Children's Worker – Timor-Leste
Are you an experienced children's worker? Take a key role in a WEC children's project which offers children's clubs for ages 5-12 years.
This is one of the new initiatives to enable church planting in Dili.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
Some experience of children's ministry is an advantage. For longterm workers, a professional qualification can help for visa processing.
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Timor Leste (East Timor) is one of the newest nations of the world having gained its independence in 2002.
In 1974 civil war broke out between different parties in East Timor, and in 1975 Indonesian troops came and declared it to be the 27th province of Indonesia. Timorese resistance led to a decade of fighting and thousands were killed. In August 1999 over 75% of the Timorese voted for independence, and as a result pro-Indonesian militia went on the rampage, burning, killing and looting. UN Peacekeepers helped to stabilize the situation and assisted in getting a democratically elected government in place, with independence being declared in 2002.
In the years since, there have still been internal factions and rivalry that has erupted in violence, but now gradually the country is becoming more settled and is slowly rebuilding.
The Portuguese influence and early Catholic missionaries has resulted in more than 90% of the population being nominally Catholic, and Timor Leste becoming one of only two Asian nations with a Catholic majority. However this is often only a veneer over traditional animistic practices. Most people live in constant fear and bondage to evil spirits, and do not know of the freedom that Jesus can bring.
The door is open for more workers to join us, both long and short term. Currently there is a need for:
• Church planters;
• Co-ordinator for short termers and teams;
• Those able to teach English, computing, music, sports, Bible clubs, etc;
• Children’s ministry workers;
• Resource ministries: film-making, book translation, Bible studies production, etc.