Speed the Light is the Assemblies of God’s premier discipleship tool, in raising up the next generation to be Gospel Centered, Spirit Empowered, and Personally Responsible. STL teaches the next generation of youth to give generously and sacrifice deeply for God’s mission. STL provides our missionary family with essential transportation, creative communication tools and the ability to demonstrate compassion to those they serve.
Our Network has 40+ missionary units, men and women, who have given their lives for God’s mission. We made a promise to them to provide the resources they need to get the job done. We are currently raising over $250,000 in STL funds for approved missions projects. We presently have 4 missionary units waiting to receive their first STL vehicle.
Our current STL Project is with Shaya Lindseth a newly appointed missionary in East Africa.
Shaya is thrilled to able to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to begin her first term as a career missionary!
Africa is the fastest urbanizing region of the world, which means the face of Africa is changing! With this change new opportunities for church planting have become apparent. Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia, has a rapidly emerging urban culture that is highly influential locally, regionally, and globally and is considered one of the key metropolitan centers of the East Africa region. Islam, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Animism are the primary religious beliefs in Ethiopia, but many people are open to accepting relationship with Jesus!
Shaya is part of a team that is strategically planting churches where they believe God has positioned them to reach and serve the emerging urban centers. They desire to help train and equip the future leaders, church planters, and missionaries who will bring hope to their spheres of influence. Shaya is serving on this team as their worship leader specialist, because of this she’s in need of a 4-wheel drive SUV which will enable her to haul sound and music equipment to various church planting locations. This is an incredible opportunity to see transformation flow from Ethiopia into the surrounding regions and all of Africa!
Together, as One Oregon, we can provide the Shaya with her first Speed The Light vehicle!
What can your church and youth group do to help us raise the funds for this STL project?
Will your Youth Ministries help by raising the STL dollars to fulfill this need?
Note: All STL offering checks should be made out to STL. Send your offerings to: STL 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. All offerings must be postmarked by December 31st in order to receive giving credit for that year.
Missions 1:2:3 Strategy
How do youth ministries use STL in their churches to effectively raise funds for missionaries, teach about finances, and not burden the church?
Here is how: it’s called Missions 1:2:3.
What is Missions 1:2:3?
Simply it is: 1 leader, 2 minute sermons, and 3 month goals.
This ideally is a youth pastor/worker who can empower volunteer leaders, and students. This is a leader who can make a faith-stretching goal, a leader who can model the desired behavior before their kids. This most likely will need to be a key leader.
You ask, “Why not once a month? Why each week?” Each week creates a habit that is important. Some kids may want to give but might not be present the week you receive the offering, if it’s done only once a month. Plus, receiving the offering each week keeps the need in front of them.
Take 2 minutes to present an offering sermon. This is not a typical offering appeal, but a mini-sermon. To help you with these 2 minute offering sermons, Next Generation Ministries has developed 52 offering sermons. This way all you will need to do is schedule time for the offering, present the 2 minute sermon and receive the offering each week.
Download Missions 1:2:3 2-Minute Sermons
3 Month Goals
There is nothing magical about 3 months; it’s simply easy for kids to remember shorter goals then year-long goals. 3 month goal setting is something you can repeat throughout the year. Maybe have a 3 month goal focus 3 to 4 times a year.
Now, you may be wondering, what role do church offerings and fundraisers play? If we follow the Missions 1:2:3 strategy this becomes the foundation of giving; the church offering becomes the cheering section and a couple well planned fundraisers become icing on the cake rather then the cake itself.
Let’s make sure to teach this Next Generation to be biblical givers; To give in a way that honors and pleases God.