In the summer of 2002, the Lord birthed a fresh vision for children called L.I.T. (Leaders In Training).
In a matter of 20 years, L.I.T. has grown to impact thousands of children around the world.
We are in awe at God’s amazing plan to reach, disciple, and empower children to be the church NOW.
The Lord is raising up a generation of disciples in our midst.
What we have learned from 30+ mission trips is that when we train children to be missionaries and take them out on mission, they experience Acts 1:8.
They don’t fully grasp how God works, but the Holy Spirit takes over in their times of fear and speaks boldly the name of Christ through them.
Twenty-Seven Children Trained in India Reached 155 with the Gospel by Santosh Bardhan
One pastor said that the ministry among children has been excellent after LOAM ETNG (Empowering The Next Generation) leadership training in Odisha. It is so amazing to know that Christ needs them, and that is why He invited them, saying, “Let the little children come to me.” We have trained about 27 children in our church and nearby villages. Now children are excited to go and tell their parents and friends about Jesus. They have been a great encouragement and a new way to do the ministry and reach not only other children but also adults. The children we have trained reached 115 children with the Gospel in other villages. LOAM Ministries has trained an estimated 600 leaders in India.
I have rewritten the training and have included much of what I found while doing research for my book "Going Deep: Taking Children into the Spiritual Depths with God."
God has a unique plan for every believing child beyond what you might imagine.
He is raising up young missionaries in our midst. Here is what Sarah (11 years old) had to say after her first mission trip:
Once we started preaching…at that time, I was just shaking. I remember praying to myself and saying, "God, I cannot do this by myself. This is all You." I remember going brain-dead at that point. I still to this day do not know exactly what I said. I just knew that He had given me a calling to go and teach.
I Had a Fire in My Heart by Madison Miller
When I was in 5th grade, I started Leaders In Training. During that time, I learned how to make my faith my own and share it with others. On my first L.I.T. mission trip, God used me to lead a girl my age to Christ. From that moment on, I had a fire in my heart for sharing my faith and ministering to the kids around me.
From 5th grade to now, I have had the opportunity to invest in and disciple children. I started off by teaching a Sunday school class when I was in 6th grade. I was a Children’s Intern in college. Now, I work as part of a kids’ ministry.
Good Things Come in Small Packages by Dr. Clint May
We just wrapped up our last mission trip for the summer in Hudson Oaks, Texas. I was concerned that having a small group would have a lesser impact on the kids on the trip. I was wrong. The Lord showed up many times more powerfully on this trip. The pace was nice and not overwhelming. Even though they were ministering to fewer people, God ministered to them and spoke to their hearts. There were three professions of faith. We saw the kids grow up before our eyes as they gained confidence from the Lord. Worship times were sweet as we felt God’s presence in tangible ways. It was a wonderful blessing as we close out the summer.