On April 24, we will be taking up our annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This is a special offering where 100% of the proceeds go to Southern Baptist missionaries in North America. Our church goal for 2016 is $5,500. If you would like to donate online, please do so by clicking here.
To help you better understand why we take up this offering, feel free to watch the video below and read the quick facts.
Who is Annie Armstrong? Each year, we honor the life and advocacy of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) when we give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American missions. As a tireless servant of God and a contagious advocate and supporter of missions efforts throughout the world, Annie Armstrong led women to unite in missions endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of Woman’s Missionary Union, for which she served as the first corresponding secretary.
Annie believed in and followed Christ with all her heart, but it was her hands that expressed that belief in tangible ways. She spent a great amount of time typing and handwriting letters in support of missions. Many of these letters were quite lengthy and all were filled with conviction that more could and should be done in our missions efforts. Annie also never hesitated to use her hands to reach out to hug a child or distribute food, clothing and the Word of God to those in need. Her hands held her own Bible as she studied to know how best to share Gods love with others. And, most important, Annie was a woman of prayer, folding her hands in prayer to intercede for the missionaries and for those they were helping discover Christ.
Annie rallied churches to give more, pray more and do more for reaching people for Christ. As modern-day missions advocates unite to continue that work today, we can be confident that her legacy will also be ours.
Reason we give: To support the efforts of the North American Mission Board’s Send North America strategy, as missionaries and church planters push back lostness in the United States and Canada.
Amount of AAEO used to support missionaries and their work: 100%
Amount of NAMB budget that comes from AAEO: 49%
Amount of NAMB budget from Cooperative Program: 38%
Year offering started: WMU started it in 1895
Amount given in 1895: $5,000 +
Amount given to AAEO in 2013: Year-end figures totaled $57 million
Year offering named for Annie Armstrong: 1934
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Goal for 2015: $60 million
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