International Teacher Service (ITS)

A special department of the General Conference whose function is to recruit and train people to teach English abroad, and to establish English language schools in countries where it is feasible to do so. It was established in November 1990 under the direction of M. T. Bascom and Treva Burgess. Mrs. Burgess and her husband, Robert, were the first individuals officially invited by the Chinese government to direct ADRA projects and teach in a government university. Since its inception, ITS has placed teachers in China, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Turkey, and Poland. The objectives of ITS are to share the gospel as Jesus did by contacting people, making friends with them, gaining their confidence, and then sharing with them the good news.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.