L.I.T. in Peidras Negras, Mexico, Shares the Gospel and 30 Children Are Saved
Leaders In Training is equipping the next generation to be a part of The Great Commission in Piedras Negras, Mexico. This young man, 14-year-old Cesar Santos, recently led 30 children to Christ. To have accomplished this, you may look at this picture and be led to believe he is a confident, experienced, dynamic speaker. He may well be on his way in that direction, but he is a young man who absolutely prefers to serve quietly in the background and not with his voice in front of others.
This was Cesar’s very first time ever teaching a Bible lesson. Now in his second year of L.I.T., Cesar is a Leaders In Training students from our Vine Library Outreach Program. We first met Cesar at 8 years old. He began attending the afternoon Reading Club with his younger sister. He quickly became a very accomplished reader, excelling in any of our library challenges.
He began to miss days. We discovered his father was at times an abusive alcoholic and that his mom was working extra to support the family through these trying times. God allowed us to begin to minister to his family. Cesar, his sister, and his mom began to attend church with us regularly.
L.I.T. with SWBTS Korean Seminarians’ Preteens by Minhee Cho
We are in our 7th week of L.I.T. with 7 preteens from 6 families. We meet weekly on Saturdays for two and a half hours to praise and worship God and then break into ministry teams (worship dance, service, and teaching). Then, we have a group time of devotion. Biweekly, each ministry team is expected to minister to other ministry teams with their gifts and talents shortly after their own meeting. Worship dance team taught moves to the rest of the group, and the service team put together a project to make 20 bags of care kits for the homeless. Teaching is an opportunity for kids to take a turn to articulate an upcoming memory verse. God’s been gracious and encouraging us with fruits. We are already seeing transformation of hearts and perspectives, not just in kids but also in families. One of the parents excitedly shared that other adults have noticed a difference in their daughter’s interactions with friends and told them that she’s been talking with Christ in mind. As you read this, I covet your prayers for these kids to continue to grow in love with the Lord and to live a life of obedience. All the glory goes to our Lord!
Mission Trip Impact
We are blessed to continue hearing stories of preteens who have returned home from the L.I.T. Mission Trip exhibiting a confidence and passion to share their faith. One of the children’s ministers who attended the Texas mission trip shared with me about one of her fifth-grade boys who attended the mission trip. Shortly after getting home from the trip, he felt led of the Lord to do a Bible study in his neighborhood. He led with confidence from what he had learned on the missin trip. By the end of the week, he had led a little boy to Christ. The joy of hosting the yearly mission trips is seeing what happens to preteens and leaders who attend. They gain a boldness for Christ and a passion to share His Good News after their return home.
L.I.T. I-Go Summer Mission Trip Report: “Children are the now generation…”
We had an amazing summer on the L.I.T. I-Go Mission Trips. L.I.T.s from 16 churches led a total of 76 children to Christ this summer. Mitch Freeman shared from FBC Sapulpa that the childrenthey are following up with who are using the Journey book understood the decision they had made. At the end of the trip, we asked leaders how they saw God working in the L.I.T.s and what the Lord taught them about children ministering in the church today. Here are a few of their testimonies:
L.I.T. Ministries July Newsletter "Preteens Experience the Joy of Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ"
Preteens Experience the Joy of Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ
The L.I.T. Mission Trip to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was an amazing week. We saw the Lord move in many ways. Preteens from six states converged on Sapulpa, June 18-24, ready and prepared to share the Good News of Christ. As they went out into the community there, it became apparent that many of the children in one community did not have food in their homes. One of our leaders shared with the preteens and leaders the needs of these children. In three days, they raised $489. L.I.T. Ministries matched the fund, making it a total of $978 raised to help these needy children. The preteens led 45 children to Christ during the week. Three of the decisions were made by L.I.T.s who were on the trip. We are forever grateful to First Baptist Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, for hosting the event.