Welcome Immigrants in Senegal

Work with a team God is using to reach the Fula People who are known as the custodians of the majority religion in West Africa.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Senegal

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Planting
  • Funded
  • Couple or single

Join a passionate team sharing Christ’s love with a responsive immigrant community where only one in ten thousand knows Jesus personally. Known as the custodians of the majority religion in West Africa, these people hold the key to unlock a multi-national, multi-ethnic movement for the kingdom of God. We are looking for teammates to serve with us in discipling new believers and introducing them into communities of Christ. Those with great business sense and administration gifts would help network believers, serve on our team, and walk alongside immigrants in a new land.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies and 15 hours of Intercultural Studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology studies and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Passion for evangelism and discipleship
  • A desire to be team player(s)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A basic understanding of the target religion
  • Some French language background
  • West Africa living experience
  • Strong gifts in administration
  • Understands the team not only works together, but socializes, and does life together

Responsibilities:

  • A theology of sacrifice that embraces risk and hardship as acceptable elements in the work of bringing the gospel to the least reached
  • Learn French to professional proficiency and the local language to conversational proficiency
  • Make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
  • Initiate Bible study and/or discipleship activities with “pre-believers”
  • Attend and participate in any activities related to the church planting effort
  • Be prepared to travel when invited by new contacts for the purpose of relationship building in Dakar, throughout Senegal, and to the Futa Jalon (Guinea)
  • Effectively perform any work duties related to business as mission and the team
  • Regularly communicate effectively and securely with supporting churches and individuals

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

Dakar is considered the pearl city of West Africa. The capital of Senegal is a quickly growing metropolis of about 3 million people.

  • 95% of Senegal belongs to the majority religion, while only 4% are Christian (including Roman Catholic), and 1% animist
  • Dakar is expensive, but you can purchase most anything
  • Many restaurants, supermarkets, swimming pools, and amenities exist
  • The Senegalese enjoy outdoor exercise, touba coffee, Sunday televised wrestling, and watching soccer. Other past-times include eating fast food, drinking Arabic tea, attending ceremonies, watching television, and beach soccer
  • CIA WorldFactbook—Senegal

Work and Living Environment:

Dakar is situated on the western most point of the continent on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic. It is favored with a warm climate. It has several sandy beaches for both locals and tourists, with beach restaurants and surfing spots. The dry season runs from November through June with cool trade winds in coastal areas. Throughout the rest of the year, a hot monsoon wind blows from the south bringing the rainy season and hot, humid weather. Temperatures can get up to 95 degrees with 90% humidity at its peak. Steady electricity, city water, Internet and other amenities are readily available in Dakar. Western style hotels, restaurants, and activities abound. Nonetheless, at rare times there are power or water cuts, raw sewage in the streets, beggars, and other things indicative of a developing world country.

Housing is typically a rented apartment or single-family house in a small, enclosed courtyard. Electricity is 220-volt, 50-hz, so most U.S. appliances will not work unless they are specifically designed for dual-voltage use or are plugged into a transformer (which are available locally). Water filtration or bottled water is a must. Cell-phone coverage is adequate, and Internet access is excellent. City water and electricity are very reliable with infrequent cuts.

An estimate is that 30% of those living in Dakar are not of Senegalese origin. Somewhere between 10-20% of the population are immigrant Fula of one of four main dialects. There are less than 10 known Fula believers among 250,000-500,000. The Fula of Guinea dominate the roadside fruit-selling carts and run hundreds of boutiques throughout every neighborhood. Many single males come to Dakar to make money and usually return to their towns after they have built their concessions back in Guinea. There is much travel by the Fula Diaspora back and forth to Guinea.

The Fula Diaspora Team (FDT) currently consists of two couples and one part-time couple. Ideally, the local ministry team would consist of six to ten members working in close cooperation, with the freedom to tailor their ministries to fit their gifts, abilities and interests. One of the units is a WEC couple, seconded to CMA. The part-time couple also serves as regional CMA Teams Developers.

Status of Christian Witness:

Of the nearly 200 IW families in Dakar, no one is pioneer church planting among the Fula of Dakar. There are a couple teams in the interior working among different Fula dialects. There are no Fula churches and less than five known Fula Jalon believers in Dakar among the nearly half million Fulas. There are approximately 30 protestant churches in the city with no known Fula outreach from those churches. The first protestant workers were Alliance and came in 1923. They left for Guinea in 1926 turning their contacts and churches over to WEC. Although not officially Alliance, the WEC churches were named the “AEES”, or the Alliance Evangelical Churches of Senegal, and this is the largest church in Senegal today. For additional information please go to The Joshua Project—Senegal

Language Expectations:

This couple will receive one year of intensive French language study in a French-speaking environment. Ministry opportunities should help solidify the use of French in ministry. They will follow this with field-based language and culture-acquisition in Pular. They will be expected to maintain 30 hours per week until achieving competency in the local language, with the continuing goal of advancing that competency so as to enhance their ministry and ability to impact the Fula with the gospel.

Health Considerations:

Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Dakar is the standard for West African health care. Many IW’s give birth in the hospitals here or have routine surgeries here. There are ambulances, 24-hour emergency services, and some of the best doctors in all of West Africa. Eye, dental, and health care is excellent and easily obtainable.

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:

Quality formal educational opportunities are available in Dakar. Most workers send their children to Dakar Academy, a kindergarten through 12th grade American school. Home schooling is also an option, with homeschoolers having access to Dakar Academy’s library and afterschool sports programs. There are also many French schools that some choose for the elementary years for their children.

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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