After L.I.T. Testimonies

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.”