Brazil (MNN) – Church growth occurs through effective evangelism and long-term discipleship. That’s why Sammy Tippit Ministries is partnering with churches in Brazil to coordinate a month-long series on discipleship and evangelism.
God at Work in Brazil
Sammy Tippit, founder and president of the international evangelistic organization Sammy Tippit Ministries, recently spoke at a Multiplying Church Movement event in Brazil. He spoke to about 1200 pastors from all over about a program for equipping small groups to disciple new believers.
Tippit says, “There’s a great revival taking place in these churches that are involved in this movement. We shared with them the possibility of teaming together for May 2020 through small group discipleship and training people to share the Gospel with their family and friends, with a large evangelistic outreach at the close of that.”
What is May 2020?
Tippit explains that May 2020 is a month-long outreach and discipleship program. It will include a series of discipleship materials and devotions focused on sharing Christ with family and close friends. Sammy Tippit Ministries will offer these devotions throughout the month of May.
At the end of the month, there will be a large outreach event in Brazil. The event will be broadcast online and translated for participants in the program around the world.
Tippit explains, “The emphasis is going to be on the family. It’s 31 days of praying for your family and reaching out to your family and sharing Christ with your family and your close friends. So what we’re doing is in the circle of people that you have contact [with], we’re starting with those people that are the closest to you and [teaching] how to share Christ with them.”
Discipleship on WhatsApp
Sammy Tippit Ministries is setting up the materials specifically for small group study and discussion. They hope to see devotions like those currently on WhatsApp in Brazil used for small group studies. They are even planning to help connect Facebook followers with one another on WhatsApp to foster small group discipleship.
“The Brazilians already have this. They have WhatsApp groups in these churches, thousands and thousands of them, small groups that are discipleship based.” Tippit says. “And we will be providing them materials in those small groups to use to help them to disciple people to grow in their faith and then multiply that by sharing their faith with others.”
In addition to natural follow-up , Sammy Tippit Ministries is offering three weeks of discipleship message for new believers. They are also helping connect new believers to small groups on WhatsApp.
God is opening doors for additional partnerships and even for message translation into other languages. The work is happening, but Tippit asks for prayer. Pray every message would reach people with open hearts and that the Gospel would not be hindered.
Tippit also asks for prayer for the logistics of producing the materials, spreading materials, and helping people find small groups.
He says, “Pray, first of all, that we will be able to seamlessly move people from social media into small groups. We have tens of thousands of followers in the various languages that I’m talking about, all over the world, watching our Facebook materials. We want to move them from just watching videos, Christian videos on Facebook, to being true disciples of Jesus.
“So pray that we would be able to, and we’ll be launching that in January, pray that we’ll be able to make that happen. That we’ll be able to, through the technology, be able to move them from watching a video to becoming a true disciple of Jesus in a small group context.”
Tippit also notes that translation work can be costly. The materials and web pages will be translated into nine different languages. If you want to support Sammy Tippit Ministries, click here.
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