Today I imagine you sitting around a table with loved ones sharing joy and getting stuffed. We are so blessed, aren’t we? God has literally stuffed us with His bounty of blessings and thus it is appropriate that we give Him our praise and gratitude.
Our family is hosting a feast for several others who don’t have families close enough to join (some we hardly know). Jodi’s food will be great, the company will be enjoyable and we hope to share Jesus with those who don’t yet know Him.
Our personal “Thank You” list includes you. Thank you for praying for us and supporting our I-Training ministry. Due to getting radical shoulder replacement surgery, my doctor didn’t allow me to take as many trips this year, but I still worked on developing resources, mentoring on the internet and doing two part-time Interim pastorates (after finishing one in Tierasanta, CA, I started and continue in another in Anaheim, CA).
The picture of the prophet? That’s Nehemiah! He came to help me teach a course last week in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under the costume is my cousin, Gary Sheveland, the director of the Mexican School of Church Leadership. I am thrilled to often work with him.
Jodi continues to do administration for I-Training, as well as serving as a church secretary. My son. Luke (23) works two jobs, one of which is being a youth pastor. Jessica (18) is in her first semester at Crafton Community College and works at Forest Home Christian Camp and Retreat Center.
My thanksgiving prayer for you is this: “May the Holy Spirit enable you to enjoy God and share that joy with others!”
Your Partner in God’s Mission,
Director of I-Training Ministries
Muhammad Ali and Good News in the Muslim World
Muhammad Ali was perhaps the most famous American convert to Islam in our nation’s history. As many as 20,000 Americans convert to Islam every year. … Muslim authorities in Indonesia are warning that two million Muslims in their country convert to Christianity every year. At this rate, the world’s largest Muslim nation will be mostly Christian by 2035. Over six million Muslims in Africa convert to Christianity every year. More Muslims around the world have become Christians in the last fifteen years than in the previous fifteen centuries.
— News from Mission America
I, and my teaching partner Dr. Clanton Johnson, recently taught courses in Autlan and Guadalajara, Mexico. The translator was Nick Brough and the coordinator was Gary Sheveland. It was my job to teach “How to Study the Bible” and “Understanding the Epistles.” We worked with some wonderful students and ministry partners (see pictures below). I did promise the classes that digital copies of the outlines and PowerPoints would be provided. They are available in English and Spanish. You can download them here:
Notas y powerpoints del Nuevo Testamento
Epístolas del Nuevo Testamento Spanish Outline
Cómo Estudiar la Biblia Spanish Outline
Epistle Powerpoint Understanding the Epistles (English)
Entendiendo el Nuevo Testamento Powerpoint
NUEVAENCUESTATESTAMENTO2 La Evangelios, Hechos, Apocalipsis
Water was drawn from many wells to prepare this material. My appreciation goes to those who shared their content.
Here are some pictures
In my office, I have a map in front of me and a map behind me. I find myself constantly thinking about and praying for my ministry partners all over the world.
On our Christmas tree, there is an ornament in the shape of a globe. It reminds us of when Christ hung on a tree due to His love for the world.
The mission God gave His followers is to reach this world for Him. That is what we (you and us together) are doing through the ministry of I-Training.
Jodi and I want to thank you for partnering with us in this global outreach.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil. 1:3-5).
Five years ago I became a missionary when I became the director of I-Training. In this ministry I travel around the world and train pastors and church leaders and then use a variety of internet resources to resource them when I get home. Please go to my website (www.i-training.info) to get a lengthier description of this ministry.
If you have been following this ministry for a while, you know that I have ministered in about ten countries. Along with my primary role of teaching in training centers, Bible colleges and seminaries, I have been active doing evangelism, ministering in churches, working one-on-one with leaders, and writing books and resources.
The multiplication aspect of this ministry is exciting. I train key leaders in the Bible and ministry strategies and they, in turn, take that material and use it with other leaders and churches. The reports that I continually get are rewarding. In some of the most spiritually dark places in our world, disciples are being made and churches are being planted in record numbers. God is using our investments to bear abundant fruit. Thank you for the part you have played!
This year I have taught nine courses in Asia and Mexico. The most memorable trip was to Nepal. I and my son, Luke, went right after their devastating earthquakes. Thousands of people were killed and homes, buildings and churches were destroyed. So along with teaching, we were able to provide counseling, preaching and bring financial help for earthquake relief. Our part was small compared to all that the national church leaders are doing. In Mexico, our School of Church Leadership (directed by my cousin, Gary Sheveland) has expanded to four satellite campuses. A fifth will be added next month. It was great making multiple trips to these various sites all over the country.
For two years I have also been helping the wonderful people at Vista Grande Community Church as their Interim Pastor. I anticipate that I will be able to complete that mission in the very near future.
Along with being an amazing wife and mother, Jodi serves as the administrator of I-Training and a part-time secretary at a local church. Luke is the Youth Pastor at Church for Family in Beaumont, CA and supplements his income doing custodial work at another church. Jessica is in her final year of high school. She is busy with her many friends and attends two youth groups each week. Outside of breaking my shoulder in March (slow recovery is still progressing), we have enjoyed physical and spiritual health. God has blessed us abundantly.
Please pray about continuing to support us with your prayers and financial gifts. This year we were able to graduate to the status of being an independent non-profit organization. Although we still have the endorsement of Converge SW, we are now able to have donations given directly to I-Training. This enables us to have closer contact with our donors and also direct all giving to our ministry without any administration fees being taken out.
We have found that our biggest gifts come at the end of the year. That helps us save up for future trips and outreaches. If you could help us during this Christmas season, it would really be a great blessing. Checks can be made out to “I-Training” and sent directly to our address. if you would like to give through the mail. Internet giving is also an option. Please visit our website (www.i-training.info) for simple directions. Here is the specific page: http://i-training.info/?page_id=40.
We pray that God gives you a very Merry Christmas! Here is a picture of our family taken during last year’s celebration. Thanks again for all you have done in the past. Your prayers, encouragement and generous gifts are deeply appreciated!
Rejoicing in Christ,
Ron & Jodi
Ron, Jodi, Luke and Jessica Sheveland
In my role as the director of “I-Training,” I am part of a team that has a “School of Church Leadership in Mexico.” Almost every month we have a class in one of four locations: Guadalajara, San Lucas, San Jose and Autlán. I have taught often in these locations. Currently we have a teaching team in Autlán. This is a prayer request that I just received from one member of the team, Pastor Luis Benavides Varela (left on picture):
“Autlán has been a quiet town in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. After we started coming with the classes of leadership training, a helicopter of Mexican Army was attacked and the hunting of the cartel started. 15 cops were ambushed and killed and the brother of one of our students almost died that day. Then the people from the cartel blocked the highways and burnt two banks — all of this in two or three months. We got to Autlan this afternoon and I saw soldiers everywhere. Tension, mobilization… Please pray for this city, please pray for peace and protection for the innocent and please pray for us, for our protection and success in our ministry. More than 30 leaders are being built up and unity among the Church is starting to happen. May the Lord continue his work in Autlan.”
Would you please pray for my ministry partners, Gary, Nick and Luis? Would you also pray for the students and the course? And would you also pray for me? I will be teaching another course in Mexico in August. I am currently preparing for it and have a lot of work to do.
During the last two weeks of May, I am teaching in Nepal at the Himalayan Graduate School of Theology. Here are some resources for my students:
1) The Syllabus: NehemiahSyllabus 05’2015
2) Some Commentaries:
This video shows two things: 1) Clips from past trips to Nepal and 2) footage of the recent earthquakes in Nepal. We think you will find this very interesting.
Ron and Luke Sheveland will be ministering in Nepal from May 13-30. Please pray for us! If you can help us financially, we want to go beyond paying for our trip expenses. We also want to bring money to give to key Christian leaders in Kathmandu and Jiri. They are helping people spiritually and physically.
Just go to our GIVING PAGE. We have made it easy for you to donate. If you have already given, THANKS SO MUCH!!!
Pastor Luis Benavides Varela is a ministry partner in Mexico. He was my translator for recent courses in Autlan and Guadalajara. As you can see, he’s a wild and crazy guy! (He says he learned all of his craziness from me!)