"Ah, but your land is beautiful..."

Southern Africa is a region of contrasts – rural thatched huts and skyscraping financial districts, subsistence farms and agricultural corporations, diamond exports and beaded handcrafts. The beauty of this area belies the poverty of hope that characterizes many. HIV/AIDS statistics surpass any other region in the world. Violent crimes, alcoholism, and broken families are all too common. Alan Paton underscores the contrast between the rich potential of this region and the ugly reality of social evil that plagues it when one of his characters cries, “Ah, but your land is beautiful…” The gospel has been preached in southern Africa for over 100 years, and 75-85% of the people call themselves Christians. Yet the incongruence between the label and life is painful, and many have never understood the transforming truth of the gospel.

The missionaries of TEAM Southern Africa have identified the need to mentor and disciple Christian leaders as a key to helping the church respond to the challenges they face, bringing hope and healing to their torn communities.

Lesotho Leaders for Life

Lesotho, Southern Africa

TEAM has been invited to assist in leadership development in this mountain kingdom. Established denominations need revival, amaZioni leaders to know and understand the Bible, and youth need hope to make the right choices for their future.

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Opportunities

We want to connect with you about the purposes God might have for you together with us in Southern Africa! Browse our listing of current needs in Southern Africa.

Opportunity TitleAreaLength
Education Supervisor Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Senior Phase Teacher Southern Africa more than 3 years
Grade 2 and 3 Teacher Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Kindergarten & Preschool Coordinator Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Distance Learning Course Developer Southern Africa up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years
Christian School Principal Southern Africa more than 3 years
IT Support Technician Southern Africa up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years
Community Development Facilitator--Swaziland Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
Radio Program Producer Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Bible Teacher for amaZioni Leaders Southern Africa more than 3 years
Youth Leadership Trainer Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Discipler (Lesotho) Southern Africa more than 3 years
Youth Ministry Leader (KwaZulu Natal Province) Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Sports and Recreation Ministry Coordinator Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Member Care Facilitator Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Discipler/Mentor (Swaziland) Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Discipler/Mentor (South Africa) Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Discipleship Mentor/Coaching trainer Southern Africa up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Educator (Swaziland) Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Leadership Coach (Swaziland) Southern Africa 9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Children's Ministry Worker/Trainer Southern Africa up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Bible College Teacher/Discipler Southern Africa up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
Digital Media Manager Southern Africa up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years

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Quick Facts

  • While the majority of people identify themselves as Christians, roughly 14% adhere to traditional African religion, and small but influential Muslim and Hindu populations also exist.

  • It is estimated that there are 12-15 million amaZioni in southern Africa. The amaZioni are syncretistic Christians who trace their spiritual roots to missionaries from Zion, Illinois.

  • This region has the highest number of HIV-positive people in the world – 5.6 million in South Africa alone. Roughly one third of the adult population of Swaziland is HIV-positive.

  • South Africa is home to 2 million orphans, and one tenth of the population of Swaziland is orphans.

  • 2011 Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee from Liberia has identified selfish, autocratic, and corrupt leadership as the central deterrent to progress in Africa.

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