While working as a system analyst in the flourishing IT-industry in Singapore, Deepa Celine Theresa sensed that God called her back to her native India. Now she dreams of sending tentmakers to make the Gospel known among all unreached people groups in her home nation.
I wish I had known about tentmaking and taken he GO Equipped training before I went to Singapore. While living there I had this mistaken idea that the Gospel is to be brought to new people through evangelists and pastors. So I missed a great opportunity for serving Christ in Singapore, says Deepa.
In January this year she said yes to take on the role as national coordinator for Tent India. The work is still in its pioneering stage and thus she is involved in a great variety of tasks. The vision for Tent India gives her the energy needed to push on.
My desire is to see the whole of India reached with the Gospel. 2000 people groups are still regarded as unreached. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Thus we need more people to become tentmakers and bring light into the lives of people, says Deepa.
She grew up as one of five children in a Catholic family in the South-Indian city of Madurai.
I was a typical “Sunday Christian”, she admits looking back at her life as a young adult and professional.
When I started my career I even stopped going to church. My excuse was that my job in the IT industry was very demanding. I reasoned that God knew my situation and thus understood why I could not take part in church life. Over time I got carried away from Him, because work pressure and office politics made me compromise Christ´s principles. The good news is that God loves us so much that he is willing to reach out to us even if we do not focus on him. I got to experience his love in an amazing and tangible way. This changed me completely and I realized that God had called me for a greater purpose, says Deepa.
She answered yes when she sensed that God called her to go back to India. After she returned she got to travel to different parts of her home nation.
“My heart broke as I witnessed people´s sufferings, and I got a burden to reach out to everyone with the hope of Christ,” explains the Tent India coordinator.
This fall Tent India focuses on preparations for the work ahead. Deepa can use her skills as an analyst to make sure that necessary tools and systems are in place before Tent India goes fully into operational mode in January. Next year there will be several seminars and conferences to make people aware of tentmaking opportunities.
Many people see their work as secular and they don´t understand how they can serve God through everything they do in life. We forget that everyone is called to be carriers of the light and life we have in Christ wherever we are.
Deepa is sure people will get a new perspective on their work and their everyday lives if they attend a GO Equipped course.
It is time that all members of the body of Christ get to know their calling and become active in… Click To TweetThere are plenty of opportunities to live and work among the unreached, both in India and elsewhere, and the harvest is ready. These conferences help professionals to prepare and train themselves to be ambassadors of Christ in their workplaces, in the societies they live and in other places that God may call them to go to, says Deepa.
Three reasons to give a Christmas present to Tent
We praise God that he has provided everything we have needed this year! Here are three visions you can help Tent International to fulfill the coming year:
- Tent India. Your support will help the newly established Tent office in India to expand. The focus of Tent India´s work is to recruit tentmakers who can reach the unreached people groups within India and in the surrounding nations.
- Tent Academy. Your donation to Tent Academy will help us to run high-quality tentmaking courses in low-income nations. In 2017 courses are planned in Nigeria, India and Burkina Faso.
- New branches. Several people want to create Tent branches in their nations. All branches are started in collaboration with Tent International. Your support would be used as start-up capital in this pioneer work.
Visit www.tentinternational.org/visions2017 to make your donation.