Engage in Transformational Development among Resistant People Group

The couple will join a small team of Indonesian and international CAMA workers engaged in transformational community development in one of the least-reached areas of the world.

Posted on January 24, 2018

Indonesia

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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Transformational development and contextual church planting
  • Creative-access location
  • GCF-funded
  • Couple

One goal will be to form relationships while working with a new, locally owned business and social foundation, The Moringa Project, processing and promoting the health benefits of the Moringa tree. They will break down misperceptions and misunderstandings about Christianity with people who practice the majority religion as they join this team in seeking to live out Christ-like values and share His Word and their testimonies of His work in their lives.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 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 40
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Experience in community development work and discipleship stateside or internationally
  • Experience in discipling new believers

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Trust in God to open doors for excellent community development work among the poor in Indonesia
  • Dedication to prayer
  • A call to live humbly
  • Perseverance
  • Recognition of the importance of prayer and complete reliance on the Holy Spirit’s filling, leading, and work
  • A life of purity and holiness, seeking God’s Kingdom first
  • A commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Since we are a multicultural team that works closely with a national church network, there is a need to love and respect the Body of Christ in all its diversity.
  • A spirit filled with God’s love and grace for believer and unbeliever alike

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge and commitment to contextual ministry among people who practice the majority religion
  • Interest in community health
  • Knowledge of nonprofit management
  • Interest in marketing and small-business development

Responsibilities:

  • Invest in the development and success of the local business and foundation
  • Engage in community outreach
  • Participate in the larger body of the Indonesian field (leadership, field gatherings, etc.)
  • Partner with the C&MA-affiliated denomination through consulting for its social department and social foundation and teaching intensives in schools across the country

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:

Nearly 100 percent of the people in this province practice the majority religion, and it is the only province permitted to implement traditional laws. It is known for its historical significance in the expansion of the majority religion throughout the region and for its current status as a center for this faith.

Work and Living Environment:

Following completion of language study, the worker will be located in a small, rural town 2.5 hours from the capital where the business and foundation are located or in the capital. This will depend on the dynamics on the ground. The town is on one of the most beautiful stretches of pristine coastline in Southeast Asia with few foreigners or believers. The capital has a population of about 800,000 and a small community of English-speaking believers.

Indonesians are famous for their gentle, warm hospitality, and the people in this area are no exception. A history of conflict stretching back to colonial times has earned locals a reputation of being more forthright and independent. The applicant will live in a rented home in a strategic location and must be willing to participate in the local community with all the unique joys and challenges this brings.

Many dry goods and a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, seafood, poultry, and occasionally beef are available in local stores and markets. Indonesian kitchen and household furnishings as well as some electronics can be acquired in town. A broader selection of household items, including imported/Western goods, can be found in the capital.

Status of Christian Witness:

Among the majority people group, there are approximately .08 percent evangelical believers in a population of approximately 3.5 million. There are no officially recognized gatherings of believers. Worship services must be discrete, and believers face the possibility of significant persecution.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive one year of intensive language and cultural study followed by language study done in the context of ministry. The goal will be to speak, read, and write to share the good news of Jesus. One year of intensive language and cultural learning will take place in Java. Upon arrival in the ministry location, ongoing tutoring and language development is recommended, along with learning the local language.

Health Considerations:

An Emergency Room (ER) registered nurse on the team has served in the town and the capital. She is currently stateside and is eager to assist remotely with immediate medical needs. The town has several small pharmacies with a good selection of medications available, but outside medical consultations for prescriptions would be necessary for anything beyond basic care. The hospital in the town is quite basic with inconsistent quality of care. Better care is available in the capital but remains below international standards. International quality care is available in Malaysia and Singapore, which are approximately a 1.5 hour flight from the capital.

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:

Currently the team’s homeschool co-op offers an English, U.S. college preparatory education for grade-school children. Local schools with classes taught in Indonesian are available in the town, and bilingual options are offered in the capital. Junior and senior high-school age children can attend Dalat International School, a boarding school in Penang, Malaysia.

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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