posted on September 1, 2021

aXcess-Clergy Track: HOPE FOR THE VIETNAMESE IN TAIWAN

The Alliance is looking for someone who will offer compassion, friendship, and truth to seeking Asians in Taiwan

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—Clergy Track
  • Church planting
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Refugee/migrant work
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Vietnamese come to Taiwan seeking a better life but often find misery instead.  They form one of Taiwan’s larger communities of foreign residents. Vietnamese women married to Taiwanese men number over 100,000, with Vietnamese contract workers numbering over 36,000.  Our team is reaching the workers with the gospel in detention centers and their places of work, showing them the light of Christ in an otherwise dark existence. The Kaohsiung Alliance Ministry Center in southern Taiwan is a place where Vietnamese women and their Taiwanese families can find Christ and grow in Him.

Responsibilities

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Biblical Characteristics Desired

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

Currently, our Vietnamese Diaspora Team is serving in the southern city of Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan.  Kaohsiung is an urban center with a convenient public transportation system and an abundance of shopping and medical options, making it a comfortable, safe, and convenient place to live and work.

Though churches and Christian ministries are accessible in Taiwan and there is religious freedom, Taiwanese people remain largely resistant to the gospel.  Though Vietnamese migrant workers facing challenges are often more open to the gospel, women who are members of Taiwanese families practicing traditional religion find it more difficult to turn to Christ.

CIA World Factbook – Taiwan

Joshua Project – Taiwan

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.

Although Vietnamese will be the primary ministry language for this role, IWs will attend a period of intensive, full-time Mandarin language and cultural study for a period of at least one year, and up to two years, to enable them to live, communicate and work effectively in Taiwan.  Normally, Mandarin will be studied at the Taipei Language Institute – Kaohsiung Branch.  IWs will be expected to be disciplined and intentionally persevering in language learning.

Health Considerations

Taiwan has good healthcare facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.  IWs will be covered under Taiwan’s national health insurance, which provides inexpensive and accessible healthcare.

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

IW children attend school at Morrison Christian Academy.  There are several campuses located in Taiwan, including Kaohsiung, Taipei, Taichung and Chiayi.

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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