"The biggest success of the summer is relational growth. Although my bank account is low, my heart is filled (and has never been fuller!). You cannot put a price tag on relationships. That’s the only thing we’re taking to Heaven, and that’s pretty priceless."
“My greatest expectation and hope this summer was to grow as a leader and spiritually. That expectation was fulfilled in many ways. As a leader, I was put into uncomfortable situations such as leading Amplify on Tuesday nights. It made me realize that without being in uncomfortable situations, the Holy Spirit will not move. Spiritually, I was more in tune with God because of the community and accountability I was constantly around.”
“I wanted to truly go deeper with some of the girls, to hang out with them, and to see them know what grace was all about. I truly believe that the youth finally realized their own brokenness and need for Christ as we went deeper with ‘the few’. This summer, God taught me about His faithfulness and how He is enough. I never need to have my life together for Him to use me. All He requires of me is to say “Yes” to the opportunities He presents to me. He is faithful to do the rest.”
YOUTH LEADER THOUGHTS
Tyler - 12th Grade
“My summer was full of ups and downs. I learned that no matter what happens in life, we are all the same on the inside. It‘s weird because now I feel like I’m closer to everyone because of all our imperfections and differences. What I mean by that is no one is better than anyone else or perfect at everything. This summer, I went through one of the darkest moments in my life and was more afraid of myself than anything. There was a lot going on in my head, and at times I got upset with the people around me. But everyone at LXI was there for me, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am grateful for what LXI has done for me and for putting up with my imperfections.”
Sarah - 7th Grade
“This past summer, LXI has opened my eyes to servanthood. I believe that our family has learned to immerse ourselves in the will of God. Even our name, LXI, reflects who we as Christians are supposed to be. During our mission trip to Philidelphia, we gave out flowers to passing pedestrians in downtown. As I gave a flower to a woman, she looked at me with a sense of amazement on her face. In that moment I asked myself, ‘How can I bring this back to Johnson City? How can I spread looks of amazement because of small acts of kindness?’ I found that I am here to serve and not to be served.”
This fall we will focus on developing a much needed rhythm of discipleship for both volunteers and youth. For leaders, our aim is to utilize small group opportunities offered by the local church and led by individuals with a heart for replenishing leaders. Youth discipleship will be strengthened by further developing Monday night small groups into a place where together youth can grow in their relationship with God. As discipleship is strengthened, we will encourage both volunteer leaders and youth leaders to take ownership of Amplify by taking on responsibilities and engaging in each aspect of the night.
God has put on our hearts there is a need in our community for a safe place where teenagers can come throughout the week. It would be a place where youth come daily to grow, be encouraged, and have fun being themselves. We are beginning the process of looking for a space that would be conducive for this exciting endeavor. We ask for you to pray with us as we embark on this new journey!
Pray for our youth leaders as they step back into their schools. Pray that as their faith is challenged, they would step deeper into their relationship with Christ.
Staff and Volunteer Leaders
Pray for us as we learn how to carry the weight of ministry together, depending on each other’s strengths.
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