General openings

South East Asia / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1340

A faith-based group of non-profit social enterprises operates with the sole purpose of offering a new life of freedom to victims of sex-trafficking and sex-exploitation. We reach out to those who are trapped in the sex industry and offer opportunities to them to walk free, start a new life and learn how to sustain it within community settings.

We require a range of volunteer workers, including intercessors, prayer ministry team, marketing and PR, human resources administrator, Day Care supervisor, experienced social workers, waitresses and baristas, doctors and nurses, chefs and pastry artists, graphic designer, masseuses and nail technicians, accountant; hotel manager/assistant manager, Personal Assistants.

Requirements are different for each of the volunteer opportunities.

General openings

South East Asia / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1341

This organisation operates from a passion and commitment to effective and ethical action against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. It is looking for qualified and dedicated people to take unpaid volunteer positions. These positions require either a 6- or 12-month commitment.

We need an Office Assistant and an Action and Awareness Team Leader. We also need volunteers who have a university degree or relevant training in these fields: Teaching; Social Work Support; Nursing; Counselling Support; Disability Support; Fashion Design; Graphic Design; Information Technology; Social Media Communications.

The personal requirements are different for each volunteer opportunity.

Alternative Energy Consultant

South Asia / Other / Consultant / Job ID: 894

With huge energy shortages and rising prices, many hospitals throughout the country are struggling to operate properly to provide appropriate care. These hospitals are looking for individuals able to suggest alternative energy and water supplies as well as possibly start up the projects.

Power and water shortages plague most of this country. Many hospitals struggle to provide care with irregular power supply and water shortages. An individual/team with experience in alternative energy sources and/or water purification methods is needed to help these hospitals continue to provide their valuable services to the communities in which they work.

Qualifications would include experience in alternative energy sources and/or water purification methods. A willingness to be flexible and work in tough environments is essential.

Learner

Arab World / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 1209

The language school’s purpose is to provide high-quality, comprehensive Arabic instruction to cross-cultural workers and Christian professionals.

Learners must commit to full, long-term and deep engagement with local society, learning the Arabic language to a high level of proficiency. They need to demonstrate sound biblical and theological understanding, strong interpersonal and intercultural skills, and strong personal management and productivity.

Applicants should have a strong motivation and work ethic and be physically and emotionally fit.

Short-term refugee worker

West Asia / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 1374

The churches in this country are responding in love to the flood of refugees coming from Syria, Iraq and Iran. Short-termers can help in significant ways through language, aid distribution, sports, music, administration, technical support and other ways.

Refugee ministry is available for those willing to come and serve. By touching, in Jesus’ name, the lives of those devastated by war or persecution, you can help them come to know Him and His healing and transformation.

We need people with a servant heart, who can care for people. You need flexibility, a love for people, and a desire to share Christ in word and deed.

Refugee Workers

West Asia / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 100

Opportunities exist for outgoing individuals to work with a church-based refugee effort in Western Asia. This work was established to address the needs of neglected refugees who have no other support available to them. There is also scope for work to be started in other cities, but dedicated personnel are needed. No experience or qualifications necessary.

Native English speaker

West Asia / Other / 1-11 months / Job ID: 1375

Those in cross-cultural service need English to communicate well within their organization, and beyond. Yet some from new sending countries have only minimal English, and feel handicapped by this. They desire to improve, through conversational English and daily practice, but need a native speaker to come and work with them and their children.

Work directly with these partners on English language skills, with emphasis on speaking and listening, and vocabulary building. Conversational English groups, personal times with each adult, play learning for the children (songs, games, etc). Doing life in English each day together, sharing not just language but friendship and partnership in the work.

A young person is needed who can embed within the team and help these workers (and their kids) practice and improve their English. Patience, creativity, people-awareness, sensitivity to other cultures, and a servant heart are all needed.

Chief Communications Officer

South East Asia / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 49

Interserve is an interdenominational and international community of Christians bringing God’s love to the peoples of Asia and the Arab world through word and action.

The Chief Communications Officer (CCO) is part of the Operations team in the International Office. The role of the CCO is to develop internal and external communications that will enable Interserve to grow as a community and share the story God has given us with the Christian public.

A suitable university degree and relevant work experience is necessary, as well as excellent English skills. The qualified candidate would have strong organizational and management skills, and be a creative, energetic and resourceful team player.

Cultural Training

Arab World / Other / 1-11 months / Job ID: 1357

A team of workers from different organisations share a vision to reach a large ethnic group who are immigrants in this part of the world. We are committed to coming alongside those God is calling to engage with these people; to help those called learn to love them, to understand their culture and to speak their language well.

We are cooking up a course with three main ingredients: Guided language learning; Cultural appreciation; and Ministry mentoring. The main emphasis of the semester is face-time with members of the people group, so right from day one you will be out and about among them. Typical days will include about 3 hours of classroom time and about the same time out in the community. The total cost for 4 months, including airfare, living costs and class fees, will be $7,400 for men and $ 8,300 for women. Those we invite to join the programme will need to deposit $1,800 by Dec 1st. 2017 to secure a place. There may also be scholarships available for needy students.

Are you intrigued? The first step would be to contact an Interserve office for further details and for our programme representative’s email address. Then you can write to us, telling us about yourself and your sense of calling to this forgotten people group. We will follow up to get to know you better, then assess whether this course may be a good fit for you. If so, we will invite you to join us Jan 23rd – May 19th, 2017.

Conversations

Beta’s eyes glistened with tears as her face crumpled with disappointment. “He got married”, she told me. Her son had married a girl she disapproved of and Beta had only just heard the news. She didn’t even know where her son was living. We sat together, cradling cups of tea, as she expressed despair over their broken relationship, having lost hope that it could ever be mended. I asked her if I could pray for her and her family and she nodded. I thanked God for this woman whom I admire, asking for reconciliation in her family and that she would know His peace.

Beta said she likes to talk with me because I am a safe space away from her gossiping neighbours. “I often see you praying and reading your holy book”, she said. “I wish my daughter had your spirit.”

I met my new friend Iska for lunch at a local noodle restaurant. We were just getting to know each other, so we shared stories about our families and past experiences. We laughed over her funny anecdotes from teaching foreigners the local language. She nodded her head as I explained why I pray to God: to know Him better and become more like Him. Then, with a too bright smile, Iska revealed her heartache of losing a baby at 20 weeks and her nine-year struggle to bear a child. She described the stigma she experiences in her home village as the barren woman. I could feel her grief as she conveyed her longing for a child.

As we made plans to meet again, Iska told me she enjoys chatting with a person like me as it is refreshing to hear my different stories of life and faith.

Over coffee and fried cassava chips, Dewi had many a tale to tell about her interesting but unconventional life. She recalled her father’s unfaithfulness and how she was able to whisper, “I forgive you” into his ear before he died. She described with dramatic and heartbreaking detail her broken engagement. She questioned me about cultural norms in the West. Thankfully, I was able to dispel many of her false assumptions about Western norms with the truth that, no, not everyone lives like that.

On the way home, Dewi confided that she appreciates I don’t judge her, unlike her local friends. She struggles to find her place in the world and is searching for meaning in her life. I silently asked God for the words to express the Gospel to her in a way she could understand.

Each of my friends has a story to tell. A rich tapestry of experiences, relationships, culture and faith woven together with tales of love and loss. Tales that allow me a glimpse into the longings of their hearts and the brokenness that can lie underneath.

In many ways, I am different to these women. Our cultures, beliefs, identity and opportunities in life do not always easily intersect. But we find connection as women. Over cups of tea or a meal, we can converse for hours. Sharing about our lives, our joys and our disappointments. We laugh and mourn together, both of which can reduce us to tears. But that’s okay. There is understanding in such emotional outpourings.

In our conversations, I learn that there is an art to active listening. There is grace in reserving judgment. There is love in showing concern, acceptance and care. And in each of these friendships there is room for me to reciprocally share about my life. My struggles. My hope. My faith.

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6

Kathryn has spent two years On Track in South East Asia.

All names have been changed.