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When it comes to planning short-term mission trips, often the question asked is, “What can we go and do?”

ITEC was founded on the question, “What would it look like to go and train?”

Sending medical, dental or other professionals to a remote location overseas can meet a lot of needs in a community. There are times when this may be the best course of action.

Taking the time to invest in teaching skills to local people can be an opportunity to have a longer-term impact through a short term trip.

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 desire is to be a guide for others to join in this work. Maybe your church or ministry has skills to pass on through your next short-term trip?

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

It might take more work and can have unforeseen complications… But what impact could we have if the work can continue long after we leave?

Check out the Train page for more information