I once heard a pastor very passionately assert that all missionaries should engage in “tent-making.” That is, he felt all missionaries need to work a job in order to pay the bills and do missions on the side. As support, he cited the example of Apostle Paul – the original tent-making missionary.
While endeavoring to raise support this past year, I have seriously considered “tent-making” on several occasions. (I’m not sure about the nobility of my motives. In the back of my mind, thoughts existed like “If I work a job in Portugal, I won’t feel like I’m living on charity. Plus, we could get there faster.”)
It’s time to make sure my thinking finds its base in Scripture instead of my fears, my heritage, the views of a vocal pastor, etc.. I’ve been studying and I would like your thoughts too. Check out the following verses about Paul’s tent-making experiences and leave your observations as comments on this post. Thanks. Andy
1 Thessalonians 2:9
2 Thessalonians 3:6-12