Early last year after resigning from the church in Ohio, I heard from Steve Curtis who invited us to consider joining him and his wife Rissa as teaching missionaries with Timothy Two Project International. Through translators, Timothy Two instructors equip pastors and ministry leaders in developing nations with the fundamentals of the Christian faith so that they, in turn, can equip others. Timothy Two missionaries seek to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples in areas of the world where there is little or no formal biblical or theological instruction available.
For the past eleven months we have corresponded with Steve, sought the Lord for direction, and in November sold our house in Toledo and moved back to Wilmington, NC. We are currently living with Beth’s mother, and the house we own here is still rented out.
Steve Curtis and his family, who now live in South Africa, arrived in Wilmington for a short visit just a week before our move here. So after our arrival, we met with them to explore further the details of serving with Timothy Two. After our conversation and much prayer, we agreed that Steve should submit our names to the Timothy Two board for consideration and, if they affirmed our call, we would join the “Timothy Two family.” We learned a few days later that our call was affirmed by the board.
Our most immediate plans include my travelling to Dalat, Vietnam and Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) from February 24 – March 12. Since this is my first trip with Timothy Two, Steve Curtis will join me in order to “show me the ropes.” Beth underwent hip replacement surgery on December 15 and is recovering well, but she will not participate in this trip. When Beth does take part, however, she will teach leaders of the women’s and children’s ministries as Steve’s wife Rissa has done on their past trips. On this trip Steve and I will spend one week in Vietnam and a second week in Myanmar training local pastors – some of whom will travel long distances to attend – in systematic theology.
Future plans for us include trips in May-June, August-September, and November-December to locations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Haiti and Colombia are at the top of the list, but the details are still being worked out.
Most pastors in developing nations have received on average only 1 hour of formal biblical or theological training, yet are already preaching and teaching in their churches week in and week out. Each pastor who attends our week-long workshops will receive 30 hours of training, the equivalent of a complete seminary course. The 21 lessons in the workbook, along with culturally appropriate illustrations and responses developed in discussion with the pastors during the week, will then be translated and printed in their own languages. Copies of the workbook will finally be distributed to the participating pastors and used by them to train other leaders in their congregations, who will in turn train others, and so on.
This is the essence of Timothy Two Project International as stated in 2 Timothy 2:2, “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Through this ministry over time, each pastor will become equipped in all the essential doctrines of the faith. And he will have the means to equip others also.
Our hope and prayer is to begin serving part-time while I continue to work for Wilmington Painting Inc. and do other private painting, construction and yard work and Beth does tiling work for individuals locally. As finances allow, we hope to serve with Timothy Two full-time and move back into our own home.
If you would like to partner with us in prayer for our work with Timothy Two and would like to be added to our prayer list, send an email to email@example.com. We will need God’s protection, strength and wisdom in our traveling, our teaching, and in developing appropriate materials for these pastors and leaders.
This kind of ministry also requires financial support from many people. Not only will we incur the expenses of travel to the countries where we minister, we will also be engaged in stateside ministry preparing the lessons and other resource materials that will be used in the field. To meet these needs, we have set a goal of $25,000 for the coming year. The cost of my trip to Vietnam and Burma is $3,000. Future trips to Central and South America and the Caribbean will be in the $1,000 – $1,500 range.
To partner with us financially, there are several options. You may mail a one-time gift or arrange for your bank to draft your monthly support by check. Remember to include “Sonnenberg” in the memo line to make sure that your gift is credited properly! Our mailing address is:
Timothy Two Project International
PO Box 7889
Wilmington, NC 28406
Or if you would prefer to donate by credit card, you may do so securely on our website: www.TimothyTwo.org/Dan. All contributions are tax deductible, and Timothy Two is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Thank you for joining with us – your prayers and financial support will enable us to fulfill God’s call to serve the Body of Christ around the world to the praise of the glory of His grace!
For more information, refer to the webpage below or contact me by phone or email.