National Director, Canada

Canada / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 1521

Interserve’s purpose is to make Jesus Christ known through wholistic ministry, in partnership with the global church, amongst the neediest peoples of Asia and the Arab World. Our vision is to see lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ.

“The National Director (ND) provides spiritual, missiological, organizational, and hands-on leadership to Interserve Canada. Responsibilities include: developing and implementing strategic plan; expanding Interserve’s network of partners, supporters, and donors; implementing operational plan and policies; providing pastoral care, leadership and coaching to all staff and partners; expanding prayer support; and ensuring effective stewardship of resources.”

You are passionate about seeing lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ, committed to the church, experienced in multi-ethnic ministry, entrepreneurial, and effective in establishing partnerships. You are an adaptive and collaborative team leader, an effective administrator and financial manager, and an excellent communicator. You have a minimum of 10 years’ previous leadership experience.

Archaeologist

Central Asia / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1510

An archaeological research organisation

The job involves working in local archaeological projects.

The applicant should have relevant experience and qualifications.

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.

For such a time as this…

I still remember an airport encounter many years ago and the woman’s surprised question: “Do missionaries still exist?” She may actually have been questioning what relevance they have in this day and age, especially if she was linking imperialism and colonialism with missionaries.

Yet we know that the truth of the gospel never dates; it is relevant to every age and society. Our God—the same yesterday, today and tomorrow—is the one who calls his people from every age to the same task (Matthew 28:20). Just as he raised up his people to take the gospel to ‘deepest, darkest Africa’ last century, he is raising up people today who will take the gospel to those who have not yet heard. The context and even the outward tools may have changed, but not much else.

We are products of our times. Missionaries no longer set sail for Africa ready to die there, we go by plane; instead of carrying a coffin, we take our medical insurance; instead of letters, we connect online. They battled disease, we battle visas, bureaucracy and cyber security. Some of their practices were a product of their colonial times. Yet like them, we too trust God to provide, motivated by love so that all might have the opportunity to hear and be saved.

Just as each generation has been equipped for the task God gives, so too I expect that God has equipped Millennials “for such as time as this” (Esther 4:14).

Today, we seek to share the good news in the context of:
•increasing globalisation and migration of people(s)
•accelerating leaps in technology, with more immediate global awareness and contact though media, new levels of cyber possibilities and crime, and ethics not keeping pace with these advances
•growing inclination toward localisation and nationalism, even tribalism
•greater awareness of and willingness to advocate for human rights in all areas of society
•growing unease in society, politically, economically and socially, including threats of terrorism, pandemics and wars
•rapidly changing demographics, with aging, lower fertility rates and challenges to the traditional family unit
•pursuit of happiness through spiritualism and personalisation
•deep desire for authenticity, with integrity in relationships.

Are Millennials prepared for this?

Millennials have a global mindset and knowledge which gives them confidence for crossing cultural barriers, even where those boundaries are politically complex. Because Millennials are innately in tune with changing technology, they are able to adapt quickly and are adept at using technology to interact with and effect change. Couple this with a desire to make a difference and Millennials are willing to challenge the status quo, asking “why”, thinking outside the box to achieve old purposes in new ways.

Like many generations before them, they have a thirst for significance and purpose. In general, Millennials are interested in host-culture leadership, which will enable sustainable transformation. They desire to see wholistic change and transformation, concerned for social justice as well the spiritual state.

Millennials desire a balanced work/social family/ministry and authenticity, and need to share challenges without judgment. This accountability is also part of what makes them lifelong learners, eager to engage and be part of the team’s decisions.

Coincidentally, many Millennials already share our Interserve values: Dependence on God, Community, Oneness in Christ, Partnership, Integrity, Wholistic ministry and Servanthood. Perhaps God has prepared this generation of wholistic, global technophiles, who are willing to think differently about challenges, for just such a time as this? Aren’t these the kinds of On Trackers and Partners we want to partner with so that the good news of Jesus can keep being shared?

Carolyn has served cross-culturally for more than 25 years. In her current role, she helps short-term workers to serve well.

Names have been changed.

On Track Together

It‘s Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in the career counselor’s office. “Have you had any thoughts about what you’ll do at university?” my teacher asks.

I’m coming up blank. Sure, I’ve got interests. I like helping people, I have a yearning to travel and see new places, I’m saddened by injustice in the world … oh, and I love Jesus. At age 16 that’s what I’ve worked out. But it doesn’t seem like enough to pick subjects for Year 12, let alone choose a university course or a lifetime career.

At age 19, after a gap year overseas, I have no greater clarity despite exploring a number of options including a couple of short-term mission trips.

My story is not uncommon. It happens to many people, usually in their twenties. Finding a life purpose, a focus for our passions, isn’t always straightforward. McCrindle research suggests Australians of my generation, the Millennials, will have 17 employers and five careers in their lifetime.

The Millennials and the younger Gen Z are facing a different world than those who came of age in the twentieth century. Our world is more globally connected but feels more unstable. Our neighbours are more diverse, work and career is less linear, and as Christians our faith is challenged by questions from our secular counterparts.

So how do we engage with Jesus’ call for every generation: to love our neighbours, to make disciples and to be kingdom minded? Our world looks different and yet Jesus’ call remains the same.

Maybe we need to start by letting go of the expectation that a meaningful life will always progress through traditional milestones. Blessings come through a career, marriage and children, but blessings also come through courageously making space for the unknown—the openness to do unlikely things and make seemingly illogical choices as we follow our God who specialises in the unexpected. Are we willing to trust in God’s goodness? Are we willing to walk an unknown path of sacrifice for His Kingdom?

We also need to get better at knowing our neighbour, so we can love them well. More than pulling in their wheelie bin after collection day, can we love from the point of understanding their worldview, their culture, their beliefs? The good news of Jesus answers the heart’s cry of all people, but do we understand it from their perspective? This is no longer a challenge set aside for the expat, the missional-minded worker in a distant land. In our globally connected world we all need intercultural understanding to love like Jesus loves, to share His good news and to disciple those who believe.

And yet, if the mission movements of the twentieth century teach us anything, it’s that we need community. We can’t possibly hope to do these things on our own, nor does God intend us to. Alone we become distracted, pressured by life’s challenges. Alone we become disillusioned or discouraged when our efforts bear no fruit. But together we live out the encouragement from Hebrews 10:23–25. Together we remember that the hope we have in Jesus is sure and his love spurs us on to share His hope with those around us.

Jane Fairweather leads On Track Together, a new initiative helping to equip, envision and engage those in their 20s and 30s in lifelong missional living.

On Track Together
A 22-month missional pathway integrating cross-cultural study and service in Australia and overseas.
www.interserve.org.au/together

Accountant & donor relations

Arab World / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1125

A Learning Center meets the needs of refugees by running an urban school for over 500 primary and high school children. It desires to train refugee teachers to become competent teachers. It is an English-medium school.

We are seeking people who are able to assist us with promotion and fundraising. This would involve making grant applications, developing relationships with people within and beyond our country, and writing reports. We would like the person to take care of the school accounts too.

.Donor Relations person requires skills in grant writing in English, donor reporting and organizing fundraisers. Accounting skills are also desirable..

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.

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.

Volunteers for Asylum work

Arab World / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1188

We are a group of volunteers who assist refugees with asylum / resettlement procedures. We assist refugees free of charge with filling in their forms for resettlement. We are also involved in assisting a foreign Embassy in the first stage of resettling women survivors of abduction.

We need volunteers to help us with Asylum Procedures starting with interviewing Iraqi and Syrian refugees. The information gathered is then typed into forms and submitted to the relevant Embassy or sponsors in the country of resettlement.

Anyone who can work in a team, has a compassion for refugees and is willing to do a lot of paper work. The person needs to be able to get a comprehensive story from the refugee and write up these stories for the application form.