I-TEC supports the Great Commission by assisting the "hidden" church in its journey toward independence under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
One of the great barriers that has prevented indigenous churches from growing to maturity is their continuing dependence on the welfare of outsiders. A native church that relies on the leadership, technology, and financial support of foreign missionaries rarely can stand on its own when that support is withdrawn. We are convinced from the Scriptures, however, that the goal of the Great Commission is to establish churches that are self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating.
At I-TEC, our focus is on enabling indigenous churches to overcome the technological and educational hurdles that stand in the way of their independence. Missionaries have long understood the value of technology, and they have employed every available tool to preach the gospel — from the machete to dental equipment to airplanes. But advanced technology is often impractical for use by a native church, where even the lack of electricity may be a concern. We aim to bridge that technology gap by equipping the indigenous church with technology suitable to their needs — technology that they can use and maintain with minimal outside support.
• Develop, produce and distribute unique tools and training systems for frontier areas.
• Train and equip indigenous God-followers to care for the physical and spiritual needs of their people.
• Build bridges of understanding and partnership between Christian churches in developed nations and those in frontier areas.
Steve Saint was born and raised in Ecuador where his parents were missionaries. His father, Nate Saint, was the “Jungle Pilot” who was one of five young men killed in 1956 by the Waodani Indians (known as Aucas) whom they were trying to reach with the gospel. Steve founded and currently leads the ministry I-TEC (Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center) with the vision of finding better ways of doing missions and giving indigenous God-followers the tools they need to fulfill their role in the Great Commission. Steve has authored three inspiring books: The Great Omission, End of the Spear and Walking His Trail.
Steve & his wife Ginny.
I-TEC Ecuador is a prototype training center located in Shell, Ecuador, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, where Steve's parents, Nate and Marj Saint were based in the 1950's. The purpose of the training center is to train and equip Christ followers in South America on the I-TEC tools so that they can reach their own people with the love of Christ. I-TEC Ecuador is managed by Galo Ortiz from Shell, and is fully operated by Ecuadorians.
I-TEC Ecuador has already served as the home base for teams who have gone on recent Vision Trips to Ecuador, as well as the VIP team in the summer of 2012. I-TEC's vision for I-TEC Ecuador is for it to become a self-sustained training center where Christ followers can be trained on the I-TEC tools, with hopes of this prototype being replicated in other regions around the world.
The facility was completed in 2012 and dedicated in March 2013 to the memory of Stephenie Raquel Nemo Saint, Steve and Ginny's daughter who went home to be with the Lord in July 2000.
Click above to watch a video about the history of I-TEC.