FRIDAY BLOG MARCH 17, 2017
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vat2WHAT IS VALUE ADDED TENTMAKING?

We are Christians. Of course, our faith is important to us and we love to share it with others, but what else do we bring to the nations? Something tangible, perhaps something that will make life easier?

I  once visited a missionary high up on a mountain where she had started and built a church. Propane had to be brought up by motorcycle and it was expensive. Hot water was a luxury for dishes and for showers.

I quickly noticed that it was hot and sunny most days, so I went for a walk to the village shops. There was a man selling all kinds of irrigation hoses for the farms and individual gardens. I bought 200 feet of two inch black hose, laid it on the flat roof in a circle and ran the cold water into one end and the other end to the sink and bathroom area of the building. Apparently there was never a shortage of hot water again in that building during daylight hours – a simple two hour solution that was soon copied by others in the village.

I call it “value added tentmaking.”

Most if not all English speaking expatriates are at one time or another asked to help locals with their English. Whether they do this formally or informally, it brings a tangible value to the community. This is why we urge everyone to take even a short certificate course in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). We recommend a minimal 60 hour course, that can be taken over four weekends to fit in with your work week, before leaving for your overseas contract. It is our recommendation that you do not teach English for free, but charge a reasonable fee to maintain a level of professionalism.

What kind of skills, experience, or hobbies do you have that can be used to help locals improve their situations?

ESL is the most obvious and commonly used bridge to make friendships with your co-workers, neighbors and business people. Make yourself available even if it seems like a lot of extra work.

Here are some ways you might explore in becoming a “value added foreigner” to the local people:

  • ESL
  • Computer training
  • Cooking classes
  • Small business loans
  • New ways to grow vegetables
  • Recycling
  • Solar cooking
  • Solar power
  • Teaching your favorite board game
  • What else can you think of?

Now that you’ve given this a passing thought, what can you do here at home – at your workplace, school, or in your business? Start small and see how God can use your servant’s heart for His kingdom purposes.

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Ari J. Rocklin
Interim Director
Global Opportunities


FRIDAY BLOG MARCH 17, 2017
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GLOBAL Opportunities UPDATE:
We have cleared the last legal hurdle in re-branding Global Opportunities. However, due to the delay in the process, our new launch date is now May 1, 2017. New name, new domain, new website! Stay tuned!
Help us find or pray for us to find a new director ASAP!

 

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THE 4 QUESTIONS TENTMAKERS ARE ASKED.

The four most common questions that expatriate workers are asked by neighbors, coworkers, shopkeepers, taxi drivers and those they come in contact with are:

  1. What is your name?
  2. What do you do here?
  3. Where are you from?
  4. Do you believe in God?

Everyone can answer the first three questions in a few short minutes, perhaps even without thinking about it too much. The fourth question requires thought, preparation, sensitivity, gentleness, respect, divine inspiration and a time out.

Check out Peter’s advice on this – 1 Peter 3:15,16.

PAUL THE TENTMAKER FROM TARSUS

In one short, to the point sentence, we learn much about Paul. Having established his persona and reason for being, we can assume that he then began passionately sharing his faith in ever creative ways.

How you answer the fourth question will either open the door for future faith discussion or perhaps close the door to potential friendships that lead to faith talks. It is vital that we get it right, as we only have one chance to make that critical first introduction of our faith.

If it were up to me, I would make every future tentmaker spend at least 100 hours preparing themselves for this one question. It is that important. Getting that answer wrong could raise suspicion and make you an object of unwanted attention or it could simply set the foundation for future dialogue and perhaps even give you status as a man/woman of God.

For those of you considering tentmaking business as mission, or those of you out there already doing it, I urge you to do some homework so you will have the best possible answer to question number four.

 


FRIDAY BLOG MARCH 10, 2017
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FRIDAY BLOG MARCH 3, 2017
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gracemeterWHAT’S A “GRACEMETER”?

At our tentmaking courses, which are designed by former tentmakers and updated by current tentmakers, we discuss the challenges tentmakers face today. These are frequently updated as we debrief returning tentmakers and learn from them.

One of the challenges is being a part of a tentmaker team (if one exists). These teams can be put together before leaving. We call them “out country” teams, or if they are made up of tentmakers who meet in country, we call them “in country” teams. These “in country” teams are often put together through divine appointments and tend to be less problematic since they meet mostly for prayer, worship and encouragement.

We have heard of “out country” teams spending up to 75% of their team time dealing with personality issues and conflicts between team members. If this is true, that would be a terrible time loss to the Kingdom – Christians focusing on their own issues instead of being focused on the real reason they have come.

Thus, the need to invent the “gracemeter” was born. Please take this with a grain of salt!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We all have a different understanding of grace. Some believers are very legalistic while others are living a life of total grace. A firm belief in hyper grace if you will. Neither is right nor wrong, but their place on the gracemeter is also an indicator of their understanding of ministry, their understanding of scripture, and their frustrations with those whose understanding of grace is different than their own.

Do you see the problem this could bring to a team working in a very difficult country or region, perhaps one that is hostile to Christianity?

So when looking at the gracemeter, you can visualize where your needle might stand. Once you figure that out, try to evaluate where your team member’s needle would stand (perhaps the member you have most difficulty with).

The further apart you are from each other on the gracemeter, the more challenging your relationship will be.

The hoped-for result would be that you could step back and just accept the other person where they are, without trying to move their needle toward your position.

teamWe have had encouraging and sometimes humorous reports from tentmakers who have struggled with team issues, and then found solace in drawing a picture of the gracemeter during a team meeting.

One recent email said: “The gracemeter allowed us to move forward as a team and it has been a tremendous blessing for all of us, we were able to laugh and bond after discussing where each of us had our needle”.

Where does your needle sit on this meter?

When was the last time it moved?

 

 

 


FRIDAY BLOG FEBRUARY 24, 2017
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scale$20 THAT CHANGED A LIFE IN INDIA!

Jim a tentmaker to India was used to seeing a man sitting by his weigh scale all day long. For a few cents, anyone could weigh themselves.

One day Jim decided to sit down beside the man to simply get to know him and have an opportunity to practice Hindi. He learned that Ashok was actually renting the scale and was paying up to 90% of his days take to the owner of the scale.

While Jim sat there, suddenly there seemed to be more people wanting to weigh themselves than usual. Ashok suggested that Jim’s presence was bringing him good fortune.

Jim started wondering how he could help Ashok earn a bigger slice of the pie? Each day, Jim would make a point of sitting down beside Ashok, which always brought him more business. They became fast friends.

Jim learned the complexity of Ashok’s business. The scale was owned by a man who had many scales in the city. He paid his workers a measly amount of the earnings. If the scale broke, the worker would in debt for months and perhaps years until repayment with high interest was made.

One day Jim went and bought Ashok a scale. But not before doing his homework.
If he had just gave the scale as a gift, the renter of scales would simply take it away from Ashok, who would have no recourse nor police protection.

Before presenting the scale to Ashok, he went to the local police station and asked an officer to come with him to verify the business transaction between himself and Ashok. The policeman watched as Jim gave the scale to Ashok. A business plan was developed by Jim that allowed Ashok to repay the loan in about six months. Then the loan paper was fingerprinted by Ashok. Having the policeman present afforded some protection for Ashok, and having a foreigner involved added a bit more.

Before the six months was up, Ashok had saved enough of his earnings of 100% to pay back the full amount of the loan. Jim once again called on the policeman to witness the full repayment of the loan, had him sign the “paid in full” receipt together with Ashok and Jim. Then Jim made a few copies of the receipt and even had one copy laminated which Ashok could keep as proof of ownership.

Today Ashok keeps 100% of his daily earnings and is proudly able to show everyone that he has paid back the loan in full. Imagine going from keeping 10% of your daily earnings to 100%. Jim continues to disciple Ashok and members of his family…

Principle: Do not be too quick to help, seek wise counsel from locals so that your gift of a loan does not cause difficulty or dependency. Real help requires getting to know people and involves discipling.

 

 


FRIDAY BLOG FEBRUARY 17, 2017
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10 Reasons tentmakers do not join mission agencies.
– from a survey by GLOBAL Opportunities.

  1. They don’t want to do fundraising
  2. They don’t see the value in paying for agency services
  3. They don’t think agencies understand genuine tentmaking
  4. Agencies often do not allow tentmakers to maintain ongoing businesses or to fully work in what are perceived as their “non-ministry” jobs.
  5. They can’t commit to long training programs and retreats. Getting time off work is not easy.
  6. The application process and forms are too long and complicated.
  7. In closed countries, mission agency membership creates identity issues.
  8. Agencies don’t provide appropriate member care for tentmakers whose work and life situation is different from career missionaries.
  9. The mission agencies do not seem to be interested in tentmakers signing up nor have they carefully thought through how to best utilize them.
  10. Mission agencies seem old-fashioned and do not fit in (out of sync with) today´s world.

“Although we encourage future tentmakers to connect with at least three mission agencies before going, only 3% choose to do so”. GO Research

Our research also shows a positive trend by many mission agencies who are making tentmaking a top priority and are working hard at getting it right.

We at GO are excited at this trend and offer our services to any mission agency who is interested in doing this well. We already have a track record of having worked with traditional mission agencies since 1998 in developing their tentmaking divisions or tracks.

One of the oldest mission agencies in Europe recently stated that they are making tentmaking their main strategy.

Connect with us! We are your servant organization.

 


FRIDAY BLOG FEBRUARY 10, 2017
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TENT logoTHE STORY OF TENT NORWAY.

TENT of Norway was founded in 2001 by a team of dedicated people, a strong board and effective former tentmaker, Steinar Opheim. Instead of figuring it out alone, they invited Global Opportunities to help them with resources and teachers for their early courses.

IMG_00000002An early indication of God’s favour was made evident when TENT was able to purchase a historical prayer house building right in downtown Bergen for one dollar. These historical prayer houses were built  using volunteer labor by everyday workers who needed a place to worship.

Thus the location in the port area where most work activity took place in the early days of this prayer house movement.

Although the cost of the building was one dollar, the renovations that were needed were more than even the highest estimates. This being a historical building meant that the exterior could not be changed and had to remain original. The interior was completely redesigned with the addition of offices in the loft area and converting the open basement into a rental unit and kitchen. The general meeting room is large and bright, with excellent air circulation and comfortable seating. Wireless internet is available to all as well.

IMG_0012Why not join them for the next tentmaking course at this beautiful location? You will be housed for free in local Christians homes, all meals and snacks are included in the course fee.

This course tends to fill up, so register early!  

May 24-28, 2017 http://tentinternational.org/events/tmcourse/2017bergen

 

 

 


FRIDAY BLOG JANUARY 20, 2017
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We at Global Opportunities are increasingly being asked to evaluate BAM companies for Mission Impact. There are reports of loans not being renewed as no evidence of Mission is seen. BAM investors want a financial return but not without proof of a Mission advancement. Fair enough!

On the ground.

Our team member spends quality time with locals as well as those directly involved with the BAM company.

In a nutshell, this is what our research on site and an an evaluation includes, usually done in about one week at the expense of the BAM company. It is by no means an exhaustive list as there are too many to list here.

  • Community views of Jesus followers?
  • Business partners understanding of being a follower of Jesus?
  • Suppliers knowledge of your Business Principles?
  • Workers knowledge of your Business Principle?
  • Workers family understanding of your Business Principles
  • Local shops, restaurants, service industry relationships with your company.
  • Your relationship with your competitors. Are you fair with them on a business level?
  • Local religious leaders understanding of your business and your faith. Measured from 1-5.
    1. Antagonist
    2. Suspicion
    3. Willing to look the other way as long as you stick to known perimeters.
    4. Supportive
    5 Acceptance

Daily while on the ground.

During our evaluation time a short briefing is scheduled each evening for the BAM team. This is a time for Q&A and for some fun with good food!

actionFinal report & action plan.

At the end a full evaluation and action plan forward is drafted and sent to the BAM team. It includes practical suggestions for individuals and for the team as a whole.

References from companies who have used our service are available on request but are highly confidential and thus not available until we have verified the request and checked with their sending church.

Have a blessed weekend!

Contact us! http://globalopps.org/about-go/contact/

 

 

 


FRIDAY BLOG JANUARY 20, 2017
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1500% increase in “people reached”!

go group2Global Opportunities has a Facebook Page and a Closed Group. When we post something on those pages it is not unusual to get hundreds of views or in their terms “People Reached”. The numbers of “Likes” can be from a few to hundreds.

However, one series of postings went “viral”. We received a special notice from Facebook saying your posting has now had reached 1500% more people than your average posting.

(Scroll to the end of this article to learn what that posting was.)

In the never-ending quest of trying to reach people with the tentmaking message and with limited budgets, we are always challenged in finding the best way.

“10% of Jesus followers have seriously considered missions. Of that 10%, less than 1% have heard of tentmaking missions or considered doing it themselves”.

Yet, of the hundreds of tentmakers we at GO are privileged to be serving, we learn that going out as a tentmaker has been the most rewarding thing they have ever done. Our course feedback overwhelmingly affirms that those four days were the catalyst in getting them out there to be effective.

The series of cartoons had the highest reach of any social media campaign we have ever done. I will post more of them in upcoming Friday Blog.

Jim


FRIDAY BLOG JANUARY 20, 2017
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BUT WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO DANCE!!!!

A young tentmaker couple from the US had recently arrived in a very restricted Muslim country. To their amazement, they were immediately invited to a local wedding of a government official’s daughter. They gladly accepted.

Once the ceremony was over, the dancing began. Now the tentmakers came from a denominational background where dancing is frowned upon and of course they had never danced before.

Their gracious hosts kept asking them to join in on the dance floor and it got increasingly difficult to make them understand that they simply did not know how to dance. Their hosts did not believe that a young American couple would not know how to dance.

After a while, the couple realized that there was a suspicion and mistrust building between them and their hosts. Not a good start to a tentmaking ministry.

Eventually they decided to give it a go, after all how hard could it be, they had seen dancing in movies.

Once they got to the dance floor everyone, about 100 people, gathered around them in a circle and started clapping to the music. The young couple thought they had done a decent job of gyrating to the music and sat down.

Their host came over and apologized. I am so sorry, you really don’t know how to dance!
When the tentmakers came home for a summer vacation, they promptly went and took some dance lessons as they never wanted to go through that scenario again.

What would you have done?

God has a sense of humor, since this wedding opened many doors to new friendships and even offered them some protection as foreigners and gave them access to high government officials.


FRIDAY BLOG JANUARY 13, 2017
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BAM? B4T? B4B? GCC?

Last Friday I discussed the reason we continue to use the term tentmaking. Scroll down to read.

This Friday, let’s look at the BAM movement’s many terms.

A recent survey by BraveWave showed which terms are being used the most. Which one do you think best describes what BAM is? Are some of them confusing? Would it be helpful if there were fewer terms being used to describe the same thing?

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We at Global Opportunities call it Business as Mission (BAM) which is nicely defined by Mats Tunehag in four points.

1. serve people
2. align with God’s purposes
3. be good stewards of the planet
4. make a profit

Prophet Moses put it all in perspective.

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Deuteronomy 8:18

BUSINESS OR MISSION?

The BAM movement is the fastest growing component of missions today. Many companies struggle with the “mission” part simply due to the exhaustive complexity of running a profitable business. Finding a balance and intentional integration is the key to success on both levels.

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES CONSULTATION TO BAM COMPANIES.

We at GO are prepared to help your BAM company with the “M”. At your expense, we will visit your place of business and conduct a thorough multi-day evaluation of your surroundings, spiritual climate, local attitudes, etc., and give you a detailed working plan for all missions-minded workers to follow in order to maximize your mission effort. We leave the Business part to the experts.

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FRIDAY BLOG – JANUARY 6, 2017


WHY WE USE THE TERM “TENTMAKING”.

In the 20 years that I have been involved with mobilizing and training tentmakers, one of the more frequent discussion topics among agencies and groups is to get rid of the term tentmaker.

Here are some of the alternatives that have been either suggested or implemented.

  • Kingdom Professional
  • B4T (Business for transformation)
  • Self supported missionary
  • Pauline missionary….and many more.

I attended a think tank on tentmaking and it was really interesting to note how people went out of their way to not use that term. Seemed like a lot of work.

Here are some of the objections to the term tentmaker.

  • It needs an explanation
  • It translates poorly to other languages.
  • It’s passe

Well guess what? So are all the other alternatives! Try smoothly translating B4T or even Kingdom Professional into other languages. And yes, they will need an explanation too, probably a longer explanation than tentmaking!

We at Global Opportunities, Tent International, GoTential, MoveIn etc. are committed to keep using this Biblical term that always brings us back to Apostle Paul, who argued well for being a self supported missionary and business person.

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See our simple graphic on how we understand this term, with tentmaking being the concept worked out in three different categories.

The common factor is that none of the three require financial support, as all are self supporting.

 

 

 

 

 


FRIDAY BLOG – DECEMBER 23, 2016


DAVE’S LEGACY

de-collageUpon the retirement of Dave English later this month, after being the director of Global Opportunities for 20 years – following in the footsteps of and being mentored by founder Ruth Siemens – it is my privilege to look back at Dave’s legacy and accomplishments, as I see them from having been his co-worker for the past 16 years.

In 1999, GO was running one tentmaking course in the US each year. The course content was designed by Ruth and Dave to reflect on Ruth’s decades of experience as the master tentmaker of the modern era.

It was Dave’s vision to see the work of GO expand globally, and during his tenure the courses were run in an increasing number of countries and locations. In one year alone, the course was run in eight different countries. And it wasn’t just courses, but people who were being trained and mobilized to work together to form tentmaking advocacy groups, and even organizations that would multiply the impact for tentmaking – while always being true to the foundational principles set out by Ruth Siemens.

Today, the course has been run in 13 countries and is still expanding. GO has been a critical component in helping organizations like Tent Norway get started. There are viable tentmaking movements in Brazil, Mexico and in many countries in Europe because Dave had a strategic vision for a worldwide tentmaking movement.


dave-ltnDave had the opportunity to speak on tentmaking as far away as Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Finland, Norway, England, Nigeria, Uganda, and of course Canada.

Dave also launched a very substantial paper publication called GO World in 1994 which was widely read, referred to and quoted in the world of missions. It was the only such publication of its era and there has been no equal since it was discontinued in 2002 due to financial constraints.

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As we still have the digital copies of all editions, we will be building a special section in our new website where they can be read and downloaded.

In his retirement, Dave is available to speak on behalf of tentmaking and is perfectly positioned to write a book on Ruth Siemens’ legacy and her contribution to tentmaking. Ruth left behind hundreds of pages of her writing and only Dave knew her well enough to sort through it all to write the best book on tentmaking yet.

We wish him every blessing, as well as time to devote to his other passion of flying, and look forward to seeing this book published, which I will personally pledge to find shelf space for at major missions and Bible school libraries around the world.

Just remember this pilots saying Dave: “Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing!”

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paulusYou might be interested in Apostle Paul’s Tweets – @paultentmaker

Here are some of them:

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FRIDAY BLOG – DECEMBER 16, 2016


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TENTMAKERS OASIS IN SPAIN
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If you are an active tentmaker in North Africa or Middle East regions, did you know that there is an almost free retreat center in southern Spain? It is a place where missionaries come for rest and restoration in a wonderful peaceful atmosphere that is conducive to recharging your tired batteries.

For a few euros per night you get a room, a communal kitchen and counselling services if needed. If you have a family there are a few two bedroom apartments available as well with their own kitchens. The old church hides the inner courtyard where the apartments are located. All within a short walking distance of a quaint Spanish village with restaurants and stores. Beaches are another 30 minute walk away in a larger city. There is also free WiFi.

This center also serves as a training center for missions courses, including an upcoming tentmaking course in March of 2017. Tentmakers from the region can show up on short notice and will always find a warm welcome from people who are passionate about missions.

manosIt may not be a 5 star, but it is private with all kinds of missions minded people coming and going. If you like hiking, there is a high mountain right behind the center, where you can go for long or short hikes with a spectacular view of North Africa across the water. It is also a great mountain top for prayer and meditation.

 


 

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FREE TENTMAKERS OASIS IN BC CANADA

On one of the smaller Gulf Islands of British Columbia Canada is a cottage reserved for tentmakers in need of rest, relaxation and restoration. You can fly to Vancouver (YVR) or Victoria (YYJ) and then take a ferry to the island. You will not need to bring a car as the cottage is within walking distance of the ferry docks. The cottage is fully equipped but you need to bring your own sheets, pillows and towels. There is a well stocked grocery store, a bakery, a few good restaurants, a library and many beaches and hiking trails. Free WiFi is provided on a high speed internet connection. There is a limit of four guests and no pets are allowed.

If you are looking for excitement, great night life, with crowds of people this is not the place for you. If you are looking for silence, solitude and closeness to nature, then this is the place for you. When you hear the raven’s call, you will know you have arrived.

Contact me if interested for more information & reservations website.

 


 

 


FRIDAY BLOG – DECEMBER 9, 2016


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TENTMAKING IS DANGEROUS!

We have helped hundreds of tentmakers get ready, equipped, and launched to go to unreached and often unsafe countries. As we track with them, we have come to realize where tentmakers are in the most danger, but you would be surprised to learn that it is not out there among unstable nations and hostile people. I’ve been doing this ministry full-time since 1998, and since then four tentmakers have died in car accidents upon returning to their home countries.

Why do you think this is? We don’t know, but one reason could be simply that they are used to vastly different road rules, or no rules at all and have mastered driving in those conditions. However, upon coming home there are strict rules – like red lights, which actually do not mean “slow down and look”, but that you must come to a full stop. Driving on the left side of the road for a few years and then coming home to drive on the right side and hitting another car head-on was one of the accidents that claimed a tentmaker’s life only a few days after returning home. He was on his way to his church to share his story.

Yes, there have been deaths while serving out there. Local terrorists have targeted and killed tentmakers while going about their daily lives in Mauritania, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen. We are not sure if it was for political reasons or being martyred for their faith. We do know they were indeed targeted.

At our intensive 4.5 day tentmaking courses, we spend time learning about working in sensitive areas. By the grace of God, no one who has taken our course has died out in the field as a martyr, although some have come very close. It is our focus to train people to be safe and to make disciples, not to become martyrs themselves or to have their disciples die as martyrs. It is hard to grow a church if people exceed known security and safety parameters and then die in the process.

Jesus did not promise us safety but he did promise us eternity in His presence. Let us delay our departure from this earth as much as it is humanly possible.

One more New GO feature!

GO was published a substantial publication for years called GO World. It was eight pages long and featured many articles by Ruth Siemens. We have digital copies of every issue, so we will be making a special section on our new website so that a new generation can access and research these timeless articles. I am personally very excited at being able to provide these rich resources to the world.

 


 

 

 


FRIDAY DECEMBER 2, 2016


Global Opportunities has been running tentmaking courses for over 21 years. In 1999, they ran one course per year. Today, the course – designed by master tentmaker and GO founder Ruth Siemens, and led by Dave English – has been run in 13 countries with their international partners, and in one year alone it was run in 8 countries, breaking the previous record.

While the course content has evolved to reflect the realities of today’s tentmaking world, the core remains true to its founder’s vision. We interview returned tentmakers and give them the opportunity to update course content to align with the very real challenges future tentmakers will face.

ltnThe course was initially called Light to the Nations, and was later renamed GO Equipped! Tentmaking Course, which it is still known as today. In 2017, an online version of the course called Integrated Faith will be launched.if-online

 

The final course of 2016 just concluded last week in Germany, and here are some comments from the students.

WHAT HAS IMPACTED YOU – WHAT & HOW DID GOD SPEAK? WHAT STEPS DO YOU PLAN TO TAKE?

  • Informative, fast paced, supported by experienced teachers. Balanced with good humor built in. I will use the study notes and speak about tentmaking at my home church.
  • I’ll open my house more. Where I am going, but also here. We also have many people in Germany who would want to be invited, like refugees, we can do it also here, and I believe God wants us to do that!
  • I liked the variety of topics & we could feel your heart in it – not only teaching but you were in it yourselves. I was encouraged & the course helped me, God showed where I am in the process.
  • I often don’t like seminars/courses because it remains theoretical. Here experiences were shared, teaching was practical & helped us to understand the possibilities and task.
  • I hadn’t seen the critical situation of the unreached peoples and how tentmakers can carry the gospel there. This encouraged me to encourage future leaders in my coming country, to send them to reach people! And I hunger for Germany to be reached.
  • I’m also touched by your stories you told about the people you met. It is real when you tell what you have experienced.
  • Thank you for the openness, telling when you even felt a failure.
  • The case studies helped a lot, and that they are real-life cases.
  • The course went beyond my expectations. The interaction from the teachers in sessions was helpful. Case studies (3 lessons with them) were good!

Here is a sample course outline.

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Upcoming Courses

Blessings to your Christmas season as we prepare to celebrate our Saviors birth!

SOME OF THE UPCOMING TOPICS:

  • Stories from tentmakers!
  • Why we use the term tentmaker.
  • A tentmakers contribution to the new constitution of a post revolution nation.
  • A look back at the 21 year legacy of David English – former executive director officially retiring at the end of this year.
  • It’s hereA crowd-sourcing campaign to help us launch well in 2017!
  • Current job opportunities for tentmakers – as we get them.
  • GO World Remix – our new website will feature a section for GO World articles

 


NOVEMBER 26, 2016


fridayWELL IT’S HERE, THE FIRST EDITION OF FRIDAY BLOG!

Thanks for stopping by – this won’t work if people like you don’t drop in from time to time. I’m kind of encouraged that people from 17 countries have already stopped by to check out this page before launch. As the interim director of Global Opportunities, I want to make this first edition a sneak preview of what we are working on at GO. A new era for a new generation of tentmakers is being launched. Future editions will have tentmaker stories and profound insightful thoughts from yours truly. As you can see, I also have a sense of humor. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

THE NEW GO!

The board of Global Opportunities has approved the plans for the new GO in 2017.

Here are the SEVEN components that a new generation of tentmakers can look forward to.

  1. A new name – stay tuned, it’s still a secret for now.
  2. A new logo – being designed by professionals
  3. A new mobile-focused, resource-rich website on a new domain.
  4. A mentoring program where former tentmakers make themselves available to new tentmakers to help them along with their journey. Imagine being mentored by someone who has served where you’re going!
  5. An online course called Integrated Faith built on the exact same components as the classroom GO Equipped! course. You can meet with online students in groups, and even get a chance to spend an hour or two with the teacher of the week in an open forum. If you can’t take the course on schedule, you’re covered, as you can take it on demand whenever, almost wherever you are.
  6. Tentmaking Briefs will be called Tentmaking Today. It will be an independent publication with a chief editor for the worldwide tentmaking movement on its own website.
  7. Friday Blog (it’s what you’re reading now) is a short, inspirational, one-minute read focused on tentmaking, which will be updated at the end of each working week. It will also include job openings that are sent to us. (See below)

Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend, and see you next Friday!

 


 

 

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