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Opening Doors to the Gospel

Training mature indigenous Christ followers with practical skills that create opportunities to share the Gospel.

‘Training’ instead of ‘doing’ on short-term trips is a critical part of our model. We work with trusted international partners and mature Christ followers, teaching them new skills that meet needs in their communities as a door opener to share the Gospel.

Why Train?

When planning short-term mission trips, the common inquiry is, "What can we go and do?" ITEC, however, was born from a different question: "What would it look like to go and train?"

While sending medical, dental, or other professionals to remote locations overseas can address immediate community needs, it's not always the most sustainable approach. Investing time in teaching local people skills offers the potential for a lasting impact, extending the benefits of a short-term trip far into the future.

Steve Saint was challenged by the Waodani in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador when they saw plenty of people willing to come and help in their communities, but the outsiders did not want to teach them. The Waodani saw an opportunity to meet needs in their communities as a way to show and share the love of Christ and wanted to learn skills that would help open doors for the Gospel.

The Waodani’s desire led to the start of ITEC, which has now trained in countries all over the world, working with trusted international partners and indigenous Christ followers to teach new skills that meet needs in their communities as a door opener to share the Gospel.

Our aim is to encourage others, perhaps your church or ministry, to consider sharing their skills on their next short-term trip. As the adage goes, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

Although it might require more effort and come with its set of challenges, imagine the lasting impact we could achieve if our work continued long after our departure.

How It Works

Have you thought about ‘training’ instead of ‘doing’ on your next short term trip?
Learn some of the steps that we take in implementing our training trips.


Partner Selection

Finding a local partner with a vision for sustainable ministry.


Training Selection

What training would be the most strategic for the partner’s ministry?


Curriculum Preparation

Create, refine, order supplies, have materials translated.


Build Your Team

Find people with a vision to equip and share their knowledge.



Clarify details and set expectations with the partner and the team.



Passports, Airfare, Visas, Immunizations, Prayer.



The execution for the training after months of preparation.


Follow Up

Follow up with partner and trainees to support and receive reports of how the training is being used.

Training allows physical and spiritual needs to be met long after the team returns!

Areas We Train

Training typically takes place over one week.
Dental Training
Medical Training
Eyesight Training
Film Training
Mechanical Training
Farm Training
Mission Transportation

Watch Documentary on ITEC Training Trip

From the coast of South America comes the story of how God is working among indigenous Christ followers in Colombia. On a recent ITEC training trip, God reminded all of us that He is in control of His work, and we are not.
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