posted on January 13, 2022
CAMA: Bring Community Development Through Small Business in Southeast Asia
Work alongside CAMA team members and the local staff of a self-sustaining handicraft business to seek opportunities to provide community development training to producers in their villages and expand the business into new villages. This self-sustaining business helps women support their families.
- CAMA worker
- Creative-access location
- Partially funded
- Single or couple
Work alongside CAMA team members and the local staff of a self-sustaining handicraft business to seek opportunities to provide community development training to producers in their villages and expand the business into new villages. This self-sustaining business helps women support their families. Handicrafts are sold in local and foreign markets to generate income as an aid to community development and to preserve and encourage traditional skills and handicraft. The successful applicant(s) will also provide mentoring and leadership training to local staff.
- Live among local people to learn the language and culture while building meaningful and purposeful relationships.
- Help expand the business into new villages and/or specific people groups.
- Increase the capacity of existing local staff especially in administrative skills and as development-minded people.
- Seek out opportunities for trainings and events to further holistic development goals and work with local staff and CAMA team members to coordinate these trainings.
- Maintain good working relationships with team members.
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of Perspectives Mission course or other comparable mission course
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- Training and/or experience in community development or small business management
- Willingness to work in cooperation with the local staff and CAMA team members to help advance team goals
- Cross-cultural training or living experience
- Clear understanding of CAMA’s community development values and principles
- A mentoring heart
- 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:
Spring/Summer 2023. Once appointed, and fundraising 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 is a developing country with limited access to Christian witness. There are government-sanctioned churches in the capital as well as informal fellowships. While workers should use caution when openly discussing their faith, private opportunities in relationship are frequent.
The applicant(s) will join a team in the capital city and make occasional trips into rural areas. The city is rapidly modernizing, but strong traditional roots permeate urban culture. A range of housing options are available. There is electricity, running water, and a great variety of local and foreign restaurants. Public transport is not widely available, so applicants must be prepared to drive, motorbike, or cycle. The people are friendly and have a welcoming posture toward foreigners and children.
The weather is hot and humid year-round with temperatures consistently over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in April and May and a monsoon season from May to September.
Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, the applicant(s) will attend one year of intensive language study with the option to continue part-time after that. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level to mentor, teach, and train others.
Health care is limited in the capital city. Two foreign-operated clinics can care for basic health concerns. Serious health problems are typically handled in Bangkok, Thailand.
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 team objectives, depending on the nature of the family roles, children, etc.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
There are a growing number of accredited and non-accredited elementary schools in the capital that can adequately prepare children for a continuing Western education. Education for higher grades can be a combination of homeschooling and one week per month as part of a modular study group (MSG) in the city. Boarding schools in Thailand or Malaysia are also an option for high school students.
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.
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.
Please write Pat Altemose at [email protected]
CAMA Services is the relief and development specialization of Alliance Missions. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which we are committed to model and reflect 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.