Church Planter through teaching – Timor-Leste
Could you plant a church for Christian believers in Atabae? Build relationships with the people, share the good news and disciple local believers. We are using the teaching of languages (Portuguese or English) and working with children, to reach four local communities.
Some workers are moving into new districts and more workers are needed to form teams in each locality.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
An ideal accommodation for single females, but families and single men welcome to apply. Fluency in Portuguese or English to get started. You will be expected to learn the local language.
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Timor Leste (East Timor) is one of the newest nations of the world having gained its independence in 2002.
East Timor was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor. 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.
East Timor's two official languages are Portuguese and Tetum. English and Indonesian are sometimes used, and are designated as working languages.
The culture of East Timor reflects numerous influences, including Portuguese, Roman Catholic and Indonesian, and, Timor’s indigenous cultures.
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.
[Sources: Wikipedia and WEC. Read more about Timor-Leste here].
Timor-Leste has 23 people groups – none are considered unreached.
The largest religion is Christianity at 91% and of those 2.2% profess to be evangelical.
[Source: Joshua Project]
Pray with us for:
-peace and reconciliation for all the peoples after decades of bitter occupation
-the social challenges of poverty, poor health and illiteracy
-wisdom for church leaders
-the Timor peoples
-youth and children
-servants to go and make disciples
-use of the JESUS film
[Source: Operation World, 2010 print edition and Prayercast]
Please also use Operation World’s online resources.
You can also watch Prayercast video for Timor-Leste here.
WEC in Timor-Leste
The door is open for more workers to join us, both long- and short-term. We are looking for anyone with a heart to serve the peoples of this land.
Currently there is a need for:
-people to be disciples and make disciples: to start churches where there are none
-a co-ordinator for Short Term workers and teams
-those able to teach English, Portuguese, computing, music and sports
-youth and children’s workers
-those gifted in film-making, book and Bible translation, and Bible studies production
Join us - we need you!