How Timothy Two Project International Helps the Church to Honor God: Workshop Participant Testimonials

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Timothy Two Project International began in 2011 by sending one missionary to one nation in response to one pastor’s plea from Mindat, Burma. By the end of 2019, Timothy Two had more than 24 missionaries serving in 43 nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Timothy Two 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 that they can train others.

Mission

Paul instructed Timothy to teach others to teach (2 Tim 2:2). This is at the heart of our mission. So, we not only teach the pastors; we teach them how to take what they learn and teach it in their churches and communities, as well.

…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also…”

~ 2 Timothy 2:2

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 and theological training available.

Methodology

First, we provide study materials that teach important doctrines from the Bible. Next, we use these materials in intensive workshops in the field. These workshops have two parts: training the indigenous leaders, and training them to train others. Then, workbooks and resources are given to the indigenous leaders to help them to teach others – and to train those people to disciple others, too! 

​Finally, we are committed to the long-term success of local churches. To this end, ongoing support is provided to insure the vitality of the local church. ​​

Honoring God

Perhaps the best way to illustrate how Timothy Two helps the church to honor God in their lives is through the testimonies of some of the workshop participants. I work primarily in Latin America. So I will draw the testimonies from there.

Testimonials

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COVID-19 Still Wreaking Havoc in Peru, Quarantine Extended until October, Urgent Prayer Needed

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

On June 14, I received a passionate request for prayer concerning the current conditions in Lima, Peru from Pastor Reynaldo Rubio. Reynaldo is one of our Timothy Two workshop coordinators and national missionaries. He wrote these words (translated from Spanish):

Pastor Reynaldo Rubio and his wife Nery in 2017

  1. Our country is becoming one of the most contagious and deadly in the world. Every day, hundreds die from covid, and hundreds more from other diseases that are not treated. My younger brother passed away last week not from covid but from a heart problem. No hospital wanted to receive him because of giving priority to covid patients. So he died on the way, trying to find care in a hospital. Thus, many deaths occur because hospitals have collapsed.
  2. Thank God the food supply exists, but food has become more expensive, which makes it more difficult to acquire because people no longer have economic resources. The medicines necessary to alleviate the pandemic no longer exist, they are only on the black market at an exorbitant price. There is corruption starting from the government that promotes all this and that does not help the country at all.
  3. Only 10% have resumed their jobs. Most of the Peruvians are informal merchants, these have not been able to resume work and have gone bankrupt, The few that remain are taking to the streets to work against the government’s orders, and that promotes more spread of the covid.
  4. 70% lost their permanent and temporary jobs. My wife had a small business selling items for school students. From this we could support ourselves and continue in the ministry. But it had to close and it went bankrupt. And because almost 100 days have passed, there is no longer the possibility of resuming the business. We are quarantined until the end of September.
  5. A month and a half ago my daughter had covid, but with quick treatment at home, she was able to overcome it. My wife and I suffer from various ills. My wife has still not recovered fully from her recent surgery and has other illnesses. Apart from my diabetes that I am trying to control, I am suffering from vesicular pain. I hope I do not need an emergency operation, because at the moment no hospital is attending to emergencies. The brothers in our church are going through almost the same thing as us.
  6. We ask our friends in Christ to support us by praying:

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The Life and Work of Helmuth Aguilar, Timothy Two National Missionary in Chile and El Salvador

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Update on Helmuth June 15, 2020:

Please pray for our national missionary partner, Helmuth Aguilar, who remains stranded in Chile since March so that he can return to his wife, Hilda, and their home in El Salvador when airports open up.

Article originally published May 25 continues below:

I want to tell you a story about a Latin American pastor-teacher-musician and a recent Timothy Two workshop for pastors and ministry leaders that he taught just a few days before the nation of Chile shut down because of COVID-19. And don’t miss his music video at the end of this post.

Helmuth (center) with his mother Detelvina (right)

Helmuth Zalathiel Aguilar Navarro grew up in the Los Lagos (“Lakes”) region of southern Chile (South America) and completed his theological training at the Baptist Seminary in Santiago, Chile during the 1980’s. His mother, Detelvina Navarro Cárdenas, age 88, still lives in this region of Chile where she and her husband, the late Blas Aguilar, served as pastors for over 60 years. His mother, also known as “Pastora Nina,” hosted a radio program “Opening Scriptures” for children on radio Colonia for many years. Now retired, she is still serving the Lord by facilitating a weekly home Bible study.

You may have noticed, like I did, that Helmuth’s first name looks and sounds more German than Chilean. That’s because this region was settled also by German immigrants as part of a state-sponsored colonization plan between 1850 and 1875 after the German revolutions of 1848-49. “[T]he Germans of southern Chile retained much of their German culture or Deutschtum.” So over the course of time, many communities in this region developed a “dual Chilean and German sense of belonging.” So it’s not surprising that Helmuth’s parents gave him a German-sounding first name when he was born.

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Reformation Theology Reading Guide

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Biblical and theological works (both contemporary and classic) that John Hendryx at http://www.Monergism.com believes best reflect the Scriptures’ teaching on grace and the Christian life. Includes recommendations and links to his top recommendations as well as works on Basic Christianity, Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Doctrines of Grace, Sovereignty of God, Covenant, Justification, Godly Life and Sanctification and The Five Solas.

https://www.monergism.com/blog/reformation-theology-reading-guide?fbclid=IwAR2mYHdT-7D3p_BIQl4IxYVIvPjlXmL_eGIwCaYXJf2w_JFq9QkLKdVCrf0

Timothy Two Workshop Participant in Peru Succumbs to COVID-19

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

I am very sad to announce that Antonio Garcia Medina, a youth leader in his church and one of the participants in my workshops in Lima, Peru, recently succumbed to COVID-19 after fighting for his life during the past several weeks in the hospital. Several other family members are still recovering from the virus.

Antonio in 2012
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