Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Welcome to the May 09 issue of the MTN E-newsletter!
We are pleased to introduce to you two new members of the Steering Committee:
1. David Yong of the 1st AOG, KL
2. Dr Chen Lip Siong of SIM (Serving In Missions)
The two agreed to join us after the 5th MCGM National Missions Dialogue in April this year. We are pleased that they are coming on-board the Steering Committee to help us champion the cause of tentmaking as a tool for missions for the Church in Malaysia. Dr Chen, who resides in Sabah, will be a great help as we extend our network over to East Malaysia.
In the last issue, we introduce to you the MTN blog - http://
Check out what we have for you in this issue and talk to me . . . email me your comments.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This is one of the questions that I had many years ago when a young graduate student approach our exhibition at a missions conference.
So many times we are using terminology which is very confusing to people outside our circle. Tentmaking and missions? Why relating the making of tents to missions?
It all goes back to what is recorded for us in the Bible in Acts 18 where Paul joined and worked with Priscilla and Aquila who were tentmakers like him in Corinth. Paul was on a journey to take the gospel to the gentiles and he and his team were supporting themselves through their trade of tentmaking.
Although Paul was known as an apostle (missionary) amongst the believers, he was primarily known as a tentmaker in the marketplace during those journeys.
Since the late 1980's the need for tentmaking missions were highlighted due to visa restrictions for traditional missionaries. An indication at that time how our methods for reaching the unreached needed rethinking.
Tentmaking in general refers to Christians who are in their commitment and calling 'missionaries', while they are equally committed to serve their host culture through their trade, profession, or business.
William Carey, the father of modern missions, concluded that it is the only way mission work should be conducted and demonstrated it by impacting India not only with the Good News, but also the nation as a linguist, horticulturalist and lobbyist for legislation against human sacrifice (sati and infanticide).
With more Christians now outside the West, the Church is re-learning this integration of faith as integral part of the mission of God's people.
Tentmaking therefore is not a way to hide our mission activity, but it brings the Good News into the every day life of people; it is ultimately Good News to all peoples.
Today we see the Lord Jesus Christ calling His people back to the Good News as hope for all peoples. The Christian-life is not escaping the coming judgment, but it is about being part of faith communities of God's people seeking to live as salt and light within a hopeless and turbulent world.
It is about the God of Abraham who is restoring a people from every tribe, language and people group back to Him, for the sake of His Kingdom through Jesus Christ the Savior.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
2. Work strategically by regions thus recognising the distance factor especially when calling for meetings, dialogues and etc.
Recognising that this is the brave new world of instant information but also of short attention spans, we decided that there should be a monthly MTN e-newsletter which should be short and interesting! We have thus far sent out 3 E-Newsletter. If you wish to receive the the MTN E-Newsletter please subscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you help us by sending us your success stories of tent-makers, your thoughts on tent-making and your recommendations on how to improve the MTN?
From the small group of about 8 people who attended the meeting, the following responded to be part of the Steering Committee under the leadership of Ps Albert, the MTN Track Coordinator. They are:
Au Yong Mun Heong - World Outreach
Ben Bester - Global Careers
Kelvin Chew - Missions Director - Canning Garden Baptist Church, Ipoh
Joule Bonus - International Team
Meng Eng - The PsALM
Subsequently, Ps Ned Cheliyan from STAMP was invited into the steering committee in Jan 2009.
We are presently seeking to add more members to the Steering Committee from missions leaders from the church and mission agencies. If you feel you can contribute please let me know.