Saturday, March 5, 2016
Are you (or someone you know) thinking about serving in Africa?
Many of you know that the focus of Heart for Africa is bringing HOPE to the people of Swaziland in the areas of Hunger, Orphans, Poverty and Education. Part of our poverty initiative is employment. With 280+ people employed on Project Canaan we help provide for 3,640+ people in the community. So when people ask about coming and volunteering to do things that we can (and should) hire Swazi’s to do, we explain our philosophy.
But there are times when we need specialty help that can ideally come through long-term volunteers. Packing up and moving to Africa to serve is a HUGE commitment, but if the Lord is calling someone to move it is filled with excitement and anticipation rather than fear and trepidation.
We are in need of a few long-term volunteers and so if you or anyone you know is interested in filling these specific positions, we ask that you prayerfully send us an email this week. The positions are:
Nurse or Nurse Practitioner: The El Rofi Medical team is looking for a person who is a follower of Jesus to manage the care of the children living at Project Canaan including childhood illness, wellness checks, developmental milestones, long-term illnesses (HIV) or disability needs and overall health and wellness of the Children’s Campuses. This person would be trained by and work directly with Brooke Sleeper and the need is immediate for a minimum of one year.
Kindergarten Teacher: The Project Canaan Academy is looking for an enthusiastic kindergarten teacher to foster and facilitate the intellectual, spiritual and social development of the children of Project Canaan. This person will plan, implement, and assess lessons and will teach childcare with manipulatives, patience, creativity and the love of Jesus. This person would work directly with Amber VanWinkle and is needed from January – December 2017 or beyond.
Fine Arts Teacher: The Project Canaan Academy is looking for an enthusiastic, diverse fine arts teacher to foster and facilitate the intellectual, spiritual and social development of the children on Project Canaan. You will plan, implement, and assess lessons and you will teach childcare with manipulatives, patience, creativity and the love of Jesus. This person would work directly with Amber VanWinkle and is needed from January – December 2017 or beyond.
House parents (mother and father) for ages 4-6: The Project Canaan Children’s Campus is looking for a mature couple with experience in child rearing who would live in a private room with ensuite in the children’s housing. They would be working directly with Emseni Senior Supervisors and staff to bring encouragement, discipline, patience and the love of Jesus to our older children (who are leading the younger ones by example). This need is immediate and for a minimum of one year.
Mechanic: The Lusito Mechanic Shop is looking for an experience mechanic who is a follower of Jesus and would be focused on training, equipping and encouraging the people working at the mechanic shop as well as working on the maintenance and repair of all vehicles on the Farm (ATV’s, cars, trucks, tractors, JCB, bulldozer). This need is immediate and would be for a minimum of one year.
For more information on each on the Nurse or teaching positions please go to: http://www.heartforafrica.org/Long%20Term%20Volunteers%20Needed.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each volunteer is required to raise their own funds for travel and a minimal amount for accommodation and food as well as the purchase of a vehicle.
Serving in Africa is not for the faint of heart, but for those called, it is an adventure beyond our wildest imagination and it is for all ages. When Ben and Brooke Sleeper moved to Swaziland three years ago they were a young couple with no children. Now they have 2-year-old Koa and baby #2 on the way. Chris Cheek turns 60-years-old today (Happy Birthday Gogo Chris!) and walked away from an incredible job to serve as the Grandmother to our toddlers.
I won’t list all of our amazing volunteers, but will say that each and every one of them has come to serve the Lord using the skills and experience that the Lord has given them. We are so thankful for their selflessness, sacrifice and service.
Those of us living here see miracles each and every day, and it is truly “exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask for or imagine”.
Is God calling you to Swaziland, Africa? If He is, just say “YES”!
Live from Swaziland … loving the adventure!