Why We Serve with Timothy Two

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

The ministry of Timothy Two Project International began in 2011 in the hearts of a group of elders and leaders from Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. 

The calling of Timothy Two comes from 2 Tim. 2:2, where Paul wrote to Timothy, “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

The mission of Timothy Two is to train indigenous pastors and ministry leaders in the essential doctrines of the faith and to equip them to train others.”

I began working with Timothy Two in March of this year when I interned in Vietnam (fig. 1) with Steve Curtis, International Director, by observing him as he taught the group.1. Vietnam

Then we traveled on to Burma (fig. 2) where I taught the group most of the week by myself. Read my report on the Vietnam and Burma trip.

2. Burma

Since then, I have begun teaching in Latin American nations. First, I traveled to Haiti (fig. 3) in July. Read my report on a subsequent trip to Haiti.

3. Haiti - pixelated

Then I traveled to Colombia (fig. 4) in August. Read my report on the Colombia trip.

4. Colombia

5. OtherLatinAmericaandCaribbeanIn the future, we hope to expand into other nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (fig. 5). We have invitations pending in Belize, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela and Bolivia.

Why do we do this? Because there are thousands of pastors and church leaders in developing nations who are called to preach and shepherd their churches, but who have no access to biblical or theological training. They are either too poor, or they live too far away from a seminary or bible school in their country. These pastors and church leaders need sound doctrine in order to teach others and to protect their churches from the many false teachings in the world today.

Why should we do this? Because Jesus commanded his followers to “make disciples” and because to whom much is given, much is required. Those of us who live in developed nations do have access to theological training. And we do have the financial resources to send missionaries. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to send and to go to those who don’t have such access or finances.

What do we do? As Timothy Two instructors, we go and teach a series of four week-long workshops, entitled Growing in Grace,  concerning what the bible says about: 1) knowing the person, power and perfections of God in all his attributes; 2) loving God for his works in the creation, fall, and redemption of man; 3) trusting God in relationships, social issues and personal issues; and, 4) serving God in the church, the community and the world. See our Growing in Grace series tables of contents.

And we also answer participants’ questions. In two recent workshops, I answered an average of 80 questions each week in discussions of the various topics. Because we teach in small groups, participants feel more comfortable asking questions that come to mind as we discuss each topic or that have been on their minds for some time. See a sampling of their questions.

Beth’s recovery from hip replacement surgery last December has gone well, so she is able accompany me on some of my future trips to train those who work in women’s ministry, children’s ministry and/or music ministry in their churches.

And since we’re based in North Carolina, the most efficient use of our time and supporters’ finances is to serve pastors and leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean, just a day’s journey from here. Trips coming soon include our first time to Mexico and Belize as well as returning to Haiti and Colombia.

Postcard_DanWant to know how you can help? To learn more about our work, receive our newsletter, pray for us, or support us financially, visit our page at TimothyTwo.org for details.

Timothy Two Project International (TTPI) exists to serve a critical need around the world. We are committed to equipping and training indigenous pastors and ministry leaders with the essential truths of the Christian faith so they can train others. This way, the mandate from Christ in the Great Commission to “make disciples” can be accomplished in areas of the world where there is little or no formal biblical or theological training available.

What sets TTPI apart is the Philosophy of Ministry we use. We travel to cities and villages where pastors need training, but cannot leave their homes and families to go to a Bible College. The Lord raises up a host pastor, who invites 8-12 key pastors in the area to a workshop. This interactive training week enables local pastors to receive a foundation for their faith. TTPI is based upon 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” When a pastor finishes a TTPI workshop, he leaves with all of our material in his own language, plus notes he has taken from the dialogue we use to help transfer biblical truths from the head to the heart. He is ready to use this same material to train others. All of our theology is based upon the Westminster Confession of Faith.

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