Fearless Mission Trip Report
Another L.I.T. Mission Trip is in the books! This was my 30th mission trip, and I can’t wait until next year to expand our reach even further. We had 121 missionaries in attendance and more than 40 professions of faith during the trip. Here are a few testimonies from this summer’s trip:
"FEARLESS" L.I.T. MISSION TRIP
Years ago when I served on staff at Wedgwood Baptist Church, there were banners at each exit door with the verse, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Jude and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). At the time, I did not think about how that applied to children. I first witnessed kids being empowered by the Holy Spirit in 2004 on my first L.I.T. mission trip. From that day forward, I started videotaping and documenting what I observed. Here are a few testimonies from fifth graders of the Holy Spirit’s amazing work in the lives of preteens from multiple churches:
“When I went up to share my testimony today, I was scared stiff. I was saying, ‘Oh God, oh God, please help me.’ I said something, and I don't have any idea what I said, but God moved in a powerful way.” (Jordan, 11 years old)
In 2015, I stepped down from my position as Children’s Pastor at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
It did not make sense at the time because the money just wasn’t there to be able to survive financially.
But I knew that if I did not follow the Lord’s leadership, I would be disobeying Him.
He called me to trust Him and do that. As time passed, I felt an urgency to obey. So, I gave my resignation, and my last day shortly followed.
From that point forward, the Lord has blessed us beyond what Vicki and I could have imagined.
Fruit from the Field Vine and Branches Ministries (Mexico) by Alex and Dianna Aburto
Our first generation of L.I.T.s is making an impact on the next generation even though we haven't been able to gather as L.I.T. The principles learned in their hearts from L.I.T. are now being shared during quarantine in their homes. Thank God for L.I.T.! Since quarantine, God began to provide for our students to be discipled from home and online. For months, V.B.M. student 7-year-old Iker has developed the habit, along with his family, of having a daily time with God. His older sister Marifer (13) learned the discipline & blessing of a daily time with God when she previously went through our L.I.T. (Leaders In Training) course in 5th-7th grades. During COVID, Marifer and her Mom have diligently worked with the family to establish their daily time with God using V.B.M.'s monthly discipleship booklet and prayer guide to read the Bible, memorize Scripture, and talk with God. His family is steadily growing in the Lord and sharing Jesus with their family and neighbors. Praise God!!!
(Picture: Thirteen-year-old Marifer on our L.I.T. mission trip leading her first person to Christ (left) and is now discipling her siblings, who are now leading their neighbors to Christ.)
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."