what is 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 $300 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 placeā€¦filled with people from every nationality, color, and tribe who have accepted Him as their Savior.

summer of light

This Summer we want to give YOU opportunities to give to Speed The Light. We have come up with THREE different platforms that can help you raise money, change lives, and give dreams back to those who have lost them.


    We can't let you know about everything we are doing! Just wait, come August you will know everything! This one will change the game...

  • FIT + LIT

    Many of us can admit that we need a little more exercise. Why not try to raise money while we do it? Maybe you want to run more, work out more, or lose a certain amount of weight. With our sponsorship forms, you can set any goal you want and ask those around you to not only support you as strive for a more healthy lifestyle, but also as you raise money to spread the gospel.


  • 75 in 75

    The average student gets 75 days off for Summer Vacation. Why not do something productive with all that time off? That's why we have started the initiative 75 IN 75. 75 dollars in 75 days - one dollar a day. You can do that, right? Either this summer or during school? One dollar, one day for 75 days...