Training Women International
When Greg launched TPI in Honduras in 2003, several women arrived to some of his classes. He explained that God had instructed him to train men, and he did not have training prepared for women in the church. The women who had arrived asked if Greg’s wife would come to teach them. It was a request that we would hear many times in other countries over the years.
In 2012, as Greg was holding the annual TPI Board retreat, many of the wives came as well. The ladies discussed what it would look like for them to respond to this request from women wanting to receive training through TPI. In the course of the conversation, it became clear to them that God was calling them to offer something to the wives of the pastors being taught by TPI. It would be another 4 years before God brought about a season of life where Cheryl, and the other ladies, could devote the time necessary to prepare for a training session for the women God had called to support their husbands as pastors.
TWI Launch & Response
In March of 2017, Cheryl, her two daughters, and several TPI board members’ wives, hosted the first Training Women International conference in Oropoli, Honduras. Oropoli is a special town for Cheryl & Greg as it was the same town they had originally visited in 1995 when God called them to full time missions and the town in which TPI hosted its first training in 2002.
27 women attended the first session in Honduras with another 17 women participating in the subsequent training in Esteli, Nicaragua. These women have now completed 3 classes and the next one will be in January 2018.
The TWI program includes 5 classes from the same curriculum TPI uses. The classes offered through TWI are 1. Bible Study Methods and Biblical Interpretation 2. Old Testament Survey 3. New Testament Survey 4. Bible Doctrine 5. Personal Spiritual Life. In addition to these classes, TWI will walk through 3 books ranging on the topics of 1. Evangelism 2. Pastor’s Wife and Leadership 3. The Compassion of Jesus. TWI will also train the women Evangelism and Discipleship which is an important course taught in our TPI courses. It will equip our ladies to share the Gospel with those in their community.
In only a few short months, God has already used these women in incredible ways through their training to reap a harvest for His kingdom.
Since March of 2017, the 44 women who have received training have shared the gospel with 329 people with 34 becoming new believers in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They have collectively taught 67 bible classes providing discipleship to another 98 women.
After experiencing the challenge to find the financial resources to conduct our first trainings, we were confused and full of doubt. Why would God place this need before us, burden our hearts to respond, then not provide the resources necessary to respond? We know God is never late, or early, so we were fearful that we had missed something He had placed before us.
After returning from our trip in March, TPI featured our trip in their monthly eNewsletter sharing how God had prompted Cheryl’s heart to begin a ministry to the women helpers of our TPI Pastors. Out of the blue, we received the financial means to fund the launch of our ministry, now known as Training Women International. We were now able to sustain our trainings so that the women in Honduras & Nicaragua might complete the courses, and we could offer training to women in other countries.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we can ask or think, according to the power at work within us”. I cannot express in words what God has done through this experience. We give glory to God for His work to provide training to women throughout Latin American through TWI.