Direct beneficiaries of iTeams Canada Programs in 2016.
12 Programs

Focusing on orphans and vulnerable youth/children

4 Programs

Focusing on widows and vulnerable women

5 Programs

Focusing on refugees

About international Teams Canada

International Teams Canada Inc. (iTeams Canada) is a growing, innovative Christian charity dedicated to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of widows, orphans, and refugees around the globe.

Part of a wider alliance of affiliated national offices providing leadership around the world, iTeams Canada has programs in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada. Our work is always accomplished in partnership with churches, businesses, and grassroots networks of passionate people investing their time, resources, and abilities.

With volunteer program champions in Canada, we empower churches and indigenous leaders to transform communities in need through sustainable projects that will, over time, break the cycle of poverty. In some places we provide for the necessities of life, like food, clean water, and shelter. In others, we work in conjunction with our partners to ensure access to school by providing school fees, building new schools, training teachers and after-school tutors, and offering vocational training and income generation. In other areas, experienced church leaders and pastors help in training of hundreds of pastors and evangelists each year.

Our mission is to bring together indigenous leaders and Canadian churches, to help widows, orphans, and refugees. To that end, we provide infrastructure, expertise, training, and services to our partners and programs as we work together to make our vision a reality: lives and communities transformed by the power of God. Our ministry model differs from that of most modern mission organizations in that we do not seek to do the work ourselves, but rather to add velocity to the work of wise leaders with a vision to develop next-generation leaders. Together they are the people best positioned to bring about the greatest transformation.

As a Christ-centred organization, we value the poor, the church, and the indigenous leader. We aspire to excellence through measurable performance and good stewardship. We are a relational organization, characterized by integrity and innovation.

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2016 Financial Overview

The goal of each of our programs is to equip our indigenous partners to transform their communities.






Net Assets:$961, 684

Donations to International Teams Canada provide financial support to projects in 15 different countries.

One of our core values is to ensure faithful stewardship of your donations by maintaining low administrative and fundraising costs. The following chart outlines how we allocated expenses in 2016. More than $0.81 of every dollar went directly to International Teams Canada programs and partners providing life’s necessities to widows, orphans, and refugees around the globe.

2016 Financial Audit

We value the trust and confidence of our donors. Our financial integrity and our mission to the poor share the same place of honour – they are both priceless and critical to our continued existence and expected growth.

To ensure our financial accountability to our donors, we submit to an annual audit performed by a qualified independent accounting firm. This audit ensures our continued compliance to the established standards and keeps us current with government and accounting regulations. The most recent audited statements are available on our website or can be mailed to you upon request.

2016 Program Highlights

2016 Program Highlights

Forge Internship Program

The Forge is a 6 month internship specifically designed for college and university graduates with knowledge and passion for International Development. Forge interns are emerging Christian leaders who want to put their skills to practical use and take the next step in their careers. They also share a strong commitment to seeing communities around the world grow into fullness of life characterized by dignity, hope, justice and peace.


  • Improved the quality and depth of every program’s 6-month reports.
  • Increased the number of successful technical funding proposals submitted to private foundations.
  • Strengthened understanding of and relationship with Impact Ecuador, Impact Rwanda, Impact Kenya-Shangilia, CFPC, and Village of Hope.
  • Raised the profile of iTeams Canada with educational institutions, including Tyndale, Redeemer, Wycliffe College, and Trinity Western.

Impact Teams

We desire to see Canadian churches, schools, and other communities develop lasting relationships with churches around the world. One of the best ways to explore partnership and to engage in a relationship is to go and spend time on the ground. It is also an opportunity to contribute to the important on-going community transformation work of International Teams, make new friendships, and to share — and gain — knowledge and skills.


  • Total Number of Teams: 24
  • Total Number of Participants: 220
  • Total Number of Sending Churches: 11
  • Locations Visited: Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
    Romania, Kenya, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Zambia

“We are thrilled each year to see measurable change in our programs and ministry partners and we are so grateful for your support over the past years.”


Each year we have the great privilege to create opportunities for vulnerable children to receive an education. For many girls and young women, this is truly life-changing.

Priscilla is one of these women. She attended Carmen Bajo Church (CBC) in Ecuador as a teenager and was one of the first students to receive a post-secondary scholarship from Impact Ecuador, which allowed her to attend seminary. Reflecting on that time, she said, “Parents here don’t have resources for their children. If [the costs] were left up to me and my parents, I would not have gone.” She is now involved in the youth ministry at CBC and works as a tutor for adolescents aged 12-18. Using the skills she gained in seminary and her own testimony of transformation, Priscilla engages her students in important discussions about God and provides them with strong spiritual guidance.

Elizabeth, who has finished two years of studying medicine at Kenyatta University, shared the positive role Impact Kenya-Shangilia has played in her life. “Because of Shangilia my dreams are coming true and I am very grateful for that. I decided to pursue a medical course because it was my field of interest. I enjoy helping those who are sick and gaining knowledge on disease prevention and treatment. I am currently doing a practicum at our county referral hospital known as Vihiga District Hospital located in a small town called Mbale about 30 minutes drive from Shangilia. This means that I can stay at Shangilia during my practicum. I loved spending time with my younger ‘siblings’ at Shangilia and giving a warm welcome to new vulnerable children who join us at the orphanage. I love taking good care of them to the extent that some of them would call me mommy. Shangilia is my family and I am very thankful for them.”

These young women have much brighter futures, thanks to you. Because of your support, the dedication of our partnership community, and our indigenous leaders, Elizabeth and Priscilla - and many others like them - will get a chance to become leaders in their communities.

There are many more stories of transformation and restored dignity on our website, in our newsletters, and in this report. We are thrilled each year to see measurable change in our programs and ministry partners and we are so grateful for your support over the years. Thank you for coming alongside Elizabeth and Priscilla, and alongside us, believing in our partners, and sharing in our joy in 2016.

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Neil Ostrander, CEO

“Your support has changed thousands of lives through the transforming power of the Gospel.”


Thank you for your support in 2016. Your prayers, encouragement, and financial gifts have allowed us, together with our indigenous partners, to transform the lives and communities of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to share a little on the concept of “transformational development” and how we apply it to our programs. As a lawyer, social justice is an issue that is very close to my heart. However, the role of social action in mission is a complicated one that has been a matter of great discussion and debate for many decades. Greg Reader, our Learning and Development Specialist, has written a definition of transformational development that summarizes this complicated issue in a way that is easy to understand:

Transformational Development is work that is done in mutual partnership as part of a spiritual process whereby lives and communities move toward fullness of life characterized by dignity, justice, peace and hope. It results in greater health in relationships between people and God, themselves, others, and the environment, and thereby addresses fundamental causes of vulnerability and marginalisation while bearing witness to the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is our goal and we simply couldn’t do it without you! Your support has changed thousands of lives through the transforming power of the Gospel. Because of you, we have been able to journey with and empower our indigenous partners to move their communities toward fullness of life. Thank you again for working with us and giving us the privilege of restoring dignity and transforming lives through the power of God’s love.

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Barry King, Chair

Board of Directors

Asa Ahimbisibwe
Rebecca Fortin
Gerry Fowler
Barry King (Chair)
Faith Morphy
Stuart Thomson
Karen Toews
Lorraine Pinsent