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    Welcome to Called, a quarterly e-letter for interested and active Adventist tentmakers in the Middle East and North Africa region.  With this issue, Called replaces Transplanted & Called, MENA's Total Employment newsletter many of you have been receiving.  By linking you to our new website at www.temena.netCalled connects you to even more tentmaking resources than ever. We're here to provide encouragement and tools, but only God can, through His Spirit, shape you into the living witness He envisions that will touch those around you. We are praying for you!
                         --MENA Total Employment staff
"There is no limit to what you can do when His mission is yours, or what He can do when your life is altogether His." 
COLD FEET
Thoughts of a Nervous Tentmaker

I grew up with a vivid picture of doing something special for God.  My husband and I have always held missions close to our hearts.  In fact, we wouldn’t be living in the Middle East if we hadn’t felt God had given us a unique opportunity to help others who serve in this region.
 
Yes, we packed up almost everything we own--which isn’t much since we haven’t been married that long!  My husband found employment where he could contribute to a Christian institution.  We settled into the challenges of a different culture, a different world, and the rewards of making a difference to the people around us.  Isn’t that mission enough?
 
Yes, it was enough for us to begin an adventurous journey, but it wasn’t all God had in mind.  
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TOUGH PLACES
Can you take the challenges?


The presence of Christian professionals can make a significant difference in countries where religious activities are either limited or illegal.  The probing question is, who is willing and  prepared to prayerfully accept the challenge?

Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts from history.  But in dozens of countries, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain on the books and often are enforced, writes Pew Research Center analyst Angelina E. Theodorou. According to the Center, one quarter, or 26 percent, of the world's nations and territories carried anti-blasphemy laws or policies in 2014. Such laws are most common in the Middle East and North Africa. Ninety percent of the nations in this region, or 18 of the 20 countries, criminalize blasphemy, and 70 percent criminalize apostasy.

Pew Research Center points out some of the current major trends when it comes to religious restrictions: a spike in religion-based terrorism in 2014, with 82 countries experiencing such danger; religion-related violence that displaced over two million more people in 2l014 than in the previous year; with the highest level of hostilities involving religion occurring  in the  Middle East.

Consider that a challenge, though.  Because some of the nations that criminalize blasphemy and apostasy welcome the contributions of Christian professionals and business people. The job opportunities are present.  Your willingness to be used is God's opportunity to lead you!  He promises to be with you if He calls you to a tough place.

For the Pew Research Center's latest report on religious restrictions around the world, read the full article.  
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Courtesy of Global Opportunities at www.globalopps.org.
WHERE GOD LEADS
Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you're a committed, mission-minded Seventh-day Adventist professional living for God in the workplace in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), we would like to share the resources and vision of MENA's Total Employment tentmaking initiative.  Visit NEXT STEP at the MENA Total Employment website, www.temena.net.

If you're working outside MENA and have been moved by the needs and mission of the MENA region, you might have a few questions.  Visit FAQS at the MENA Total Employment website, www.temena.net and get answers to some of the questions we're frequently asked.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD TENTMAKER?

Every tentmaker is different. And every setting is different. But some qualities, nurtured by God and committed to His service, become important for your workplace witness in a cross-cultural setting.  

Mission passion comes from knowing what God has done for you and realizing there's a world who does not know that He can do the same for them.

Spiritual influence is only possible when the power of the Holy Spirit fills your life, directs your witness, and is free to work in the hearts of those around you. 

Personal excellence is your response to God, who has given you special gifts and who is waiting to bless your careful use of them as you do the job, conduct business, and live with honor.

Cultural intelligence helps you honor the heritage of those who live and think differently than you do even while you invite them to join you in learning about God and what is important to Him.

Sincerity comes in living honestly before God, humbly before others, and trustworthy in the eyes of the seeking heart.

Intentionality prompts us to pray, listen, and plan with a purpose to  follow where God is leading and to work where we see Him working.

Flexibility meets the countless unknowns of mission with confidence in a God who knows all and is always prepared.

 



In View
of 
God's Mercy

 
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  

Romans 12:1, 2

Q&A
 
What jobs are usually available in the MENA region?

The largest vocational areas open to tentmakers are education, health-care, agriculture, engineering, business, finance, science and technology.  Teaching English as a second language is also a common tentmaking profession.  For job search links for the MENA region...  MORE
 
CALLED: Tentmakers in Cross-cultural Mission   Third Quarter 2016
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