At the OM Lake Tanganyika Field the team members working in the office have a constantly changing set of responsibilities supporting more than 15 projects and ministries along the lakeshore. The team needs a gifted administrator to coordinate the day to day work including planning road and boat trips, team travel, team events, maintaining up to date legal registrations with the government, and effective communication within a team spread into many locations.
College degree preferred, possibly required for immigration permit. Proficient use of Microsoft Word and Excel, good organization and communication skills in English required. Ability to enjoy working in a flexible environment. Problem solving skills.
As soon as possible
“I knew before I came to Africa that I would face the issue of poverty cycles, but I didn’t know there would be poverty cycles in ministries as well. I was so emotional about my friend’s situation that I wanted to do something. In Chinese, we call this feeling ‘turning over the table.' Chinese are usually reserved people so turning over the table means that someone could not hold back the emotion any more,” explains Ivy. “They have to do something to express what they are feeling.”
A single mother finds hope through a Self Help Group and is sharing the good news.
“While we are trying to find ways to do the ‘big things’ and win the ‘big people’ for Jesus, let us start small,” said Ivy. “Let us learn from Namman’s young servant. Let us do our daily routine with Christ. Let us cook and clean among those who do not know Him. Then, when the opportunity comes, we will share with boldness about the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ."
“This is the beauty and the tragedy of being a missionary in a foreign land. We are connected to many places deeply but belong to nowhere fully,” shares Ivy. “I will miss home wherever I go and I will create a new home wherever I move. I am adopting cultures and creating a third culture of my own.”
“When I read the Bible, I sometimes even pretend that I am interviewing the characters. This helps me find new insights in the scripture. Recently I came across the story of the wall of Jericho. As I acted out the scene in my brain, I imagined it in a gaming style,” says Ivy.
Even though she didn’t want to go to Africa in the beginning, Abbie believes God prepared her for it and reflects on her experiences.