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.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)–aXcess–Vocational Track or Clergy Track 
  • Community development (rural), discipleship, education, evangelism 
  • Partially funded 
  • Single or couple 

Responsibilities: 

Required Qualifications: 

Clergy Track 

Vocational Track 

Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks 

Preferred Qualifications: 

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. 

General Information: 

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 Expectations: 

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. 

Health Considerations: 

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. 

Compensation Package

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.

Whole-Life Health

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.

Importance Clarification

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.

Questions?

Please email the IPO office at [email protected].

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