OZARK—A group of 19 preteens and 12 adults from First Baptist Church here participated July 9 in a multi-state evangelistic effort in North Little Rock, Ark., that resulted in 183 professions of faith.
Preteens from four states—Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas—joined together as The Summit Church of North Little Rock paved the way. An estimated 125 preteens plus 143 children, youth and adults took part.
Much of the effort was focused on strategically located areas around the church and locations they felt the Lord wanted them to reach. One such area was with more than 445 children and youth in the Jacksonville Boy’s and Girl’s Club and in apartment complexes around the North Little Rock area.
The preteen LITs (Leaders in Training) had been preparing for the past eight months for this mission. They taught Bible lessons, led worship, taught memory verses, and counseled children for salvation.
One sixth grader, Renee, led a 16-year-old girl to Christ. She shared, “I had to think about how I would approach her. I remembered how I felt when my little brother knew more than I did. It would make me mad. So I decided to make it more of a fun approach to talk with her about Christ.”
Katie, who just finished 5th grade, shared that when she was about to teach the lesson one day, she was petrified. She remembered crying out to God for help. As she was teaching she said, “I felt something come over me. God spoke through me in a powerful way, but I don’t remember what I said.”
“It was an amazing week,” said Blake Hayworth, minister of children and recreation at First Ozark.