We had our first L.I.T. mission trip in the Kasupe area, Lusaka West Zambia led by Isaac Mphande. There were 69 L.I.T.s (children and students from 5 to 14 years of age) from Kids Connection Preparatory School that were on the trip. The L.I.T.s reached out to children in the Tubalange villages. They were working with more than 180 children in these villages. They took some of their own clothing to share with children in need there. We thank God that 84 kids responded to the Gospel and gave their lives to the Lord. Our kids also gave gifts to the kids in the villages, such as clothes and shoes. We are so proud of these L.I.T.s and that God has chosen such a time as this for them to glorify His name.
The Holy Spirit Speaks Through Kids by Dr. Clint May
Way back in 2004, I witnessed for the first time the work of the Holy Spirit in an 11-year-old boy’s life. He told me that he felt something like fire going through him when he was sharing the Gospel. From that point on, I began videotaping and documenting stories and testimonies. We now have hundreds of hours of testimonies on video from the last 18 years. What has amazed me is how the Holy Spirit works through children. We have observed this more times on mission trips as this is where they have been allowed to minister using their spiritual gifts. There tends to be a consistent pattern in how the Spirit speaks through them. They feel scared or nervous, they ask the Lord to help them speak, and then their mind seems to stop, pause, or go blank. At that point, the Holy Spirit speaks through them. They are surprised yet overjoyed that God has spoken through them. Afterwards, children have frequently commented, “I don’t remember a word I said.” I love it! The Holy Spirit does not need our permission to speak through a child. They are ready and willing. They cry out to the Lord many times in fear, and He does the rest. He takes over, and He speaks directly through them.
February 2022, Newsletter
You Never Know What You’ll Get When You Say, “I Surrender”
I remember like it was yesterday. I knelt down beside my bed in Buena Vista, Colorado, in October 1984, and I said, “Lord, I surrender. If you will get me out of this mess I am in, I will do whatever You wish.” Wow! I never knew at the time what that meant. I was perfectly happy living in the mountains of Colorado. However, the Lord had a better plan. Soon after I surrendered my life to the Lord, it was as if I started “The Great Adventure.” My life was completely different. I quickly felt the tug on my heart to surrender to ministry. So, in January 1989, I began my seminary training. Three months later, I was called to the position of children’s pastor at a church near the seminary. I have been working with children ever since.
Celebrating 20 Amazing Years!
It is hard to believe, but L.I.T. started 20 years ago at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. It has been an incredible journey. When I began that summer, I had envisioned a leadership ministry for preteens, and we called it L.I.T. (Leaders In Training). We saw God do great work that first summer as we moved in this direction. Little did I know that L.I.T. would begin to expand into other churches by 2006. Our mission trips also began to include other churches. This summer, we will take our 31st and 32nd mission trips. Doors have opened worldwide to leaders on how to reach and disciple children.
For the next 12 months, we will highlight some exciting stories along the way. Thank you for being a part of this fantastic journey.
Dr. Clint May, President, L.I.T. Ministries
Children Don't Need Our Permission to Speak for Christ
Chaylee stood before about 50 children and parents at the “See You At The Pole Rally” at Peaster Elementary School. She shared a clear presentation of the Gospel. Chaylee is part of the teaching team at Willow Park Baptist Church. She takes part in weekly training and regularly teaches at the church. She plans on starting a Bible study at her school this October. Jennifer Smith and Cari Hill are her teachers/equippers at the church. With children who are trained and released at church, we regularly see them become emboldened with the Gospel in the world.