Strategic Investment

Why Invest in ITEM?

 

The Bible describes our giving in terms of investment, giving now for results later. For example, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:33, 34. (Or consider other passages such as Malachi 3:10, Luke 6:38, Matthew 25:14-21, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 6:19-21, II Corinthians 9:6-11, or I Timothy 6:17-19.)

 

ECONOMICAL

With all ITEM’s efficiency and effectiveness, ITEM can provide a very economical education for students in other countries where income is so much lower than in America. ITEM provides an economical opportunity for instructors to experience missions. ITEM provides an economical mission agency for you to truly support.

 

Depending on the institution served and the number of students attending, ITEM delivers excellent theological education and ministry training at a very low dollar per student class hour.

 

Instructors can experience missions for one or two weeks for the cost of the air fare and miscellaneous room and board.

 

Donors can know that most of their gift goes to the mission field.

 

EFFICIENT

Efficient – producing effectively with a minimum of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort.

 

 ITEM operates efficiently by bringing the instructor to the students, not vice versa, as most educational institutions do. That saves travel, time, money, and family hardships.

 

ITEM uses instructors who receive their normal income from other sources such as their churches, where they pastor, their educational institutions where they teach, or even as they are retired. Hence they are not hired or paid by ITEM.

 

Given our schedules of one or two week classes offered at various times of the day or even in the evening,  students can return to their work to support their families and to their churches to share what they’ve learned.

EFFECTIVE

Many international students that come to Christian colleges and seminaries in America often do not return home. Attracted by an easier and more comfortable lifestyle here, they remain here though needed more in their native lands.

 

Instead ITEM sends the instructors to the field so the students can remain and minister in their own families, churches, and cultures. These students, when trained, will be more effective in their own countries when planting churches and spreading the gospel.

 

And given our schedules of one, two, and sometimes three week classes, students can return to their work to support their families and to their churches to share what they’ve learned. They pass on God’s eternal truths effectively and immediately.

 

EXPANDING

The apostle Paul told Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men (and women) who will also be qualified to teach others also (II Timothy 2:2).”

 

 ITEM helps expand God’s kingdom through discipling reliable men and women.

 

ITEM is truly a multiplying ministry, multiplying your gift in America to bring God’s truth to many students in other countries who then take what they have learned in the classroom to their homes, their churches, their culture, and to the world.

 

These leaders become pastors, evangelists, missionaries, Sunday School teachers, small group leaders, and disciple makers almost immediately as they eagerly transfer what they have learned in the weekday classes to their weekend destinations.

 

ETERNAL

ITEM sends instructors to train men and women in other countries such as the Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Croatia, and India in the eternal truths of God’s Word.

 

 We teach these eternal truths from a Biblical reformed perspective. We know God’s Word when accompanied by God’s Spirit brings eternal life and eternal transformation to individuals, churches, and whole cultures.