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:

  • Annie Armstrong helped found WMU in 1888 and served as its first leader (known as corresponding secretary). She worked without salary until she retired in 1906.
  • She was a prolific letter writer, always championing missions causes and sharing missions needs within those letters. Annie Armstrong wrote more than 18,000 letters in 1 year.
  • During her tenure, missions giving escalated.
  • Annie Armstrong also traveled extensively in her work for WMU. It is said that in one 21-day period, she traveled 3,300 miles while visiting 19 locations.

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Following the skit, the Girls in Action distributed ink pens and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® envelopes to those present. Attached to the pen was a tag that read, “What will I write for Annie?” Inside the envelope was the name and address of a North American missionary.

The WMU leader encouraged everyone to use the pen in 2 ways:

  1. Write a check for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Those checks (and cash) would be collected the following week. The church goal was announced and the congregation was reminded that 100% of the offering collected would go toward North American missions.
  2. Write a letter of encouragement to the North American missionary whose name and address was inside the envelope. Being a North American missionary can be lonely and the work can be challenging. Investing in these missionaries by praying for them and offering encouragement can have a vital impact in their ministry.

The following week, a mailbox was placed at the front of the church and during the service, there was a special time for individuals to bring their offering and place it in the mailbox. It was noted that if the church’s offering goal were met, then the mailbox flag would be raised the following week.

Jeanette Cloyd strives to continue Annie Armstrong’s legacy by being a missions advocate in today’s world.








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