(Monthly newsletter of Tentmakers International)

May 2007

  1.  News

  2. Upcoming events

TI International Congress and ConsultationThe 5th TI International Congress will be held From July 9th until July 11th 2007 in Port Dickson, Malaysia. The closing date for registrations is May 10 th. Either online or offline registrations are possible. For online registrations go to http://www.tentmakersinternational.info/events/timalaysiaonlinereg.htm. The program includes:

Plenary sessions:

  • The global tentmaker – by Derek Christensen (Chairman of Tentmakers International)

  • Unreached peoples – by Kent Parks

  • Mobilizing Tentmakers – by UBF

  • Globalization and Migration – Rajesh Duthie

  • The next generation – by Danny Martin

Workshops:

Business as Mission , Using Sports for Marketplace Witness, Disaster and Crises Relief, Student Movement and Tentmaking, Mobilizing churches for Tentmaking, Discipleship and Tentmaking, Arts and Media, Teaching English, Caring for Tentmakers, Training Tentmakers, Transforming communities, Tentmakers planting churches

 If you need more information contact us at ticonferences@gmail.com

From Norway to Canada Well attended Tentmaking Courses!
– By Ari Rocklin (Global Opportunities)

I’ve just returned from yet another blessed and well attended TENTmaking course in Bergen Norway. How I wish anyone and everyone involved in tentmaker mobilisation would join us alteast once at our Norway location. Did you know that TENT of Norway owns the building in the historical region of Bergen, right beside the ocean, downtown? The story how they managed to do that is worth hearing, so please join us for a course in the future.

Our next course is in Victoria BC Canada , same teachers, same course outline, different students and guest speakers. We are so excited at how people are joining us for these courses from so many countries and often travelling across many timezones to be with us. It adds color and flavor to our courses. Everyone is welcome.

You need to know we have added an exciting component to our tentmaker training that is already bearing fruit overseas. “Alpha in the Workplace” is custom made for laypeople who have not had much ministry experience before going overseas. You can get good training thru your local Alpha program before leaving, and if you really want to kick it up a notch, you can attend a one day Alpha in the Workplace seminar to learn how to run this at your jobsite. One of our course attendees was asked by his non believing boss in the Mid East if he could run AIW at their place of business! Once he did that, another business owner asked him to run it at his business as well. AIW is simply ALPHA on steroids, compacted to fit into a regular lunch break. Here is the problem. After each course we hear from people who are distressed that they did not hear about the course in time to attend! This is very frustrating for us as well. How can we do a better job of getting word out to the right people? Perhaps you can help? Think of people who are well connected and networked, and send them this information.

For more information on the Victoria Course, please visit the GO website www.globalopps.org or if you want to go directly to the Victoria Course page http://www.globalopps.org/course/victoria2007.htm

Medical Profession Making a Difference in Togo

Togo‘s most recent statistics show that roughly a third of its population falls below the global poverty line.

Association of Baptists for World Evangelism’s Dr. Michael Gayle says this plays a huge role in their work. Gayle and his wife, Cheryl, serve at the Hopital Baptiste Biblique, a 40-bed acute care hospital in
Kpele Tsiko, Togo.

The medical team sees 2200 patients admitted each year, cases involving general surgery, ob/gyn, and pediatrics, to name a few. The attached medical clinic treats 16,000 out-patients a year, making them the second-busiest hospital in Togo. In fact, their reputation has spread so far that their ministry “footprint” now includes southern Togo, Benin, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

Hopital Baptiste Biblique is based on missionary support in financial and in physical capital.? It’s one resource they’re finding a bit scarce. “We are down to just one part-time surgeon, one family physician, myself, and a physician’s assistant. We have a pediatrician coming back from furlough later on this year. But we are still in great need of short-term and career general surgeons, OB/GYNS, and primary care physicians.” The staff is also in desperate need of a fulltime hospital administrator. (Taken from Mission News Network)

Feeding the Pigs -Indonesia

Pigs can change the future of an entire community. That’s why Far East Broadcasting Company is showing God’s love by lending pigs to villages.

By loaning them a male and female pig, the village can have a litter of piglets. FEBC just asks that the residents give them back a male and female piglet to give to another needy village. 

One pastor who listens to the YASKI broadcast wrote to FEBC explaining the conditions that his village was living in. Heartline Center, where YASKI is located, responded by sending him money for chickens and pigs. “Now, 2 years later, we live only from the results of raising chickens and pigs, and we have even been able to send our children to school and buy clothes and other necessities,” said the pastor.

This project not only helps get food on the table of struggling families, but it also teaches the villagers how to raise pigs. Besides producing food and income, it also produces a sense of self-sufficiency among the people. (Taken from Mission Network News)

Open Huddle Conferences

OPEN Huddles are conferences organized for practitioners in the Business as Mission and tentmaking fields and we have received information about two to be held this year as follows:

Thailand Bangkok May 24-27
Speakers:
 

  • Jim Frost an experienced trainer of leaders (including Dick Scoggins), will be teaching on Leading Leaders or Total Leadership.

  • Patrick Lai, small business owner in
    SE Asia will be bringing the devotions, based out of Nehemiah also focused on leadership.

Turkey Open Huddle
Istanbul, November 8-11

Speakers:

  • Dick Scoggins will be teaching on “House Church Planting.”

  • Bill Job, a medium sized business owner in
    China will be bring the devotions  sharing on his experiences of 20 years as a tentmaker.

If you need more information contact us at tentmakersint@gmail.com and we’ll get you in touch with the organizers.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We would like to introduce to you an important free opportunity to make courses more widely known through the Evangelical Training Database. The Evangelical Training Database is a searchable online database at www.trainforChrist.org which seeks to give information on evangelical pastoral, theological en missionary training courses in all countries.  

July 9-11, 2007 5th TI Congress, Malaysia . Tentmakers International (TI, formerly TIE ) will hold its 5th Congress in Malaysia, and is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact ticongress(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or browse to http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or http://www.tentmakernet.com  

August 16-19, 2007 .The all Africa TI International Conference will be held at the Saint-Augustine Seminary in Bamako, Mali. The conference is designed to develop the tentmaker strategy of evangelism in Africa, and to train lay people to share their faith in the context of their vocations to the unreached peoples within their respective nations. For African registrations in this African Conference contact: Tiowa_Diarra’at’Yahoo.fr, U.S. contact tie’at’ gatiwa.com

August 21- 24, 2007 Third Tentmaking Residential Training will be held at Centre Polyvalent de Nyamana, Bamako, Mali. The seminar is designed to equip Tentmakers for Christian testimony in both work and living place. The speakers will be Steinar Opheim, from Norway, Gerson Celeti from Italy and Tiowa Diarra from Mali. If you need more information contact Tiowa_Diarra’at’ Yahoo.fr  

October 29-November 2, 2007 “Give Us The Nations” The 2nd Euronet Missions Conference Brussels, Belgium. Organized and sponsored by the European Filipino Christian Networking Trust. For more information, visit: http://www.euronettrust.com 

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