posted on January 1, 2023
CAMA: Advocate for Street Children in the Asia/Pacific Region
This country is currently facing the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. Shortages of food, medicines, and fuel are having their toll on society as a whole. Children represent some of the most vulnerable in low-income neighborhoods. Many parents are serving time in prison or addicted to drugs, leaving children without caretakers. The local church members are willing to take in these vulnerable children, but they need significant support. As a liaison to the church, the successful applicant(s) will help form a program that could involve after-school care and placing children in informal foster families.
- CAMA worker
- Creative-access country (CAC)
- Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
- Single or couple
- Live among local people to learn the language and culture while building meaningful and purposeful relationships
- Act as a liaison to local churches by equipping foster parents with resources and training regarding how to parent vulnerable children
- Act as an advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, and at-risk children to improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health
- Help create an after-school program to benefit children who would normally roam the streets
- Help build resilience among both birth and foster families
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- A background in social work, counseling, or family ministries is preferred
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to gospel ministry
- Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
- Theological alignment with The Alliance
- Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
- Vibrant spiritual life with consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
- Ability to learn and recover from failure
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
This nation is a developing country with limited access to Christian witness. There are a number of unreached and unengaged people groups in this island nation. Most people are of the majority religions. There are churches in this area as well as informal fellowships. While workers should use caution when openly discussing their faith, private opportunities in relationship are frequent. The city is rapidly modernizing, but strong traditional roots permeate this urban culture. A range of housing options is available. There is electricity, running water, and a great variety of local and foreign restaurants. Public transportation is available, but applicants must be prepared to drive, motorbike, or cycle as well. The people are friendly and have a welcoming posture toward foreigners and children. The weather is hot and humid year-round with temperatures of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. There are two monsoon seasons from April to June and September to November.
Language is an essential part of ministry. It is expected that the initial 12-18 months in the country will be spent primarily on learning two different national languages. This multilingual country frequently uses both languages, so both will be required for daily ministry. The goal will be to speak, read, and write these languages at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
There are two private hospitals that are internationally accredited by JCI (Joint Commission International) due to their high quality of health care.
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:
There are three international schools that are expensive and highly competitive.
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.
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 Lisa Ramsey at [email protected].
CAMA Services is the relief and development specialized structure of Alliance Missions. 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.