Co-labor in a Vineyard of Migrants

Our city is filled with millions of migrants from unreached Central Asian people groups.

Posted on April 17, 2019

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • Discipleship
  • Creative access
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

In partnership with mature believers from these groups, we are sharing the gospel, making disciples, and forming and strengthening churches so that the gospel will bear fruit and spread among these peoples, even beyond the city where we live and work.

Required Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with migrant populations.
  • Experience in serving as a humanitarian aid worker or with refugees
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in a local church
  • 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 55.

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Passion for the glory of Christ to spread among all peoples.
  • Participation with other believers
  • Valuing the Word of God as the Holy Spirit’s means of opening hearts and transforming lives.
  • Showing Christ’s love in both word and deed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with migrant populations
  • Experience in one-to-one discipleship or mentoring
  • Some training/education in social work/humanitarian aid
  • Applicants who meet International worker—clergy track qualifications may be preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Partner in ministry with a mature Central Asian church leader or potential leader
  • Assist in various humanitarian aid projects that open doors for spiritual ministry.
  • Personal, friendship evangelism
  • One-on-one discipleship and/or mentoring

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:

This city is one of the largest cities in the world and reluctantly multi-cultural. Central Asian migrants face much discrimination. They work long hours and are here only to earn money.

Work and Living Environment:

This city is an advanced European-style city that is pleasant to live in, although a bit crowded. Apartment-living is the only option, but these are comfortable.

Status of Christian Witness:

The people groups that we work with are all unreached people groups (UPG’s). In addition, the migrants who come here to work are often from the least-reached parts of their home countries in Central Asia. Often, they are from small villages where it would be impossible for a foreigner to live and minister. This gives us a special opportunity to reach people who otherwise would be out-of-reach.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. International workers (IWs) receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Language learning will likely be done in either a very small group of students or with a tutor. The expectation is that 12-15 hours a week will be in a classroom or with a tutor, and then additional hours doing self-study and practical application of what is being learned.

Health Considerations:

Like any large city, there are issues of pollution. It is also extremely cold.

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 is a well-established K-12 Christian school that serves international worker families in the city.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from 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 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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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