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Jeff and Susana Turnbough

Educational Specialists

Meet IM Missionaries Jeff and Susana Turnbough

Jeff and Susana serve as educational specialists, seconded (or officially loaned) to International Training Alliance, a partner organization. IM joins seventeen other evangelical mission organizations in this alliance to offer practical leadership training for missionaries and national workers. As a result, this joint effort has trained more than 3,000 leaders in 40 nations. The training is now offered in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and has been requested in Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Arabic.

Asked to serve as CEO of the International Training Alliance (ITA), Jeff and Susana took on the challenging role at the end of the year in 2015. Since 2005, they performed as senior trainers for ITA while working full-time for the Mission.

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Why International Training Alliance?

The real why that keeps us motivated is seeing leaders across the global Body of Christ be equipped and encouraged through 21st-century training programs.

The Story of International Training Alliance

In 2004, we asked the Board of IM to change our status from church planters to leadership development. We began working with workers in France and Spain to develop a new training program. We interviewed French and Spanish leaders, asking them what kinds of training they needed to be successful in the 21st century.

At that point, we attended the Leadership Matters Course. Immediately we realized this was precisely what our leaders said they needed. In 2005, IM sat at the table in Atlanta, Georgia and the International Training Alliance (ITA) was born.

We began representing IM by serving as trainers, along with many others from other ITA partner organizations, two times per year, as we continued serving in Spain. We became the regional directors for Europe, then the deputy director of IM over field operations, continuing to serve with ITA. In 2015, the boards of ITA invited us to become the CEO of ITA, and the IM board voted unanimously to second us to ITA.

Check out other videos to learn more about the Leadership Matters Course, International Training Alliance, and other events.

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How Jeff and Susana serve through ITA

How can you pray for Jeff and Susana

  • Please pray for us and our team as we plan for and implement leadership training in different places around the world in 2024. See our training schedule HERE.
  • Thank the Lord with us and pray for our new online training. Learn more HERE.
  • Pray for financial support for Jeff & Susana and for ITA.
  • Pray for our participation in and through our local church in Madrid (we believe it is important to be involved globally and locally).
  • Pray for our family, our two adult children and six grandchildren (spread out around the world).

Jeff and Susana Turnbough

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