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Literacy and Evangelism Trainer
Eglise Evangelique de la Republique du Niger (Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger)
Eglise Evangelique de la Republique du Niger
Pattern of Service:
APPL DEADLINE Jan 15, 2013. The mission co-worker will help the EERN develop programs in Literacy and Evangelism. In the Maradi Region of Niger, only about 30% of the population is literate and Christians are less than 5% of this total population.
Many people, both Christian and Muslim, are seeking out pastors to learn to read and write, because these church leaders are often the only educated residents of rural communities. While there are currently some small scale literacy programs in operation, no church agents have been formally trained in this area. The EERN views literacy programs as a way to serve Nigerien society – one of the poorest in Africa, and to reach out to it with the love of Jesus Christ. Even if people don’t become Christians, those served by the church also become its vocal advocates and defenders, in a society that is overwhelmingly Muslim. In addition, there is an opportunity to help the EERN become acquainted with the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) model, and to help it identify where this type of work will be most beneficial.
Essential job tasks and responsibilities:
- Working with pastors and evangelists in the Maradi Region, organizing training of trainer programs in literacy and evangelism.
- Working with students and teachers at the two Bible Schools in the Maradi Region, the Dogon Gao Bible School (intermediate level) and the Aguie Bible School (advanced level), organizing training of trainer programs in literacy and evangelism.
- Familiarizing the EERN with Community Health Evangelism (CHE), exploring CHE opportunities, and helping the church to implement them.
The mission worker filling this position will be expected to participate in the funds development effort for sending and support costs. The mission worker’s role in this effort will be to interpret the ministry to congregations, presbyteries and individual donors as directed by World Mission and the Funds Development Ministry Team.
The EERN is the largest Protestant church in Niger, an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the Sahel region of West Africa. It counts about 6000 members and 6000 additional adherents, spread throughout all of Niger but concentrated in the Maradi Region. The church was planted in 1924 by the American mission agency SIM. Although Niger is predominantly Muslim, the government is secular, and there is an openness to the gospel message.
Niger consistently ranks at the bottom of the UN Human Development Index. Only about 30% of the country is literate, and less than 50% of children are enrolled in school. The church, therefore, sees education and literacy training as important to the increased well-being of the country. In recent years, the EERN has opened several primary schools, and it would like to expand this educational work
into more areas. The church also sees this work as a
Length of service:
Full time, part time or either:
Description of program location:
Maradi and the surrounding villages. Maradi is a city of about 175,000, the second largest city in Niger, and the economic hub of the eastern and central part of Niger. Hausa is the primary language spoken, in addition to French. English is also spoken to a small degree, because of Maradi’s proximity to Nigeria.
Required skills, talents and gifts:
Desired skills, talents and gifts:
Required experience, licenses and certifications:
Experience in language and/or literacy education.
No need of a teaching certificate.
Required education and languages:
Bachelors degree in Theology, Education, Social Work, English.
PCUSA Mission Co-worker package.
PCUSA rental $700 per month.
standard mission coworker
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