National Geographic : 1956 Dec
© National Geographic Society "These Hands Have Ministered unto My Necessities," Spoke Paul in Acts 20:34 Saul was born a Roman citizen, a fact that argues his parents were well to do. Nevertheless he was taught the tentmaking trade as a youth in Tarsus. Time and again the skill made the difference between food and want on the Apostle's missionary journeys. Furthermore it proved an example to his disciples, for, as Paul explained, "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak." Taking the Apostle's word as command, today's Missionaries of St. Paul teach students to use their hands at a trade school at Juniye, Lebanon. This young man, operating a sanding machine, polishes concrete-and-marble tiles for flooring. + For about a decade Saul may have preached at Tarsus, his birthplace, possibly while supporting himself as a tentmaker. Perhaps he worked with weavers such as these two, who thread warp yarn for a loom in the Cukurova cotton mill. Largest in Tarsus, Turkey, the plant produces some 27,000 yards of finished cloth a day.