Chinese teacher

West Asia, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1581

A Korean Culture Center in West Asia has variety of language learning and cultural activities going including summer language camp with the goal to lower barriers build trust and shine into the culture of this nation particularly the young people. These programs have been effective at helping students learn Korean have fun and get connected to people of faith. Now they are expanding into other languages incl. English and Chinese.

A Chinese teacher is needed for 1 year or more to join the staff of the culture center and help with all aspects of the programs and outreach. The job involves teaching Chinese building relationships and sharing truth and love.

The person will enjoy explaining Chinese to CSL students who are at various levels will enjoy people and building relationships inside and outside the lessons will enjoy learning local culture and celebrations while demonstrating and explaining aspects of Chinese culture and will be sensitive and open to sharing good news as opportunities come.

Loving my neighbour

Once again, Sarah rather unconvincingly tells me, “I know the universe is looking after me.”

In our first year here, whenever we looked out our kitchen window to the apartment building opposite, we would see a couple smoking together on their balcony. In excitement at the prospect of making friends in a new land, I thought, “If this lady spends all day at home, then we should be friends.” When I was buying vegetables from the truck in our street, I finally met Sarah. She is a migrant from Ukraine with an Orthodox background and she married a local man five years ago.

Perhaps I was a nosy neighbour but one day it occurred to me that Sarah and her husband no longer spent time together on the balcony. When Sarah and I were walking together in the local forest, she was pretty down and began sharing deeply about the difficulties in her life. “My husband is drinking heavily again and says horrible things to me. We haven’t spoken properly for weeks.” I listened and the only thing I could do was reassure her that she is valuable. I promised I would pray for her and her marriage.

A week later I caught up with Sarah and asked her how things were going. She explained, “When I got home after our walk, my husband was not home and didn’t come home that night. So, for the first time in a long time I prayed to God for help.” She was surprised God answered her prayer: the next day her husband returned home with a renewed commitment to stop drinking.

Sadly, three years on, things haven’t improved. Sarah now finds herself in a desperate situation as her husband is an alcoholic, verbally abusive and now in a relationship with another woman. Their marriage has fallen apart. Sarah is living in this country with no friends except me, is unemployed and has a very limited ability to communicate in the local language. Her husband has filed for divorce, but she is totally dependent on him for money and a place to stay. Her only other option is to return to the war zone in Ukraine where her dad lives.

Seeing her desperate situation, I did what little I could: cooked food for her when she had none, gave her bedding when her husband took all the furniture away, and took her to the city law association to apply for a free lawyer. She has had a tough life and my heart breaks for her. Some things have fallen in place. Sarah now has a lawyer and she often claims, “Oh, I know the universe is looking after me.” To which I respond, “I believe it is God looking after you. He loves you.”

I sometimes feel frustrated that Sarah won’t acknowledge that God’s love is the reason that I care about her. She mystically believes that it is the universe who loves her. However, I must remember that even before I acknowledged Him, God also loved me.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Recently, Sarah once again exclaimed, “The universe is looking after me!” But this time she paused and then said, “Or, as you say, God loves me.”

Penny lives with her family in West Asia long term.
All names have been changed.

Under the Fig Tree

Your tears are not the only outward sign of your deepest pain
Your need is desperate
Your words are filled with horrors
You scramble to fill a bag with warm clothes for your children
For your baby

Your house is cold
Your cupboards are bare
Your plumbing is leaking
Your children are crying, unruly, aching to get out
But this cold room is the only safety you know
How can you start again here?
Your life has been torn apart
Senselessly

Your son is in a different land
Kept apart by distance, money, weather, borders By governments
Those in their warm clothes and heated houses
Those who have a responsibility to care
They have failed their duty to you
They plot and plan, distanced from the horrors
Why is this world so unfair?
Why you?

You live in a land that is barely welcoming
A place that is now your ‘home’
“How can this place be home?”
It doesn’t feel safe

How can you possibly process the death of your child, your son?
You have other children to care for, a family to hold together
Your mother, your sisters, your aunties, your community are not here
You are alone
Isolated
You long for a place to belong in this strange wintery land
For someone to hear you, to see your struggle, to care

“I hear whispers about people who care
who provide warm clothes
who offer a warm drink
where children can fill their bellies
A place where people like me can find community with others who have faced the same horrors
a warm place, a family
Free from discrimination
Who are these people and why do they care?

“There is something different about them. They are defined by love. How can I know this love?
Where is this place?
Could this be a place where I am accepted?
Could I find community here, are there people who will care about me?
Could I find a hot drink, food?
Would they be this generous?
Will I find light from the darkness here?”

My friend you are welcome here
come and meet the one who cares more deeply than any human
to find shelter under the
Fig Tree

Rochelle wrote this poem during her short-term placement with refugees in West Asia.
Name has been changed.

English Teacher

West Asia, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 554

English teaching is currently the most accessible job in this country. Many schools at all levels (elementary secondary university and adult education) are seeking teachers who are native speakers of English or have good TEFL training. The nation is largely unreached and needs people who can shine the light to come and serve here.

Work for an ESL teacher is generally teaching classes preparing exercises and exams grading etc. Often speaking and listening skills are delegated to the foreign ESL teachers particularly. There are lots of opportunities with students plus interactions with parents and school administrators in which the Christian teacher can demonstrate love and show faith at work. These jobs provide work visa and residence permission plus good-to-excellent compensation.

The requirement for native speakers of English is an undergraduate degree in any subject plus a TEFL certificate. There are various ways to acquire the TEFL certification including taking an inexpensive and short online course. Appropriate experience is valuable but not required. A non-native English speaker should have a university degree in English or Teaching English.

English Lang Preschool Teacher

West Asia, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1668

A preschool with a kingdom vision to provide a values-based education for both believing and non-believing locals. A small proportion of foreigners can also attend this school. This newly established preschool will provide quality early years education while teaching English in a natural environment. The focus will be on character education and preparing children for primary school.

This position is for a full-time qualified preschool teacher with a relevant degree (for example in Early Years Education) and/or ESL qualification (TEFL/TOEFL/CELTA/DELTA). The need is immediate (for Fall 2020) and also ongoing.

The school is seeking native English speaking teachers with a heart to serve in a bustling city where a large proportion of people have never met a follower of Jesus. This person needs to be enthusiastic and energetic showing children the love of Jesus through the way they joyfully teach.

ESL Club Facilitator

West Asia, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1643

The international church is a typical city congregation of expats but with Korean Farsi and Turkish congregations in addition to the English one. Elder-led the church is broad evangelical and community oriented. It has existed for nearly 30 years. An English conversation club is being held at the church for locals interested in developing their English conversation skills. This church is located in a suburb where locals are accepting of the presence of foreigners and many are interested in learning English.

The English Conversation clubs are a new outreach of the church and provide a natural way for social encounters shared experience telling ones story and building friendships with locals. This short-term position is for a native English speaker interested in participating and encouraging discussion at an English conversation club. This individual should preferably have completed a TEFL course but this is not essential. The club is held two nights a week and aims to create meaningful activities to encourage conversation amongst the participants and native English speakers. The Facilitator would be responsible for planning interesting activities to engage the local participants in conversation to assist in the development of their English conversational skills. As a facilitator he/she must also be able to respond when help is needed (vocabulary grammar pronunciation etc.).

We are looking for a native speaker with a good grasp of the English language who can develop creative and engaging activities to encourage conversation. An ability to work cross-culturally with other expats and with local citizens creativity passion and flexibility are all good characteristics.

ESL Convo. Club Coordinator

West Asia, Administration, 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1675

The international church is a typical city congregation of expats but with Korean Farsi and Turkish congregations in addition to the English one. Elder-led the church is broad evangelical and community oriented. It has existed for nearly 30 years. An English conversation club is being held at the church for locals interested in developing their English conversation skills. This church is located in a suburb where locals are accepting of the presence of foreigners and many are interested in learning English.

The English Conversation clubs are a new outreach of the church and provide a natural way for social encounters shared experience telling ones story and building friendships with locals. This position is for an individual interested in overseeing the general operation of the club. This would involve engaging the church to support this ministry through promoting the club and recruiting facilitators and helpers local community promotion and planning timetables for the running of the club. This Coordinator should attend the club regularly and could be a facilitator to plan club activities if interested.

Administration skills computer skills being confident to promote the club in front of the congregation an ability to work cross-culturally with other expats passion and flexibility are all key characteristics.

ESL Convo. Club Table Host

West Asia, Other, 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1602

The international church is a typical city congregation of expats but with Korean Farsi and Turkish congregations in addition to the English one. Elder-led the church is broad evangelical and community oriented. It has existed for nearly 30 years with a strong focus on refugee work strengthening the national churches and cooperation and unity among Christians.

The English Conversation clubs are a new outreach of the church and provide a natural way for social encounters shared experience telling ones story and building friendships with locals. Table Hosts engage with local participants from the community sitting on a table with a small group and modeling and encouraging them to further their conversational skills. These table hosts are guided by the ESL Club Facilitators and therefore are not expected to plan the activities. Currently the program runs 2 evenings a week.

The ideal person for this role will have a good grasp of the English language good communication skills be able to talk in a group and encourage conversation enthusiastic and positive. An ability to work cross-culturally with other expats and with local citizens creativity passion and flexibility are all key characteristics.

Videographer

West Asia, Media, 1-11 months / Job ID: 1557

A Christian media company with radio Web YouTube and social media (Facebook Twitter Instagram etc.) outreach in this large unreached country. Currently impacting approximately 5 million people inviting them to an encounter with Jesus and growth in faith through integration into His church. Increasing its presence on the radio and on the Web establishing an online support community for skeptics seekers and new believers creating video media with Christian content creating music with local worship artists and translating select books articles and materials into the local language.

This short-term position is for a videographer who will shoot 5 hours of video for use in promotional advertisements on social media plus design and make a promotional video in English for supporting churches and partnering organizations.

A person with a heart for integrating their skills in making videos with a calling to spread the Good News. A willingness to work cross-culturally with the Director and others on staff who are local citizens and believers. Creativity passion and flexibility are all good characteristics.

Writer

West Asia, Media, 1-11 months / Job ID: 1558

A Christian media company with radio Web YouTube and social media (Facebook Twitter Instagram etc.) outreach in this large unreached country. Currently impacting approximately 5 million people inviting them to an encounter with Jesus and growth in faith through integration into His church. Increasing its presence on the radio and on the Web establishing an online support community for skeptics seekers and new believers creating video media with Christian content creating music with local worship artists and translating select books articles and materials into the local language.

This short-term position is for a writer who will create 3-minute scenarios for short films designed to make viewers think and reflect more deeply on their daily life. Also the person will edit inspiring/encouraging testimonies and stories from listeners and viewers for the monthly newsletter. And finally the person will rewrite parts of the organizations web site to better communicate the ministry.

A person with a heart for integrating their skills in communication with a calling to spread the Good News. A willingness to work cross-culturally with the Director and others on staff who are local citizens and believers. Creativity passion and flexibility are all good characteristics.