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Biblical Tentmaking Series: Introduction

Biblical Tentmaking

"Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee" (Is. 60:9).


     Three years ago in 2008, the world witnessed an invisible but significant milestone. In our mobile, ever-changing world, more people officially live in urban areas than rural areas. The 20th Century experienced a tenfold increase in the population of urban areas across the world, while the world's mission force has stayed relatively static the past several decades at approximately 200,000 total missionaries. [1] In general, our mission force while devoted has not matched the dynamism of the world's urbanization which means that in many areas there are fewer missionaries reaching a larger population. By 2030, the urban population will double again driven by the massive growth of developing nations. By 2030, 81% of people living in developing nations will be in urban areas. [2] The world is not the same as it was in the 19th Century when our missionary heroes were facing the perils and challenges of undeveloped, tribal cultures.



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