Abner Vélez Ortiz, guest contributor
México, D.F. June 18, 2015
June 13 and 14 the first generation of Latin American Tentmakers were trained under the premise of fulfilling the Great Commission through a missionary call which maximizes their professional knowledge while combined with their gifts and talents to meet one goal: to preach Christ.
During a weekend, Phill Sandahl and Ari Rocklin, representatives of Global Opportunities trained over 50 new Tentmakers in Mexico City to encourage a new generation of missionaries to confront the field from a professional perspective; that is, that these young professionals can become sowers of the Word to reach and disciple new souls from their workplaces, as did Paul, who preached while he worked making tents.
During this course, in addition to explaining what a Tentmaker is, they showed basic strategies to work in the professional market as a missionary to explain the structures of the demanding market of job offers, as well as practical advice to submit a resume attractive to talent hunters.
This new generation of missionaries also received comments useful to face the new beginning they would encounter when leaving their nations. Thanks to the experience Sandahl, Rockin and other active Tentmakers, they discussed the main challenges a new entrepreneur may face, from spiritual oppression to fight against materialism to fights within your team.
However, in the words of Ari Rocklin, “there is always joy!” because along this journey, you will be visiting and living in a foreign country, learning about the culture, making new friends, enjoying customs and festivals, meeting new foods and of course, preach.
New Tentmakers were encouraged that despite this, they were always aware of the risk involved in being a missionary in distant lands where there may be problems of limited freedom or no free expression, even persecution and discrimination either because you are a foreigner or because you are a follower of Jesus.
Finally, and not least important, Tentmakers were able to share their faith, in practical and creative biblical ways which were acceptable to reach coworkers and neighbors at key moments, as Jesus did. With kindness and hospitality by opening the doors of your home to open small churches and thus meet the objective of extending the Kingdom.
Tentmaking is thus presented for the first time in Latin America, to train young people willing to reach the nations with a vivid and effective gospel. A vision that breaks with the traditional paradigms of the missionary spirit and an enthusiasm to use the professional development of participants for the biggest priority which is to fulfill the Great Commission.
The question that hung in the air for these workers is where are you willing to go to exploit your talents and gifts for him?
Abner Vélez Ortiz filed this report after attending the Tentmaking course in Mexico City this summer.