An ECMI missionary family moved to Everhagen in Rostock, northern Germany, in 2015. They have been getting to know the local culture and community and now seek other people/families to join them as they begin to pioneer work in this post-communist area. 90% of families have had no church connection for several generations and many cannot consider the existence of God. The work of the team will therefore be to simply get to know people, make good relationships and share their lives with those around them. The team long to build up a Christian community where lonely, broken, addicted people can find community, freedom, identity and purpose in the Gospel. The role will involve spending time at places like the bakery store, the park, the sports centre and other social spaces. Only once contacts, relationships and trust are built up can the work progress.
You need to be willing to share your life with people around you. This will involve living in an apartment block in the area and, if you have a family, moving them there also. You will need to be humble and open, with a learning attitude and able to build relationships easily. You will need to be able to pioneer and work with a small team. The initial contact points are likely to be around children and young people, so having experience of children's or youth work is helpful. If you do not speak German, you will be required to learn it.
5 years or more
*Australian citizens and/or residents only