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Tentmakers International (formerly known as TIE) was formed shortly after the Lausanne II meeting in Manila in 1989. Participants of the tentmaking track there did not want to lose the benefits that came from interacting with other tentmakers. Lausanne II proved to be a time of both inspiration and networking. It was obvious to all who attended that God was doing something new in missions. He was opening missions up to the whole body of Christ, not just the professional missionaries. At a meeting held in Seattle, John Cox (UK) was appointed Director of TIE and Danny Martin (Malaysia) was asked to be Associate Director.
The organizational meeting of INTENT was held a few years later at Glorietta, New Mexico. Several international observers were invited. The enthusiasm of those present encouraged the calling of an international congress on tentmaking which was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1993. About 80 delegates from 15 countries converged on Chiang Mai for five days. Dr. Christy Wilson, author of Today's Tentmakers, delivered the challenge to work together and learn from each other. Model projects from Galcom in Israel and E-land in Korea were examined. Much networking has resulted in strategic alliances being formed among many who attended. At the end of the inaugural meetings, a steering committee was formed consisting of Berit Kloster (Norway), Paul Han (Korea), Loh Hoe Peng (Singapore), John Cox and Danny Martin. Through the benevolence of Mission to Unreached Peoples in Seattle, this steering committee has published regular TIE newsletters with the help of Ken Smith and Jim Hardie for the past three years.
The 2nd International Congress was held at Melbourne, Australia in February 1997. Dr. Philip Lind, the director of AZTEM, hosted the meeting. Dr. Lind, Rob Kilpatrick (New Zealand), and Danny Martin (Malaysia) served as the program committee.
The 3rd International Congress was held in South Africa during 1999.
The Asian Congress was held in Manila, Philippines from March 18 - 21, 2001 at the Caliraya Re-Creation Center in Laguna.
The 4th International Congress was held in Korea during 2002.
The European Consultation was held in Bulgaria from 28th to 31st May of 2004.
By Danny Martin