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July 25 - August 4, 2016

Would you consider doing something extraordinary?


This summer, VPSA will host its very first mission trip, and it is going to be a truly life-changing experience. If you are at all familiar with Elizabeth Elliot’s book Through Gates of Splendor or the movie The End of the Spear, or if you know the names Nate Saint or Jim Elliot, you are already somewhat familiar with the Waodäni tribe in Ecuador and the story that made them famous some 50 years ago.

It was not long ago that I had the privilege of meeting one of our families who serve as missionaries among those same people, and that began an exploration on our part. We had been considering a mission trip; we had been thinking about where that trip might take us; and prayerful consideration led us to conclude that partnering with this VPSA family was our answer. Please read on to hear from Chet and Katie Williams what we have in mind.



"We want to take this opportunity to personally invite your VPSA high school student to join us in Shell, Ecuador, for a short-term mission experience this summer! Having three of our own children, two of whom are high school students, with Veritas Press Scholars Academy, we are thrilled to announce this wonderful opportunity to come alongside our family and our ministry this summer!

Working for the past 13 years in Ecuador as full-time missionaries, we serve primarily in leadership development and discipleship, equipping and empowering others to fulfill the Great Commission. We have led short-term teams for 11 of those years, many continuing in partnership year after year. Our approach to ministry has always included families, since we ourselves live life in ministry as a family, with our kids an instrumental part in what we do. We’d love to have your student join us – to see God working in another culture, to serve alongside Christian nationals, to expand their worldview, and to expose them to global missions and ministry!

We live in a small jungle town called Shell (named after the Shell Oil Company in the 1930s) in the Amazon Basin. We primarily work among the Waodäni Indians, made famous in 1956 with the story of the 5 missionaries giving their lives to share the love of Jesus with this remote group in the jungle, later reached by the widow Elizabeth Elliot and sister of Nate Saint, Rachel Saint.  Today, we work closely with Christian leaders, some of whom are the children and grandchildren of the original assailants of those missionaries. We couldn’t be more excited for VPSA students to come together, serving God through mission outreach, while growing in Christ as they live for Him!"



It is notable that Chet, Katie, and their children Tanner, Brooklin, and Skyler don’t refer to such excursions as “trips.” They intentionally call them “experiences,” which is appropriate, given what we expect to accomplish. I anticipate that our students will also adopt this nomenclature once they’ve seen how God moves in this distant land.

Will you join us?

Dr. Cannon

Details & Dates

$2850 per person covers travel to and from Quito, Ecuador from Miami, FL; food; lodging and transportation while in Ecuador. (All participants must meet in Miami and depart with the team.)

Only 20 spots - Don’t wait. Register early!



Important Dates

  • Submit application form with $100 non-refundable deposit - due by May 13

  • Final payment due - June 10

Registration Process

  • Click HERE to download application. Print and complete application, scan and email to

  • Mail your $100 deposit to save your spot.

  • You and your sponsors mail payments to cover the $2,750 balance by June 10.

  • All checks should be made payable to Paideia Tutorials and mailed to: Veritas Press Scholars Academy 1805 Olde Homestead Lane Lancaster, PA 17601.

  • Donations made to Paideia Tutorials are tax deductible. Please do not make your check payable to Veritas Press.

We are grateful for Paideia Tutorials, a 501(c)3 organization, for partnering with
Veritas Press Scholars Academy to make this trip possible for our students.