WorldVenture in upper Guinea, West Africa is seeking to transform society through a multifaceted approach with each facet aimed at evangelism and impacting a strategic area of society. This opportunity seeks to improve an aspect of life and see people come to Christ. Specifically you will work with existing farmers and agricultural specialists to improve existing food production and marketing and possibly introduce new crops. You will also seek to build relationships and share Christ and come to faith throughout the agricultural sector.
Solid, growing believer. Able to grow spiritually without lots of external input. Evangelistically oriented. Strong sense of Gods call. Committed to long-term ministry. Able to get along well with people, build relationships and live with very limited Western contacts. Able to learn languages, Able to live in a primitive area, Able to teach, Flexible (able to adjust plans to fit needs and situation). Able to laugh at ones self. Appropriate technical and business training and experience. Vision trip required before long-term arrival on field.RESPONSIBILITIES
Know or learn French and Maninka, culture and living in upper Guinea. Learn the agricultural sector and develop relationships with the people in it. Improve crop production, marketing and storage. Develop new crops. Train Guinean(s) to work with you. Some examples: Grapes seem to grow in upper Guinea but are not produced in significant numbers; Imported grapes in Bamako, Mali sell for about $4 per pound. A missionary in neighboring Cote dIvoire is developing honey production to improve food production and produce income for believers. Use naturally growing Jatropha Curcas to produce clean bio-diesel, soap, antiseptic ointment, or lantern fuel. Develop fish farms for needed protein. Be salt and light using your agricultural skills and business contacts to bring people to faith in Christ, strengthen believers and build the church. Come up with ways to use your skills to build society and the church. Participate in team prayer and worship times. Maintain support.LANGUAGE NEEDS
French and ManinkaLANGUAGE USED
French and ManinkaLIVING ENVIRONMENT
Upper Guinea is a "forgotten" area of the world. Towns have no city water or electricity or typical western conveniences. Missionaries live in rental facilities and set up their own solar electrical and well water plumbing systems. The climate is hot for a portion of the year, very limited to no air conditioning because of lack of electricity. . Many supplies and services are five hours away in Bamako, Mali. There are bustling markets but supplies and food are different than in the US. Cook from scratch.WORKING ENVIRONMENT
WorldVenture in upper Guinea is focusing on the over two million Maninka People of whom less than 150 are believers. The rest are a mix of a major religion and spirit worshipers. The considerable spiritual oppression to down right spiritual attack, remoteness, limited resources, slowness of the work and climate make this one of the highest areas of missionary attrition in the world. Yet there is a good working relationship among several missions praying and fellowshipping together including SIM, IMB, and Pioneer Bible Translators. WorldVenture believes that within this generation, we can transform this land and society. We are praying and working toward this goal. We invite committed, dedicated, evangelistically and long-term focused believers to join us.INTERNSHIP