The Training Has Changed Our Ministry
Tanya in Western Zambia attended the Empowering The Next Generation Conference. She shared, "The training has changed our ministry. Our ministry is no longer like it was before we were trained. Each time I meet with my kids, I have children who can stand on their own now because of what they have learned and been allowed to do in the church. I have children who pray and intercede for other children. We have children who are becoming leaders who can teach other children."
L.I.T. Taught Me to Be a Leader by Holland Coleman
When I was old enough to join L.I.T., I jumped at the opportunity to do for others what had been done for me. Looking back, the most amazing thing I learned was a degree of ownership that many adults think kids are not ready for. Although we were supervised, when it was time for a Kids Jam (Children's Worship) or Kids Blitz (community outreach), we were responsible for everything. That included transporting our equipment, managing the stage, setting up and tearing down the auditorium, leading worship, all the various performances, teaching, and the invitation. This taught me a great deal about leadership, taking the initiative, and working with others to accomplish something.
Most importantly, my time in L.I.T. taught me that the Gospel is not merely an idea or a story, but that Christ is living and active among His people today, and that if you want to experience intimacy with Christ, the best way to do that is by coming alongside Him and joining in His work. That same sense of fulfillment that I first tasted in L.I.T.—of working toward an eternal purpose—is why I'm currently in seminary today and eager to pursue full-time ministry. (Picture of 5th grade Holland teaching in San Marcos, Texas during 2007, L.I.T. Mission Trip.)
While listening to testimonial videos from western Zambia today, my heart lept for joy. They got it! As I heard the leaders share their stories and what they took away from the conference, it blessed me so much. It has been my dream to develop training that can be duplicated internationally. For the past five years, I have prayed, taught, prayed some more, and fine-tuned our training into what I feel will impact thousands, possibly millions of children. To God be the glory! I praise the Lord for His leadership as He has guided me each step of the way. As He has revealed to me His vision for children, it has been such a blessing to be a part of a ministry that allows me to cast that vision to thousands of leaders who in turn will disciple and empower children around the world. The wonderful thing is that it comes from His leadership handbook—the Bible, God’s Word. I love to explore God’s Word and connect the dots to children and His plans for them. The greater joy is when the eyes of leaders are opened for the first time to the idea that believing children receive the whole package at new birth. It’s not partial salvation; it is complete in Christ. The Holy Spirit who lives in them is not a “baby” Holy Spirit—it is THE HOLY SPIRIT.
L.I.T. Helped Me Fully Understand the Seriousness of Sharing my Faith
From the teachings of L.I.T., I have learned what it means to step up and be a leader. This gained character trait has not only aided me in the mission field but also in my relationships with the people around me. L.I.T. taught me the importance of having a daily quiet time, or time spent reading and listening to God's Word.
L.I.T. helped me fully understand the seriousness of sharing my faith with others and that the mission field does not disappear once we go home. Even as a young adult, these foundations are still a part of who I am, and I continue to use the tools that L.I.T. equipped me with to this day. —Jaydn Elkins, College Freshman (Jayden is 18 years old, and she has participated in fourteen mission trips, eight of which were international).
Jesus Came Alive for Me During My Journey Through L.I.T.
“Jesus came alive for me during my journey through L.I.T. as a young girl. He was no longer a nice idea or a story, but a Father, a friend, and the safest place I have ever come to know. I am endlessly thankful for the opportunities I was given not only to experience God at work first hand but to engage in that work with Him at such a young age. I was offered lifelong guidance in pursuing wisdom and discernment through discipleship, empowered to stand up with boldness and confidence in the face of adversity, and inspired to live a life of endless adventure in pursuing that which is true, good, beautiful, and worthy of praise in this life! I could go on and on about how formative this program was and continues to be in my life as an adult. In short, it was foundational. Programs like this not only empower the next generation of the church, but it equips them with knowledge of what it means to faithfully follow Jesus to the end of their days.” —Sarah Langer, Communications Coordinator at 6 Stones Missions Network, Bedford, Texas