Article: IJFM Tentmaking II

International Journal of Frontier Missions: Tentmaking II

International Journal of Frontier Missions

Volume 15.1

My personal experience in mission activity has been focused almost exclusively for the last decade in the Hindu, Buddhist/Tibetan Buddhist, and Islamic world. By definition, this world is, but with rare exception, inaccessible to individuals who apply for visas as “missionaries.” Therefore, those doing Kingdom work almost always function in some type of tentmaker role.

In these regions, for the last eleven years, my colleagues and I have been engaged in helping launch and sustain Strategic Evangelism/ChurchPlanting Partnerships—and in training/mentoring those who lead these Partnerships. However, my field involvement with missions stretches over thirty-five years. This has allowed me to meet and work with hundreds of tentmaker missionaries.

In helping develop and sustain these Partnerships over the last eleven years, we have found ourselves connecting with missionaries playing every conceivable role. Scripture translators, literacy workers, literature production, radio programming, health and medical work people, environmental and business personnel, and those engaged as teachers or academics would be just some of the categories of tentmaking activity we have regularly seen.