Mission Trip Impact
We are blessed to continue hearing stories of preteens who have returned home from the L.I.T. Mission Trip exhibiting a confidence and passion to share their faith. One of the children’s ministers who attended the Texas mission trip shared with me about one of her fifth-grade boys who attended the mission trip. Shortly after getting home from the trip, he felt led of the Lord to do a Bible study in his neighborhood. He led with confidence from what he had learned on the missin trip. By the end of the week, he had led a little boy to Christ. The joy of hosting the yearly mission trips is seeing what happens to preteens and leaders who attend. They gain a boldness for Christ and a passion to share His Good News after their return home.
Training in Zambia
Jeffrey Mwamwa will be traveling to Zambia to lead a training conference for L.I.T. September 27-28. They say they will have 80 area leaders attending the training there. Please pray for Jeffrey for safe travel and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in his life as he trains and releases these leaders.
Conversion and Discipleship by Clint May
The question about conversion versus discipleship has been in my mind for the past 28 years of ministry. I have come to realize each day as I walk with the Lord that we are called to make disciples. Bill Hull makes it clear: “Conversion and discipleship, you cannot do one without the other.” Last night, I had the privilege of working with four sixth-grade boys at my church. I shared with them that conversion is a starting point for their new life in Christ. At the point of conversion, a person comes to the realization of their lost condition before a holy God. Through their grasp of the redemptive grace of God, they come to the place of repentance of sin, belief in Jesus Christ, and acceptance of forgiveness for their sins. For many, however, it stops there. They never move forward in their understanding of what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ. It was a joy explaining to these guys God’s greater purpose for our lives. Jesus tells us, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
You see, this was me at age nine. It wasn’t until I was 27 years of age that I came to an understanding that I must give up my life to Christ to truly find it and the abundant life He promises. When I did, my life was never the same. Over the past 15 years, it has been a joy watching the lightbulb go on in the minds and hearts of children and preteens in the church. Surrender is the next step beyond conversion in order to step into the abundant life we have in Christ. Through surrender, a child gives the Holy Spirit permission to take control. When they surrender their will to Him, He begins the transformation process. As Steven Curtis Chapman said years ago, “This is the great adventure.” This year so far, I have learned a lot about how to get the word out about what we do as a ministry. I am excited to say that we have 28 new churches in the United States that have joined the L.I.T. family. The churches span thirteen states and multiple denominations. Please lift up these churches in your prayers as they begin the journey with hundreds of children. We are also expanding our influence in multiple countries internationally—Cape Town, South Africa, Tanzania, Congo, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. God has opened many amazing doors as we have committed to provide what the Lord has given us to third-world countries around the world. We covet your prayers for wisdom and grace as we move forward as a ministry. I pray that the Lord will bless you. May His grace abound on you and yours.
Dr. Clint May
President, L.I.T. Ministries
This Month’s Prayer Needs
- For the Lord’s continued provision for the ministry
- For international churches that are catching the vision of discipling and releasing children in ministry
- For our new L.I.T. churches in thirteen states
- For the continued exposure the ministry is having internationally
- For the many new churches starting L.I.T. and Nehemiah Kids this fall
- For churches in their move from a conversion-focused to a discipleship-focused model
- For Jeffrey as he trains in Zambia September 27-28
- For open doors for next year’s L.I.T. Mission Trips (We have secured two sites.)
- For Clint, for wisdom as he works on writing a book this fall
- For wisdom as we develop the new Csalt student devotionals
L.I.T. I-Go Summer Mission Trip Report: “Children are the now generation…”
We had an amazing summer on the L.I.T. I-Go Mission Trips. L.I.T.s from 16 churches led a total of 76 children to Christ this summer. Mitch Freeman shared from FBC Sapulpa that the childrenthey are following up with who are using the Journey book understood the decision they had made. At the end of the trip, we asked leaders how they saw God working in the L.I.T.s and what the Lord taught them about children ministering in the church today. Here are a few of their testimonies:
L.I.T. Ministries July Newsletter "Preteens Experience the Joy of Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ"
Preteens Experience the Joy of Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ
The L.I.T. Mission Trip to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was an amazing week. We saw the Lord move in many ways. Preteens from six states converged on Sapulpa, June 18-24, ready and prepared to share the Good News of Christ. As they went out into the community there, it became apparent that many of the children in one community did not have food in their homes. One of our leaders shared with the preteens and leaders the needs of these children. In three days, they raised $489. L.I.T. Ministries matched the fund, making it a total of $978 raised to help these needy children. The preteens led 45 children to Christ during the week. Three of the decisions were made by L.I.T.s who were on the trip. We are forever grateful to First Baptist Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, for hosting the event.
“My Journey with L.I.T.”
By Richard Cervantes
My journey with L.I.T. began nine years ago when I was in third grade. I was first introduced to the Gospel at an after school club called “Good News Club.” A sixth grade L.I.T. named Carilyn led ME to Christ one afternoon after a Gospel presentation and presented me with my very own Bible. I was so excited and wanted to know more about who Jesus was and what the “Christian” thing was all about. Inside the Bible was a sticker inviting my family to church, so me being an intrigued and curious third grader, I begged my parents to take me to church. From there, we began attending church on a regular basis and becoming involved in weeknight activities. One of those activities was the L.I.T. program. I went through the program and even went on my first mission trip! I learned so much about God and what a relationship with Him looked like. I also grew a heart for service. My L.I.T. group was always volunteering in and outside the church. My church also had Tech as a ministry team where we learned how to run a sound and light board. This gave me so many opportunities to serve in church and in ministry.
It was the service opportunities and teaching about spiritual gifts that prepared me for a life of service. When I moved on to middle school, I wanted to come back and serve in children’s ministry. I began teaching in ministry groups and leading a group of Nehemiah Kids. I went on the L.I.T. Mission Trips and began to serve with the CSALT and helped run worship services. From there I began taking pictures and running the technology side of the mission trip. Now, nine years later entering my senior year of high school, I am the L.I.T. Assistant Missions Director. Without the guidance of faithful leaders who invested time and effort into making sure we had fun and learned on Wednesday nights, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am so excited for this summer’s mission trips and being able to invest in the youth on the trips through the CSALT and Support Staff programs. This summer is going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord does through our students and leadership. See you all soon!
“The L.I.T. Mission Trip was life-changing for me.”
“I went on the L.I.T. Mission Trip in 2017 at Cedar Hill with Crossroads Church, and I just wanted to say thank you. I can't go on the next one, but the last one was life-changing. It's something I'll never forget. Learning about how kids in other countries were praying for us was...amazing! I remember when there were papers with the names of other countries that we would put our hands on and pray for...another guy actually prayed for me, and I prayed for him, which is kind of unheard of (haha). On one day, there were birds at Wilson Crossing, our site, and they were just cawing on and on and on...I prayed—rebuked Satan—told him he had no right to interrupt our Bible study, and they stopped. I am never going to forget that, and just the mission trip in general. Thank you.” (Kassidy (5th grade), Crossroads Church)