Counsellor or Psychologist

South Asia / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 210

This organization is a co-operative, inter-agency, international, multi-cultural ministry that provides opportunity for renewal, training, consultation and direct crisis response for personnel working with the mission and humanitarian aid agencies in the region.

A mental health professional for missionary care and training of locals is urgently needed! We seek to appoint a psychologist or counsellor to our staff as soon as possible. S/he will be professionally qualified as a clinical or counselling psychologist, or as a counsellor, accredited with the professional association in their home country and experienced in working with clients from a variety of cultures.

Ideally this person would have previous experience of overseas work or would have several years of working experience in the home country plus an understanding of cross-cultural life.

Boarding Parents

South Asia / Other / 12-23 months / Job ID: 242

This small boarding school supports the educational needs of expatriate families serving in this and neighboring countries. Curriculum and methods are based on the American and European systems.

There is an urgent need for boarding parent/s for Elementary (Grades 4-6), and Junior High School girls’ house parent/s, starting August 2014.

The qualified person/s would have excellent pastoral care skills with high expectations of learning and behaviour, and the gifts to care for children away from their parents and provide a loving environment for them to grow.

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.

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.