International (MNN) — Sammy Tippit Ministries’ new WhatsApp program creates a space for Christians around the world to connect with each other.
Christians can be isolated from one another. Some countries have a scarcity of believers, and some Christians live in hard-to-reach areas. That is why Sammy Tippit Ministries has now launched its WhatsApp program to connect believers from all over the world.
So far, 650 distinct small groups have formed across 46 countries. Sammy Tippit estimates there are 30 to 60 people in each group. “We’re off to a great start. And we’re very excited about [being] able to reach many, many thousands of people, tens of thousands of people around the world with the Gospel, and also not only reach them but disciple them after they come to Christ.”
Where are they?
The project is allowing Sammy Tippit Ministries to disciple people that wouldn’t otherwise have been reached. One new Christian in Afghanistan has received training in Christ after the leader of his church was martyred. Another group in China meets digitally together every morning, sharing prayer requests and scripture.
Ground zero for this ministry? Brazil. Already, over 2000 pastors in that country have signed up to be a part of this program. At a recent evangelistic event in Brazil they had a breakout meeting for the event, expecting about 250 Brazilian pastors. Instead, 650 showed up.
The ministry is still growing, and Tippit has a bigger vision for where it will go. “When I say that we have started 650 small groups, the idea behind all of these small groups is not just to have a small group, but that those groups would be able to train leaders who will be able to reach others. So, when you have 650, it will spread all over.”
Things will pick up for the program in May, Tippit says. “Starting on May 1, for 28 days, they will receive training on how to share their faith in Christ with their family members that they love and their friends that they love so much.”
Then, for the next three days, Sammy Tippit Ministries will provide evangelistic sermons and content broadcast over the internet and available through WhatsApp.
How can I get involved?
Christians can start a WhatsApp group from wherever they are to become a part of what Sammy Tippit Ministries is doing. Their Facebook page has a link and even training for using WhatsApp.
The biggest cost for Sammy Tippit Ministries? Translating their material. To support this work, consider donating at sammytippit.org.
Most of all, pray that the good news of Jesus’ victory over sin and death would be proclaimed throughout the world through this WhatsApp program.
Header image courtesy of Sammy Tippit Minitries.