Different Life Stages

As you consider tentmaking, every life stage comes with its unique opportunities and challenges. 


Young Professionals

Single or married, it could be rewarding to explore an international career in the global economy. Nonetheless, you may have these questions:

  • Where will my career path abroad take me? What are some risks and potential gains?
  • Should I wait until I am married before I go? Will I meet the right person overseas?
  • What if my significant other has reservations? If married, what about timing for starting a family?
  • What if my parents object?
  • What about my financial obligations here?
  • What is a reasonable time frame for exploration?
  • What are some career challenges that I may face when I need to come home?
Read stories about single and married young professionals.

Mid-Career Couples with Children

An overseas assignment could be a rite of passage for career advancement with multinational companies. But, there are considerations in this season of life. 

  • How will living overseas affect my family life?
  • How about the children’s education and social development?
  • How about my spouse’s career?
Read about a mid-career couple who learned to trust in God during their transition to overseas life.

Empty Nesters

Retired, kids out of the house, but still wanting to impact the world? The idea of seeking significance beyond security and success is compelling. But there are questions that need to be addressed:

  • I have good ministries here at home.

  • How can I be sure of a meaningful role overseas?

  • What if my spouse is not fully on board?

  • What about health care overseas?

  • What about elderly parents? I will miss my grandchildren! 

Read Mike and Sharon's story as empty nester tentmakers in China, and their ability to leverage their past experiences to counsel and encourage others. 

Students: Grad or Undergrad

Ever considered studying abroad to experience a new culture and explore an international career? The sky is the limit! But you need to align your education and future career so you will live up to your God-given potential and vision:

  • Be sure to seek good counsel from those who understand career as missions.
  • Seize every opportunity to discover your passion and gifts.
  • Invest your summers wisely for cross-cultural exposures.
  • Cultivate a lifestyle of witness and discipleship.
  • Grow your ministry and relational skills.

Read about Matt during his language study term as a student and his influence on fellow classmates .