The Urgent Need
The need to prepare oneself for the beautiful work of seeking and saving the lost (Luke 19:10) continues to be urgent in our times. Without going very far, here in Guatemala, in the most populated country of Central America, there are few churches of the Lord and many lost souls. A convincing example of this is the department of Alta Verapaz, that has more than 1 million people living in it, and only has four churches of Christ, one in Coban, one in San Pedro Carcha, one in San Cristobal, and one in Las Pacayas! May God help us to prepare ourselves as fishers of souls! (Matthew 4:19)
In addition to this, there is a need to establish a good biblical foundation, to grow in the knowledge of the truth, and to be able to preach the whole counsel of God without fearing men. ITL seeks to fulfill this need of helping to prepare faithful men and women for the work of the Kingdom. Our students receive instruction from local and foreign brothers. Of the foreign teachers, some visit the campus personally, while others instruct through our video conferencing system. Each student has the opportunity to receive a biblical education that will prepare him or her not only to save people, but also to work with those same people after they have received their salvation (Matthew 28:18ff).
We are interested in our students preparing themselves in the knowledge of God’s Word. That is why we have emphasized quality and not quantity from the very beginning. We believe that the formation of the inner person, the character, of the student is just as important as sitting in the classroom and receiving excellent theological instruction. To accomplish this our class numbers are kept low. This allows us to mentor our students and to become familiar with their strengths and their weaknesses. Some pride themselves in large numbers in their classes, or large numbers of baptisms from campaigns, but we believe these are not the best gauges to tell the quality of graduates that you are putting out. We believe that the best proof of the type of school that we have is going to be the quality of preachers that graduate from our school—graduates that will be biblically prepared, balanced, humble, service-oriented, and hungry to accomplish God’s will in their lives.
Hawatthia “Hi” Jones
President of ITL