As most of you know, Need Him Global has been partnering with seminaries through our Resident Leadership Program. This one year internship is for seminary students with plans to become pastors, missionaries, and ministry influencers. These students must be passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In many ways, this program revolutionizes ministry education by training a new generation of leaders to engage those from different cultures through relevant front-line evangelism response.
Since launching in 2014, the program has had 80 students participate and answer over 140,000 conversations from around the world. We have also trained students from all over the globe including Spain, India, Ghana, Pakistan, Argentina, South Korea, Ireland, Mexico, and Canada. Many have now returned to their native countries and are serving locally.
Last fall we added Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University as a partner. We have started including Truett students in the Resident Leadership Program and the seminary has made volunteering for Need Him Global a part of the classroom requirements for several evangelism related classes.
In August, we trained over thirty students that were required to engage in conversations each week as part of their coursework. These students had over 1000 conversations in a little over three months with people in 71 different countries. They handled conversations covering every imaginable topic and had an opportunity to share the Gospel, defend their faith and engage in questions they had never previously considered.
This first semester with Truett was very successful from all perspectives and we are engaging additional classes this semester. We are incredibly excited about this new partnership going forward. The ministry continues to strive for cooperative initiatives that are truly kingdom honoring. We see this one doing just that with (a) students gaining experience and training they cannot get within a traditional classroom, (b) the seminary becoming even more cutting edge in the opportunities they provide their students, and (c) the ministry benefiting from more passionate believers being available to meet the lost and hurting that come to us through online chats and text messages. Please pray for these young people as they learn to meet a broken world with the one true message of hope found in Jesus Christ.