posted on January 18, 2022
aXcess: Bring the Gospel to the Largest Unreached People Group in Cambodia
Although the gospel has taken root and thrived in Vietnam, across the border in Cambodia, immigrants from Vietnam remain without light—even though they are surrounded by the already-reached Khmer people who have experienced hope. The largest unreached people group in Cambodia is ripe for harvest, but few workers are willing to leave the places where churches have already been planted and go into the areas with no gospel access. We are praying for those willing to form a team with other IWs, Urban/Rural Ministry Training Center graduates, or other local believers to go.
- Find ways to fit into a new community
- Leadership development
- Community service
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all singles or one member per couple)
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Willingness to learn the Vietnamese language as well as the national language, Khmer
- Pioneer spirit
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
Those who thrive in Cambodia have fallen in love with her people, scarred but still pushing on, and thus can live with the sub-optimum conditions. Living amongst an immigrant population embedded in a not-so-welcoming majority people group brings its own challenges, but God is at work! There are more than 750,000 Vietnamese who live in Cambodia, and on average, less than 1 in 500 is evangelical.
CIA World Factbook—Cambodia
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.
Good health is required since Cambodia is part of the developing world.
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:
Most likely, there will not be an appropriate international school available once the applicant(s) moves into their permanent location. Homeschooling, some time in local schools, and boarding schools are all options.
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, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
Applicant(s) 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.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.