Tentmaking Missions

Understanding Our Times

Every day we read disturbing headlines from around the world: radical factions escalating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from both sides; IS jihadists massacring Christians in Iraq; Islamic terrorists kidnapping school girls in Nigeria; militant Buddhists persecuting Muslims in Myanmar; the government taking down crosses from church buildings in China … and the list goes on.


The current global economic malaise has made it more challenging for donor-dependent missionaries and job-dependent tentmakers to stay on the field.  While there is a place for short-termers, the work of missions to impact lives and transform culture requires long-term investment.  There is no short cut to building relationships and gaining influence.  So it is important to consider what it would take for workers to serve on the field beyond a few short years.