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Is a tentmaker a real missionary?

 

The conventional Adventist missionary often serves established institutions or has a specific position within the church structure. But a tentmaker is employed in the secular job market where there is little or no Adventist presence and where a structured church organization hasn’t yet developed or isn’t even permitted. The workplace, then, is the platform from which a tentmaker does ‘mission.’

Does that make a tentmaker a missionary?  Absolutely!  When life and talents are fully committed to reaching beyond your own world to share God' love and the hope Jesus' soon coming, that's being a missionary.  Because you're living for a mission.  The setting may be secular, the people surrounding you may not recognize you as a missionary, but God has a mission to accomplish.  And a true tentmaker is His missionary!