SPEED THE LIGHT
CONVOY OF HOPE (2019) - $25,000
REFRIGERATED TRAILER - FIRST RESPONSE NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF AROUND THE GLOBE
WORLDSERVE KENYA WATER WELL (2019-20) - $45,000
FUNDING A WATER WELL FOR THE MASSAI PEOPLE IN EAST AFRICA THROUGH WORLDSERVE INTL.
JEFF AND JANELLE NELSON (2020) - $45,000
ALASKA MISSIONARIES RETURNING TO AFRICA IN FALL 2020 AND NEED A STL VEHICLE
Equipping the Church until ALL STUDENTS KNOW JESUS
Ralph Harris drove to Springfield, Missouri in 1943 and became what could now be called the National Youth Director. In 1981, he wrote in a diary about his new position: “My first shock came when I talked with certain leaders, J.R. Flower and Stanley Frodsham, to be specific, as well as Charles Robinson, the Assistant Editor of the Pentecostal Evangel. They stated their view that the pattern of history could not be changed, that throughout church history movements have arisen, flourished for a while, then became worldly, lost the original vision, losing out spiritually, becoming just an organization. This happened to the Methodists, for example.” Harris pondered, “would the failures of the past be duplicated in the Assemblies of God?” However, he would later say, “the hope for the future still lies with the young people of our Movement, and a repetition of the experiences which brought our Movement into existence.”
Speed the Light was officially started in 1944 under the leadership of Ralph Harris. It was born out of a desire to ensure the future of the Assemblies of God prioritized preaching the gospel, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to the ends of the earth. Embedded in the DNA of our movement is a clear focus on ensuring students understand this. Speed the Light was born in a time when our movement was wondering what could be done to make sure youth ministry in the Assemblies of God stayed on mission. Technology and culture may change, but God’s desire to engage students in global missions and evangelism has not.
As of 2017, over 350 million dollars later and countless millions of souls saved and lives changed, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of STL in 2019 at General Council. As Assemblies of God churches and leaders, we believe Speed the Light begins, catalyzes, and ends with our vision and leadership for this crucial ministry.
In His sermon on the Mount, Jesus says,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV).
Scripture does not say “where your heart is, there your treasure will be.” Heart follows treasure. This means Speed the Light is not simply just a fundraising program, but a discipleship strategy intended to give students a sense of personal responsibility for the mission of God.
Speed the Light is about souls saved and lives changed. Jesus is not the preferred way. Jesus is not the best way. Jesus is the only way.