2023 Training Conference Plans

Perú – Cusco Regional Training

February 10-20, 2023

Description:  This will be our second training in the Cuzco region and will expand upon the size and diversity of the pastoral couples participating to serve around 50 couples. 

Theme: The Supremacy of Christ in life and ministry, Colossians

Location: Hotel Agustos, Urubamba, Perú

Teaching Team Members: Rick and Diana Lowe, William and Ruth Evaristo, Sid and Zane Williams, Jim and Arline Parris

Teacher Training

March 9-12, 2023

Description: This will be a gathering of our primary teaching team members.  We will continue our assessment and development of our training conferences, themes and team member responsibilities.  It is a “sharpening of our skills” workshop. 

Theme: Jesus Changes Everything

Location: Williams Ranch, Pearsall, Texas

Colombia – Pastoral Couples Training

April 13-23, 2023

Description:  The Bogotá regional association of churches and their presidents are coming together to sponsor this training with a desire to further their unity and commitment to pastoral care and training. 

Theme:  Edifying the Pastoral Family

Location: Villa Letty, Chinauta, Colombia.  

Teaching Team Members:  Don and Claudia Erickson, Rick and Diana Lowe, William and Ruth Evaristo.

Kosovo – Pastoral Couples Training

May 11 – 20, 2023

Description:  The evangelical church in Kosovo is very young and the pastoral couples struggle with being isolated and rejected from the predominately Muslim culture.  

Theme:  Living for a different kingdom

Location: TBD

Teaching Team Members:  Will Schraven, Jim and Arline Parris 

Armenia – Pastoral Couples Training

May 20-29, 2023

Description:   Despite the stresses and losses from the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan, the Lord has been at work brining a new spirit of unity and cooperation amongst the churches in Armenia.  This conference will aim at inviting younger pastoral couples and seeks to further the unity that God is developing in the Armenian church and involve a greater number of local leaders in the planning and execution of the conference. 

Theme: Resiliency

Location: Tsaghkahovit Hotel, Tsaghkadzor, Armenia

Teaching Team Members: Will Schraven, Brad and Kay Adams, Rick and Diana Lowe, Olimjon and Aysultan Kushbakov

Zambia – Pastoral Couples Training

June 29 – July 9, 2023 (TBD)

Description:  This will be our second trip to the more remote northern region of Zambia.  Our previous conference focused on the book of Colossians.  A Biblical understanding of marriage and the loving treatment of women were key topics in a culture that struggles with wife abuse. 

Theme:  Yet to be determined (Steward Leadership, Resiliency?). We hope to have 30-35 couples in attendance.

Location: Mpulungu, Zambia

Teaching Team Members: Rick and Diana Lowe, Don and Claudia Erickson

Eastern Europe – Pastoral Couples Training

August 17-25, 2023 (TBD)

Description:  We are currently in conversation and praying with our partners in Moldova and Ukraine to seek the Lord’s leading about the best ways that we can serve them.  In Ukraine this might be a small team to visit various locations in support of our partners still serving there.  In Moldova, the churches continue to serve a vast refugee population. Please join us in prayer for the Lord’s leading.  

Theme:  TBD

Teaching Team Members: Will Schraven, Rick and Diana Lowe

Honduras – Pastoral Couples Training

September 28 – October 8, 2023

Description: This will be our first conference in Honduras. Pastor Don Erickson has been teaching a group of pastors there via the Evangelical Free Church for several years.  This training would expand upon this group and network through the ministry of El Ayudante and the Honduran churches.  

Theme:  Faithfulness in the Midst of Suffering, Resilience or Finishing Well.

Location: TBD

Teaching Team Members: Don and Claudia Erickson, William and Ruth Evaristo, Rick and Diana Lowe

If you are interested in participating in one of our training conferences, please write to us at info@shepherdssupport.org