UPDATE: Andrew needed to adjust the timeframe of his Speed the Light walk. The new dates are March 17-29, 2017. The website link is GoFundMe.com/abrownSTL17.Waxahachie, Texas – August 9, 2016 – It is over 300 miles to from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to SAGU in Waxahachie, TX. By car, that is roughly 5 hours. By foot, it is a strenuous 100 hours. For Andrew Stephen Brown, a 20-year-old attending First Assembly of God in Hot Springs, AR, it is a challenge with a sweet reward.
Andrew intends to make the 10-day trek to raise money for Speed the Light. For those unfamiliar with Speed the Light, the official website explains explains, "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, missionaries are equipped to fulfill the Great Commission.
"Two months ago, God was tugging at my heart and I wanted to do something great for the Kingdom," said Andrew. "Someone else in my church biked across the state to raise money for something. So instead of biking, I decided to walk."
Asked why he chose the route to SAGU, he explained, "I remembered the amazing experience I had at Campus Days in 2014. I visited some of the classes there and had the great opportunity to talk to some of the instructors and visit with some college students. And that's when I decided that SAGU was going to be the endpoint for my route. I knew that SAGU was associated with Speed The Light so it was perfect."
It was confirmed to Andrew when a group from SAGU traveled to a church camp at Mountain Valley Retreat Center. According to Andrew, they "came up to talk to the kids about doing something great for Jesus, and that's when I got my answer."
Andrew is currently training to prepare for the grueling walk. His journey begins September 11 and will conclude September 23. He launched a GoFundMe to raise funds.
Andrew explains, "I love people and I want others to experience the joy, comfort, and security in knowing Jesus heals and offers salvation. People are in desperate need for water, food, and clothing, and STL helps all of those things, but includes the Gospel."
SAGU students, staff and faculty hope to show support by greeting him as he enters Waxahachie, TX.
About SAGU – Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.