posted on January 17, 2022

aXcess: Medical Doctor or Midwife for Christian Hospital: Quality Holistic Care and Discipleship (Senegal)

This rural health center under local Christian leadership is crucial in the Christian witness among a largely unreached nomadic people group in Senegal. Situated near the largest cattle market of the region, patients come from far distances. A prayer center is being developed for new believers/seekers as a result of the medical work. Medical workers are needed to serve the local medical staff in quality improvement, training in holistic care, and discipleship. The current medical focus is on emergency care, obstetrics, and community health care.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Vocational Track
  • Community development (rural), discipleship, educational, evangelism, medical
  • Partially Funded
  • Single or couple

This rural health center under local Christian leadership is crucial in the Christian witness among a largely unreached nomadic people group in Senegal. Situated near the largest cattle market of the region, patients come from far distances. A prayer center is being developed for new believers/seekers as a result of the medical work. Medical workers are needed to serve the local medical staff in quality improvement, training in holistic care, and discipleship. The current medical focus is on emergency care, obstetrics, and community health care. 

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:

The people group in the community where the clinic is located are the second largest people group in Senegal, and they spread across the Sahel region of Africa. Most of them are nomadic herdsmen, and almost all follow the majority religion. The clinic is located in a relatively remote area where the weather is generally hot. Adaptation to different food and clothing is required. Because there is no Alliance team near the clinic, workers will most likely live in or near the capital and travel regularly for several hours on good roads to reach the clinic. The capital is a major urban area with good living conditions.

CIA World Factbook – Senegal                 

Joshua Project – Senegal

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.

Fluent French is required to communicate well with health care professionals and to teach. Learning the basics of the local language is highly recommended to be able to communicate with patients. A 6 to 12 month period of language and culture orientation will be scheduled at arrival.

Health Considerations:

The capital is on a coastal peninsula and has a milder climate than the interior regions which can be extremely hot from May through October. The capital has high levels of air pollution at times, which can affect those with respiratory issues. All typical healthcare specialties are well served, though people have often chosen to seek very specialized care elsewhere.

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. The medical work at the clinic is part of a team in the capital which also works in urban church planting, media ministries, reaching urban professionals through business and leadership training.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Some In the capital, some team members’ children attend private French schools that use the French system and are taught by local teachers. Most of the children’s classmates are other expats from around Africa and Europe, as well as local children. Other members’ children attend an international Christian Pre-K – 12 school following the American system with all courses in English and taught mostly by Americans, as well as some foreign English speakers. For workers who choose to live outside the capital, a Christian school in a nearby region offers teaching in English.

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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