Barnabas Volunteers have a missional perspective, a divine calling and experience in addiction recovery. They commit to serving for 1 year as mentors and models and to prayerfully stand in the gap for those in their home.  Barnabas Volunteers are on a real mission field where their wisdom, experience, gifts and abilities are invaluable.  Shared leadership with the recovery team will prevent burn-out. By raising their own support as missionaries, Barnabas Volunteer couples will enrich the quality of services Eagles Wings Ministries provides, as well as keeping the cost at a minimum.  With room and board provided, the adventure of an Alaskan lifestyle and the fellowship of other committed Christ-followers, those who answer the call to be Barnabas Volunteers experience purpose, challenge and blessings as their spiritual investment multiplies.


Barnabas Volunteer Work Description

Purpose: to come alongside, encourage and disciple individuals seeking recovery from addiction in a family-style residential setting as a volunteer missionary in a remote island community.

Responsible to: Director

1. A married couple with a mature relationship with Jesus Christ, active in a local church body and comfortable teaching/sharing their faith with others
2. Able to serve as part of a team in working with adults recovering from addiction
3. Familiarity with addiction and recovery process
4. Skilled in discipleship
5. Capable of providing leadership and practical skills training in a range of areas and evaluating progress toward recovery goals
6. Able to raise their own support to cover both the needs of the position and their hometown responsibilities
7. Able to commit to a 9-12 month service term
8. Three letters of recommendation from home church pastor and two others

1. Maintain their own personal walk with Jesus Christ
2. Collaborate with recovery team to develop individual recovery plan
3. Implement individual recovery plan
4. Implement a daily devotional time (group and personal)
5. Monitor family visitation; model and train interpersonal skills as indicated in individual recovery plan
6. Oversee household operation as a skills trainer or mentor of residents performing all tasks of daily living: meal planning and cooking; maintenance and cleaning of personal and common areas
7. Coordinate evening meals and menus with other community members
8. Provide skills training according to the individualized recovery plan which may include literacy, money management, hygiene and/or job-readiness
9. Model and demonstrate social skills and positive relationship skills
10. Assign duties (daily, weekly, personal) and provide feedback on performance or progress
11. Participate in weekly staff meeting
12. Maintain medication protocols
13. Maintain necessary documentation and provide paperwork as required in a timely manner
14. Facilitate access to a range of resources (library, activities, opportunities, )
15. Transport residents to necessary appointments
16. Screen all materials brought in by residents at intake and ongoing (music, movies, literature)
17. Facilitate weekly house meetings
18. Conduct monthly fire drills
19. Report necessary maintenance issues
20. Implement nightly curfew protocols