Literature and Worship Resource Producer in Timor-Leste
Use your creativity to share the good news relevantly and compellingly.
Write or translate Bible stories intothe Tetun-Dili language to produce children's books.
Record Tetun worship songs for distribution. Produce Christian videos for adults and children.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
You are creative and flexible. Significant musical and video ability plus computer skills are necessary.
Our ref 6455
About Arts in Mission
Arts Release is a group of creative arts specialists who love Jesus and people of other cultures. The team enjoys expressing God's love through various art forms. Some have professional arts training and others have picked up skills on the way.
Some team members are full-time, others part-time. They are currently based in England, France and Germany but they also travel extensively to work alongside WEC teams in other countries.
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.
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 group, including the Bulak, Fataluku, the Hakka Chinese (observing traditional religions) and Indonesians (predominantly Muslim).
The largest religion is Christianity at 91% (of whom 93.8% are professing Roman Catholic and only 2.5% evangelical).
[Source: Joshua Project]
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!
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.