This country in Central Asia is sometimes called the “Poor Man’s Switzerland” due to the beautiful mountains that cover much of the country. The poorest country of the former Soviet Union, the needs are great both in development, and spiritually as most people seek to fill their need for God by moving further and further toward Islam.
Our team in Central Asia is focused on working to facilitate multiplication of disciples and disciple making groups and developing businesses for transformation. Anyone who joins our team would be learning principles of disciple multiplication, and be expected to spend significant time in prayer - focused both on worship and interceding for Father to do what only he can in Central Asia. They would also have several language lessons per week learning Tajik (similar to Farsi), and would have a variety of opportunities to join in prayer walks, village visits, and other efforts to build relationships and seek those who Father is drawing and are open to hearing more about God’s redemptive plan through Jesus.
An important part of families being able to continue on the field is how well the children are able to adjust and be educated. Having good role models and teachers is so important. Our children’s education is a mix of homeschool and a growing education cooperative of international families - Silk Road Academy (SRA), which is in the process of getting accreditation through ACSI. As SRA grows to about 68 students next year, there is an increasing need for people to come and serve as classroom teachers, teachers aides, and teachers of specials such as art, physical education, music, etc. for grades 1 to 11. If a homeschool environment is preferred, we also as a family (with a small group of other families) have needs related to some of the homeschool classes outside SRA for our junior high and high school children, and full time for our first grader. Depending on interest, there would also be the opportunity build relationships with Tajiks outside the school environment and to teach English to neighborhood children and youth from the few fellowships in the city.
A short video about serving at SRA is available at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/457cl5opt0u0chc/SRA_Promo_3min.mp4?dl=0
For the Silk Road Academy position experience in teaching and certification to teach is preferred but not required. For the homeschooling option, although experience is helpful, an eager, flexible, learning spirit is more important. For both, enjoying children is vital.