ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING FOR NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® changes lives forever by empowering North American missionaries to bring the gospel to the lost. With over 269 million lost people, North America and its major cities are some of the most spiritually dark places in the world. Join us on the mission to equip every missionary and reach every lost person in the United States and Canada.
THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY
Three out of 4 people in the United States and Canada are lost and do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is where we live. Where we raise our families. Where we work, and where we play. And it’s mostly a post-Christian world. Two hundred and sixty-nine million of our neighbors in North America do not know Jesus Christ. Daily, we sit next to those without hope. But we can reach them through one of the most effective evangelism methods: planting churches. Together we can equip missionaries and reach the unreached in North America.
The most effective and efficient way to reach the lost in North America is through missionaries who spread the gospel through establishing new churches and serving the needs of their communities. Together we can equip missionaries through the power of prayer and through our financial gifts. Missionaries need training, resources and education. They need a community network. They and their families need support for the basics of living life while they build a congregation.
These missionaries need not only our prayers, but also our financial support. The SBC and the North American Mission Board (through your financial gifts to AAEO) are uniquely positioned to help these missionaries make the greatest kingdom impact. Your financial gifts provide a solid foundation for these missionaries, their families and the churches they are building. We can’t all go, but we can all give together. One hundred percent of gifts given are used efficiently to support and equip missionaries in North America. AAEO gifts are well-stewarded through an accountability process so you can be confident your gift is making a maximum kingdom impact.
ANNIE ARMSTRONG’S LEGACY STANDS MILLIONS STRONG
With every fiber of her being, Annie Walker Armstrong threw herself into gospel mission in 19th-century Baltimore. She showed the love of God to her neighbors as she helped people in need. She dug deep into the Bible to better share the good news with others. She cried out to God for the souls of her neighbors and fervently interceded for missionaries all over the world.
But Annie was not content stop there. She had a vision of Christians and churches rising up, all across the country, to give themselves wholeheartedly to the mission of showing and sharing God’s love. She spent many hours writing letters that challenged others to obey God’s call to mission. Many of these notes were long, and they radiated her desire for others to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Annie tirelessly pursued the vision God had given her. She once wrote: “If I get hold of an idea which seems to me to be a good one, I somehow do not feel comfortable until I see it carried out.” Through her persistence, Annie rallied women to give more, pray more and do more to reach people for Christ. Her passion proved contagious, and churches everywhere rose up in response. Annie organized the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and served as its first corresponding secretary.
For more than 125 years, Annie Armstrong’s passion for God’s kingdom has been reflected and multiplied through new generations of believers as we follow her example and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the kingdom-movement in North America. Every year, when we give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American missions, we honor the life and missions impact of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AAEO
Q: WHAT IS THE ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING?
A: In 1895, the first missions offering to benefit the work of home missions (now known as North American missions) was promoted and taken up by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The Home Mission Board (now known as the North American Mission Board) asked for $5,000 toward its work. WMU efforts exceeded that goal. Today, more than $1 billion has been raised since the beginning of the offering, for North American mission efforts. Every dollar of the offering (named after missions advocate/WMU leader, Annie Armstrong, in 1934) goes to missionaries and their work of sharing the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the United States, Canada and their territories.
Q: HOW MANY MISSIONARIES DOES THE ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING SUPPORT?
A: The North American Mission Board supports 5,684 missionaries in multiple categories. NAMB’s annual report provides missionary count information, as well as a summary of missions efforts.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES?
A: Offering envelopes, prayer guides and posters are free, and each state WMU and convention office has a supply to distribute to the churches in their state. For contact information for the WMU in your state/convention, click here. A promotion guide with DVD is available from the North American Mission Board, and a copy is mailed to each church in January. If you do not receive your church’s copy by January 15, email email@example.com, and a copy will be sent to you. Artwork can be downloaded from the website, as well as the North American Mission Study lesson plans for adults, youth and children. Videos in English, Spanish and Korean are available in the Resources section of the website.
Q: WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY OFFERING?
A: Individuals can give online at AnnieArmstrong.com or can mail checks to North American Mission Board, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368 (note on your check this is for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering). You can also give through your church. Churches can send gifts to their state convention office for recording purposes. State conventions combine gifts from other churches and forward the total to the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, which then sends them to the North American Mission Board.
Q: WHAT AND WHEN IS THE WEEK OF PRAYER?
A: The Southern Baptist Convention calendar sets a Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® as running from the first Sunday of March to the second Sunday of March. Thus, the dates for 2017 are scheduled for March 5-12. Many churches may use this week to kick off a one- or two-month long focus on North American missions. People can give to AAEO throughout the year through their church or through direct gifts to NAMB. Offering gifts are not limited to the Easter season. Churches use the promotion material and can have an offering/missions emphasis at any time. To find out how your church can be involved outside of the Easter season, contact NAMB by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 800 634-2462.
OFFERING FAST FACTS
Purpose: To support the efforts of the North American Mission Board missionaries and church planters as they push back lostness in the United States and Canada.
100% – Amount of AAEO used to support missionaries and their work.
49% – Amount of NAMB budget that comes from AAEO.
1895 – Year offering started by the WMU.
1934 – Year offering named after Annie Armstrong.
$5,000+ – Amount given in 1895.
$58 million – Amount given to AAEO fiscal year Oct 1, 2014 – Sept 30, 2015.
$70 million – Offering Goal for 2017.