France | Pioneer witness

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Immerse yourself in the richly multicultural society of the southern French port city of Marseilles. Join a developing team to form relationships in the community and establish a witness, reaching out to the many immigrants in the city.

This opportunity is an invitation for the participant to find one’s way in a gateway city. EMM envisions a team where members are involved with a variety of ministry and work possibilities and come together for spiritual nurture, building one another up, and prayer.

All long-term and short-term workers 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 two weeks at the end of June 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.

Marseilles is one of the poorer cities of France, with high rates of unemployment and some of the resulting social ills, such as high rates of crime (both organized and random) and drug use. However, the people are said to be warm and friendly. Many of them are immigrants who have become well-integrated into the community. The weather is mostly sunny, with some windy days.

Supervisors and colleagues
The pioneer witness will team up with another person who is exploring opportunities to get involved in service. The worker may have French or expat colleagues, depending on the service or ministry opportunities the worker finds. This worker will be supervised by Darrel Weaver, EMM’s regional representative for West Europe.

Skills and experience
Applicants must have some kind of post-high school cross-cultural training. They must also be willing to pursue proficiency in French and/or Arabic. In this multicultural environment, sensitivity and diplomacy, as well as strong communication skills, are very helpful.

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