CAMA – Community Development Worker in the Congo

The successful applicants will join in community development work with an existing Alliance team to reach the Vili, a formerly resistant people group that is now more receptive to the gospel.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Republic of Congo

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Position Type

  • CAMA worker
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Ordination not required
  • Couple

God is opening the ears and hearts of the Vili to His story, and they are anxious to grow and share the good news with the rest of their people. The successful applicants, along with the established team, will help the Vili develop strategies to thrive as individuals and as a community of believers in a difficult economy.

Position Type:

  • CAMA worker
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Ordination not required
  • Couple

Required Qualifications:

  • A clear conversion and call to the ministry of gospel demonstration and proclamation
  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • A degree in development and/or area of expertise or relevant life experience
  • Completion of Missions Perspectives course
  • Completion of the Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Ability to articulate personal conversion and calling
  • Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized
  • Theological alignment with The Alliance
  • Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior knowledge of French
  • Degree or experience in international development and/or one of the following: agriculture, animal husbandry, handicrafts, or small business
  • Orality training

Responsibilities:

  • Work with village orality-based outreach centers the team established in conjunction with the church
  • Help churches develop plans to self-fund the centers and provide needed services in villages, such as agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, or clean water

Timeline for deployment:

Summer 2020

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Republic of the Congo

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicants will live in the city of Pointe Noire and work in various outlying Vili villages.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Republic of the Congo

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicants will receive one year of French language study and will be expected to learn Kituba and possibly Vili as well. The goal will be to speak, read, and write these languages at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Health care is limited in this country.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings, 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:

Homeschooling for grades K–7; boarding schools are available for grades 8–12.

Compensation Package:

The successful applicants 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, sending church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application. Training and coaching in fund-raising are available.

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development arm of The Alliance. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to modeling and reflecting biblical holism through our work. Because of this commitment, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be 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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please write Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org.

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