International (MNN) — Last year Sammy Tippit Ministries' partner Ambassadors for Christ realized that God was calling them to expand their ministry.
For the last 10 years, their interdenominational school has immersed high school and college age youth in 9 months of studying and then serving overseas.
Now God has called them to shorter missions terms overseas. Their first year plans will take them to India, Romania, and the Philippines. "We'll go to those places on university campuses, and we will have two-week discipleship training schools intensive from
6:30 in the morning until 10:30 at night," said Dave Tippit, founder of Ambassadors for Christ. These days will include prayer, discussion, teaching, and fellowship.
Five or six people will attend these trips to facilitate the training of the 50 to 100 students. "We really want to create and cultivate an atmosphere where there can be times where people can just open up. We feel that if it gets too large, it just defeats the purpose," said Tippit.
Through discipleship training, local students will be equipped to do evangelism among their own people. "Our heart is really to help the local leadership there–the local young people–to catch a vision for the culture around them and for the people around them.
So our main thrust is to train them to reach out to the community and to have the eyes and the heart of Christ," said Tippit.
Ambassadors for Christ will also do some humanitarian work, partnering with a medical mission to give care packages to children in Russia.
They have already been invited by 12 more countries to do these training sessions. They are planning to visit 3 each year. Next year's destinations include three war-torn countries in Africa.
"Because this is a new initiative, there's just so many different aspects that need prayer," said Tippit. Pray that God will raise up young leaders who love Christ and will use their gifts to serve the hurting in the world.