Ministry center assistant | Tenglo Island/Puerto Montt, Chile

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Latin America
  • Location: Tenglo Island/Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Ministry category: Children at risk, Community development

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Assist at Siloé, a ministry center on Tenglo Island that offers a place for camping, retreats, and summer workshops for children. Camp development experience helpful.

Regional vision
We focus on making disciples who make disciples, trusting and praying that vibrant communities of worship and mission will begin and grow as the number of disciples increase.

Responsibilities

Upon arrival in Chile, the ministry center assistant will work alongside a local couple in the continued development of a Christian retreat center called Siloé on Tenglo Island, an island separated by a narrow channel from the port city of Puerto Montt. Responsibilities include managing seasonal camping sites as a way to generate income for property maintenance, spending time in intercession, and developing Spanish language abilities. Consider serving in the following ministries: tutoring, music lessons, Saturday Kids Club planning and participation, visiting and building relationships with island children and families, or helping run summer workshops for local children.

All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service.

Environment
Chile is a relatively stable country with a large spectrum of climates and cultures. This beautiful, peaceful property on Tenglo Island is located on the Reloncavi Bay, close to Puerto Montt, with a view of the Andes mountains. The climate is rainy for 10 months of the year! Enjoy adapting to the island culture, which has a character of its own distinct from mainland culture. While there is marked spiritual oppression, there is also an openness to the gospel.

Supervisors and colleagues
The ministry center assistant will work with local Chilean colleagues Eliana Medina and Ricardo Ibaceta, who live on the property and provide supervision. The worker will also be supervised by EMM Regional Representatives Mike and Nancy Hostetter.

Skills and experience
Applicants must have intermediate proficiency in Spanish. Some experience in camp work is very helpful, along with general knowledge and skills for outdoor grounds work. Education or training in working with children is helpful, and some sort of training in working with sexually abused children is advised. Applicant should have a love for the outdoors, and be creative, flexible, resourceful, and able to take initiative.