The MENA Tentmaker displays a commitment to live as an ambassador for God in their work community and sees their workplace as a mission platform for sharing their faith in a unique and sensitive manner. While every Adventist living within MENA has a calling to share Christ with those around them, the MENA Tentmaker has consciously identified their vocation as a bridge for mission, is focused on reaching the indigenous people, and chooses to be intentional about their workplace witness
Because of this we make a distinction between am international worker and a Tentmaker.
The International Worker
The international worker comes to the region primarily for employment. They may or may not be an active member of a local Adventist worshiping group or congregation. They may have little or no mission engagement. BUT they represent an enormous mission potential as they respond to the Holy Spirit's invitation to make a difference for God where they are. As we collaborate with field leaders and pastors with resources and support, we hope more and more international workers will commit to a tentmaking mission.
The MENA Tentmaker
A range of committment exists among tentmakers. Because of circumstances, ability, and time constraints, tentmakers engage at different levels and become involved in mission in different ways. We call this range a Continuum of Involvement
The first step is to see one's role as a personal Ambassador for God:
- They are an active member of a local Adventist congregation or small group and are faithful to Adventist doctrines, identity, and lifestyle, including Sabbath observance.
- They take advantage of the resources and training provided through their regional field and/or MENA Total Employment Tentmaking.
- They develop an identity as a tentmaker that begins to shape their work choices, interactions, and relationships.
The developing tentmaker begins using the opportunities they have as a Communicator:
- They become involved in story-reporting of their witnessing experiences.
- They begin learning how to verbalize their faith instinctively and strategically.
- They make efforts to form a nucleus of individuals who are interested in faith-sharing and Bible study.
In a natural process, the growing tentmaker embraces their role as a Leader:
- They thrive on the spiritual energy of daily encounters for Christ.
- They network with others within their local worshipping group and/or local field to encourage tentmaking concepts, to mentor, and to build a home-based outreach especially for indigenous seekers.
- Their efforts are intentional for expanding their spiritual influence and drawing others into a tentmaking mission.
The experienced tentmaker contributes to the larger church as an Apostle:
- As they personally develop, they become a resource and leader within MENA Total Employment Tentmaking.
- They have learned practical faith-sharing in a Muslim context and have the ability to train others.
- They have displayed skills in group leadership .and church planting
They contribute to the overall strength of the Adventist Church and its mission in the MENA region.
MENA Total Employment Tentmaking
MENA Total Employment Tentmaking (MENA TE), based in Beirut, Lebanon, oversees the development of Adventist tentmaking in the MENA region. MENA TE recruits, trains, and chaplains self-sustaining professionals and skilled workers who prioritize mission to the indigenous people of the MENA region.
MENA Total Employment tentmaking is not a program, but an initiative primarily focused on building a professional network of mission-driven individuals employed in the secular workplace in MENA. Indigenous professionals are encouraged to join the network of international workers as they share and embrace the values of a tentmaking mission.
MENA TE provides resources and connection among MENA Tentmakers. The term Total Employment is a reminder to each person that beyond their salaried job, they are to be fully engaged in working for the Lord!