Every international worker is a potential MENA Total Employment (TE) tentmaker! But each expatriate employee in the Middle East and North Africa region has a different reason for taking a job in another culture, far away from home.
Here's one way of describing the difference between an international worker, a mission-minded tentmaker, and the specific focus of the MENA Total Employment Tentmaker:
The International Worker
- Is primarily in the region for employment
- May or may not be an active member of a local Adventist congregation
- Has little or no mission engagement.
- Represents mission potential
- Is an active member of a local Adventist congregation or small group.
- Is faithful to Adventist doctrines, identity, and lifestyle, including Sabbath observance.
- Integrates work and mission.
- Actively witnesses to fellow countrymen and expatriates from other countries.
The MENA Total Employment Tentmaker
- Is a faithful, practicing Seventh-day Adventist church member.
- Collaborates with the local and regional church leadership in harmony with shared mission values.
- Is primarily focused on mission and prioritizes his/her professional work from that perspective.
- Has an experienced cultural intelligence or a high aptitude to learn.
- Has a specific aptitude for cultural contextualization.
- Is intentional about learning the local language of the host region.
- Focuses on mission to the indigenous members of the host region.
*Total Employment is an initiative to recruit, train, and chaplain self-sustaining missionaries who prioritize mission to the indigenous people of the MENA region. Total Employment is not a program, but an initiative primarily focused on building up a professional network of mission-driven, human resources. Indigenous professionals are encouraged to join the TE network of expatriate workers as they share and embrace its mission values.