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About Speed the Light

The concept is simple: we give so others can speed the light of the gospel to a world in darkness. This is accomplished by providing the "essential transportation and creative communication" equipment for missionary evangelism. Through modern transportation, radio, television, the printed word, and equipment for mass evangelism, our missionaries can better fulfill the Great Commission.

Speed the Light (STL) is the student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides much-needed equipment to missionaries across the nation and in over 180 countries around the world. Since its beginning, STL has raised over $253 million for missionary equipment around the world. (For more information on STL, click here: Knowing Speed the Light.)

Speed the Light began in 1944 after Ralph Harris, then head of the National Youth Ministries department, prayed for a way to give A/G students the opportunity to help missionaries in their work. Now, by providing ministry equipment to our missionaries, STL is training the young people of America to develop individual ownership of the Great Commission as they help our missionaries spread the gospel message to the lost.

Today, Speed the Light is one of the most effective youth missions ministries in the church world. Assemblies of God students have accepted a great responsibility to voluntarily sacrifice and raise funds to purchase the equipment. STL operates with one guiding principle: All assistance must go to purchase equipment directly related to evangelism ("evangelism" is defined as propagating the gospel and instructing converts). STL equipment has not been nor is presently given for promotion, solicitation, or normal administrative functions.

If our missionaries are going to get to where the lost live, it will be because of Speed the Light. Every missionary in the Assemblies of God will at some point fly, drive, or float to their destination in transportation that has been provided to them by our churches and students through Speed the Light. Airplanes, cars, vans, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, buses, boats, horses, camels, donkeys, wheel barrows, etc., if it has wheels or hooves and can carry a missionary to a country, city, town, village, or under a card board box where someone is waiting to hear about Jesus, Speed the Light has provided it.

We give so our missionaries can travel faster, preach clearer, and be heard louder, in order that Heaven might be a bigger place…filled with people from every nationality, color, and tribe who have accepted Him as their Savior.

Quick Start Your STL Strategy (excerpt taken from the STL Digisource)

Top Giving Churches

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James River Assembly of God

Ozark, MO: $225,623.38

First Assembly of God

Fort Myers, FL: $77,037.22

First Assembly of God

Dothan, AL: $70,100.00

First Assembly of God

Montgomery, AL: $63,818.00

Fountain of Life Center

Burlington, NJ: $60,511.92

Spring First Church

Spring, TX: $59,997.47

Cedar Valley Church

Bloomington, MN: $58,247.26

Mustang Assembly of God

Mustang, OK: $52,429.27

First Assembly of God

Van Buren, AR: $50,114.88

Sunset Christian Center

Rocklin, CA: 47,365.12

Calvary Christian Center

Yuba City, CA: $45,640.86

River of Life Assembly of God

Cold Spring, MN: $43,004.43

Bethlehem Church

Richmond Hill, NY: $42,370.00

First Assembly of God

Topeka, KS: $41,500.00

Faith Assembly of God

Orlando, FL: $40,263.60

Assembly of God

Chancellor, AL: $39,416.54

First Assembly of God

Jonesboro, AR: $39,000.00

Southbridge Community Church

Savage, MN: $38,063.20

Carbondale Assembly of God

Tulsa, OK: $36,567.92

First Assembly of God

Concord, NC: $35,388.09

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