posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Gospel Access through Vocational Training in Senegal
In our city, thousands of boys are sent by their families from all over to beg. They are majority religion students with little outside education forced into a difficult life on the street; they are the “least of these” in our context, often abused and left to fend for themselves. In outgrowing their religious studies, they enter life with little education or job skills. Join us in partnering with the local church to train young men in auto-mechanics in a functioning program, openly sharing the gospel through word and deed, and using your vocational teaching skills to make life-impacting change.
Abide in Christ—any ministry activities must be an overflow of our relationship with God and our heart’s cry to see the lost be found.
Teach/work in the vocational school in your field of expertise alongside the national church and its leaders
Assist with additional ministry activities and initiatives of the team and church as you are able
Look for opportunities in daily life to develop relationships within your community and share the gospel message in word and deed with those around you
Seek out discipleship opportunities with those around you as they flow forth from natural relationship connection
A recognized bachelor’s degree
Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks
Completion of Alliance Polity course
A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
Mature faith in Christ and desire to know Him more and make Him known
Missional mindset and willingness to take the gospel in word and deed to difficult, unreached places
Experience in auto mechanics and/or welding
Willingness to learn to work in a second and third language and learn to live effectively and missionally in a new culture
Ability to work in a cross-cultural setting alongside national partners
Associate’s degree or technical diploma in auto mechanics or welding
Experience in ministry and working with youth
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying.
Housing in the urban city is modern, and most expats find their living conditions comfortable. Outside the city, housing can be difficult to rent. Although not all Western amenities are available in our location, the city is rapidly growing with an increase of more Western materials. There is a small but well-established local church that has a vision to reach their own people. We work to empower the local church, which often means choosing to submit to their direction even when it seems contrary to the U.S. cultural norms. Workers are expected to work hand-in-hand with Senegalese peers.
World Factbook – Senegal
Joshua Project – Senegal
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. 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 involves one year of French in France followed by local language learning in Senegal. We encourage one month (or up to a year) of a home-stay experience for immersion language learning. With no official language schools, IWs need to be self-motivated, learning with a tutor/professor at a distance with help of local language partners.
Local hospitals may not be considered adequate for some health issues. Much better health care is located four hours away in the capital city where there is access to many tests and medications as well as labs and pharmacies.
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:
We currently have a TCK homeschool co-op teacher on our team, which is the best option. Otherwise, options are a local French school or Christian French/Wolof school for younger kids. For high school students, there is a boarding school option located four hours away in the capital city.
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.
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.
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].