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.
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, Susana and I 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.
Susana and I 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. I became the regional director 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.
How Jeff and Susana serve through ITA
1Susana as senior trainer
2Jeff as CEO and International Director of ITA
3Jeff serves as chair on the ITA Council of 15
4Both serve on the ITA management team
5Work with 17 different partner organizations
How can you pray for Jeff and Susana
- Please pray for patience and wisdom to know when and where we can resume residential training, hopefully in 2023.
- Pray pray for our team as we complete the development of the LMC Online—our training carried out virtually.
- Pray for financial support for Jeff & Susana and for ITA.
- Our participation in and through our local church in Madrid (we believe it is important to be involved globally and locally).
- Our family (spread out around the world)