Celebrating our 30th Preteen Mission Trip This Summer
As we were preparing for the mission trips this summer—numbers 29, 30, and 31—it hit me that by the end of the summer, we will have been on more than 30 mission trips with preteens in the last 14 years. Along with many others, I have witnessed many God moments that have blessed my life immensely. I will never forget what I have witnessed. This newsletter will highlight a few of these amazing events. I still love the mission trips; however, it takes me a lot longer to recover after each trip now that we are doing three per summer. Please keep Vicki and me in your prayers this summer, that we will get rest and for God’s supernatural strength to endure throughout all three upcoming trips.
Testimony from Vine and Branches Ministry, Piedras Negras, Mexico Alex & Diana Aburto
Recently, we took our Leaders In Training students, local interns, and visiting missionaries from Central Baptist, Round Rock, Texas, to minister to the residents of a special needs orphanage. Students had brought in donations to bless this home with needed items, and the Texas mission team provided the meal. How awesome to watch our L.I.T. students delight to share the Gospel through the "Oceans" drama, pray, share their testimonies, and engage with the residents. Our hearts were joy-filled to observe these students step up and out as missionaries into their role in the Great Commission right here in their own city. Last year, we began taking students to the surrounding neighborhoods and on short mission trips just outside the city. Next, L.I.T students, Aleana and Elliott Aburto, traveled to another country to share the Gospel. This past Christmas, we were blessed to take a team of 13 students from 3 churches to a neighboring state for a week-long mission trip!
God Is Raising Up a Generation of Kid Missionaries by Dr. Clint May
Last month, we shared about a young man who started a Bible study at his school. During the ETNG conference, one of the attendees, Sandi St. Claire from Farley St. Church, shared that four children from her church had started Bible studies in their schools this school year. As I hear these stories, I am hearing and seeing a fresh move of God in the lives of children. He is moving in a powerful way in their lives. They are so passionate about reaching their friends that they are going to the school principals and getting permission to have their Bible studies. Apparently, the Lord is making that door wide open! Presley at Willow Park Church felt led to start a Bible study for her Christian friends who are struggling with their faith. There are seven girls attending each week. It is amazing to see children following the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their lives and reaching their friends in places where you would not even expect. As we move into the spring, we are seeing new doors of opportunity for L.I.T. Ministries. We covet your prayers for wisdom from the Father. This is His ministry, and we want to step through doors that He is opening.
Ethan has a friend at school who is an outspoken atheist. Ethan has been praying for his friend to come to the Lord for more than a year, and recently, he has been actively talking to this friend about Jesus. In addition to this friend, Ethan found out that there is another girl in his class at school who is not a believer, and Ethan felt burdened to share Christ with her as well. One Friday afternoon when his mom picked him up from school, Ethan began telling her about this girl. He asked his mom if he could bring his Bible to school so that he could share Bible stories with the girl. His mom of course agreed, but his older sister challenged him: “Ethan, how are you going to do that?” He replied, “I’m going to start a God Club at recess. I’m going to start on Monday.”
Since Ethan started this God Club during recess at his school, his friend who was an outspoken atheist has professed his faith in Jesus and is now helping Ethan lead the club! It is so great to see how God is working in these children, in Ethan’s family, in our church, and in the world through children. (Picture is of Ethan and his older brother Bradley) Read more of Ethan's story
Looking Forward to a Great 2019!
Greetings from Benbrook, Texas. I pray that the Lord will bless you this New Year with many opportunities to serve Him. We are looking forward to a great year in 2019. The L.I.T. Board of Directors met this week to look at 2019. Many doors of opportunity have opened for the ministry this year. As the ministry expands, we are taking steps to support the churches we are working with in the United States and internationally. We have seen amazing success with our online training. Churches from India, Indonesia, Africa, and many others have gone through our training, and it is having an impact on children and leaders there. We are planning a training event on March 4-6 of this year. Through this training, we will certify trainers for both the United States and internationally. We will also be recording this event, in which we will be sharing practical ways to disciple and engage children in ministry and missions. The training will be offered online for free to any church in the U.S. and internationally. L.I.T. is having a growing influence in many third-world countries, and they have requested many times for us to come to their countries to train their leadership. We hope to train and certify leaders who will travel overseas to equip leaders in multiple countries.