TEAM is launching a new ministry in the town of Goz Beida, the political and economic center of the Dar Sila region in eastern Chad. This region is home to several unreached people groups, including the predominant Dar Sila Daju people. There is also a significant refugee population from the Darfur region of Sudan that numbers between 50,000 to 100,000. Almost all of these people groups are Muslim and unreached by the Good News.
We desire to live out our faith among the people, aiming to help with both their physical and spiritual needs. We seek to establish an indigenous, culturally sensitive reproducing community of disciples in each of the main people groups in the Dar Sila region. An experienced TEAM Chad missionary is leading this ministry, working in partnership with the local evangelical church to build friendships by using avenues that may include programs for education, agriculture/water, technical training, healthcare, and counseling.
Community Development Workers are needed for the Goz Beida region. The goal of the Community Development Workers is to help develop strategies to help improve the community, approaching the task in a holistic way in order to transform the community. Help identify needs in the target area. Could include micro-enterprise development, education, agriculture/water, technical training, healthcare, social justice, sports and recreation, and counseling. Community Development Consultants serving on a short-term basis are also needed. Various opportunities to serve include:
A focus on Creation Care is needed as agricultural and water systems are developed. Reforestation is an issue as most people use firewood for fuel, creating smoke and pollution. Programs for children and adults could teach the importance of caring for God’s creation.
A focus on the Creative Arts is needed as it can be used in multiple ways: music, drawing, painting, sculpture, electronic media. Theater and the arts could also be used by a counselor for art therapy.
A focus on Sports and Recreation is needed to be used in a variety of ways to reach children and families.
A focus on Healthcare is needed in order to help provide basic services and teach preventative care and basic hygiene. Counselors and therapists are also needed.
A focus on Social Justice is needed as Darfur refugees come to terms with previous experiences; there is a need for peace and reconciliation programs.
Qualifications and Experience:
Experience, education and expertise in your field of expertise
At least two years of community development or related training and/or experience
Training in Muslim ministry will be helpful (but not required)
Willingness to live in an underdeveloped town
Experience working on a team
Vibrant and growing relationship with Christ and good prayer life
At least a one year equivalency of Bible education
Languages used in this region include Chadian Arabic, French, and local languages; language learning requirement would depend on specific ministry
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