Testimonies

Dr. Al Meredith, Pastor

“One of the best things they do: they don’t simply memorize Scripture and biblical principles, they put it into practice. And the best practice is the mission trips.”
Dr. Al Meredith, Retired Senior Pastor, Wedgwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
 

Karen Smith, Leader/Parent

"In my opinion, it is going to actually change the next generation of children that we are raising to live for Him. L.I.T. for me is not a program. It is a discipline that is teaching children how to have a love for God and His Word at a very young age. Teaching them how to read His Word and actually apply it to their lives on a daily basis.
Karen Smith, Leader/Parent, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Texas
 

Mike Lehew, Family Pastor

“A lot of churches’ kids are to be seen and not heard. Here at our church, the culture has changed where our kids have ample opportunity, just as students and adults, to get plugged into ministry. It has impacted families. There is more of a solid foundation for the kids and their parents. We are very appreciative of the ministry of Leaders In Training because it is exactly what it has done for our church - produce leaders.”
Mike Lehew, Family Pastor, Foundation Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
 

Scott Hamilton, Lead Pastor

“L.I.T. is the best discipleship program I have ever seen. We have seen our children become more involved in serving and being a part of our church.”
Scott Hamilton, Lead Pastor, Foundation Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
 

Dr. Richard Ross, Professor

"The passion of my life is to see teenagers exalt the majesty of Christ and then invite Him to live through them—to bring His kingdom on earth. I have discovered that is far more likely when new teenagers already have experienced L.I.T. during 5th–6th grades. Those 12-year-olds already have a passion for Christ, a heart for the lost, consistency in the spiritual disciplines, and skills in ministry. If older grade-schoolers in every church were having experiences such as these, student ministries in America would be very different. I strongly encourage church leaders and parents to give this ministry approach careful attention.
Richard Ross, PhD, Professor of Student Ministry, Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
 

Ruth Ann Miller, Children's Minister

“At our church, we have many wonderful things going on in L.I.T. and Nehemiah Kids. Our children’s hearts are changing, and it is becoming more and more about those who are around them."
Ruth Ann Miller, Children’s Minister, Memorial Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
 

Blake Hayworth, Minister of Students

"From the eleventh grade down, you can really see a difference in them and their relationship with Christ versus those who were not involved with L.I.T.”
Blake Hayworth, Student Minister, FBC, Ozark, Missouri
 

L.I.T. Making a Difference

This video has multiple testimonies from church leaders, parents, and a former student who went through the L.I.T. program. Listen to the consistent testimonies of lives being impacted by the ministry of L.I.T. and Nehemiah Kids.
 

Joel Hayworth, Student

JoelhayworthL.I.T. (Leaders in Training) taught me at a young age the value of a personal, daily quiet time with the Lord. During my years in LIT, I began to grow dramatically in my belief in God and gain a newfound understanding of how God speaks to His followers, through His Word. Serving in my church (First Baptist Church, Ozark) has allowed me to see the body of Christ at work in a number of different facets. Serving, and serving in many different avenues, has given me a greater appreciation of leaders within my own church as well as a deeper faith on a personal level. Being stretched in these different locations of service has given me the opportunity to grow both in my faith from an evangelistic standpoint as well as a theological one.

Once the importance of service is engrained in the fiber of your being, it is nearly impossible to get out. Whenever I joined the student ministry at my church it was natural to serve in whatever capacity was available. Because I was given the opportunity to serve through L.I.T. at a young age I was prepared to serve in different positions as I advanced throughout my time within the student ministry and now into college ministry. I have been serving within the church since I was in 5th grade, nearly 10 years ago.

I currently serve in our church worship team on Sunday mornings. I play bass guitar and sing on praise team occasionally. I also am a Disciple-Now small group leader and help with Judgment House, Upward Basketball and mission trips throughout the year.
 

The Lasting Impact of L.I.T.

noahlehewNoah Lehew, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
“L.I.T. has definitely made my relationship with God deeper. I was required to spend time with the Lord each day, and at squarefirst, I didn't understand why. But eventually, God started revealing His Word to me and showing me how to apply it. I struggled with many things, including anger, but being held accountable through L.I.T. in a quiet time has allowed me to grow deeper and control my actions.
 
“Serving in the church has made a big impact on my life. I started in the children's area, and I started to realize what people mean when they say, ‘Have child-like faith.’ Watching the kids worship and get involved for God at such a young age made me realize how strong they are. I started questioning myself, asking, ‘How do I get a faith like that?’ God slowly developed a longing for Him in me. He showed me what it was like to have faith, unending joy.
 
“It helped me a lot in transitioning into the student ministry. There were many people in the student area who have not had the discipleship that I have had. I had opportunities to disciple them and encourage them in their walk with Christ. Sometimes, it was hard transitioning in because I felt different. I'm not sure in what ways, but eventually, when we started our student discipleship groups, I quickly found out how to use all that God has been teaching me over the years. He showed me how to invest in others. I am 16 years old, and I have been serving in the church for 7 years. I currently serve in the student area teaching the junior high men, and I also lead worship in our Student and Children's areas occasionally.”
 
amyrossAmy Ross, College Graduate, Fort Worth, Texas
“This program was a huge foundation for my life. It carried me through all of middle school, high school, and college. I can see where the foundation is. The routes of Amy Rossmemorizing Scripture, being in the Word every day, and doing a quiet time. Discipling others and being discipled as an adult is so important.”

Joel Hayworth, College Sophmore, Ozark, Missouri
"L.I.T. (Leaders in Training) taught me at a young age the value of a personal, daily quiet time with the Lord. During my years in LIT, I began to grow dramatically in my belief Joel Hayworthin God and gain a newfound understanding of how God speaks to His followers, through His Word. Serving in Joel Hayworthmy church (First Baptist Church, Ozark) has allowed me to see the body of Christ at work in a number of different facets. Serving, and serving in many different avenues, has given me a greater appreciation of leaders within my own church as well as a deeper faith on a personal level. Being stretched in these different locations of service has given me the opportunity to grow both in my faith from an evangelistic standpoint as well as a theological one.

Once the importance of service is engrained in the fiber of your being, it is nearly impossible to get out. Whenever I joined the student ministry at my church it was natural to serve in whatever capacity was available. Because I was given the opportunity to serve through L.I.T. at a young age I was prepared to serve in different positions as I advanced throughout my time within the student ministry and now into college ministry. I have been serving within the church since I was in 5th grade, nearly 10 years ago.

I currently serve in our church worship team on Sunday mornings. I play bass guitar and sing on praise team occasionally. I also am a Disciple-Now small group leader and help with Judgment House, Upward Basketball and mission trips throughout the year."

HannahlongHannah Long, College Freshman, Fort Worth, Texas
“The L.I.T. program taught me the importance of sharing my faith with others. Serving in the church has definitely strengthened my faith. I felt a responsibility to those that I Hannahwas teaching to know every part of the lesson that I was teaching so I could answer any questions that they had, and in the process, I learned things that strengthened my faith. This experience gave me a passion for teaching and serving others. I have continued to serve in the church throughout high school, and I plan to find a place to serve in the church in college. I have been serving in the church for 8 years since I was in the 5th grade.”
 
Hannah Lehew, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
hannah lehew“L.I.T has impacted my life by showing me the importance of having a daily quiet time. Before I was in L.I.T., I didn't reallyhannah lehew have the discipline to read my Bible every day and to memorize verses. Having a spiritual influence to keep me accountable every week made a huge difference in my walk with the Lord. Through L.I.T., God taught me how to have a quiet time and listen to Him. Without having that discipleship at an early age, I doubt that I would have a strong root in my relationship with Christ through my teenage years.

“By serving in the church for a long time, I would say that I have not only become closer to God but closer with the church body. I have met some of my closest friends through serving the Lord with them. My faith becomes stronger when I am serving the Lord and with people who have the same desire as I do—to glorify God in everything that we do. My experience with L.I.T. helped me prepare for transitioning to the youth ministry. Without having that biblical foundation early on, I don't think I would have been spiritually mature for the transition. By being in L.I.T. and already being accustomed to serving in the church, I was ready to jump in and help with the student ministry when it came time.

“I'm eighteen years old, and I have been serving in the church for 9 years. At my home church, I was a teacher for the junior girls’ class. I also helped with planning activities for the youth ministry. While I'm in Mexico, I serve the church by doing any artwork or photos they need taken.”
 

“The kids asked if they could join our prayer meeting, but we ended up joining theirs.”

In 2009, we were in Little Rock, Arkansas, on one of our preteen Leaders In Training mission trips. We had heard that The Summit Church there was experiencing revival. They were having extended services and meeting almost every evening of the week. I talked with our leadership and suggested that we ask if we could join them. As Pastor Bill spoke, he invited folks to share what God was doing in their lives. One-by-one, the L.I.T.s went up to the altar and shared about what God was doing in their lives. Several confessed sin in their lives and asked their friends for forgiveness. I appreciated the way Pastor Bill ran the service. When someone shared, he would ask individuals from his church to pray for them. Pretty soon, the front of the church had a line of preteens sharing their prayer requests and asking for God’s strength as they ministered in the apartments throughout the week. As the evening moved on, the L.I.T.s began praying for adults in the service. They would circle up around a person and pray until they had a peace. To this day, I remember what Pastor Bill said at the end of the service: “The kids asked if they could join our prayer meeting, but we ended up joining theirs.”

God is up to something amazing in children and youth. How will you empower them to fulfill God’s call in their lives? www.4to14window.com
 

“I cried my sins away, and now I am ready to be used by God.”

During our L.I.T. mission trip to Kerrville, Texas, the Lord truly moved in the hearts of our preteens. Four churches joined us on the trip at Trinity Baptist Church. During the evening service on the first or second night, L.I.T.s (preteens) and youth began to move to the front of the worship center to pray. By the time the worship band was finished playing, the entire altar was filled with kids. Their prayers turned to weeping and intercession. I asked one young man what God was showing him. He said, “I cried my sins away, and now I am ready to be used by God.” Another young lady was deeply burdened for a relative and wept for their salvation. One group of preteens prayed in a circle for hours. I believe they went through two boxes of tissue by the end of the evening.

I have served in children’s ministry for more than 25 years now. The past eleven years have been quite amazing as I have witnessed a move of God in the lives of children that I never saw during the first fourteen. www.4to14window.com.
 
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