During the month of July our church family is involved in giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. The 2019 theme is “Sending Hope”. The scripture verse is “ …He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3 CSB). The national goal is $70 million. Our church goal is $18,000. Every dollar given goes to train and resource more than 5,000 missionaries involved in church planting, evangelism, and compassion ministries who share the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ across the United States, Canada and their territories.
The offering was started in 1895 by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) to benefit the work of the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board). In 1934, it was named in honor of Annie Armstrong, a bold missions advocate and WMU’s first national executive leader. As of today, more than $1 billion has been donated by Southern Baptist churches and individuals.
While you know about the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, how much do you actually know about this incredible woman? Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) was a remarkable advocate and supporter of missions. She lived in Baltimore, Maryland, during her 88 years of life. Influenced by her pastor and women important to her, Annie developed a passion for helping others in Jesus’ name. Here are a few other facts:
•She was involved in ministries to children, poor, and sick people but also felt burdened that the church should do more to evangelize the world. In one year, Annie wrote 18,000 letters encouraging people to give to missions.
•Annie used her hands to write those letters, and she also used her hands to hold her Bible and learn more about how God wanted her to show His love to others. She also folded her hands to pray for people who needed to know about Jesus.
•We honor and imitate Annie’s love for lost people when we give to the offering named for her.