Timothy Two in Latin America: 10 Countries, 46 Workshops, 200+ Leaders Trained

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Workshops in Latin America 2016-2019

Over the past four years, Timothy Two Project International has provided theological education to hundreds of ministry leaders in four workshops for pastors and church leaders and one workshop for children’s ministry leaders, taught by both International Instructors and National Missionary Partners. For this progress, we give thanks to God and to the faithful donors and prayer partners who have made this possible.

2016 – Total: 2 workshops; 2 countries; 24 participants

  • In 2016, God opened the door to Latin America for Timothy Two. As the first Instructor, I taught 2 workshops in 2 different countries – Colombia (1) and Haiti (1) – training a total of 24 pastors and church leaders.

2017 – Total: 9 workshops; 4 countries; 63 participants

  • In 2017, I taught 7 workshops in 4 different countries – Cuba (4), Belize (1), El Salvador (1) and Peru (1) – training a total of 45 pastors and church leaders.
  • My wife, Beth Sonnenberg, taught 1 workshop for children’s ministry and 1 workshop for music ministry leaders in Cuba – training a total of 18 leaders.

2018 – Total: 17 workshops; 5 countries; 107 participants

  • In 2018, I taught 10 workshops in 5 different countries – Cuba (2), Belize (2), Peru (2), El Salvador (2) and Haiti (2) – training a total of 60 pastors and church leaders.
  • Beth taught 4 workshops for children’s ministry leaders in 3 different countries – Cuba (2), Peru (1) and Haiti (1) – training a total of 40 leaders.
  • Instructor Don Johnson taught 3 workshops in Cuba – training a total of 7 pastors and church leaders.

2019 – Total: 18 workshops; 10 countries; 162 participants

  • By year’s end in 2019, I will have taught 8 workshops in 7 different countries – Belize (1), Cuba (1), El Salvador (1), Ecuador (1), Peru (1), Colombia (1) and Dominican Republic (2) – training a total of 95 pastors and church leaders.
  • Beth will have taught 1 workshop for children’s ministry leaders in the Dominican Republic – training a total of 12 leaders.
  • As the Latin America Regional Director, I coordinate the work of our National Missionary Partners. They will have taught 10 workshops in 4 different countries – Cuba (4), Chile (3), El Salvador (1) and Haiti (1) training a total of 65 pastors and church leaders.

2016-2019 – Grand Total: 46 workshops; 10 countries; 219 participants

Summary: At the conclusion of 2019, by God’s grace, we will have taught a total of 46 workshops in 10 countries over the past four years, providing theological education to 219 pastors and ministry leaders in Latin America who have no access to such training. Each workshop trains a group of 10-15 participants. Every participant receives a printed workbook in their own language. These workbooks contain the entire text, illustrations, review questions and application questions that they can use for further study and for teaching others in their own church, small group or mission. Participants also receive a digital file of each workbook so that they can make fresh copies for their students.

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…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

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Testimonials from Cuba

Timothy Two Project International: Latin America Region

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

These comments were voiced at the conclusion of Workshop 1, “Knowing God” for pastors and “Developing Children’s Ministry” for children’s ministry leaders in Palmira, Cuba.


  • “This material is easy to understand and deep.”
  • “To gather material of this type is complicated, lots of work, this is a good tool.”
  • “I like the dynamic in the meeting. Other conferences are ok, but this is superior.”
  • “It is good to hear from one another, we encourage and edify one another.”
  • “It is not just an intellectual meeting, it is edification.”
  • “Most methods are merely listening with few opportunities to interact, this method includes much discussion.”

Upcoming Teaching Trips to Belize and Cuba

Timothy Two Project International: Latin America Region

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

I will be teaching Workshop 4 in Independence, BELIZE February 11-16 with the group in the first photo coordinated by Steve Kohl.

I will be teaching Workshop 1 in Las Tunas, CUBA March 18-23 with a new group of pastors in a new city coordinated by Leo and Esdras in the second photo.

Please keep me in your prayers. Support my work in eleven cities in nine Latin American countries http://bit.ly/2LvuTby.


Dan and coordinator Steve Kohl with pastors and church leaders in Independence, BELIZE
Dan and Beth with coordinators Leo and Esdras in Havana, CUBA.

Training Children’s Ministry Leaders in Latin America

by Beth Stokley Sonnenberg

God has blessed me with the opportunity to teach women and men how to work more effectively with their children in Latin America. Though much of this region is more advanced than some other parts of the world, they are still very much influenced by old world Catholicism in their ways and its views of Christianity. Many of the Latin American countries teach their children in a traditional manner, that is, with the teacher telling a story and the children sitting and listening.

Havana, Cuba

In our workshop for children’s ministry leaders, we introduce the concept of active learning and train participants to involve the children in the learning process using activities, puppets, play acting, music and games which involve all three learning styles. We also teach tried and true methods of lovingly disciplining children so their classes can be run more effectively. Introducing them to the concept of team-teaching also helps encourage potential new teachers and makes teaching easier by sharing the load.

Havana, Cuba

Haiti has a mix of voodoo and ancestor worship that taints their Christianity. We are pleased to bring solid theology to the churches there. The first Timothy Two workshop for pastors and ministry leaders, “Knowing God,” is used to create a curriculum for children. As teachers and children study the attributes of God they can know Him and worship Him more fully. Helping teachers learn to study God’s word, showing them what materials are available to help in their teaching, giving them information about how children can be taught more effectively at a young age and modelling new teaching styles brings excitement to a task often viewed as challenging to many adults.

Palmira, Cuba

I have had the privilege of ministering to teachers in Havana and Palmira, Cuba; Lima, Peru; and, Jacmel, Haiti so far. We also have invitations to teach in new locations in Haiti, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. It brings me great joy to teach children’s ministry leaders who desire to learn and to see the joy in their faces as they learn that teaching children can be a positive, exciting and rewarding experience which can produce much fruit.

Lima, Peru

What a privilege to teach people who desire to learn and improve their skills. Many of the places we go have very limited resources and it is often overwhelming to see the needs there. I find comfort in knowing that you with your support and Dan and I in our service can help influence and educate God’s precious people in Latin America. Many often feel forgotten by God because of their neediness. When you send missionaries you show that God has not forgotten them and that you care about them. We may not be able to give them a lot of money but we can share what we have learned. That makes a world of difference to those we visit. You care, we care and most importantly GOD cares. Our prayer for each of the countries we visit is that they will use these teaching skills to reach out into their communities and bring in the harvest that is all around them. Thank you so much for your part in what we do. We can’t go without your prayers and support!

Jacmel, Haiti

Training Pastors and Children’s Ministry Leaders in Cuba

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Read about our continuing work in Havana, Cuba and our new work in Palmira-Cienfuegos (central Cuba).

Equipping Pastors in Cuba, Part 4

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

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Cuban pastors and ministry leaders with Certificates in Biblical and Theological Foundations

Pastors and ministry leaders in Havana, Cuba completed Timothy Two Project International’s Workshop 4, “Serving God: Living Life in Response to Grace” in which we studied and discussed what the Bible teaches about serving God in the church, the community and the world.

Having also completed three previous workshops in our “Growing in Grace” series earlier this year, they each received a Certificate in Biblical and Theological Foundations.

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Pastors and ministry leaders with workbook 4

On this trip, my wife, Beth, accompanied me for the first time to teach classes for children’s ministry leaders and music ministry leaders. She is pictured below with her students and some of their children.

See my full report (with more photos) on our teaching trip to Cuba during June 2017.

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Beth with children’s ministry leaders and music ministry leaders

See also:

For more information about our work in Latin America:

For more information about the work of other Timothy Two instructors in Africa and Asia:

 

Equipping Pastors in Cuba, Part 3

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

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Cuban pastors and ministry leaders with instructor Dan Sonnenberg

These Cuban pastors and ministry leaders recently completed Timothy Two Project International’s Workshop 3, “Trusting God: Practicing Kingdom Living” in which they studied and discussed what the Bible teaches about trusting God in relationships, social issues and personal issues. See my full report (including more photos and videos) after this teaching trip to Cuba during May 2017.

See also:

For more information about our work in Latin America:

For more information about the work of other Timothy Two instructors in Africa and Asia:

Equipping Pastors in Cuba, Part 2

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

 “You would be amazed at how quickly the materials you bring here are copied and distributed throughout our towns and cities and nation.” – Cuban pastor

These Cuban pastors and ministry leaders recently completed Timothy Two Project International’s Workshop 2, “Loving God: Transformed from Darkness to Light” in which we studied and discussed the work of Christ to accomplish salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit to apply salvation in the lives of believers (Christology, pneumatology, soteriology).

And I was thrilled to hear that several participants had already begun teaching the material from Workshop 1 to the next generation of students in their churches and neighborhoods.

Watch the videos below to hear their stories.

We asked the coordinating pastors to share their vision for the work of Timothy Two in Cuba. The pre-revolution National Capitol Building can be seen in the background. Here is their story.

See and hear the sights and sounds of a street corner in Old Havana.

Listen to congregational singing at a Cuban house church.

This group is highly motivated to complete the training. We have been invited to return as soon as possible to teach Workshops 3 and 4 before the beginning of hurricane season in the Caribbean. I am scheduled to teach Workshop 3 the week of April 30 – May 5.

See also:

For more information about our work in Latin America:

For more information about the work of other Timothy Two instructors in Africa and Asia:

Equipping Pastors in Cuba, Part 1

by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

We recently made our first trip to Havana, Cuba to equip a group of 10 pastors and ministry leaders by teaching and discussing Timothy Two Project International’s Workshop 1, “Knowing God” concerning the attributes and works of God (theology proper). These students from various denominations and various cities and towns throughout the region, are now prepared to teach these 21 lessons to those in their local churches and communities using the biblical content we provided, as well as culturally relevant illustrations and study questions they developed in group discussions together with one another throughout the week.

Timothy Two instructors equip pastors in the majority world who do not have access to formal theological training. And we do so, not using a lecturer-listener format, but in a small group teaching-and-discussion format. This not only trains pastors in systematic and practical theology, but also equips them to train others.

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With Cuban pastors, ministry leaders and interpreter
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Group discussion with Cuban pastors

Watch participant testimonials. Watch a video filmed while walking the streets of Havana in the morning. See a video of congregational and small group singing in Cuba. See my full report on this trip.

See also:

For more information about our work in Latin America:

For more information about the work of other Timothy Two instructors in Africa and Asia: