Rethinking Medical Missions
Training Christ-followers to meet basic healthcare needs in their own communities.
Equipping Christ-followers To
Meet Basic Healthcare Needs
Short-term medical missions trips commonly help a number of people in need, but there's almost always more need than time. ITEC's Health team focuses on developing programs that train and equip local Christ-followers to continue basic medical, dental, and vision clinics after the initial training. This approach creates continued opportunities for needs to be met, the Gospel to be shared, and can even help build a local economy.
Indigenous Medical Training
I-MED is a focused medical training program designed to make it possible for indigenous non-health care workers to learn safe and effective health care services to those who otherwise would not have access to medical care. The skills learned provide a great foundation for students to meet basic medical needs in their community while opening up doors to share the Gospel.
Indigenous Dental Training
By equipping local pastors, ministry workers, and Christ-followers in basic dentistry, I-DENT enables dentists to pass on their skills to others. These local believers can meet basic dentistry needs using the ITEC Portable Dental Chair in their communities long after the training trip creating countless opportunities for the Gospel to be shared.
Indigenous Vision Enhancement
Vision issues are common in frontier areas. The need is often greater than a few optometrists can provide on a trip. I-SEE is a program that equips indigenous Christ-followers on the ground with skills to identify and treat common eyesight problems, share the Gospel, and operate small self-sustaining ministry on their own.