posted on January 17, 2022

aXcess: Physician (Gabon)

Bongolo hospital is a 150-bed, teaching hospital in a remote part of central Africa. Physicians are needed to help train African healthcare workers (nurses, interns, and residents) in both healthcare and evangelism in the context of clinical care.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Vocational Track
  • Discipleship, educational, medical
  • Partially Funded
  • Single or couple

Bongolo hospital is a 150-bed, teaching hospital in a remote part of central Africa. Physicians are needed to help train African healthcare workers (nurses, interns, and residents) in both healthcare and evangelism in the context of clinical 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:

Bongolo Hospital is located in a remote area in a small town of about 7000 people. Basic supplies are available in town and can be supplemented through our annual shipment from the US and occasional trips to the capital (350 miles away). Housing for missionaries, African physicians and hospital administrators is on a station maintained by the mission.

CIA World Factbook – Gabon

Joshua Project – Gabon

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 will receive one year of intensive French language study in a French-speaking environment.

Health Considerations:

Gabon is a relatively hot and a very humid country.  Being in good health is important but chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension are acceptable if they are under good control.  Of course, Bongolo Hospital has a number of capable physicians and a well-stocked pharmacy.

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.

In the setting of Bongolo Hospital, there are many jobs that need to be done and many of which we don’t have staffing to accomplish.  Additionally, many international workers cover certain responsibilities outside of their giftedness and training, because of necessity.  This is true in the medical arena as well as in the running of the mission and hospital.  Imagine a small town and what it takes to run the town infrastructure.  That is what is needed.  So practically anyone can find a job at Bongolo.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

From time to time a teacher has been present at Bongolo to help with homeschooling. We are actively pursuing a full-time teacher/homeschooling coordinator for the future needs and desires of our growing team. Boarding school options also can be explored.

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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