In 1994, he and his wife, Karen, established Sent Forth Ministries International, Inc., from his home on Tallow Hill Road in Chambersburg, Pa.
Since then, Strite and his volunteers have traveled to more than 10 countries, including some in Africa, plus Nicaragua, Guatemala and the Caribbean, where they preached and helped build or repair churches and hospitals.
Strite's missionaries made four trips last year and last week he returned from Haiti.
The volunteers raise their own money for expenses.
"Some get money from their churches," Strite said.
A journey to Africa can cost $2,500 or more per person. Trips to Central America and the Caribbean cost about half that much. An average stay is two to three weeks, he said.
Strite, a Chambersburg native, started his foreign missionary work in 1989 with a group from Martinsville, Va., called Teamwork Ministries.
Strite established the World Harvest Outreach church in July. Members meet each week at Shalom Christian Academy in Chambersburg.
Strite has his eye on a building in Chambersburg and envisions his church, with 100 active members now, will grow to more than 500 once it has its own building.
At that point, the church will need its own minister, he said. Meanwhile he's filling the role.
His goal for the church is to train missionaries to go into the local community, as well as to large cities and foreign countries, to do the work for Sent Forth Ministries, which will be an arm of the church, he said.