Because tentmaking has many different shapes and presentations, maybe it's easier to explain what a tentmaker is not.
The tentmaker doesn't receive a paycheck from the church.
The tentmaker isn't a resident tourist.
Tentmaking isn't a short-term mission assignment.
Neither is it a way to recoup financially.
A tentmaker isn't a secret missionary.
A tentmaker isn't an employee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
And tentmaking isn't usually a fast track to professional success either
While a tentmaker is certain to meet experiences they will never forget, they're not in it for adventure. While tentmaking demands discretion and wisdom in a foreign country, a love for people and faithfulness to God can never be a secret!
Having said all that, a tentmaker is not on anything other than a person in mission for God.