Welcome Immigrants and Migrant Workers

The successful appointee(s) will join a passionate team sharing Christ’s love with an immigrant and migrant community where only ten out of half a million believe Jesus is their personal savior.

Posted on January 25, 2018

Africa

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Position Type

Position Type:
  • International worker—clergy track
  • Leadership development and networking
  • Creative-access location
  • GCF-funded
  • Single or couple

The focus will be on an unreached people group (UPG), known as the custodians of the majority religion in West Africa. The largest UPG in sub-Saharan Africa at 20 million, they hold the keys to unlocking a multi-national, multi-ethnic movement for the Kingdom of God. We are praying for teammates to serve with us, discipling new leaders and introducing them to communities of faith. Those with great business sense and administrative gifts would help network unbelieving migrant workers, serve on our international team, and walk alongside believers to lay the foundation for a Spirit-led multiplication movement for Christ.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Passion for evangelism and leadership development
  • A desire to be a team player

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Sacrificial
  • Prayerful
  • Humble
  • Compassionate
  • Servant-minded

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of the region’s majority religion
  • Some French language proficiency
  • Experience living in Africa
  • Strong gifts in administration or entrepreneurship

Responsibilities:

  • Learn French to full professional proficiency and the local language to conversational level
  • Efficiently perform tasks related to the team and business-as-mission
  • Engage in Bible study or discipleship activities with unbelievers who will be networked into believing communities
  • Initiate travel when invited by new contacts for the purpose of relationship building
  • Regularly communicate effectively and securely with supporting churches and individuals

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:

The successful appointee(s) will live in the country’s capital city, a quickly growing metropolis of about 3 million people where 95 percent practice the majority religion, 4 percent are Christian (including Roman Catholic), and 1 percent are animist. There are high prices, but many items are available. Restaurants, supermarkets, swimming pools, and amenities are readily available. The nationals enjoy outdoor exercise, touba coffee, Sunday televised wrestling, and watching soccer.

Work and Living Environment:

This city is situated on the western most point of the African continent on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic. It has several sandy beaches for both locals and tourists, with beach restaurants and surfing. The dry season runs from October through June with cool trade winds and moderate temperatures. A warm wind from the south brings a short rainy season and humid weather. Temperatures can reach 95 degrees F. with 90 percent humidity.

Electricity, city water, Internet, and other amenities are readily available. Western style hotels, restaurants, and activities abound. Nonetheless, there are rare power or water cuts, raw sewage in the streets, and other events indicative of a developing world country. The successful appointee(s) will live in either a rented apartment or single-family house with a small, enclosed courtyard. Electricity is 220-volt, 50-hz, so most U.S. appliances will not work unless they are designed for dual-voltage use or are plugged into a transformer (available locally). Water filtration or bottled water is a must. Cell-phone coverage is adequate, and Internet access is excellent.

An estimated 30 percent of those living in the capital city are not of national origin. Somewhere between 10–20 percent of the population are immigrants from the people group of focus. There are less than 10 known believers among 250,000–500,000 of these immigrants. They dominate the roadside with fruit-selling carts and run hundreds of boutiques throughout every neighborhood. Many single males come to the city to make money and usually return to their hometowns after they have been successful. This group travels frequently between Guinea and this country.

This team is currently composed of two couples and one couple who serves this people group part-time. Ideally, the local ministry team will consist of six to ten members working in close cooperation, with the freedom to tailor their outreach efforts to fit their gifts, abilities, and interests. One of the units is a Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ (WEC) couple, loaned to the C&MA. The part-time couple also serve as regional C&MA teams developers.

Status of Christian Witness:

Of the nearly 200 international worker (IW) families in this capital city, no one is pioneer church planting among this people group. There are a couple teams working among other dialects of this group. But, there are no churches in this region serving these people. There are approximately 30 Protestant churches in the city with no known outreach to this people group.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive one year of intensive French language and cultural study in a French-speaking environment followed by a year of half-time language study done in the context of ministry. Ministry opportunities should help solidify the use of French in ministry. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain 30-hours per week in language until achieving competency in the local language, with the goal of advancing competency to enhance their ministry and ability to impact this people group with the gospel.

Health Considerations:

Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Health care in this city is standard for West Africa. Many IWs give birth or have routine surgeries in nearby hospitals. Ambulance service, 24-hour emergency care, and some of the best doctors in all of West Africa are available. Eye, dental, and health care is excellent and easily obtainable.

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 ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Quality formal educational opportunities are available. Most workers send their children to the local,  K–12 American school. Homeschooling is also an option that includes access to the school’s library and afterschool sports programs. There are also many French schools that some parents choose for their elementary-age children.

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, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical 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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