In the Rubble of Nepal

We are going to Nepal soon. Please pray and consider making a donation.

The Nepal Trip Is On!

Quick update: I have been scheduled to teach a course at the Himalayan Graduate School of Theology in May. Due to the terrible earthquakes, I thought that it might be cancelled. But I just received word from the director, Vijay Karmacharya, that the class is on! So, accompanied by my 22 year old son, Luke (who will assist me in ministry), I will leave on May 13 and return on May 30.

Your prayers and financial gifts are greatly needed. I need to raise money for all of our transportation, meals and lodging AND I would like to bring funds to key Christian leaders to use for disaster relief. Directions for giving through the mail or over the internet are on the “GIVING” page of this website.

I will completely honor your designations, so if you want to give specifically to disasyer relief, just earmark your gift “Nepal Quakes.” If you want the money to go to be channeled through one of my Nepali ministry partners (Vijay Karmacharya, Ananda Tamang or Gyan Sunawar) just let me know by email (

More information, pictures and videos will follow. Dhany-bhad’ ! (“Thank you” in Nepali)

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Earthquakes in Nepal

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The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nepal and recommends that they defer nonessential travel there following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25. I and my son have tickets to go there on May 13, I have yet to hear if they are still having the two-week class I am scheduled to teach. If the class is, as I suspect, cancelled, I am wondering if we should still go.

I could collect and disperse funds to key Christian leaders that I trust, Perhaps we could also be used for counseling and evangelism, There are many factors involved and I could use your prayers and counsel. The picture is of me and Ananda Tamang ministering in Jiri, Nepal. His home and Bible School have been destroyed, His family is living outside without provisions. His parents are doing the same and have no food. People like this need our prayers!

Update: My son Luke and I did get to take this trip and, although it was challenging, it was successful and fruitful!

Important New Announcement

ron and i-trainingDear Prayer Partners,

We have some exciting news at I-training. We have recently become incorporated as an independent, nonprofit mission organization. As you probably know, up until now, we have been missionaries with converge SW. They decided to take a new direction and no longer provide oversight for any of their missionaries. At first, we were disappointed with this, but then we discovered this with all for our great advantage.

They were able to give us an incorporation shell and guidance for incorporation. They continue to endorse our ministry and Peter Horne, a key converge SW staff member, is on our advisory board.

Now we are able to track donations as they come in and stay in closer contact with all of our supporters. We are also able to direct specific donations for particular projects and people serving with us. To make sure there is still proper accountability, we have officers and a growing board of advisors.

This does mean that the way you give donations to I-training will change (for the better!). All donations are tax deductible and we will send you a receipt.

If you’re sending a check, please make it out to I-Training and mail it to:


33302 Golden Meadow Ct.

Yucaipa, California 92399

If you want to make an online donation, there are two ways to do this:

1) Go to If you are a Chase Bank customer, log in and set up QuickPay. If you are not a Chase Bank customer, click on the blue box that says “Sign Up Now”. Then anytime you want to make a donation, go to and enter our name and this email address: and the amount you want to give. When we open the email and click on the link to accept the donation, at that point the amount is deducted from your bank account. This is a free service for both of us!

2) Or you can  make a donation using PayPal or your credit card.

If you have any financial questions, please call Jodi Sheveland at 909-797-0343.

Thank you SO much for giving to I-Training. Your support helps us train pastors and church leaders around the world. When you invest in I-Training, your donation is multiplied because we train many who in turn train many! The end result is the equipping of many, many Christians to carry out the Great Commission in some of the most strategic places on our globe.

 Mission trips

 If you have kept up with our newsletters, you know that we have been making regular missions trip. We also have several coming up. Here are the most immediate:

This month, I will be teaching a course in Autlan, Mexico and then another in Guadalajara, Mexico. These courses are part of the Mexican School of Church Leadership that we began about four years ago. Ministry partners traveling with me are Gary Sheveland, Dan Nelson, and Luis Benavides Varela.

In May, I will be traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal where I will teach for two weeks at the Himalayan Graduate School of Theology. My son, Luke, who by that time will have graduated from California Baptist University, will be traveling along as my assistant. I am very excited that he can go with me.

In August, I will be teaching courses in San Lucas and San Jose, Mexico. I will again be working with some of the men mentioned above.

In addition to the Mission trips, I continue to mentor students over the Internet, develop and distribute resources, and help a small church in Tierrasanta, California as their interim pastor.

Would you please pray for these ministries and my family? And if you can make regular or periodic donations, they are greatly needed and appreciated.

On behalf of the whole Sheveland family (Ron, Jodi, Luke and Jessica), I want to thank you for your prayers, gifts and encouragement.

Enjoy God!


Ron Sheveland


I-Training, 33302 Golden Meadow Ct., Yucaipa, California 92399


Tomorrow I Fly to Guadalajara

Tomorrow I head back to Mexico. As you may know, I have made many mission trips to various Mexican cities and have several more planned for the future. I will be teaching an intensive course in Biblical Leadership to a group of about 50 church leaders. My translator is my old friend, Dan Nelson (the tall one below), who is a missionary there. Other members of our team include Pastor Luis Benavides Varela (left) and my cousin, Gary Sheveland (third) who is the director of the Mexican Christian Leadership School. As I teach Luis and Gary will be going to Autlin to meet with brothers there in preparation for another class at that location. I have taught one course there and would love to go back.

Here is a picture of our team:

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When we started the Leadership School in Cabo about four years ago, we didn’t know that it would prove to be such a success that we would need to continually add satellite classes. But we thank God for Hand on this work. And I also thank you for your prayers and financial support. Muchos Gracious!

Here are some pictures of Guadalajuara:








Merry Christmas from the Shevelands

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May God bless you and your family. We are so grateful to you for your prayers, encouragement and investment in our ministry. This year I made several international mission trips, served as the interim pastor of a struggling church, and resourced church leaders around the world. Jodi continues to serve as a church secretary as well as working with I-Training, Jessica is half-way through her junior year of high school and Luke is a part-time youth pastor as well as a senior at California Baptist University.

Our goal is to follow the example of the Christmas Shepherds who heard the good news of great joy, found the Savior for themselves, and then shared the good news of great joy. We are excited to do that together with you.

Enjoy God and share that joy with others!

Ron Sheveland,  Director of I-Training

P.S. If you wish to make a year-end donation, you can make a check payable to Converge SW.  On the memo line note account #2072-2-84. You may mail your contribution to:

Converge SW
14261 Danielson St., Suite C
Poway, CA 92064

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Shevelands!

This year we spent Thanksgiving at our home in Yucaipa, CA. The weather was 85. For those who are in the snow and cold, I apologize!

We thank God for all of His blessings — and that includes you! Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and support!

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Mission Trip to Autlan. MX

Luis Benavades, Dan Nelson, Gary Sheveland aand Ron Sheveland in Guadalajara.

This Thursday, October 9, I will fly to Autlan, Mexico to do a training course with the pastors and church leaders of that area. You may know that I helped my cousin Gary Sheveland (a Mexican Medical missionary) develop the School of Church Leadership four years ago. Since that time the school has offered about eight courses a year in the region around Cabo San Lucas. It has gone well and now we are trying to expand. Above is a picture of our team.

Autlan looks like it might be a great place for a satellite campus. Some years ago a missionary built a regional training center. It has multiple rooms for lodging and good classroom space. But since he passed away, this center has rarely been used for its original purpose of training pastors and church leaders. His widow, Sondra Pepper, a missionary supported by my church, still serves in Autlan. She, Joshua Garcia, and her team have invited us try out this site and then consider whether this can be a campus for future courses. So off we go!

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Sondra Pepper and her grandson Joshua Garcia (on the right) are missionaries in Autlan.

Outside of a Doctor of Ministry course in Singapore, Mexico has been my primary focus in recent days. My last course was in Cabo San Lucas. There I, along with two other professors that I recruited, taught courses to over fifty students. We have also ministered in Tijuana and Guadalajara.


A recent class in Cabo San Lucas

Would you please pray for us and consider giving a monthly donation of any size? Or perhaps help with the expenses of this trip? If you give regular support, Jodi and I want to again thank you for your consistent help. Please go to the page on this site that describes how to easily give donations:




I-Training has a third “I”

I’ve added another “I”

i pngI-Training has primarily focused on two “I’s”: International teaching & Internet resourcing.

I have traveled to ten countries (some several times) and trained church leaders in churches, conferences, Bible colleges and seminaries. Follow up has occurred through the internet as I have provided resources (many self-developed) via email, websites, Google+ and Skype.

All of this has been fruitful and fulfilling. I am so excited that God has placed me in a ministry that has impacted so many lives. I get to equip wonderful leaders who are actively evangelizing, planting churches and discipling believers. I wish I could sit down with you and tell you numerous real life stories. God is doing a great work!

But now there is a third “I”: Interim pastorates. This isn’t something I pursued, but when opportunities came to me, I prayed about them and am now in my second one. The first was in La Quinta, CA. God blessed and the church grew. Now I am in Tierresanta, CA at a church that went through a tragic split. I love the people and it is slowly turning around (another item for your prayer list).

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Doing an occasional interim serves two purposes. First, I love the local church and it gives me some time to serve in the sphere of church revitalization. Secondly, it helps financially. As missionaries, Jodi and I haven’t been able to raise adequate support. So adding another stream of income helps. This only has part-time pay so it doesn’t replace my need for financial support. With both churches, there was an understanding that I would still be able to take mission trips and continue the other ministries of I-Training.

Thank you for your gifts to this mission. You can give electronically here or through the other options listed in the Giving folder.