Through creative, culture-specific and/or traditional business models, WTI will seek opportunities in areas that are under served. Our desire is to reach people who would not otherwise be reached with the gospel by traditional missions (this is not limited to the 10/40 window). Our goal is to expedite the spread of the Gospel through providing funding or job opportunities to those missions-minded individuals whom we choose to support. Ultimately, our investment is in people not machines or businesses. A good harvest is not simply decided by the quality of the seed, but the attention of the gardener. Jesus is the Master Husbandman so our prayer is that Christ will delight in using us by providing expertise, counseling, business services, development, investment, etc. in bringing forth His Harvest. We are not competing with traditional missionary endeavors; we happily co-exist and support their efforts as indispensable and often irreplaceable. We will look to partner with like-minded agencies and other missions’ organizations to cooperate, as possible.
We are aware that Tentmakers overseas face incredible challenges such as relating to a foreign culture, integrating work with ministry, and managing a hectic schedule. Learning to be an effective witness in your home country is essential before starting a ministry overseas as William Carey did. Therefore, we will not abandon those that we counsel or facilitate, and we will approach investments as long-term relationships built on accountability and support in sending laborers into the field.
Our format for operating and standards for spreading the Gospel are to:
- Achieve financial sustainability to avoid being a burden to local churches either at home or abroad. (Acts 18: 1-3; Acts 20: 33-35; 2 Thess. 3:8-10)
- Focus on local job creation and local wealth creation to help raise the standard of living in areas in which we have a ministry (Deut. 15: 7-8; Acts 3:6)
- Advance the local church and discipleship through training of individuals, financial giving, and spreading of the Gospel. (Prov. 3: 9-10; Matthew 28: 19-20)
- Develop our identity in obedience to the Word of God and operate as a solid witness to His grace. (Deut. 4:6; Ps. 19:7-14; I Thess. 1:2-10)
- Consider all ministry and activity in light of its impact on family. Weariness is a direct result of conflict between priorities at home and work and we believe the most effective mission strategy melds the two. (Deut. 4:9-10; Gal. 6:9)
- Strive to maintain our main objective in operating which is to spread the Gospel and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of operating successful businesses and placing individuals in jobs. (Deut. 8; Mt. 6:33)
- Devote our resources and profits to expanding the Kingdom of God and sharing the Gospel. We believe that our view of resources is indicative of the heart of our ministry. We desire to generate and give as service. (Haggai 1:5-11; Mt. 6: 19-25; Luke 18: 18-30)
- Encourage and edify the Christians that desire a life of reaching out to the unsaved either at home or cross-culturally through work. The life of a Tentmaker is wrought with challenges and necessitates spiritual maturity and perseverance. (Deut. 3:28; Romans 14:19; I Th. 5:11)
- Maintain a commitment to research and gathering solid information that can be used to expand the Kingdom of God through economy. (Deut. 1:21-40; Prov. 2:6-8; Luke 14:27-35)