We Have Reached a Tipping Point—It’s Time for Change
The other day I was putting together a presentation about L.I.T. As I mapped out where the Lord has taken the ministry, I was deeply humbled by what the Lord has done. From our beginning in the summer of 2002 to today, the Lord has been on the move.
- Children are being reached with the Gospel.
- Parents are being equipped to lead their homes spiritually.
- Children are being discipled and taught how to walk with Christ.
- Children are ministering in their churches and leading out on evangelistic mission trips.
Greetings from L.I.T. Ministries.
It is hard to believe that what was birthed in the summer of 2002 is still making an eternal impact on children in the U.S. and now worldwide.
Now 21 years later, I have had opportunity to talk with many young adults who point back to their early years in L.I.T. and share how it had a lasting impact on their lives.
They often recount how they were set on a deep spiritual course for life because of the spiritual disciplines they learned and especially through their personal experiences on the mission trips.
I took my first out-of-town preteen mission trip in 2004.
Age Is Not a Prerequisite to Serve God —by Sarah Gonzalez
The first time I went on a mission trip with Leaders In Training, I was seven years old. Even though I was the youngest child there, I quickly learned that age is not a prerequisite to serve God. That week, I saw God move firsthand in many powerful ways.
Over the years, I attended seven mission trips; however, I still remember the first time I gave the Gospel presentation. I was nervous, tired, and did not feel prepared to teach in front of a crowd. Before I started, my leader prayed for me, and at that moment, the Holy Spirit took control. I don't remember what I said, but I remember feeling that God was using me to do His work and to glorify Him.
I am grateful to Leaders In Training because it taught me to understand that I have a responsibility to share the precious gift of salvation, and to do so. God is ready to use me as a vessel to glorify Him.
Overcoming Fear to Love Those Who Are Hurting
There was a shooting late one evening at one of the ministry sites during our second mission trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The person took the life of his girlfriend and two of her children. Her teenage son was able to escape through a bedroom window. Mike Lehew Director of Mobile Missions Network, shared with our teams that they were going out to minister to the families the next day. There was no danger because the person who did the shooting was arrested.
The leaders discussed what happened with the kids and their parents; they all wanted to go out to show God's love to this hurting family and the community's people. The love of Christ flowed through them. They were not fearful. They wanted to be there and love those people. Praise the Lord! Fear did not take over; the Christ flowed through them.
Five Mission Trips—111 Salvations-August 2023
This has been an incredible summer, with more than 202 participants from five states on our mission trips. We are forever grateful for those leaders who invested in the lives of many preteens and students. The L.I.T. I-Go Mission Trips are life-changing to both those who are reached with the Gospel and especially those who take part in the trips. We have the privilege of joining God on His mission to reach the world and of experiencing His power flowing throughout lives as we love and reach those in need with the Gospel message. Each trip was quite unique in itself. The stories and testimonies consistently bear witness that the Lord showed up and had His way in many lives. The kids were able to join the Lord in leading 111 children and adults to Christ. We praise His name for allowing us the honor of serving Him.