Bongolo Hospital Primary-Care Physician

Bongolo Hospital is a 158-bed hospital in a remote area of southern Gabon where more than 40,000 patients are treated annually.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Gabon - Bongolo

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Medical
  • Worker responsible for subscribing own support
  • Single or couple

The team is seeking a primary-care physician interested in creating a residency program to train and disciple local Christian doctors to care for their people in French-speaking Africa. The successful applicant(s) will work alongside current teammates both to care for patients and to develop this program.

Required Qualifications:

  • Medical degree and an active medical license
  • Board certified in a primary-care specialty (or equivalent)
  • Ability and desire to teach and train primary-care physicians
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Strong individual relationship with the Lord
  • Devotion to Scripture and prayer
  • Desire for unity and integrity
  • Compassion for the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the disenfranchised
  • Passion to disciple others

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in a primary-care training program
  • Administrative skills/experience
  • Experience in international medicine and cross-cultural living
  • Desire to work on a team


  • Serve as a primary-care physician at Bongolo Hospital
  • Assist in the development of a primary-care training program that would serve missions hospitals across French-speaking Africa

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Gabon 

Work and Living Environment:

The mission station is located about five kilometers from a town of 5,000 people, where there is a fuel station, a market, multiple shops, and one chain store (convenience store size). For the most part food can be purchased locally. The successful applicant(s) will live on the mission station, where both the hospital and housing units are located.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Gabon

More than 1,000 people per year make a profession of faith in Christ through the ministries of Bongolo Hospital.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs will receive one year of intensive French language study in a French-speaking environment. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a fluent level in order to share the good news of Jesus.

Health Considerations:

Gabon is a relatively hot and a quite humid country. Being in good health is important but chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension are acceptable if they are managed. Bongolo Hospital has a number of capable physicians and a well-stocked pharmacy for any medical needs or emergencies.

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:

There has often been a teacher present at Bongolo to help with homeschooling; this could be an option for the future based on the needs and desires of team members. Boarding school options can also be explored.


Once appointed, funds must be subscribed through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application.

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 the applicant(s) moves 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.


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