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Distance Small Business Consultant 

Assistant to RCM Executive Director

Business consultants to assist overseas Christians in evaluating and establishing self-supporting and income-producing ventures aimed at funding schools and various ministries.  Must be capable establishing a simple system of developing plans, budgets, projections and proposals for micro and small business ventures.  Will work in conjunction with RCM Director and local entrepreneurs in Russia, Albania, Africa and South America.  The key in this work will be to consult with the indigenous people in thinking through such ventures and putting them down on paper, i.e planning their work; and being constructively and encouragingly critical throughout.  Will require a keen mind, patience and a keen interest in establishing self-perpetuating and principle small businesses in RCM’s overseas fields.  Many in these mission fields have the desire and even the general abilities, but have no experience in putting such plans together.  Some businesses would involve investment from the outside, others might well generate the finances locally.  All of this would be part of the planning and evaluating process. 

This would be a volunteer activity and does not necessarily require travel overseas, though could provide very useful. 

Additional activities could involve the recruiting and training of additional such people to expand RCM’s capabilities to help those committed to the Reformed faith, help themselves and their ministries and break the dependency cycle.


Educational, Medical, Psychological, Nutritional, Physical
Rehabilitation Consultants Needed

In order to respond to the requests for guidance from schools with which RCM is involved either directly or indirectly, we are compiling a database of Christian medical, psychological, educational, nutritional, and physical/rehab therapy professionals who will volunteer to assist us in developing a number of procedural checklists for schools overseas. In doing so, we are embarking on a bold new venture in connecting Western skills and technologies with our mission fields.

RCM is currently assisting primary and secondary schools in a number of different countries. The issues they face with their students are often very similar to those that are being faced in North America. Some of these behavioral problems are related to medical difficulties. Many are not. While medical doctors are available in these countries, their medical capabilities are often far more centered around crisis intervention than chronic difficulties of a behavioral nature. As a consequence, consulting a medical doctor for classroom behavioral difficulties is often a waste of both time and money.

Since RCM has been involved in primary and secondary education in Suriname for over 25 years, and our director has become aware of many behavioral problems and resulting therapies, he has found many simple solutions to problems that were theretofore only addressed by drugs prescribed by medical doctors. Many of these drugs have increasingly been questioned, not only because of their side effects, but also because of withdrawal difficulties. In other cases, they simply did not solve the problem.

Due to some extensive rehabilitation necessary for one of their children some years earlier, Geoffrey and Nancy Donnan were introduced to relatively simple, parent/teacher applied therapies that resolved a good number of problems in their child. They discovered simple diagnosis routines and applied them in the school in Suriname which were of great assistance to a number of students. Conversations with a number of parents over the years have resulted in their gaining the same training and guidance from professionals in the U.S. to resolve a broad spectrum of combinations of physical and emotional difficulties in children.

While discussing some of these things during a trip to China, many questions were asked about how teachers and administrators could learn and apply these same things in the school there. It was during these discussions that far more questions were asked than Rev. Donnan could answer. However, through these discussions it was determined that a number of checklists and guidelines could be written and provided to their teachers to assist them in very basic diagnoses of whether the problem was of a medical, nutritional, psychological, behavioral or other type. It is with that in mind that it was decided that we should gather together a group of professionals or skilled amateurs who would be willing to volunteer their time to assist in developing and fine-tuning a series of checklists based upon classroom situations and requests that would be submitted from these schools.

 

Helping the First Responders

It will be easy for some to say that this will be meddling in matters that should be dealt with only by on-sight professionals. But the reality is that there are often no on-sight professionals available in most of these places. In the same way that a parent at home, and especially a home-schooling parent, is the first responder and the first observer of the wide variety of things that happen with children and need to know how to respond; so also the teachers and administrators are the first responders at these various schools. Consequently, we look at these guidelines and checklists as something of a "stop-gap" or "field medic" type approach. The goal is to help the teachers and administrators to develop systems and procedures to categorize and prioritize problems and determine what definitely needs outside professional help and what can be addressed by the school staff.

Many of the issues that are encountered are attention deficit, hyper-activity, reading comprehension, outbursts of anger and a whole range of difficulties that affect a student's learning and classroom situation. Some are as easy to identify as removing caffinated soft-drinks, monosodium glutenate, artificial colorings, high sugar content candies and drinks, getting eyeglasses, monitoring good sleep habits, and such. Others are more significant and complex and will require the assistance of professionals. However, what is often common sense in North America is not so in other places. 

 

The Plan

The plan at this point is to gather together various professionals who are willing to volunteer their time to do the following:

• Establish a basic set of issues and categorize them.

• Put together a set of guidelines for basic diagnosis for the different issues and cross reference where applicable and necessary.

• Provide these to the schools and then begin to trouble shoot them as they are used.

• Allow for email contact with the schools on a case-by-case basis when the guidelines and procedures are found to be insufficient or in cases not covered.

• Put the professionals and the school in contact with each other, in special cases, to deal directly with the issues.

• Continue to refine and improve the materials based upon the cases that arise.

• Provide information learned from one school and environment to others.

 

Commitment 

It is hoped that this will not be a particularly time-consuming task for any one person, though there will need to be consultations and discussions and time spent in writing and refining the materials developed. We would like to get a commitment from those interested as to the extent of their willingness to participate. We see several types of people:

• Generalists who are interested in this whole process and willing to help in writing, editing and compiling the guidelines/procedures.

• Specialists with skills in particular fields who would work generally only in those areas.

• Professionals with specific or broad experience, particularly those with a wholistic approach to such issues.

• Medical professionals with familiarity to non-pharmacological approaches to treatment (drugs are often very expensive or unavailable).

• Others with experience in classroom and student difficulties and their solutions.

• Counselors to home-schoolers especially skilled in training parents (and thus teachers in this case) how to diagnose and remedy various issues with students.

• Computer and word processor skills to quantify and communicate the results of this entire process.

• Website coordinator, to keep a secure website of the information that has been discovered that can be accessed by our colleagues abroad to keep abreast of the latest updates, discoveries or changes.

 

Procedures and Communication 

Initially, our intended approach will be to have a group email discussion that is restricted solely to this group of people so that we can discuss the kinds of situations and ideas on how to approach the problem. Rev. Geoffrey Donnan, RCM's director, will be directly involved in this initially until someone who will be able to serve as the coordinator on this project can be appointed. Initially, he will be the liaison with the schools until a routine and set of procedures have been set up. Once set up, the plan should not need his on-going involvement. 

 

Field Trips

For those who are interested and able, we would expect to plan trips to the particular schools involved to develop a better familiarity on the part of the team at home of what the schools are facing. Training will also be of great importance as the procedures and processes are set up, since some are better communicated in person than by print media alone. This will not be a requirement, but it will certainly be an added benefit for those who wish to take this as a serious ministry.

 

Long-Term Objectives

In the long-range, we think there may be some use of this same information both at home as well as abroad for both traditional schools as well as home-schoolers. We don't know all of what God will do with this, but as the project grows, we see the potential of professional organizations desiring to be involved as it may be a means of them exposing their services to those who are in a proximity and/or financially able to available themselves thereof. We are not sure where such services may lead, but we do believe that this will be an excellent way to enhance the exchange of information which is often available to North Americans to those outside, to better help them serve their students for the glory of God.

For more information, contact

Rev. Geoffrey Donnan

Reformation Christian Ministries

13950 - 122nd St.

Fellsmere, FL 32948-6411 U.S.A.

Phone:  772-571-8030

Fax:  772-571-8010


Can You Help Us Build Our Free Electronic Library?

We are seeking help to build an extensive on-line free electronic library. Increasingly the web is expanding the capabilities of distance-learning facilities like those RCM operates. We need a few volunteers to help us develop access to these free resources so that we can make them available through an on-line library to our students. We especially need help locating Web libraries and then compiling them to enable easier access by students, especially those from poorer countries who are paying to use internet cafes.

We also want to make available CD's and DVD's with free volumes that can be provided to overseas students with computers but without reliable access to the internet. Also, we want to develop our own library of hard-to-find free resources where they may only exist for awhile and then may become unavailable again. We then plan to make these publicly available to our students as well as others.


Professors Needed

Different levels of education - your courses are also needed for third world-level lectures (fairly simple English at Bible college level of instruction).


Russian to English Translations

Our Russian colleagues are putting out man Russian publications and we would like to have synopses written on them, and in some cases, translations into English. 


Elementary & Secondary English Language Libraries Needed

RCM is helping to stock three school libraries in China, Zambia and Suriname. Other schools are in the process of being considered. See details and pictures by clicking here.


Electronic Communication Consultants

Consult with RCM to assist in developing electronic media communication means. Involves helping us to learn and use the latest electronic media software and means of sending it.


Bible Course Development

We need assistance to complete the Intermediate and Advanced levels of the Good News Bible Study Ministry, as well as develop further follow-up courses.  Must be capable of writing simply in the style of the Good News Bible Study.


Website Development Assistance

Experts in various website development capabilities that can assist us in developing and professionalizing our website.


Researchers for answers to questions that we get from people overseas. 

Generally, will have to do with practical application matters.  One person asked about how to deal with Muslims killing Christians and what our position was on resistance to tyranny, but there are many other topics that come up.  Please let us know the areas of expertise that you can do these for us or if you have many short and well researched articles from the Bible in simple English.  Could be very useful to us and perhaps could take on responsibility for correspondence in these areas after awhile.


Opportunities requiring no move but some travel


Distance Small Business Consultant,
Assistant to RCM Executive Director

Business consultant to assist over-seas Christians in evaluating and establishing self-supporting and income-producing ventures aimed at funding schools/various ministries.

Business consultants to assist overseas Christians in evaluating and establishing self-supporting and income-producing ventures aimed at funding schools and various ministries.  Must be capable of establishing a simple system of developing plans, budgets, projections and proposals for micro and small business ventures.  Will work in conjunction with RCM Director and local entrepreneurs in Russia, Albania, Africa and South America.  The key in this work will be to consult with the indigenous people in thinking through such ventures and putting them down on paper, i.e planning their work; and being constructively and encouragingly critical throughout.  Will require a keen mind, patience and a keen interest in establishing self-perpetuating and principle small businesses in RCM’s overseas fields.  Many in these mission fields have the desire and even the general abilities, but have no experience in putting such plans together.  Some businesses would involve investment from the outside, others might well generate the finances locally.  All of this would be part of the planning and evaluating process. 

This would be a volunteer activity and does not necessarily require travel overseas, though could prove very useful. 

Additional activities could involve the recruiting and training of additional such people to expand RCM’s capabilities to help those committed to the Reformed faith, help themselves and their ministries and break the dependency cycle.


Lecturers

Lecturers in foreign lands who are teaching reformed theological subjects in English as Second language settings to assist in developing lectures a Bible Institute curriculum for RCM (step down from our current seminary level program).  Can either tape existing lectures or develop new lectures.


Opportunities requiring a temporary (short-term) or permanent move

Teachers needed especially at 6th grade level and high school math and science subjects for Christian Liberty Academy in Suriname, South America.   Teachers Needed - go here to read about the opportunities


Job Opportunities with Reformation Christian Ministries

We currently have two job opportunities available for part-time work. 
Either scroll down or click on the link immediately below.

Part-time:  Adobe® InDesign® Desktop Publishing

Part Time: Web Designer Needed  

 

Part-time:  Adobe® InDesign® Desktop Publishing

Our ministry has quite a number of publications (especially text and reading books) needing desktop publishing by someone familiar with Adobe InDesign CS or CS3 and Microsoft Word software.   This work can be done off-site or on-site.  Off site work will require that the person has the software required and high speed internet for transferring large files.  Most files will be prepared in MS Word and imported into InDesign.  Someone familiar with Adobe Pagemaker would easily transition to InDesign, but would need the software (which is upgradable from Pagemaker 6.5 to InDesignCS3).  Our publications range from 60-800pp.  Graphic design experience for book covers would also be very helpful.  They will generally include footnotes, table of contents, pictures and one or more indexes.   Familiarity with Adobe's Photoshop would also be helpful.  We need someone familiar with general desktop publishing for publication and able to assist us in the decisions on fonts and layout in accord with our printer's specifications, as well as book and jacket covers and design.  We will work on a per page price basis based upon experience for the desktop publishing work and negotiate any extensive cover designs.  If you are a professional in this field, please send us your rates along with references and experience in a resume.  Please keep in mind, we are a non-profit ministry, our primary purpose for these publications is to assist people rather than make huge profits, so our costs need to stay very reasonable.  Please address all inquiries to gwd @ reformation . edu.

 

Part Time Web Designer Needed

We are looking for someone who can work with us part-time involved in our website, especially on back-end issues, but also front-end.  We use a traditional html approach to our website and do NOT use content management systems as we have found them unwieldy for the size and flexibility of our site. Familiarity with PHP basics, knowledge with shopping cart integration very useful.  Please send experience resume to gwd @ reformation . edu

We generally use Microsoft FrontPage for our html work, though others could work as long as they are not inserting overriding style sheets.  We also are in process of putting up a multi-lingual multi-currency shopping cart; will be converting an existing program from C# to a PHP based language for on-line courses; and are now establishing ourselves with Moodle to facilitate our educational offerings and Good News Bible Study program.  We need to integrate these as much as possible and also make them suitable for upload and download with our off-line databases (ACT and Quickbooks). 

(We welcome conscientious volunteers for these positions as well, since our financial position is always challenged.)

 
 
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