hospitals may not be considered adequate for some health issues. Much better medical care is available four hours away in Dakar, Senegal.

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. Ministry opportunities for the spouse include teaching at a girls’ trade school (health education, English, culinary arts, micro-enterprise, Bible), medical ministries (community health, wound care for street boys, clinic consultations), discipleship & evangelism with women and children, as well as other opportunities.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

For younger children homeschooling, local French schools, a local Christian school, and a Saint-Louis school co-op are recommended options. For older children homeschooling, a Saint-Louis school co-op, and an American boarding school in the capital city, Dakar, four hours from Saint-Louis, are recommended options.

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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