posted on January 17, 2022

aXcess: Partner With Local Believers to Reach Marginalized Peoples (Senegal)

Join a team of international workers and local believers to create Gospel access for an unreached people group isolated by language and culture. Several church plants are successfully growing in our city targeting the majority language group but have yet to engage the second largest unreached people group in our area. Dozens come to our outreaches with a hunger for God’s Word but cannot overcome the barriers before them. Come help us expand existing access ministries and develop new opportunities to create an inclusive atmosphere for these marginalized people in our city and nearby villages.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess – Clergy Track
  • Church planting, community development (urban), evangelism
  • Partially Funded
  • Single or couple

Join a team of international workers and local believers to create Gospel access for an unreached people group isolated by language and culture.  Several church plants are successfully growing in our city targeting the majority language group but have yet to engage the second largest unreached people group in our area.  Dozens come to our outreaches with a hunger for God’s Word but cannot overcome the barriers before them.  Come help us expand existing access ministries and develop new opportunities to create an inclusive atmosphere for these marginalized people in our city and nearby villages.

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:

Housing is in an urban setting with modern buildings. There is not access to many amenities Westerners are accustomed to.There is a small but well-developed evangelical church with a vision to reach their people. We work to empower the local church which often means choosing to submit to their direction even when it seems contrary to U.S. cultural norms. Workers are expected to work hand in hand with Senegalese peers.

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.

International workers receive one year of French language study in France (if needed) before coming to Senegal and then one to two years of local language study as needed at our ministry location.  Workers need to reach proficiency in both languages to be able to thrive and live long term in our context. When possible, we encourage language learners to have one-to-three-month home-stay experiences for immersion learning. 

There is no local language school available, so learners must be self-motivated as they work with a trained professor at a distance and with local language helpers.

Health Considerations:

Local hospitals may not be considered adequate for some health issues. Much better medical care is available four hours away, in the capital city. Many medications and analyses are available in the many local pharmacies and labs.  Air conditions may not be ideal for those with respiratory disease due to the high levels of desert dust.

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:

Private French schools are available and an acceptable option for younger children desiring to go deeper in language.  Most of our families opt to participate in the homeschool co-op that shares a designated classroom space and is directed by a certified US teacher who is physically present in the classroom.  Parents are expected to assist teaching on a rotational basis due to the number of students and grades. A Christian English-speaking boarding school is available in the capital city for older students.

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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