posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Bring the Light of Christ to the Lao in Cambodia

There are no churches among the 60,000 Lao who live in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, and the gospel has not spread from the Khmer people group who are now considered reached. Our team figures out what the Lao people group’s specific needs are and introduces them to Jesus!

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—clergy track
  • Business development, community development, discipleship, educational, evangelism, medical, NGO
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple

There are no churches among the 60,000 Lao who live in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, and the gospel has not spread from the Khmer people group who are now considered reached. Our team figures out what the Lao people group’s specific needs are and introduces them to Jesus!

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2023. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

Once language study is completed, the successful applicant(s) will travel to mainly rural Lao villages in and around the province, working with other like-minded individuals and organizations to accomplish this ministry. There are about 100,000 Lao-speaking people living in Cambodia. Most live in Stung Treng province (60,000) and Ratanakiri province (18,400). An additional 23,000 live in other provinces. There are a few scattered Lao-speaking believers in Khmer-language churches, but there are no Lao-speaking churches in Stung Treng province. Currently, Lao groups in two villages are open to hearing the gospel.

CIA World Factbook—Cambodia

Joshua Project—Cambodia

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

Health Considerations:

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.

Compensation

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, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]

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.

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