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Family Testimonies

L.I.T. Changed Our Family by Holly Elkins 

I've been a Christian for many years and have done many Bible studies, but no study has been as life-changing as the L.I.T. curriculum! I learned more in teaching the first year L.I.T. Elkins Familycurriculum than I had most of my life. L.I.T. taught me who I am in Christ, how to know Him intimately, how to fight spiritual warfare, and how to live my life for Him in surrender.

As I studied and taught, God began to show me truths I had never been taught before. Nobody had ever discipled me after I'd initially prayed to ask Jesus in my heart. No one told me, "Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy ride because now you have an adversary that wants to kill, steal, and destroy you." But this curriculum did. I realized I'd been listening to Satan spew lies at me and tricking me into thinking it was God condemning me all of my Christian life. I lived in that condemnation. I truly believe this is how most Christians live. How sad is that? It's impossible to fight and live victoriously if you don't know there's a war waged against you and you have weapons to fight with.

L.I.T. taught me I'm made righteous by the blood of Jesus through Scripture reading and memorization. I began to see the world differently and began to fall deeply and madly in love with Jesus. My worldview completely flipped upside down as I began to see Truth and Life in the Word of God Most High and that His will for my life is to love Him and love others. It's truly that simple.

IMG 7273I began teaching my children these truths and pouring into them who God says they are, not the world. My daughter Jadyn was in Nehemiah Kids and learning these truths as well. At the age of 10, she went on her first L.I.T. mission trip and sought God and what He wanted from her. He told her to get face down and pray to Him and something good would happen the next day. The next day, Jadyn led a girl to Christ! Since that mission trip, Jadyn has been growing in her faith and has been on three more L.I.T. mission trips, one church mission trip to Mexico, and three international mission trips with Awe Star Ministries. She is 15 years old and deeply loves Jesus and loves others.

It all started with L.I.T. I'm so thankful this program was introduced to us. I'm so overwhelmed at the goodness of the Lord. I praise God for L.I.T. and the many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ I've met and grown to love as family! My husband has taught and grown as a Christian with L.I.T. My son is starting 5th grade L.I.T. this fall after two years of Nehemiah Kids. This program is an intrinsic part of discipleship, starting from very young to obviously adult if people are open and willing to allow God to awaken the soldier within.

Taste and see that the Lord is good, put on your armor of God, and MOVE! God is always working—we need only to know Him, seek Him, and follow His lead.

 
L.I.T. Has Been a Big Part of Our Family
 
L.I.T. has been a big part of our family ever since my oldest daughter was an L.I.T. six years ago. That year, my entire family went on the mission trip with her. We witnessed the Holy Spirit Poseys01moving upon the L.I.T.s that year and knew God was calling us to be involved with L.I.T. Two years later, my second daughter was an L.I.T. By then, weekly L.I.T. training, going on the L.I.T. Mission Trip every summer, and telling people about Jesus had become part of our family culture. The kids loved it, and we were thrilled that they were excited about following and serving Jesus. In 2012, our mission trip was here in Fort Worth. I asked everyone in my family if they wanted to join me and stay at the church all week and be totally on mission. They said that they would come to my ministry site and help out but they didn’t want to stay. Not the answer I wanted, but I believed that if God wanted them there, He would call them. The morning of the mission trip as I was packing, my oldest daughter said she felt that God wanted her to go and stay all week. I told her to get ready, and she was packed before I was. My other two children approached me and said they felt they needed to be there as well. That week my entire family stayed at the church and was on mission all week—not because their dad told them to but because they wanted to serve King Jesus. Everyone in my family led someone to Jesus that week, my wife, my two daughters (ages 15 and 13), and even my 9-year-old son. As a father, I have never been more proud of my children. If you want to see your family culture change to loving and serving Jesus, take your children to L.I.T. and help out as an adult. You may actually be the one getting the training.
 
 

Dr. Al Meredith, Pastor

“One of the best things they do: they don’t simply memorize Scripture and biblical principles, they put it into practice. And the best practice is the mission trips.”
Dr. Al Meredith, Retired Senior Pastor, Wedgwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
 

Karen Smith, Leader/Parent

"In my opinion, it is going to actually change the next generation of children that we are raising to live for Him. L.I.T. for me is not a program. It is a discipline that is teaching children how to have a love for God and His Word at a very young age. Teaching them how to read His Word and actually apply it to their lives on a daily basis.
Karen Smith, Leader/Parent, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Texas
 

Mike Lehew, Family Pastor

“A lot of churches’ kids are to be seen and not heard. Here at our church, the culture has changed where our kids have ample opportunity, just as students and adults, to get plugged into ministry. It has impacted families. There is more of a solid foundation for the kids and their parents. We are very appreciative of the ministry of Leaders In Training because it is exactly what it has done for our church - produce leaders.”
Mike Lehew, Family Pastor, Foundation Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
 

Scott Hamilton, Lead Pastor

“L.I.T. is the best discipleship program I have ever seen. We have seen our children become more involved in serving and being a part of our church.”
Scott Hamilton, Lead Pastor, Foundation Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
 

Dr. Richard Ross, Professor

"The passion of my life is to see teenagers exalt the majesty of Christ and then invite Him to live through them—to bring His kingdom on earth. I have discovered that is far more likely when new teenagers already have experienced L.I.T. during 5th–6th grades. Those 12-year-olds already have a passion for Christ, a heart for the lost, consistency in the spiritual disciplines, and skills in ministry. If older grade-schoolers in every church were having experiences such as these, student ministries in America would be very different. I strongly encourage church leaders and parents to give this ministry approach careful attention.
Richard Ross, PhD, Professor of Student Ministry, Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
 

Ruth Ann Miller, Children's Minister

“At our church, we have many wonderful things going on in L.I.T. and Nehemiah Kids. Our children’s hearts are changing, and it is becoming more and more about those who are around them."
Ruth Ann Miller, Children’s Minister, Memorial Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
 

Blake Hayworth, Minister of Students

"From the eleventh grade down, you can really see a difference in them and their relationship with Christ versus those who were not involved with L.I.T.”
Blake Hayworth, Student Minister, FBC, Ozark, Missouri
 

L.I.T. Making a Difference

This video has multiple testimonies from church leaders, parents, and a former student who went through the L.I.T. program. Listen to the consistent testimonies of lives being impacted by the ministry of L.I.T. and Nehemiah Kids.
 

Joel Hayworth, Student

JoelhayworthL.I.T. (Leaders in Training) taught me at a young age the value of a personal, daily quiet time with the Lord. During my years in LIT, I began to grow dramatically in my belief in God and gain a newfound understanding of how God speaks to His followers, through His Word. Serving in my church (First Baptist Church, Ozark) has allowed me to see the body of Christ at work in a number of different facets. Serving, and serving in many different avenues, has given me a greater appreciation of leaders within my own church as well as a deeper faith on a personal level. Being stretched in these different locations of service has given me the opportunity to grow both in my faith from an evangelistic standpoint as well as a theological one.

Once the importance of service is engrained in the fiber of your being, it is nearly impossible to get out. Whenever I joined the student ministry at my church it was natural to serve in whatever capacity was available. Because I was given the opportunity to serve through L.I.T. at a young age I was prepared to serve in different positions as I advanced throughout my time within the student ministry and now into college ministry. I have been serving within the church since I was in 5th grade, nearly 10 years ago.

I currently serve in our church worship team on Sunday mornings. I play bass guitar and sing on praise team occasionally. I also am a Disciple-Now small group leader and help with Judgment House, Upward Basketball and mission trips throughout the year.
 

The Lasting Impact of L.I.T.

noahlehewNoah Lehew, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
“L.I.T. has definitely made my relationship with God deeper. I was required to spend time with the Lord each day, and at first, I didn't understand why. But eventually, God started revealing His Word to me and showing me how to apply it. I struggled with many things, including anger, but being held accountable through L.I.T. in a quiet time has allowed me to grow deeper and control my actions.
 
“Serving in the church has made a big impact on my life. I started in the children's area, and I started to realize what people mean when they say, ‘Have child-like faith.’ Watching the kids worship and get involved for God at such a young age made me realize how strong they are. I started questioning myself, asking, ‘How do I get a faith like that?’ God slowly developed a longing for Him in me. He showed me what it was like to have faith, unending joy.
 
“It helped me a lot in transitioning into the student ministry. There were many people in the student area who have not had the discipleship that I have had. I had opportunities to disciple them and encourage them in their walk with Christ. Sometimes, it was hard transitioning in because I felt different. I'm not sure in what ways, but eventually, when we started our student discipleship groups, I quickly found out how to use all that God has been teaching me over the years. He showed me how to invest in others. I am 17 years old, and I have been serving in the church for 8 years. I currently serve in the student area teaching the junior high men, and I also lead worship in our Student and Children's areas occasionally.”
 
amyrossAmy Ross, College Graduate, Fort Worth, Texas
“This program was a huge foundation for my life. It carried me through all of middle school, high school, and college. I can see where the foundation is. The routes of memorizing Scripture, being in the Word every day, and doing a quiet time. Discipling others and being discipled as an adult is so important.”

Joel Hayworth, College Sophmore, Ozark, Missouri
"L.I.T. (Leaders in Training) taught me at a young age the value of a personal, daily quiet time with the Lord. During my years in LIT, I began to grow dramatically in my belief in God and gain a newfound understanding of how God speaks to His followers, through His Word. Serving in Joel Hayworthmy church (First Baptist Church, Ozark) has allowed me to see the body of Christ at work in a number of different facets. Serving, and serving in many different avenues, has given me a greater appreciation of leaders within my own church as well as a deeper faith on a personal level. Being stretched in these different locations of service has given me the opportunity to grow both in my faith from an evangelistic standpoint as well as a theological one.

Once the importance of service is engrained in the fiber of your being, it is nearly impossible to get out. Whenever I joined the student ministry at my church it was natural to serve in whatever capacity was available. Because I was given the opportunity to serve through L.I.T. at a young age I was prepared to serve in different positions as I advanced throughout my time within the student ministry and now into college ministry. I have been serving within the church since I was in 5th grade, nearly 10 years ago.

I currently serve in our church worship team on Sunday mornings. I play bass guitar and sing on praise team occasionally. I also am a Disciple-Now small group leader and help with Judgment House, Upward Basketball and mission trips throughout the year."

HannahlongHannah Long, College Freshman, Fort Worth, Texas
“The L.I.T. program taught me the importance of sharing my faith with others. Serving in the church has definitely strengthened my faith. I felt a responsibility to those that I was teaching to know every part of the lesson that I was teaching so I could answer any questions that they had, and in the process, I learned things that strengthened my faith. This experience gave me a passion for teaching and serving others. I have continued to serve in the church throughout high school, and I plan to find a place to serve in the church in college. I have been serving in the church for 8 years since I was in the 5th grade.”
 
Hannah Lehew, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
hannah lehew“L.I.T has impacted my life by showing me the importance of having a daily quiet time. Before I was in L.I.T., I didn't really have the discipline to read my Bible every day and to memorize verses. Having a spiritual influence to keep me accountable every week made a huge difference in my walk with the Lord. Through L.I.T., God taught me how to have a quiet time and listen to Him. Without having that discipleship at an early age, I doubt that I would have a strong root in my relationship with Christ through my teenage years.

“By serving in the church for a long time, I would say that I have not only become closer to God but closer with the church body. I have met some of my closest friends through serving the Lord with them. My faith becomes stronger when I am serving the Lord and with people who have the same desire as I do—to glorify God in everything that we do. My experience with L.I.T. helped me prepare for transitioning to the youth ministry. Without having that biblical foundation early on, I don't think I would have been spiritually mature for the transition. By being in L.I.T. and already being accustomed to serving in the church, I was ready to jump in and help with the student ministry when it came time.

“I'm nineteen years old, and I have been serving in the church for 11 years. At my home church, I was a teacher for the junior girls’ class. I also helped with planning activities for the youth ministry. While I'm in Mexico, I serve the church by doing any artwork or photos they need taken.”
 

“The kids asked if they could join our prayer meeting, but we ended up joining theirs.”

In 2009, we were in Little Rock, Arkansas, on one of our preteen Leaders In Training mission trips. We had heard that The Summit Church there was experiencing revival. They were having extended services and meeting almost every evening of the week. I talked with our leadership and suggested that we ask if we could join them. As Pastor Bill spoke, he invited folks to share what God was doing in their lives. One-by-one, the L.I.T.s went up to the altar and shared about what God was doing in their lives. Several confessed sin in their lives and asked their friends for forgiveness. I appreciated the way Pastor Bill ran the service. When someone shared, he would ask individuals from his church to pray for them. Pretty soon, the front of the church had a line of preteens sharing their prayer requests and asking for God’s strength as they ministered in the apartments throughout the week. As the evening moved on, the L.I.T.s began praying for adults in the service. They would circle up around a person and pray until they had a peace. To this day, I remember what Pastor Bill said at the end of the service: “The kids asked if they could join our prayer meeting, but we ended up joining theirs.”

God is up to something amazing in children and youth. How will you empower them to fulfill God’s call in their lives? www.4to14window.com
 

“I cried my sins away, and now I am ready to be used by God.”

During our L.I.T. mission trip to Kerrville, Texas, the Lord truly moved in the hearts of our preteens. Four churches joined us on the trip at Trinity Baptist Church. During the evening service on the first or second night, L.I.T.s (preteens) and youth began to move to the front of the worship center to pray. By the time the worship band was finished playing, the entire altar was filled with kids. Their prayers turned to weeping and intercession. I asked one young man what God was showing him. He said, “I cried my sins away, and now I am ready to be used by God.” Another young lady was deeply burdened for a relative and wept for their salvation. One group of preteens prayed in a circle for hours. I believe they went through two boxes of tissue by the end of the evening.

I have served in children’s ministry for more than 28 years now. The past fifteen years have been quite amazing as I have witnessed a move of God in the lives of children that I never saw during the first fourteen. www.4to14window.com.
 
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