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No one could have predicted COVID-19, and no one knows for sure the limitations we will have going forward. In terms of short-term mission opportunities, things are still paused. Most likely, local churches will be able to access their own communities long before outsiders are allowed to enter their country.

Watch this short video to hear stories from past students trained by ITEC. We also invite you to ponder how COVID-19 might change how we look at and approach short-term mission trips when the borders open up.


  • Doreen Ainscough says:

    Hi there, I receive your emails and news, but I have a question that I cannot answer. You use the term Christ followers, instead of Christians and I have only heard that term used in the States and not here in England. I wonder why you use that term, as the bible says the term Christian was first used at Antioch? Why not continue using a biblical term, rather than adding a new one? I would be grateful for an explanation!
    God bless you all in these difficult times of isolation. We are in restricted lockdown and unable to see family or friends in the home or garden, so it is a struggle.
    Regards, Doreen Ainscough.

    • Daniel says:

      Hi Doreen, Thanks for your comment and thoughtful question. I sent the response to you directly, but wanted to also answer publicly in case others were interested. I asked Jaime, our executive director, to answer this question from the organizational standpoint:


      The Waodani, with whom my family has had a close relationship for over 60 years, called those in their tribe who had accepted Jesus as their Savior, “coming after ones” or God-followers. For generations, they had known that there was a Creator because they reasoned how could their be a creation without a Creator.

      As we began to do trainings and speaking in places outside of Ecuador (a mainly Catholic country), to places where people believed in one or many gods, we began to use the term Christ-follower to be clear as to whom we are following.

      In addition, people in many countries believe that everyone in the USA is a “Christian,” as many of our founding principles were from the Bible. Many people in the US, if asked what religion they are, would respond with “Christian.” There are also many in our churches today who may truly be saved but are not actively pursuing their relationship with Jesus. So, we use the term Christ-follower to refer to those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus for salvation and are actively following Him.

      Thank you for your question, and I hope this clarifies why we use Christ-follower rather than Christian.


      Thanks again Doreen. God bless you, as well!

      Dan – ITEC Team