Over the past year, God has been growing a heart and plans to start a new program to disciple youth in a deeper and more holistic way than we have before. We are excited it is finally time to roll out our new ministry program called Launch! The heart of Launch is to see Johnson City urban youth launched into God's calling for their lives through providing opportunities for them to explore their interests, strengths, and passions.
We are amazed by the way the Lord has used His people to provide with the renovation of the LXI Space! The main interior of the space has been transformed through many different individuals giving time, funds, resources, and hours. Walls were painted, carpet torn up and floors put down, lighting added, and dozens of boxes of furniture put together.
Over the past few years, we have seen a need for a space in this city for urban youth to call their own. A space where they are free to be themselves and can have opportunities to be productive in all areas of their lives.
This past spring, a building location opened up in downtown Johnson City, and over the summer the funds were provided to rent the space on a three-year lease! We are so excited and thankful for this space our LXI family can call home!
Our focus this summer is Be Transformed. We want to see our youth changed from the inside out by God renewing their way of thinking, worldview, and desires through His transforming power. The heart of this vision comes from Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Over this past year, God has taught us to depend on Him. He has shown us that the work of changing hearts is His alone. We need your help to be able to continue serving this community of young people. Since LXI began, we have operated under budget. We have big plans and ideas on how we can better reach youth with the Gospel, but have been limited by a lack of funds. Will you consider joining us in faith by supporting us financially? Through your support we can continue to bring healing into broken families.
God blessed us with amazing interns and youth leaders, and we have had an amazing summer together as a family! Check out what God has been doing in LXI this summer, and join us as we look ahead to where He is leading us this next year. Thank you for your love and support!
Thank you to everyone who prayed and gave to help meet our summer need! Pray with us as we head to Doe River Gorge Camp this Sunday! Check out some pictures from our June adventures in serving and discipleship!
Get an update on our summer fundraising, order an LXI t-shirt, and meet our three summer interns!
This summer, we hope to take a group of students deeper in their walk with God by first identifying the students in our community that have an open heart towards Jesus. Over the spring and summer we will intentionally invest in them and in the fall, send them back as unlikely missionaries to their school campuses.....
Join us in celebrating all that God has been doing at LXI over the past month!
We are overwhelmed with gratitude as we look back on this year and see where the Lord has brought us. As we celebrate the coming of Christ with our loved ones, the LXI staff and leadership are giving thanks for friends like you walking with us....
"The oppression of generational sin has in many ways crippled the young people we work with. The basic need to belong has been severely interrupted by absent fathers and mothers. Many kids live in a relational survival mode where they seek to be approved by their peers in a number of often unhealthy areas. This pursuit to be accepted or to belong has clouded their vision and negatively impacts their future....."
Every Tuesday night, we hang out with teenagers at an outreach event we call Amplify. The point of every relationship, every event, every dollar spent, and every moment is to Amplify the name of Jesus and Amplify the love of God. We pray that as we turn up the volume each Tuesday night and every day of the week, the Lord opens the ears of our kids to hear and the Spirit moves in their lives to experience His love.
Stepping out of the door at The Rock Ministry on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia is a place where the brokenness of the world cannot be ignored or desensitized. The group of LXI young people were at first shocked by the deeper brokenness that was visible on the faces of local men and women who are battling addiction and other unhealthy lifestyles.
There is no doubt that this is where I belong! In a world of brokenness I see young people as an ember of hope. I want to be a fire blazing in a dry forest igniting a young generation with a passion for Jesus.