Have you ever heard of a tentmaker?
This “ministry” looks professional, put-together and like it’s got it going on (hey, ya!) but let me please be very clear-
This is not a non-profit
This is not a church
This is not professional services such as counselling
Today, this is a blog, registered as a business so that I do not get in trouble with the tax man for the income that we have earned thus far. We do not look for companies to financially support us, we do not do fundraisers (with the exception of the UnBound Me Scholarships we hosted, which is no longer running), we are not an organization with a board of trustees.
We are a handful of women who went through something difficult and wanted to find a way to use our experience to help other women.
However, doing so has costs. It’s actually quite incredible how expensive blogging can be! So we have dedicated to becoming “tentmakers”. We sell products like blankets and clothing (discontinued 2019), host online classes and sell Bible studies (and the like) to fund “the gospel”, which is free for you.
Grey Ministries has become a rapidly-growing platform for Christian women with loved ones who struggle with addiction. As it grows, it needs more time, more services, more web hosting, more help, etc. This all greatly increases the need for tent making.
It’s at the point where I need a babysitter, to be honest.
One of the other ways we help to fund Grey Ministries is by using affiliate programs, but they are by far our smallest income. We currently only work with two programs: Amazon and Sheila Wray Gregoire from To Love Honor and Vacuum. We have no special affiliation with Amazon, it is simply easy for us to recommend products on. Sheila, we love and have great respect for her, her classes and her platform.
Should we get additional affiliate programs, we will be sure to list them here.
A lot of people do not agree with me on not becoming a non-profit, but every charitable organization is still a business. I have zero interest in relying on donations to fund us. Nonprofit might mean tax break but it also means spending valuable time on paperwork and board meetings.
“In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out”
This is a social advocacy faith-based business.
Paul was a tentmaker because he didn’t want to burden the people to financially provide to hear the gospel. I love that!
“I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that I worked with my own hands to support myself and those who are with me. In every way I’ve shown you that it is necessary to help the weak by laboring like this and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, because he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” -Acts 20:33-35 (CSB)
It is my hope that one day I will be able to hire women with loved ones who struggle with addiction to work alongside me on this. Women who have come to the ministry for help, who have financial need and talents.
I want to work with my own two hands to support myself while freely sharing with you the news about the amazing love of Jesus Christ.
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands!” -Psalm 90:17