Teachers

South East Asia, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1512

A family learning community since 1998 the school serves the servant in the north of the country by providing quality innovative affordable family-oriented Christian education in English.

Teachers needed for 2020-21: Secondary Science Secondary Math Computer Science Gr 2-12 Substitute Teacher Elementary Teacher Media Specialist/Assistant Librarian

Christian teachers

Educational Leader

South East Asia, Education, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1517

A small international school is looking for educational leaders and teachers in Math English Science Technology etc. from pre-kindergarten through high school. The school has a few international students but most of the children and staff members are locals.

The main job will be in a leadership role such as assistant principal or a role in administration management marketing or development. Candidates will also be expected to develop educational systems training mentoring and creative activities. For obtaining a visa a bachelors degree is required a teaching certificate preferred and 3 years experience. Candidates need to be English speakers as teaching is done in English but they will also be expected to learn the local language in order to build good relationships with local people.

Candidates also need to be flexible reasonably independent and have a pioneer mentality.

Teacher

South East Asia, Education, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1520

A small international school is looking for teachers in Math English Science Technology etc. from pre-kindergarten through high school. The school has a few international students but most of the children and staff members are locals.

The main job will be teaching but candidates will also be expected to develop educational systems training mentoring and creative activities. For obtaining a visa a bachelors degree is required a teaching certificate preferred and 3 years experience preferred. Candidates need to be English speakers as teaching is done in English but they will also be expected to learn the local language in order to build good relationships with local people.

Candidates also need to be flexible reasonably independent and have a pioneer mentality.

Athletic Director

South East Asia, Education, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1519

A small international school is looking for educational leaders and teachers in Math English Science Technology etc. from pre-kindergarten through high school. The school has a few international students but most of the children and staff members are locals.

The main responsibilities would be teaching physical education classes coaching and development of afterschool sports activities as well as responsibilities of an Athletic Director. This will be a leadership and teaching role including some administration management marketing and development. Candidates will also be expected to develop educational systems training mentoring and creative activities. For obtaining a visa a bachelors degree is required a teaching certificate preferred and 3 years experience is also preferred.

Candidates also need to be flexible reasonably independent and have a pioneer mentality. Candidates need to be English speakers as teaching is done in English but they will also be expected to learn the local language in order to build good relationships with local people.

IT Coordinator and Teacher

South East Asia, Education, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1518

A small international school is looking for educational leaders and teachers in Math English Science Technology etc. from pre-kindergarten through high school. The school has a few international students but most of the children and staff members are locals.

The main job will be twofold: teaching IT in English as well as being the coordinator for the schools IT needs. Candidates will also be expected to develop educational systems training and mentoring. For obtaining a visa a bachelors degree is required a teaching certificate preferred and 3 years experience. Candidates need to be English speakers as teaching is done in English but they will also be expected to learn the local language in order to build good relationships with local people.

Candidates also need to be flexible reasonably independent and have a pioneer mentality.

One person among millions

Five pairs of eyes watched us in silence. Five daughters half-hidden in the furtive darkness of the ramshackle bamboo hut. Probably they had never seen foreigners before. Probably our clipped, studied pronunciation of the national language was to them an alien tongue. Curious– suspicious, they peeked out from behind a beam separating the guest area from the sleeping space in their home. Separated from us by a far greater distance than wood and shadow could show.

Our journey had begun that morning, when we embarked on a four-day motorbike ‘faith journey’, with only the bare bones of a route sketched out, and even less of a plan of where we would eat or stay the night. We had turned off the main road onto a bumpy dirt track which would eventually taper alarmingly round the edge of a mountain. Having just nearly crashed the bike in a rocky quagmire, I felt like I had already learned enough faith for one day.

Then the tropical downpour began. After miles of jungle, we suddenly emerged into the edge of a small village, where we rushed for shelter under the eaves of the first shack we came to. As we pulled in, the man of the house returned from foraging in the woods. He looked at us with surprise but invited us in, offering dried-out day-old rice: all he had.

While we ate he began to pour out his heart, telling us of his poverty, his anxieties for the future, the sickness that prevents him from working in the rice-fields and forces his wife to face the daily labour alone. Finally he shared his terrible fear that one day, when his five daughters grow up and get married—and ‘ownership’ of them transfers from parents to husbands—he will have no son to look after him, in life and in death: as an aging father needing care then as a dead ancestor demanding offerings.

His fear was real. His ethnic group are deeply enslaved to spirits, and conservative in their views on the value of women. Yet he loved his daughters. He cradled one gently in his arms and spoke softly to them all. He was not ashamed of them; only of his own failure to produce a son.

Before we left to continue our journey, I asked if I could say a blessing over him in the name of the mighty Lord Jesus who makes impossible possible. The One who has Himself walked the road of suffering and grief, who brings hope to the downhearted and love to the unloved.

“Oh! This Jesus, I’ve heard about Him before.” The man’s eyes had lit up, his voice animated. “It sounds like a good story. I’d like a book about Him so I can read it for myself.”

This may be the only interaction I ever have with this lonely father. He represents one person among millions, one ethnic minority among hundreds. Yet we were brought together to hear something of each other’s stories; to accompany and encourage one another on our journeys of faith. The short-lived downpour and unexpected welcome provided a glimpse of God’s ongoing interactions with us. A reminder that He paves His way—and makes His home—in isolated, forgotten corners; among downtrodden, destitute people; in lost and longing hearts.

Clara is a long-term Interserve Partner, living and working in South East Asia.
Name has been changed.

Full hearts

It’s amazing how a small act that seems insignificant in our eyes can spark something huge in God’s Kingdom.

We’ve had a small box of bilingual scripture cards in our home since we’ve been married. They’re in English and Japanese. They sat on the kitchen counter in our first home but after a number of house moves they lay forgotten in a box. After our recent move they resurfaced again and I took them out to give to my best friend, Anh, who I’ve known for the past six years. I met her the day she decided to follow Jesus and I still remember telling her that it’s the best decision she would ever make! Since then we’ve become close friends and we’ve been journeying together through the ebbs and flows of life. Since first meeting her, she’s given birth to her own startup education centre where she holds English and Japanese classes for the local community in our South East Asian city.

Thursday mornings are my favourite weekday mornings. Anh and I meet at 7am and walk to the lakes, grab a bowl of sticky rice and a glass of ice-cold tea, chatting about what God has been showing us and usually discussing a book we choose to read together. This past Thursday, I remembered to take the scripture cards to give to her. She thanked me and I jokingly challenged her to put one verse each week on the notice board of her education centre and call it “Wisdom of the Week”. She could even suggest to her colleagues that they should memorize it and try to do what it says during the week. We didn’t talk too much about it as we continued to our usual breakfast spot for our weekly catch up

About 3 hours later a string of messages flooded my phone. It was Anh. “Thanks for the cards. You know what? Today during the Q&A part of our Japanese class they asked me, ‘When you don’t have money, where do you go to borrow some?’ I took a chance and told them that, as a Christian, I would ask God to guide me. They seemed interested in my faith and after sharing some of the cards I ended up talking for two hours, starting with the Garden of Eden!”

Anh went on to share how the people in her class asked to know more about Jesus and two of them now want to follow him! My heart wanted to erupt with joy! Heaven is rejoicing! Later that day she wrote an email to our international church pastor to share her story. My eyes welled up with tears as I read it. I felt so thankful and humbled to be reading her story – His story!

It is amazing how one small act can lead to something so huge! Never underestimate the power of one small act! Step out, share what you have and watch what God can do with the little you have to offer.

Andrea and her family live and work in South East Asia.
All names have been changed.

You came back

“What? WHAT? Wow! Wow! WOW!!” Silence followed; a deep, intentional silence from my friend, Mawar. “I’m crying!” she eventually said.

I had texted Mawar earlier to let her know we were back in the country after four months in Australia due to COVID-19 border closures, and she was now in disbelief. “You came back, from your safe country to this scary situation?” she asked. She told me that she had not worked out in the community for this time, keeping herself safe at home.

Chickens squawked in the background, and I remembered when she and her husband moved into their house last year and transformed it from a clothing factory to a self-sufficient oasis in the capital city of this country. If I close my eyes I can still vividly see the lush plants and taste the bountiful mangos from their front tree served from a bottomless plate. Mawar is vegetarian and we ate lavishly from the fruit and vegetables that grew in her garden.

I have known her for fifteen years, having met on a medical team after a natural disaster. She is a well-known researcher, advising the government and World Bank on micro-finance projects and is much sought after for her research skills. For years she has travelled to remote regions of the country advocating for the needs of the poor.

Our journey from Australia back to Asia began with that deep call to be back alongside those who are suffering after thinking we had retired from field work. We began to ask ourselves, often prompted by other people’s questions, “while we can do good remotely, what can older people who are willing to leave the safety of life in Australia do to serve others overseas?” We knew from experience that walking alongside others in their pain is much more powerful than what we can do from a distance. Isn’t this what Jesus did, after all?

While Australian authorities were working hard to keep us all safe and near to home, the deep call back to Asia grew in us. Just before retiring to Australia, we had been working with our national friends to teach and model what good member care and self-care could look like for local Christian workers who laboured tirelessly in remote areas away from their support systems for long periods. We felt that ‘still, small voice’ calling us out of retirement to take this work further to the remaining provinces.

It was so encouraging to find that our act of obedience motivated Mawar to in turn take the risk to return to field work. She was acutely aware of the increased suffering of her fellow citizens from the pandemic. She had been writing a paper to publish on this topic and my first job was to proofread it for her. “We are not called to be safe,” she wrote. “We are called to be whatever God wants us to be to help others.”

What we had been able to do as older Australians is mere loaves and fishes compared to what our local friends become inspired and encouraged to do through our commitment to take risks to serve others. It’s been such a joy and honour to see workers who face isolation and burnout becoming healthy again and able to continue to do good in these communities. Praise God! We are more convinced than ever that ‘doing life together’ with local people is such a powerful way to show that God loves the world, and we do too.

Sharon and Len recently returned to the South East Asian country where they lived and served in member care for many years.
Names have been changed.

Primary School Teacher

South East Asia, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1265

This school offers an excellent education in a safe and healthy environment. at an affordable price for the international and national community. It is our goal to raise children up to be responsible educated able to make good decisions to know self-control and be considerate towards others. It is also our dream and desire to raise children up to be fun-loving educationally-minded well-behaved and good people.

We need primary/elementary teachers (certified and qualified teachers will be given preference).

We want to appoint someone who loves children and can train them up in both their character and education.

Teachers

South East Asia, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 996

This international school exists primarily to enable international Christian workers to remain in their field of service by providing for the needs of their children through an integrated education from a Christian worldview.

As well as educating MKs teachers have the opportunity to build relationships and impact these young lives for eternity.

We are looking for fully qualified primary and secondary teachers holding recognised teaching credentials from their home country.