International Teams Canada is a Christian mission organization dedicated to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and oppressed.
Our motivation to care comes from our pursuit of Jesus and His mission to engage the most marginalized and impoverished among us, especially widows, orphans and refugees. Our work is always accomplished in partnership with churches, businesses and grassroots networks of passionate people investing their time, resources and abilities.
International Teams Canada currently has programs in fourteen countries: Romania, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, Uganda, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Philippines, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Canada.
- Kevin Dyer founds “South East Asia Literature Crusades.”
- First team to Calcutta, India, sells 100,000 Gospels of Mark in just three months. The work spreads to Bangladesh and Singapore. U.S. Board of Directors is formed.
- An old house in Park Ridge, Illinois is renovated and turned into a training center. Ten adults and 7 children begin training for the first team to Latin America. The name of the organization is changed to Literature Crusades.
- Forty-two adults, plus children, finish the first training in Prospect Heights and are sent on four teams to Manila, Philippines; Bombay, India; Bogota, Colombia; and Caracas, Venezuela. In September, another twelve people begin training, newly expanded to a nine month program.
- In December, between Christmas and New Years, International Teams conducts its first “World Missions Congress” at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Nearly 1600 young people attend from all over the United States and Canada. Hundreds dedicate their lives to the Lord to be used in His service. “Congress” is held every three years for the next 20 years.
- With teams serving in ten countries, International Teams begins its “Courier Ministry” – taking Bibles and Christian literature and relief items to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. They serve the persecuted church in this way for over 20 years.
- The name of the organization is changed to International Teams.
- International Teams Philippines is founded.
- Mark Dyer returns from the Philippines and is appointed President of IT USA.
- Geoff Tunnicliffe moves to Canada and develops IT Canada into a partner organization with ITP and IT USA. One organization is becoming three partners.
- The Courier Ministry expands to include evangelism and discipleship efforts in the communist countries of Central & Eastern Europe. Several IT personnel begin living in Hungary, Romania, and East Germany.
- Attorney Raineer Chu is appointed by the ITP Board, as the first Filipino Director of ITP. The influence of Filipino missionaries begins to lead IT toward defining “compassionate evangelism” as one of our core emphases. U.S. Urban Ministries is established with teams in Chicago’s inner city African-American and Hispanic communities.
- Communism collapses in the countries of Central & Eastern Europe. Teams are formed to help churches throughout the region in the development of their evangelism and discipleship ministries.
- International Teams Canada launches a church mobilization effort that grows 600% in five years.
- Albania opens to the world. About 20 IT personnel take part in the first ever large outreach campaign in that country. Brian Jose, formerly leading teams in Central & Eastern Europe, moves from Austria to England and is appointed International Director.
- IT Australia is incorporated.
- U.S. Urban Ministries expands to include serving in Philadelphia (among Cambodian and Vietnamese residents), Boston, and Los Angeles (among transplanted Iranians). An increasing number of people from countries in Europe and Latin America, begin serving in IT teams.
- East Asia Regional Leadership established ACCESS, a standardized, two-week intensive, introductory training program designed for all people joining International Teams anywhere in the world.
- Today International Teams Canada works in 25 locations with Transformational Development programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and North and South America. We are part of the International Teams Global Alliance with national offices in the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Austria, Australia, Philippines, USA and here in Canada.