Business Owner – Bringing Light to an African Country

The Alliance is looking for someone with a mind for business and a heart for people.

Posted on January 13, 2021

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess Vocational Track
  • Business
  • Discipleship and evangelism
  • Single or couple

The applicant(s) will shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of our closed-access community during and outside work through evangelism and discipleship, using the business to build relationships with locals. Our hope for the business is to eventually employ other IWs to serve as a visa platform, as well as employing locals to provide very necessary employment opportunities and skills training.

Responsibilities

  • Language and culture study
  • Evangelism and discipleship – both during work and outside of it
  • Establish and run a business that will be a meaningful presence in our community, with the possibility of employing other IWs and locals

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 70
  • The applicant(s) must be meaningfully invested in their home church through the giftings the applicant holds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have a background in running a business with several employees
  • Be gifted in evangelism

Biblical Characteristics Desired

  • Kingdom-minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit-dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language- acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

Our work is based in an urban area in a North African country. The government is stable. Our city has a population of approximately 1.5 million people.

Despite some economic growth within the country, poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy rates remain high. There is a national religion and, while there is a stated civil tolerance of other religions, familial and cultural persecution (as well as, more rarely, government persecution) follows conversion.

Less than 0.1% of this country are believers, although some are becoming disillusioned with the majority religion. Operation World reports an annual growth of 4.6 percent. Most of this growth is seen in other regions of the country, whereas our city has remained largely resistant to the gospel.

Language Expectations

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language study, followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

The national dialect of Arabic is the primary spoken language and is a requirement for this MOD. We expect one year of full-time study and an additional year of part-time study in this language. We have several good language school options in our city. Since French is widely used in business administration and finances, a decent grasp of French is highly recommended, but not a requirement.

Health Considerations

There is access to adequate medical care in our city. We do, however, recommend traveling to Europe for major procedures.

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.

Both spouses are considered vital parts of our team, and as such (following the leading of God and wise counsel) encouraged to engage in ministry. Each family unit is responsible to find the right balance of work, family investment, and rest for themselves.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options

We have several options for schooling within our city. Private (French) schools and an American school are both available, and homeschooling is also an option.

Compensation

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

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 are assessed during 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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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