CAMA – Pioneering a Holistic Outreach Work

The successful applicant(s) will come alongside current CAMA staff and learn about CAMA development principles and values through existing initiatives and church-based projects.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Asia and Pacific

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Position Type

  • CAMA worker
  • Creative-access country
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

By networking with other like-minded organizations and the local fellowship, the successful applicant(s) will seek to pioneer a work about four hours north of the major city. They will also come alongside the local fellowships to help with capacity building, project implementation, and holistic outreach to intentionally target the majority religion.

Required Qualifications:

  • A clear conversion and call to the ministry of gospel demonstration and proclamation
  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of community development or social outreach experience
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of Missions Perspective course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60 or higher
  • Ability to work on a cross-cultural team
  • Desire to have meaningful relationships with local people
  • Pioneering spirit
  • Willingness to learn and work independently and with local people

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Cross-cultural training or living experience
  • Education and/or experience in community development and/or social work
  • Clear understanding of CAMA’s community development values and principles
  • Currently involved in ministry
  • Some background in education, agriculture, primary health, and business

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Responsibilities:

  • Live among local people while learning about culture, existing projects, and how to live in a rural city
  • Build relationships that result in regularly demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel
  • After 18 months, develop a new project in a provincial city in partnership with local people that meets their needs and opens doors for gospel demonstration and proclamation
  • Network with the CAMA team, international and local NGOs, local churches, and like-minded groups to enhance outreach through cooperation
  • In any project or business, give opportunities for people to develop their skills, helping them to understand the gospel message through relationships and discipleship

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2020

General Information:

The major city is crowded and polluted, like most urban centers in Asia. Traffic jams are common. There is a rainy season and dry season.  Except for some northern provinces, the weather is usually hot and humid. 

Work and Living Environment:

In the past five years, the country has grown rapidly given the influx of companies and multinational initiatives. This gave way to new malls, shopping centers, and modern grocery stores. However, it is still a land of extreme wealth and poverty. The successful applicant(s) will most likely live in an apartment or house in the major city.

Status of Christian Witness:

Many minority groups are heavily Christian, but most of the majority population are devoutly Buddhist.

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 for six months. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the local majority language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Health-care facilities are available for minor issues, and many medications are readily accessible. Serious health problems are typically handled in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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:

Several local schools, a few international schools in the major city, and homeschooling are viable options. For high school–age children, there are also international boarding schools in Thailand or Malaysia.

Compensation Package:

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, 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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