Releasing Preteens to Minister
It is a true joy seeing the impact of churches around the United States and international. I talked with Russ Zacek, and he is seeing the fruits of releasing children in his church to lead. His preteens are leading out and teaching in their children’s church services. His son, Freedom, taught one Sunday with amazing confidence. He even turned a backflip during his message. I love how the Lord is raising up children and preteens in our midst and using their gifts to His glory. It is amazing to step back and experience God’s presence and power, just like we do when they discover God’s purpose for their lives.
L.I.T. Ministries is excited to partner with Dr. Bill and Ammabel Rushaju with Eminent Girl Ministries in Ghana. Eminent Girl is a Christian girls’ fellowship that partners with parents in mentoring girls ages 10 to 16 to grow into women with visible virtue. It was founded in 2014 by Ammabel, and in 2016 they were registered as a Not-for-Profit entity in Uganda. We love their hearts for reaching and discipling children. We pray for God’s richest blessings on their ministry there.
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Clint May will be interviewed Monday, September 16, at 8:05 a.m. on the Charlie Engram show. You can listen in live at http://www.klfcradio.com. He will be discussing the need of the church to disciple children and then release them in ministry.
When God Closes a Door, He Opens a Window by Dr. Clint May
Well, we were at total peace about going to Africa in October. It was our plan to go October 5–19. As we waited in anticipation for the Lord’s provision for the trip, we began to see something different happening. He closed the door for our fall trip; we did not meet our budget. However, a window has opened for a new path for us to have an impact in Tanzania. During the past several years, I have spoken with Paul Mamba in Tanzania. He works directly with Global Children’s Network there. Paul has traveled to multiple countries and has trained hundreds of leaders who have reached thousands of children. We have been working with Paul, and they have translated our Leadership Training Manual “Empowering The Next Generation” and “The Gift” evangelistic Bible study into Kiswahili. They are now translating the L.I.T. Year One: Fall Devotional book and Leader Guide. We are exciting to see how the Lord works in Tanzania and beyond.
This fall as I began to pray about what’s next, the Lord put on my heart to start leading short training events called “Empowering Kids Leadership Training” here in the states. I have completed two training events now in two different churches, and the results have been amazing. As a result of the positive feedback and excitement for change to disciple and empower kids, we have scheduled multiple events in three states. I have included the dates and times in this newsletter.
Pilot “L.I.T.” Event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 2019, Paul Mamba
With this new approach and platform for L.I.T., we want to host a “Train the Trainers Training” for 30 select leaders so that we reach 300 new leaders by December 2019. The goal of the training is to plant seeds in a team of leaders that will spread the vision of “Leaders In Training” to many other leaders who will then help reach kids in different churches and teach them about the Cross of Jesus and how to have a personal daily walk with Christ. Children will learn their role in telling others about their faith and involve them in the ministry by helping them discover their gifts and talents. We will train 36 Master Trainers. It is our prayer to train 360 leaders by December 2019. Each Master Trainer will reach 10 new leaders with this new approach of Leaders In Training, we are projecting by December 2019, and we expect therefore 14,400 kids in the near future by reaching 40 kids per leader.
The passion and vision of L.I.T. Ministries is to Empower The Next Generation through discipleship and equipping children and students for ministry. Most leaders cannot get away for a two-and-a-half-day event, so we have created lunch or evening events to make it possible. This two-hour event is packed with information. We have defined four Foundations of Discipleship that leave a proven, lasting impression on the lives of children and students. They include parent involvement, leaders moving from teacher to discipler, involving children in the ministry of the church, and mobilizing children to share the Good News of Christ on mission. We are currently hosting the event in three states: Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. For more information and to find the dates, click here.
Praises and Prayer Requests
- For open doors for ministry in Africa
- For those who contributed to our work internationally
- For God’s continued provision for the ministry
- For God’s provision for the international work of L.I.T. Ministries
- For the development of the new Nehemiah Kids Kindergarten resource
- For the writing of the student devotional resources—pray for Clint as he prayerfully works to complete this project
- Pray for our resource development team—Amy McMullin, Richard Cervantes, and Selah McMullin as they work on the completion of the spring devotionals in multiple Bible translations
- For Paul Mamba and Tanzania as he begins the training in Tanzania in October
- Pray for the many leaders in the United States who are kicking off L.I.T. in their churches