Last week was an amazing week for our 29th L.I.T. Mission Trip in Waxahachie, Texas. Nine churches came together to work as one. Doors were opened at the Salvation Army and the Children’s Home for us to minister. This past week, more than 70 preteens went into the community to minister. They arrived a little fearful, but their confidence level excelled throughout the week. These shy introverted preteens became fearless for the Gospel as they experienced the Holy Spirit’s presence speaking in and through them. These young missionaries led 50 children to Christ! What I love the most is that they get it. Our discipleship plan is working because many of them will take it home with them and reach their neighbors and friends as well. We celebrate with the angels over these 50 whose names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We also rejoice in taking part in discipling these preteen L.I.T.s and lighting a fire in their hearts for the Gospel.
Celebrating our 30th Preteen Mission Trip This Summer
As we were preparing for the mission trips this summer—numbers 29, 30, and 31—it hit me that by the end of the summer, we will have been on more than 30 mission trips with preteens in the last 14 years. Along with many others, I have witnessed many God moments that have blessed my life immensely. I will never forget what I have witnessed. This newsletter will highlight a few of these amazing events. I still love the mission trips; however, it takes me a lot longer to recover after each trip now that we are doing three per summer. Please keep Vicki and me in your prayers this summer, that we will get rest and for God’s supernatural strength to endure throughout all three upcoming trips.
Testimony from Vine and Branches Ministry, Piedras Negras, Mexico Alex & Diana Aburto
Recently, we took our Leaders In Training students, local interns, and visiting missionaries from Central Baptist, Round Rock, Texas, to minister to the residents of a special needs orphanage. Students had brought in donations to bless this home with needed items, and the Texas mission team provided the meal. How awesome to watch our L.I.T. students delight to share the Gospel through the "Oceans" drama, pray, share their testimonies, and engage with the residents. Our hearts were joy-filled to observe these students step up and out as missionaries into their role in the Great Commission right here in their own city. Last year, we began taking students to the surrounding neighborhoods and on short mission trips just outside the city. Next, L.I.T students, Aleana and Elliott Aburto, traveled to another country to share the Gospel. This past Christmas, we were blessed to take a team of 13 students from 3 churches to a neighboring state for a week-long mission trip!
God Is Raising Up a Generation of Kid Missionaries by Dr. Clint May
Last month, we shared about a young man who started a Bible study at his school. During the ETNG conference, one of the attendees, Sandi St. Claire from Farley St. Church, shared that four children from her church had started Bible studies in their schools this school year. As I hear these stories, I am hearing and seeing a fresh move of God in the lives of children. He is moving in a powerful way in their lives. They are so passionate about reaching their friends that they are going to the school principals and getting permission to have their Bible studies. Apparently, the Lord is making that door wide open! Presley at Willow Park Church felt led to start a Bible study for her Christian friends who are struggling with their faith. There are seven girls attending each week. It is amazing to see children following the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their lives and reaching their friends in places where you would not even expect. As we move into the spring, we are seeing new doors of opportunity for L.I.T. Ministries. We covet your prayers for wisdom from the Father. This is His ministry, and we want to step through doors that He is opening.
Ethan has a friend at school who is an outspoken atheist. Ethan has been praying for his friend to come to the Lord for more than a year, and recently, he has been actively talking to this friend about Jesus. In addition to this friend, Ethan found out that there is another girl in his class at school who is not a believer, and Ethan felt burdened to share Christ with her as well. One Friday afternoon when his mom picked him up from school, Ethan began telling her about this girl. He asked his mom if he could bring his Bible to school so that he could share Bible stories with the girl. His mom of course agreed, but his older sister challenged him: “Ethan, how are you going to do that?” He replied, “I’m going to start a God Club at recess. I’m going to start on Monday.”
Since Ethan started this God Club during recess at his school, his friend who was an outspoken atheist has professed his faith in Jesus and is now helping Ethan lead the club! It is so great to see how God is working in these children, in Ethan’s family, in our church, and in the world through children. (Picture is of Ethan and his older brother Bradley) Read more of Ethan's story