Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Show your support to missions

Be an active part of missions work all over the world when you give to the Lottie Mon Christmas offering and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. 



Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Purpose: In 1918, Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) named the annual Christmas offering for international missions after the woman, Lottie Moon, who had urged them to start it.

Why this strange indifferences to missions? Why these scant contributions? Why does money fail to be forthcoming when approved men and women are asking to be sent to proclaim the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’ to the heathen? — Lottie Moon, October 3, 1887, Pingtu

SBC Offerings

Support missions

“As Southern Baptists learn how God is at work around the world, they GIVE of their resources and offer more informed prayers for those who have committed their lives to following the Great Commission into all the world so the gospel will be proclaimed among all people.” —Wanda Lee, National WMU executive director/treasurer, emerita

WMU believes in the importance of stewardship and giving to missions. WMU actively promotes giving to the two missions offerings which supply approximately half of the annual budgets for the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. 

More than Bunnies, Candy, and Eggs

This past Sunday at my church, children of all ages joyfully paraded into the sanctuary, waving palm branches and singing loud hosannas. What a simple act to actively involve kids in a meaningful worship experience!

But do you struggle to explain the meaning of Holy Week to your child? After all, we just celebrated the birth of baby Jesus a few short months ago! Yet now we are going to celebrate His death and Resurrection? And what do bunnies, chocolate candy, and colored eggs have to do with any of it? For many kids, particularly younger ones, this concept can be especially difficult to wrap their heads around.

This Easter, I encourage you to sit down with your kids and read the Bible together. As a family, share the amazing stories surrounding Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Be prepared to answer their questions by pointing them back to the one true source, the Bible. In doing so, you set a positive example as you connect kids to God’s Word for a lifetime.

I have laid out a daily Bible reading plan that you can use to guide you as you move through the week.

Four Ways Kids Can Make a Difference

Kids continually surprise us with their care and compassion for others. As their missions leader, how are you fostering that compassion during your time with them each week? Believe it or not, participating in a good old-fashioned fundraiser is a great way to begin! The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering collects funds for missions work right here in North America. You and your kids have a chance to directly impact the same ministries they read about each week. Not sure where to begin? Here are 4 ways your kids can make a difference:

All Things Big and Small

When I think of missions, my first thought is a big trip taken overseas. I think of going to Africa or Asia, eating strange new foods, forging new relationships and working hard, and meeting the needs of people who have never heard of Jesus.

Then I look around me and realize there are people right outside my front door who have never heard of Jesus. I realize that anywhere I am is a missions field if I’ll just let God use me as a missionary.

It’s hard to remember that we are called to be missionaries as soon as we accept Jesus into our hearts. It’s hard to be intentional about sharing His love with others as we go about our sometimes mundane day-to-day tasks.

We don’t have to pack a giant backpack and head to Africa in order to be missionaries. In fact, there are over 269 million lost people in North America, so we need to consider taking off our giant backpacks and reaching out to our many neighbors who are lost.

If you’re wondering how you can help all of those lost people, start with prayer. Prayer is powerful and intentional and miraculous. You are doing amazing things when you pray.

Pique Their Interest

Church members’ interest is piqued when they can support something (or someone) they can personally relate to. Capitalizing on this thought, to promote our AAEO (Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®), we’ll focus on two NAMB missionary families from our home state.

Both families send out monthly blogs, so we’ll present material and photos on Sunday mornings during April. Adults, youth and kids will portray the MKs, briefly describing aspects of their ministry. Colorful displays around the church campus will show pictures and details of things the offering facilitates.

During a Wednesday night supper, one missionary family will Skype with us, sharing an update, answering questions, and giving us current prayer needs. Sunday bulletins will include the NAMB prayer guides, an AAEO fact sheet (https://www.anniearmstrong.com/about), and envelopes.


By Ann Maniscalco

 

 

 


 

Day 8 - Together for the Kingdom

Day 8 Week of Prayer

When Philip preached in Samaria, crowds of people saw God’s power and believed in Jesus. Lives were changed because Philip was obedient. Later in Acts 8, Philip had a divine encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch and another life was changed because of Philip’s obedience to God’s call to go.

Like millions of people across North America, the eunuch had knowledge of the Scripture but no understanding. When Philip explained the good news of Jesus, the eunuch believed and was baptized. He returned to his homeland full of joy, the bearer of a life-changing message.

Imagine what will happen when Southern Baptists across North America—everyday people like you and me—obey the call to pray, give, and go. When we work together and embrace the missionary call to bear that same life-changing message of the gospel to communities and cities across North America, lives are changed and joy results.

Day 7 - Dan and Amanda Coleman

Day 7 Week of Prayers

Augusta, Maine

At community events in Augusta, Maine, the green shirts of Kennebec Community Church draw attention, exactly the reaction Dan and Amanda Coleman want.

“When someone sees the green shirt, they know it is us,” said Amanda. “They see us out there loving on people and taking our mission seriously.”

In their role as North American Mission Board church-planting catalysts, the Colemans have helped their congregation grow from 70 members to more than 900 by establishing a presence in the community and consistently showing up to meet needs. People sometimes refer to Kennebec as “the church who is always doing free stuff for kids,” but the result of that outreach is a thriving ministry to families with children and teens.

Reaching the lost in Maine is not an easy task. In national surveys, Maine consistently ranks as one of the least religious states in the United States. Few people in the state grew up attending church and most have no knowledge of the gospel or Jesus, Amanda said. In Augusta, that sad statistic is changing one family at a time.

Day 6 - Kelly and Brandi Parrish

Day 6 Week of Prayer

Fort Collins, Colorado

The beauty of the Rocky Mountains inspires awe and reverence, but few in northern Colorado know the Creator responsible for the majesty. Church planters Kelly and Brandi Parrish hope to introduce them.

“People in Colorado are highly connected to nature, but they don’t know Jesus,” said Kelly, who pastors Living Rock Church in Fort Collins, located about an hour north of Denver. Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins is the fourth fastest-  growing community in Colorado. The tech industry draws workers from all over the United States and Asia. The people are highly educated, well off financially, and very independent.

“Tolerance is big,” said Kelly. “The mind-set is ‘You believe what you want to believe; I’ll believe what I want to believe.’ Rarely will people bring up God.”

Get to Know Annie

Annie Armstrong, for whom the North American missions offering is named, was an amazing woman, yet many of our church members knew very little about her. To alleviate that, our WMU presented an informative skit the Sunday prior to the Week of Prayer for North American Missions. Women (dressed in period costumes) shared tidbits of information about “their friend, Annie.”

Here is a sampling of the information shared:

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