West Africa Trekking Internship

West Africa Trekking Internship

Region
West Africa
Ministry
Education | Health | Community Development | Outreach
Duration
Mid-Term | Short Term
Religion
Tribal-Animist

An internship opportunity is available in rural West Africa mentored by cross-cultural workers with 25+ years of experience.

The team works in a large geographic area focused on community- level grass roots evangelism. This involves visiting remote villages by foot, meeting with community leaders, praying for people’s physical and spiritual needs, and distributing scripture to those who are interested.

Additional aspects of this holistic ministry include: health education, women’s health advocacy, burn care, and economic development education.

Qualifications:

Love for the Lord Passion for the unreached Teachable spirit Posture of service Physically healthy*

Willing to…
o Be flexible
o Be mentored
o Be content with not seeing many short term results
o Be open to engage and discuss new ideas o Be challenged to defend your thoughts and actions (Biblically, logically, and strategically) o Be uncomfortable (linguistically, culturally, physically, and spiritually)
o Be isolated from normal support structures o Live in rustic conditions (no running water, indoor plumbing, and limited electricity)
o Live in a remote location (without quick access to medical facilities, shopping centers, coffee shops, etc….)
o Embrace challenges (physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional)
o Value people above tasks
*No/few food allergies, no major health issues, and able to walk several miles with a heavy pack.

Learning Experience:

Interns can expect to work, walk, pray, and learn alongside the long-term cross-cultural workers in their daily life and ministry. This includes accompanying a senior mentor on multiple, one day to two-week stints away from the home village visiting and staying in various remote villages. The walking ministry is patterned after the model of Jesus sending out the disciples two by two in Mark 6:6b-10 and Luke 10:1-11. The intern’s role is primarily focused on prayer, learning, observation, note taking, and carrying scripture (up to 40-60lbs).

Time between trips is spent debriefing, preparing for future trips, mapping, cataloging notes, planning, correspondence, and administration.

Time spent in the home village involves reading about and discussing missiology and development theory, as well as learning culture and language, and participating in times of team prayer, worship, intercession, and discernment. Expect significant amounts of manual labor for basic life functions.

Note: The holistic nature of our approach provides a range of possible internship focuses tailored to the intern’s specific interests, as well as long-term/career positions. We have experience in hosting university internships and providing documentation for credit.

If you think you might be a good fit for this team, get in touch with our office team to find out more.

Not exactly what you’re looking for? Pioneers has hundreds of cross-cultural mission opportunities available – far too many to list on our website. Get in touch with our mobilisation team to find an opportunity that’s right for you!

The missionary will need to raise funds to join this ministry.

Help Tackle HIV/AIDS in West Africa

Region
West Africa
Ministry
Health | Education
Duration
Long Term | Mid-Term
Religion
Other

Join a team who have established a charity that takes a unique church-centred approach to the HIV pandemic; integrating prevention, care and support and attitude change activities.

We believe that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is more than a medical emergency; it is also a spiritual and moral crisis. Indeed the spiritual and moral issues go deeper than the medical ones in both developed and developing nations. Thus we have constructed a response that tackles all three areas. In our charity, medical personnel and theologians work together to transform lives through our three principles: grace, openness and love.

We work through local churches of any denomination. They are rooted in their communities and retain respect, a potent combination in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The process begins with the minister and leaders; we only go into churches with their active support. Then we address the entire congregation during a service, giving basic information on the disease and preaching the gospel and challenging people.

That challenge begins with HIV testing on the church premises for all who are interested. Two options are offered; standard confidential testing or openness – sharing your results with other people in the church who have also chosen to be open.

All who choose the second option make three commitments, to:

  • Belong to Christ in the gospel
  • Be open about their HIV status, whether positive or negative
  • Meet together regularly in small groups to support and encourage each other.

If you are interested in challenging and educating the local church about a Biblical response to HIV/AIDS, we’d love to put you in touch with this team. Get in touch with our office team today!

Not exactly what you’re looking for? Pioneers has hundreds of cross-cultural mission opportunities available – far too many to list on our website. Get in touch with our mobilisation team to find an opportunity that’s right for you!

The missionary will need to raise funds to join this ministry.

One-Year Internship: Bring Your Passions to West Africa

Region
West Africa
Ministry
Community Development | Agriculture | Education | Health | Social Issues
Duration
Mid-Term
Religion
Muslim | Tribal-Animist

Bring your skills and passions to a team in West Africa.

What is the vision for the one-year internship?

  • Join the existing field team to engage the local community through involvement in one or more mission initiatives.
  • Gain practical mission training with an experienced field team.
  • Learn language and culture while serving the community.
  • Receive mentoring from a more mature member of the field team.

What are the basic qualifications?

  • You must be at least 18 years old and available to spend at least six months on the field.
  • The preferred time of service is from September to August, but other timeframes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The team are looking for: someone with IT experience to help at the local theological college; someone with experience and/or interest in moving Christians on from negative attitudes to Muslims induced by their experience of aggression to reaching Muslims in the love the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts as part of a dedicated [Muslim] outreach organisation; people interested in helping with a well-established ministry focused on spreading the Gospel in partially evangelised churches through addressing HIV/AIDS and issues of social righteousness – a particular need is for someone to help set up ‘salt networks’ within different walks of life to link people determined to defy social norms at whatever cost by living righteously in their work environments, thereby commending the Gospel of Christ; people interested/experienced in conservation, aquaculture or agriculture to help with a conservation nonprofit associated with the team; medical students and nurses.

Who will the intern be working with?

The field team is currently made up of a couple who have been in the country for over 25 years, as well as their local partners.

What ministry activities will the intern be involved in?

We use the gospel to bring together several areas of Nigerian life. We work with a local theological college to train pastors and leaders for church and ministry. We have started Grace and Light ministry to get the gospel into the church with the aim of helping Christians live transformed lives and having impact in society and the nation. We run Love Language ministry (part of New Life for All), which is focussed on putting love at the centre of Christian living, especially in relating to Muslims in the challenging circumstances in our country today. Finally, Eden Creation Care Initiative is part of the A Rocha family of Christian conservation organisations, and is putting creation care on the map in our country.

Interested in learning more? Get in touch today!

Photo by ZMcCune (WMF) / CC BY-SA

One-Year Internship: Bring Your Giftings to West Africa

Region
West Africa
Ministry
Community Development | Outreach
Duration
Mid-Term
Religion
Muslim | Tribal-Animist

Bring your unique skills and giftings to West Africa to help with church planting.

The field team’s primary interest is in seeing the Kingdom established where they are, investing in the couple of believers that are there, training them, and seeing a church established that can multiply. They are currently in the country on missionary visas and identify themselves as “Teachers of the Holy Books”.

What is the vision for the one-year internship?

  • Join the existing field team to engage the local community in relationships through your unique gifts and skills, as well as through intercessory prayer.
  • Gain practical church planting training with an experienced field team.
  • Learn language and culture while serving the community.
  • Be mentored by a more mature member of the field team.

What are the basic qualifications?

  • You must be at least 18 years old and available to spend 9-18 months on the field.
  • Single men, single women and couples are all encouraged to apply. (Because of the cultural context, younger single women will need to live with someone. Single men and older single women may live on their own.)
  • The preferred time of service is from September to August, but other timeframes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The team is looking for people who have the burden for intercession and have it as a priority since it under-girds all that they do as a team.
  • As there is not a job description for this internship opportunity, the intern must be willing to be self-motivated.
  • Must be willing to “get your hands dirty” and find out what mission work is really like.

Who will the intern be working alongside?

The team is made up of two families with school-aged children, an older couple and a single woman. They are a team made up of a group of people with diverse skills and a variety of specialties, but all of whom are focused on seeing a church planting movement in the people amongst whom they work. Some of the professions/skillsets represented on the team include a curriculum writer, an ordained minister, a businessman, a banker, a physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, and a social worker.

What ministry activities will the intern be involved in?

Interns will be involved in a variety of activities based on the skills they bring to the field with them! The field team hopes that interns will be able to open new segments of the community to them by building contacts based on their unique giftings. Interns will spend 1-2 months staying in a local home whilst learning language and culture. They will also participate in team life and will be expected to use their interests and skills as platforms for relationship building, with the end goal of making disciples and planting churches in mind. There are also opportunities for health care professionals as well as a need for a homeschool teacher for the team’s children.

The team are currently exploring various access ministries, although their main access ministry to date has been prayer. They place a huge priority on a life of worship and prayer, as individuals as well as the team as a whole. This has become an integral part of the team culture. Prayer and intercession (including prayer walking) is a primary means of access ministry in the community, to the point that people have begun coming to the team requesting prayer. Locally, they are developing the reputation of being spiritual people who pray and whose God answers their prayers.

Would you like to explore what church planting could look like in West Africa? Get in touch!