posted on January 1, 2023
CAMA: Support Local Leaders in Outreach and Development in the Asia/Pacific Region
The successful applicant(s) will serve with and support local Christian leaders, believers, and ministries as they create opportunities to share the gospel with local people by using their own skill set and giftings.
- CAMA worker
- Creative-access country (CAC)
- Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
- Single or couple
- Support local Christian leaders and ministries by assisting them through assigned roles and tasks
- Live in a local community to build relationships that lead to demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel
- Complete a survival course in the local language and adjust to the local culture
- Actively participate with a small team of international workers for fellowship and personal growth
- Utilize your skill set to meet the needs of local partners
- 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
- Proficiency in a particular vocation or skill set
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 country has undergone rapid change since its opening in the 1950s. Early foreign Christian workers and the growing local Christian community made a significant impact on educational, medical, social, infrastructural, and economic development. Even with social opposition and official disapproval, the churches are still growing and building leadership capacity as Christians reach out to these communities, including responding to natural disasters. The nation is facing major challenges—a limited economic base, social and ethnic divisions, and political instability. Living standards have drastically improved, but basic services are often still lacking.
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. There is a private language school in the capital, and tutors are available. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
A wide range of quality medical care is available in-country, but this typically is limited to the main cities or hospitals, and advanced treatment is often sought in other countries when it is needed.
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:
Several international schools are available in the capital city, and homeschooling is permitted. For middle and high school-age children, Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia, is also an option.
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.