The Sammy Tippit Ministries recently succeeded in performing Internet streaming from San Antonio, Texas to Uganda. Eighty-five pastors and leaders in Uganda received training via the streaming.
Over 2.5 billion people who live in countries that are closed off to foreign missionaries including countries like China, India, and Farsi speaking nations. Tippet believes that a door will be flung wide open through the development of their ministry. "The Internet is exploding in these areas, so it gives us tremendous opportunities of ministry. And our desire is simply to meet a need, not to do anything radical or anything. We just want to meet a need. And we can cross borders electronically and meet those needs."
Tippet continued, "What that does it that opens doors now for us, in addition we've been doing pastors conferences and leadership conferences all over the world. We'll continue traveling and doing that. But with the relationships that we have, we can begin to do that with various countries all over the world from right here in San Antonio. It's just opened up a whole new avenue of video, audio transmission with live interaction. And so we're super excited about that."
Now more than a tool for communications, Internet is becoming a source of evangelism and ministry training. Tippit sees this as an emerging opportunity to reach the Farsi-speaking world. "What we discovered is that there are scores of brand new people coming to Christ. They're so new from backgrounds that are Islamic, that it would be very difficult for them to even get into house churches, because it's so dangerous. So all of these people we will be able to do some discipleship training for them over the Internet." Said Tippit.