posted on January 1, 2023
Envision: Site Associate in the Middle East
The successful applicant(s) will join the new Envision team working with a variety of partners, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), an established international church, and multiple local congregations. The individual or couple will work with majority populations, as well as various immigrant populations, making a strong contribution to the local Alliance ministries through personal participation and hosting teams and interns to connect them in local ministries. They will invest heavily in the growth and development of all short-term volunteers (teams, interns, and residents).
- Partner with local ministries (Alliance churches, other Alliance international workers, and other key ministries)
- Develop and implement a discipleship and development program for all short-term volunteers
- Build and maintain partnerships with U.S. churches desiring to be involved in overseas missions
- Host teams and interns, taking care of logistics for trips and ministry experiences
- Develop a personal ministry in the community/church using personal gifts and experience
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80
- Demonstrated proficiency in a vocation
- Leadership skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a gift of hospitality
- Experience in group and event planning
- Experience in mentoring or coaching
- High level of interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
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.
People in this country are eager to learn English from native speakers, and the culture is generally hospitable toward Westerners. Electricity and water services are unreliable. There are a growing number of Western-style brands, retail chains, and restaurants. Most families on the team live in houses or apartments in the community they are seeking to impact.
Language is an essential part of ministry. Envision staff receive one year of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
Good health is necessary to thrive in this environment. There is a local, foreign-staffed private hospital and a few accomplished specialists, but public health care is, in general, sub-standard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, and any routine procedures can be done locally. Major non-emergency surgeries should be done abroad.
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:
Good schooling options are quite limited. There are several English international schools, but some lack upper grades or only offer a minimal curriculum. Some IWs choose to home school or utilize online classes.