Are you a teacher who loves young children? Consider coming to join our church-planting team in North Africa for the 2016-2017 academic school year. We need a certified teacher or a candidate with relevant teaching experience who wants to work with our third-culture kids (missionary kids) and wants to experience ministry in the wider cultural context of North Africans. Furnished accommodation and a small salary would be provided and you would have the chance to learn the local language and get some ministry experience.
An International School, located in the capital city of this Central Asian country, is looking for staff. At our school, students from twelve countries learn from an international staff of qualified teachers, in grades K-12. As one of these educators, you can apply your skills in a challenging environment together with a friendly, vibrant team of like-minded co-workers. We currently have openings for School Director, Secondary Principal, and for several elementary and secondary teachers.
There’s a widely accepted myth in the world of mission that needs to be busted. It is this…all missionaries are preachers.
The truth is that Pioneers use anything and everything that allows them to share the Good News. After all, Paul was a tentmaker. And if you think that was outside the box, you should see what today’s missionaries do to introduce people to Jesus:
Yes, you read that right! Combine a business background with a passion for good produce, and you get a perfect platform for mission. Coffee, fruit, chickens…you name it.
2 Performing arts
Tucked away in one corner of the world is a creative community of God's people who make Jesus known through life and worship, music and art. “I see unlimited potential,” writes one worker. “Music, film-making, poetry, dance, storytelling, drama, painting, crafts, etc. can be used to live in relationship, communicate truth, and express worship.”
3 Tourism adventures
Snorkeling, rock climbing, diving, trekking, surfing and visits to waterfalls. Running a tourism adventure company lets these workers build and develop relationships with their local employees.
People who use their hands to build and fix things are in high demand! These workers use their skills to teach sustainable and affordable building techniques and help implement culturally appropriate technologies on a community level. In doing so, they are able to share the love of God in practical ways.
5 Being a family
This might sound strange, but in many places around the world—particularly countries where families are torn apart, kids are orphaned, fathers are killed by war—a Christian family that honors God can demonstrate in word and deed what it means to follow Jesus.
Can you imagine the opportunities to bring glory to God through running an internet café, a bakery, a restaurant or a consulting company? On a business level, meaningful engagement with local customers could bring new life. Ingenious!
You only need to spend a few minutes on CommNetMedia.com before you see the way film, photos, graphic design and stories bring glory to God. What is CommNet, you ask? CommNet is a team of creatives who use their skills to capture and share stories of God at work across the globe—advocating for the unreached.
One Pioneer living overseas writes, “I get to do what I enjoy doing everyday. Sometimes I feel like a fraud, because I don’t fit the old missionary mold.”
But God created us to have talents and desires in order to reflect the different parts of His image. And His message never changes: Jesus loves the whole world. The means by which that message is delivered is up for grabs. How will you use your unique gifts and interests to share?
One refugee explained to a reporter* that the sea is the only country without visa requirements. Many have risked dangerous travel by boat across the sea to find refuge in Europe, and some of those risks have ended in tragedy. Many others actually arrive and find that border restrictions are increasing.
And tensions continue to rise in Europe as refugees search for asylum and a fresh start. One particular hotspot of activity is the Hungarian-Serbian border, where the influx of refugees has already doubled from last year’s totals. The eyes of the world have been focused on Budapest in the last two weeks as Syrians, Afghanis and other victims of war have been detained from trains and kept from crossing the border by a new razor wire wall. Some asylum seekers protest their detention by refusing to eat and drink until they are able to cross.
Though the situation is dire, God is mobilizing Pioneers on the ground in nearby areas to join forces with local Christians and humanitarian aid organizations to bring relief and a message of hope.
One of Pioneers’ core values is innovation and flexibility—something in high demand during this crisis—allowing many of our field workers to shift gears to provide medical attention, set up warm water washing stations, distribute kits with essentials for hygiene, share coats or blankets for the increasingly cool weather, give food and water and pray for them in the name of Jesus when the refugees are willing. Many refugees just need someone to hear their story. Pioneers listen and look for opportunities to share the story of how a life in Jesus can bring hope.
Would you consider making a gift to our Pioneers on the ground in Hungary to help them provide for the needs of the refugees they meet every day? If so click here. You may also want to contribute to a wider effort to help victims of war around the world. If so, take a moment to check out our Victims of War project.
*NPR Morning Edition report on September 15, 2015.
Over a decade ago, when Peter and his family arrived in their Middle Eastern host country, there were only a handful of disjointed believers. Through the years, he watched the country devolve into chaos, violence, corruption and increasing persecution—and even targeting—of Christians. Even though one of his friends and co-laborers was killed for being a Christian in that volatile nation, Peter pressed on in faith, sowing seeds of the gospel in a land gripped by radical Islam.
Early in his service there, he was amazed by the prayer request of his friend—a former Muslim who was also a partner in evangelism and church planting. Rather than asking Peter to pray for safety from the bombs regularly hitting their city, he asked him to pray that the local Christians would serve and love each other. In the ten years of his service in the Arab world, Peter saw God connect that disjointed community of believers in answer to that prayer. Now they carry a vision for their country and pray to love each other as Jesus loved. And the roots of the church in this Arab country have spread, partly as a result of Peter’s faithful witness.
Since then, Peter and his family had to leave because it simply became too dangerous to stay. Critical security training and assessments provided by Pioneers allowed Peter and his family to enter a difficult place and serve for many years and then know when to leave. Peter’s family needed not only security training but also something we at Pioneers call member care. It involves debriefing, counseling and coaching to help Pioneers families process difficult and stressful incidents and transitions that result from cross-cultural ministry.
Peter and his family, and others like them, aren’t crazy to follow God’s lead into countries that are hostile to the gospel message. They know there are serious hazards to consider. But they also have the confidence of being aware of and prepared for dangerous situations they may encounter. And there is comfort in the fact that they have member care professionals who can help them walk through the challenges and hardships they face.
This April and May, we need your help and support to continue providing security training and member care for Pioneers on the field. It’s part of our Love Moves campaign for 2016. Please visit www.Pioneers.org/LoveMoves to find out more about the need and how security training and member care help Pioneers missionaries serve safely in over 50 hostile countries.