posted on January 17, 2022

aXcess: Business Owner, Bringing Light to a Creative Access Country (Africa)

The applicant will shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of our closed-access community through evangelism and discipleship, both during their work, using their business to build relationships with locals and share with them, and outside of it.
Our hope for their business would be to eventually employ local people, providing very necessary employment opportunities and skills training.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Vocational Track
  • Business, business development, community center (urban), discipleship, evangelism, NGO
  • CAC
  • Partially Funded
  • Single or couple

The applicant will shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of our closed-access community through evangelism and discipleship, both during their work, using their business to build relationships with locals and share with them, and outside of it. Our hope for their business would be to eventually employ local people, providing very necessary employment opportunities and skills training.

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:

Our work is based in an urban area in an African country. The government is stable, and our city has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Despite some economic growth for this country, its rates of poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy remain high. There is a national religion, and while there is a stated civil tolerance of other religions, familial and cultural persecution (as well as, more rarely, government persecution), follows conversion. It is estimated that 0.1% of this country are evangelical, although some are becoming disillusioned with the majority religion and the evangelical growth rate is estimated at 4.6% (for reference, the global growth rate is 2.6%).

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.

The national dialect is the primary spoken language and is a requirement for this MOD. We expect 1 year of full-time language study and an additional year of part-time study in this language. We have good language school options in our city. Since French is widely used in business administration and finances, a decent grasp of French is highly recommended, but not a requirement.

Health Considerations:

There is access to adequate medical care in our city. We do, however, recommend traveling to Europe for major procedures.

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.

Both spouses are considered vital parts of our team, and as such (following the leading of God and wise counsel) encouraged to engage in ministry. Each family unit is responsible to find the right balance of work, family investment, and rest for themselves.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

We have several options for schooling within our city. Private (French) schools and an American school are both available, and home schooling is also an option.

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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