North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

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2018 Theme: “On Mission—HERE & NOW

Scripture: 1 John 3:18 (HCSB)

We must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.

National Goal: $70 million

Dates:  March 4-11, 2018

About the Annie Armstrong Offering

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) exists to help every church take its next step in missions and encourage every believer to live on mission. NAMB’s mission field is the U.S., Canada and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. This region contains diverse ethnic groups, languages and religions. Approximately 269 million people in North America do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Through your gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® and the Cooperative Program, NAMB supports more than 5,000 missionaries and more than 3,800 chaplains who serve in difficult places where the gospel is often not welcome.

Through Send Network, we help Southern Baptists plant new churches. In the last 100 years, SBC churches in proportion to population has dropped. More than 900 close their doors annually. By partnering with churches to train and deploy church planting missionaries, NAMB’s goal is to help Southern Baptists plant 1,200 new churches annually.

NAMB helps plant churches everywhere in North America with a special emphasis in cities where more than 80 percent of North Americans live. Missionaries focus on reaching multiple international and native people groups. Another focus is planting churches for military communities and near college campuses.

In 2016, NAMB launched Send Relief. Just as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief matches urgent needs with volunteers who bring help, Send Relief is expanding that to equip churches in addressing poverty, refugees, foster care and adoption and human trafficking. We’re now establishing Send Relief regional ministries to meet needs and offer long- and short-term volunteer opportunities. We are truly grateful for the prayer support and sacrificial giving of every Southern Baptist. Please be assured that we are committed to being the very best stewards with every dollar we receive.

Resources:

The 2018 AAEO Planning Guide contains a DVD/CD-Rom that includes the following:

  • Video Resources
    • Getting Started Guide
    • Week of Prayer Missionary Features
    • Children’s & Youth Videos
    • Message from NAMB President, Kevin Ezell
    • NAMB—Who We Are
  • Printable Resources
    • Promotional Ideas Guide
    • Bulletin Inserts
  • Digital Resources
    • Artwork and graphics
  • Educational Resources
    • Mission Studies for Adults, Youth & Children
    • Pastor Sermon Helps
  • Language Resources
    • Printed resources in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French

For help from your state WMU office: 601-292-3316 or email wmumedia@mbcb.org.

For help from NAMB: 1-800-634-2462 or AAEO@namb.net

MORE RESOURCES are available at ANNIEARMSTRONG.COM!

How Can I Get a Missionary to Speak to My Church?

If you would like to invite a North American missionary to speak at your church, use these steps:

  • Decide who the “audience” will be. Will it be a churchwide event or targeted to a specific group?
  • Determine which category of mission service you would like to consider (Mission Service Corps missionary, missionary, chaplain) as well as the missionary’s geographical location or setting (resort missions, church planting, associational missions, church and community ministries, etc.) you are interested in.
  • To locate and contact a missionary in North America (United States, Canada, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) who fits your criteria, e-mail missionaryspeakers@namb.net.

If you cannot secure a missionary speaker to be on site at your church, consider doing a telephone interview (using a speaker phone) or Instant Messenger Internet chats. You will need to contact missionaries directly to check their availability/access for such.

Your Mississippi Baptist Convention has directors and consultants available to speak on the promotion of Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.

Speaker Department Contact
WMU MBCB, Woman’s Missionary Union 601.968.3800 ext. 317
Lloyd Lunceford MBCB Collegiate Ministry Director 601.968.3800 ext. 302

History

In the late 1800s, women were not expected to be leaders, to speak up, to be visionaries . . . But Annie Armstrong was never concerned with what the world expected.

Annie was born in Baltimore in 1850. Her father died when she was an infant. Her mother, a devoted Christian, encouraged her five children to see the needs around them and to act.

With fervency, Annie dedicated her life to sharing Christ through compassion ministry to orphans and the poor. Her boldness soon helped unite the missions movements that had already begun in the states.

Annie and women from several states started a “missionary union” at the national level. Despite opposition to women organizing by male SBC leadership, national Woman’s Missionary Union® (WMU®) was formed in 1888. Churches across the U.S. were now linked in their missions’ efforts, with Annie as WMU’s first executive leader.

Traveling throughout the United States and frontier, Annie encouraged missionaries and challenged churches. She rallied women to pray, give to the missions offerings, and teach their children to do the same. She was a fierce advocate for the needs of immigrants and Native Americans and was instrumental in the appointment of the first black female missionaries.

Annie often toiled long into the night writing to pastors and SBC leaders. In one year alone she hand-wrote 18,000 letters. She sacrificially refused a salary, expressing she would, “never give to the Lord that which costs me nothing”(see 2 Sam. 24:24).