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Many years ago, God gave me a burden to reach people that no one else seemed to care about. I longed to reach people in nations where people had not heard the gospel. As I traveled to Europe, I found people lost in spiritual darkness. I longed to reach people in many of the countries where I traveled, but had no idea how to begin.
One of the first places I visited was East Berlin. As I prayed, I asked God to somehow open the doors for me to reach the people in East Berlin with the gospel.
I couldn’t stay in my comfortable surroundings in the West. I discovered it was possible to get a twenty-four-hour visa and travel from West Berlin to East Berlin. Out of a passionate desire to reach those people, I decided to visit East Berlin.
I didn’t know anyone there. Many times I would ride the train all over East Berlin. As I studied the faces of people, I saw something I didn’t expect. I had expected to see hard, belligerent people who didn’t like Americans. Instead I saw lonely people with no purpose in life. I began to see those people through a different set of eyes. I began to see them simply as people — people created in the image of God, people with a need for the Savior.
I would strike up conversations on the train and discovered the people had a hunger for meaning in their lives. At first they were frightened to speak with a stranger. Then their hunger to hear about God would overcome their fear of what would happen to them. Many even tried to protect me.
During those early days of my Christian experience, I learned a great lesson. God doesn’t look at people as communists, Muslims, Hindus, or even Christians. He sees people as they are in their hearts: lonely and hurting. And He longs to heal and save all people — everywhere. That’s why the Bible says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Jesus loved people as no one has ever loved them.
When we begin to see people through the eyes of Jesus, we too will love them as we’ve never loved them. We’ll not see them with all of the world’s religious or political name tags. We’ll see them as God’s creation in need of a Savior.
The next time you see someone you might consider an enemy, why don’t you pray a simple prayer: “Help me, O God, to see people as you see them.” When you pray that way, watch out. You may begin seeing people as you’ve never before seen them.
Mark : Chapter 8
22) They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23) He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24) He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25) Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26) Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a] the village.” Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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