Tentmaking Is...

 

How would you finish the sentence?  Tentmaking is...

In the world of Adventist missions, tentmaking represents a relatively new concept.  For generations, most Adventist missionaries were employed by the church organization.  Educational and medical facilities, administrative offices, publishing houses, and other church instititutions have employed inter-division staff who receive income,  allowances,  and even retirement benefits.

But tentmaking is...different.  It is a personal mission:  Self-supporting, life-encompassing, cross-cultural, long-term, self-sacrificing, spiritually based, and Spirit implemented.  In countries where religious activity is limited or even illegal, the tentmaker may be the only opportunity someone has to meet God--in the form of a living witness.

Tentmaking has countless possible platforms.  An employee of an international company.  A teacher in an international school.  A language school instructor.  A nurse.  An independent businessman.

Tentmaking is God's call. As you consider investing your profession in a far-off world, to serve where others can't, remember it's His call.  For it to happen any other way makes your assignment just another job.  For it to happen under God's leading makes the tentmaker a missionary in the highest sense.