I have just returned from attending the 3-day 5th Tentmakers International Malaysian Congress 2007, held from July 9-11 at the Selesa Beach Resort, Port Dickson.
The aim of this congress is "to promote the Tentmaking initiatives and envision the key people to network and synergise the movement." More than 150 people from various parts of the world congregated in Port Dickson to discuss and share their experience and to network with one another on how tentmaking initiatives could be further promoted.
There were some very good sessions. A total of 4 plenary sessions were planned, and these covered the topics of "The Global Tentmaker Movement," "Serving the Unreached Peoples - Really?" "Mobilising Tentmakers," and "Tentmaking and New Global Mission movements." Reports on tentmaking activities from various regions ranging from Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Oceania, North America, Africa, to Europe were also presented. In addition, a total of 16 workshops sessions with diverse topics to cater to the wide ranging interests of the participants were also organised.
Overall, it was a good congress, and I have personally learned much from it. I will post a couple of my reflections in the subsequent days. Now...it's back to work in the seminary!