Ariana Fox, 16, is baking and selling banana bread to raise money for the mission Speed the Light. (Photos submitted)
Ariana Fox, 16, is baking and selling banana bread to raise money for the mission Speed the Light. (Photos submitted)
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DELPHOS — When Ariana Fox learned about Speed the Light, a student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides equipment to missionaries across the nation and in over 180 countries around the world, she knew she wanted to help — one loaf of banana bread at a time.

The 16-year-old heard about Speed the Light during a youth group meeting.

“I learned how important the mission is and how we need to contribute and help with it. I want to raise money for their mission to spread the Gospel and help with transportation, equipment and lodging,” the home-schooled junior said. “There are a lot of places in the world that people don’t know God or go to church and hear what God has planned for us. They don’t know what growing with God is.”

Fox is doing her part by baking and selling her family’s award-winning banana bread. Since mid-September, she has turned out 80 loaves and hopes to reach a total of 250 before Christmas. The treat is $10 a loaf and $12 if customers ask for nuts or chocolate chips. She and her mother are also making pumpkin chiffon pies. Fox is accepting orders until Dec. 20.

“The money is due in January so I want to be done before Christmas,” Fox said.

Fox, daughter of Gina and Charles, is one of four children, including brothers, Joshua and Nicholas, and little sister, Alexandria. Her family lives in Spencerville.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, taking walks and hanging out with friends.

Speed the Light was started in 1944 by Ralph Harris, then head of the National Youth Ministries department, to give Assemblies of God students the opportunity to help missionaries in their work.

Since its beginning, more than $300 million has been raised.