Only applications submitted on MCC’s website will be considered: https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings/seek-discipleship-programme-jordan-palestine-israel
Synopsis: Seek is an intentional discipleship programme which encourages young adults (18-20 years of age) to grow to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ, from a Biblical Anabaptist faith perspective. Following Christ includes personal transformation, as well as, learning to serve others. The Seek programme will provide structured opportunities which round out the discipleship training experience. The programme will include multiple service opportunities, ranging from a couple of days to several weeks, and sometimes more with MCC partners in Palestine and Israel and Jordan.
This is a 6 month program. The Seek programme’s entry point will be January 2022 when the North American participants travel to Palestine to meet with the local participants. The January general orientation and June departure retreat will occur in-country due to visa restrictions for local participants.
Seek is an intentional discipleship programme which focuses on exposing young adults between the ages of 18-20 in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, from an Anabaptist faith perspective. The desired outcome of Seek is for participants to have an increased self-awareness about their Christian identity and how it influences their perceptions, values, and beliefs.
• Participate and fully engage in the Seek discipleship curriculum.
• Participate and fully engage in periodic service opportunities, ranging from a couple of days to several weeks, and sometimes more.
• The Seek discipleship programme is not an academic programme; however, academic learning will play a role. Therefore, participants will be expected to identify and articulate what they have learned through research, study, discussion, assignments, and personal journaling.
• Take basic Arabic language classes during the instruction periods which will be enhanced by living with local families for short periods of time.
• Gain an understanding of the MCC identity, values and approaches.
• When requested attend MCC meetings, retreats, and other MCC events.
• Attend a local Christian congregation.
• Model nonviolent peacemaking through respectful interactions with others
Qualifications: All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
• High School graduation diploma or equivalent
• A sincere desire to grow in one’s faith and commitment to be a follower of Jesus
• A commitment to engage in the Seek discipleship curriculum not merely to gain information but to be conformed to the image of Jesus and spurred to a deeper love of God and neighbour
• Willing to be mentored by MCC personnel responsible for the Seek Discipleship programme including the Representatives, Connecting Peoples Coordinator and YAMEN-Seek Mentor
• Willing to live in community with people from diverse backgrounds, including those with culturally and theologically conservative Christian world views
• Strong English language skills, both verbal and written
• Willing to learn basic Arabic.
An invitation to participate in Seek is contingent on a current COVID vaccination certificate pursuant to Government of Israel vaccination requirements. The most recent COVID vaccination must be within 5 months of the anticipated arrival date in Israel. This is a strictly enforced mandatory requirement of the Government of Israel to enter the State of Israel. No exceptions are permitted.
Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
• The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect countries around the world. While we remain hopeful that the pandemic will stabilize by January 2022, to prioritize the well-being and limit risk to our participants and the local community, assessments of the Seek assignment will continue on a regular basis. If it is deemed that a Seek assignment is no longer viable, we will do our best to secure an alternative assignment.
• Seeds and nuts, including sesame, are widely used in the local diet, for both savory and sweet dishes. Those with allergies to seeds and/or nuts should be aware that it may be difficult to prevent exposure to seeds and/or nuts due to the high potential for cross-contamination.
• The Palestine and Israel context is often a challenging place to live and work, as one tries to negotiate between cultures, religions, and lifestyles. Every decision one makes often seems to have a political dimension, including where one buys groceries, where one goes for entertainment, what language one speaks and even what roads one drives on. This perplexing diversity can also be invigorating.
• Living in a high-stress, densely populated environment.
• Living in a militarized society where human rights abuses are frequently visible or communicated in the media.
• Patience is needed to handle the bureaucratic and physical obstacles. Examples include a high level of surveillance, security checkpoints, and scrutiny of personal history such as travel, political involvement or criminal record.
• Handling frustration at not being able to change situations of deep systemic injustice.
• Water, electricity, and internet disruptions.
• Significant cultural/religious differences/perceptions of LGBTQ+ individuals. Local church and local area are not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons.
• Managing frustration when things don’t turn out as expected can be hard. Handling last minute changes in a very fluid environment with grace is important. While MCC will do its best to determine and outline periodic service assignment responsibilities with local partners, the experience really comes alive based on the passions, skills, and giftings of the Seek participant. Responsibilities may change or be refined over time in communication with the MCC Reps and CPC to meet the ongoing changes and needs within a local context. As such, the greatest characteristics a participant can bring to Seek are adaptability, flexibility, patience, a willingness to get one’s hands dirty, and humility to complete even mundane tasks.
• For those who are very task oriented, it can be a challenge to recognize the importance of “being” instead of always “doing” as building healthy relationships and mutually transformative learning is an important part of the Seek participant experience. It is MCC’s hope participants will come with a desire to walk alongside our local partners, rather than see the service opportunities solely as a way to “get things done”.