How long does a tentmaker serve?

Tentmaking is a life calling.  A lifestyle.  A commitment to the people and needs of a region. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where relationships are a primary point of influence, it can take years to win trust and make a personal impact.  A longterm commitment is important.

As An Employee
The time a tentmaker invests in a foreign country depends on many factors, though, including the employing company's hiring policies, the local economy and political situation, and the changing needs of a corporation or institution.  Many employing organizations offer two- or three-year renewable assignments to international workers.  

As Business As Mission
A tentmaker doing business independently as mission (BAM) is somewhat more independent.  But every entrepreneur knows it can take years to establish a sound business base.  In addition, national economies, politics, and market needs can make the process even more complex.   In the end, the tentmaker places Business as Mission completely in God's hands and trusts His leading.

Under God's leading
Tentmaking is built on a willingness to step into whatever opportunities God provides and to work and witness as long as He keeps open the door of opportunity.