posted on September 1, 2021
CAMA: Join Transformational Community Development Work Among a Least-Reached People Group in Indonesia
CAMA is seeking a community development worker/couple to join a small team engaged in context-fitted work among the majority population in Indonesia. You will build meaningful, impactful relationships through work with a social foundation (for an example see: The Moringa Project), social enterprise, agriculture, and/or other innovative community development projects. If you are passionate about joining others to impact a least-reached people group of millions, please apply.
- CAMA worker
- Partially funded
- Single or couple
- Join or begin transformational community development initiative(s) or social enterprise
- Live in a community of the majority faith building relationships that lead to demonstration and proclamation of the gospel
- Learn Bahasa Indonesia fluently and possible local language conversationally
- A recognized bachelor’s degree (if a couple, this applies to both spouses)
- Completion of World Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher
- Experience in community development work and discipleship stateside or internationally
- A deep heart for unreached peoples and a creative, contextual approach to ministry
- Master’s degree in a development-related field (adult education, community development, international economic development, tropical agriculture, public health, etc.)
- Knowledge of development best practice and field experience
- Current involvement in ministry/pastoral experience
- Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to ministry
- Ability to communicate the gospel to a seeker
- 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 and consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
- Ability to learn from 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.
Indonesians are famous for their gentle, warm hospitality. The successful applicant will join a cross-specialization team working with a people group of 3.5 to 6 million people who are nearly 100% majority religion.
The successful applicant will live in a medium-sized city, surrounded by rice paddies and a short drive from beautiful beaches. The successful applicant will live in a rented home in a strategic location and participate in the life of the local community. Some Western-style amenities are available.
A small community of English-speaking believers meets regularly, but no established international church exists. This will necessitate the building of deep relationships with nationals, intentional self-care, and off-site mentoring. The work a successful applicant will join was started by (or has included significant participation in) response to natural disaster(s). This has resulted in a reservoir of good will and a strong foundation to build on.
Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know the language, they will receive one year of intensive language and cultural study in Java followed by language study in the context of ministry. The goal will be to speak, read, and write at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
The city will have adequate to quality health-care facilities and doctors, and most medications will be readily available. Serious health issues are typically handled in the countries capital, Malaysia, or Singapore.
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’s needs, etc.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Homeschooling, local schools, and secondary boarding schools both inside and outside the country are available. Depending on the placement, local international schooling may also be an option. A regional educational consultant will be available to work with the successful applicant as needed.
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.