About Global Opportunities
To help the church to understand and engage the Biblical model of tentmaking by sending committed, everyday, workplace Christians as mission workers, and to mobilize and equip these Christians to serve abroad as effective tentmakers, primarily to least-reached peoples.
- Educates about and promotes tentmaking through its website, writing, speaking, tentmaking seminars, and advertising.
- Assists churches in developing tentmaking and sending tentmakers.
- Provides training materials to equip tentmakers.
- Publishes GO World, a free mini-journal and Tentmaking Briefs, a free enewsletter on tentmaking to teach, motivate, and equip for effective ministry.
- Provides training for tentmaker effectiveness through courses.
- Mentors and coaches tentmakers to help them succeed and be effective.
- Connects tentmakers with colleagues on the field for team support and accountability, whenever possible.
No tentmaker becomes a GO missionary. Tentmakers merely commit to Global Opportunities on a personal, fellowship basis, not on any legal or employment basis. They are fully self-supporting if at all possible, though sometimes require supplemental support. We counsel them to partner with the other missions workers and agencies and with the indigenous church. All tentmakers must be a members in good standing in a local sending church.
Statement of Faith
- The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness, and authority of the Bible.
- The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historic fact of His bodily resurrection. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
- The expectation of the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
History of Global Opportunities
How GO Began
In the 1950s, Ruth Siemens went to Lima, Peru to teach third grade in an international school. Through her quality work, her warm heart for people, open home hospitality, and Bible studies, Peruvians were drawn to Jesus. She led students, faculty and staff into relationship with Christ and took them deeper in knowing him. In her spare time, she reached and discipled students at San Marcos University and started the Peruvian Christian university movement.
Seeing God’s blessing, Ruth took a position as principal of an international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There she repeated her model reaching students, faculty, and staff at the school through her excellent work, care for people, hospitality, comments about Jesus, and Bible study with those who responded. And, she did the same thing as before in the universities in Brazil. By the time she left for Spain and Portugal to continue the university student work, she left behind campus fellowships on 30 universities in Brazil.
At the request of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), Ruth moved to Spain after the collapse of fascism in Spain and Portugal. There she pioneered the student movements in both countries through fishing evangelism, Bible studies, hospitality, and discipling student leaders.
During the summer, Ruth visited InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) chapters in colleges and universities across the U.S. She led evangelistic talks and Bible studies, taught on evangelism, Bible study, missions, and tentmaking. She opened a new world to Christian university students to do missions using their profession to make a living and to live out the gospel through their lives as self-supporting witnesses. Many were excited about not having to switch to a professional mission vocation and asked her help. Ruth then coached them and researched job openings for them.
When Ruth left IFES, she itinerated constantly around the country for IVCF doing more of the same thing she had done during visits. Many students responded to the tentmaking approach and Ruth helped them find jobs and prepare to go overseas. Over time, this grew into a full-time ministry and IVCF encouraged Global Opportunities to split off into a separate agency focused on mobilizing and equipping tentmakers, both working professionals and businesspeople.
Where GO Works Today
GO partners closely with Tent in Norway which we helped launch. GO focuses on N. America and Tent focuses on Europe. Over the last 25 years, GO has helped 100s of tentmakers to go all over the world, including many of the hardest places on earth. Currently we know of tentmakers working in over 80 nations from 40 nations.