L.I.T. Shaped My Spiritual Life Tremendously! Ketnarly Estimon
As a young girl, L.I.T. shaped my spiritual life tremendously! The key components were identity, leadership, and discipleship. I was taught my identity as a daughter and co-heir of Christ, and this life-transforming truth has made me the woman I am today. Through discipleship, I learned what it meant to live a life of integrity while following Jesus. The discipline of quiet time, or daily fellowship with God, was impressed in my heart. I was encouraged to memorize scriptures that I can recite to this day. One of my favorites is Psalm 119:11—“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” The scriptures and truths I learned in L.I.T. have stuck with me and have been an anchor throughout my life. It is said that leadership is caught, not taught. I am grateful that at a young age, I was not just told that I am a leader, but I was actually given leadership positions through L.I.T. By way of serving, I learned how to lead on my knees while giving God all the glory. This has not been lost on me in my adult life. I have gone on to serve in college ministry, mission trips, and even in my job as a nurse. It is no small thing to give the gift of the gospel to a child and tell them to share it with the world. I am forever grateful that L.I.T. gave me such a gift. May God be glorified!!
Join us Thursday, July 16, at 12:00 p.m. (C.S.T.); for a short introduction to the L.I.T. resources and how they can transform your children’s ministry into one that disciples (makes a difference in their personal spiritual lives) and equips (prepares them to carry out the Great Commission) children for ministry and missions.
L.I.T. Played a Significant Role in My Spiritual Life by Joel Hayworth
Two things specifically that are a part of L.I.T. that have played significant roles in my spiritual formation are forming spiritual disciplines and using spiritual gifts in the local church. As a young believer, I was given a weekly Scripture verse to memorize and a daily passage to read. These things might seem minor or even insignificant to some people, but to a young Christian, this was precisely what I needed to grow in my faith and knowledge of God's Word! My L.I.T. teacher and classmates helped hold me accountable to do my daily quiet time and memorize Scripture, and for this, I am extremely grateful. As I have grown up and gone through high school and college, I look back to my years in L.I.T. with thankfulness because I was encouraged to "own" my faith rather than believe something just because someone else said it.
From Preteens to World Changers
We want to highlight one church that has taken ministry with children and students to a whole new level. Mike Lehew, Lead Missionary with Church Inside Out and former Family Pastor at Foundation Church in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, is one person who has done this. Their model of ministry is based on the idea that all believers (including children) have a calling to make disciples. L.I.T. has been an intricate part of pointing preteens and students in the right direction. Mike has had more than 75 students in his ministry who have been on international mission trips to South America and Africa. These trips last between two weeks and 35 days. They have led thousands of people to Christ on these trips. Mike’s passion is to mobilize the Church Inside Out to take the Gospel into the local community, and the children and students are a significant part of it. Mike shares, “L.I.T. has defined our discipleship for our kids and our parents. Parents don’t know it, but they are being discipled as they disciple their kids. It also helps them see the bigger picture that these kids are the church now.” (The picture was taken during the 2012 mission trip to Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The majority of these students are still involved in ministry).
Children are the most effective agents in reaching their peers with the Gospel L.I.T. May Newsletter
For the believer in Christ, this is not the time to hunker down, it is time to reach out. So many people have no hope. Sales of alcohol and drug abuse is escalating with people seeking comfort from their fears, anxiety and uncertainty. We don’t have to be careless, but we can use social media, a phone call, text or acts of kindness to let people know that we care. We can pray for opportunities to show people God’s love and share the hope we have in Christ. The Gospel is the Gospel and we should want everyone to have the hope we have in the Lord.
I encourage church leaders to light a fire in the hearts of children they are working with to share the Good News of Christ with their friends. Children are the most effective agents in reaching their peers. It’s time to look at the future with excitement. The fields are white unto harvest, and it’s time to rise and bring the hope of the cross of Christ to a lost world.