Spring seems to have arrived early this year. The Bradford Pears and Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, wreaking havoc on our allergies. The awakening of nature to the season always makes me think of Easter and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the new life He offers us in the redemption of our sins when we turn and trust Him (that means repent ya’ll). It also means it’s time for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. For those of you new to Annie, let me tell you a little bit about her.
Annie Walker Armstrong was a passionate advocate for missionaries and their work and is a Southern Baptist hero. She championed missions involvement and sacrificially gave her time and talents to see the gospel go forward throughout the world. As found of Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), Armstrong helped create a rich legacy of people awakened and responding the call of God and the missions mandate to take the gospel throughout the world. That legacy continues in the lives of modern-day missions champions who pray fervently, give generously and go intentionally to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
The early church worked together effectively for the kingdom of God. In Acts 8, Philip preached Jesus to the lost people of Samaria, a place full of evil. The Holy Spirit broke through the darkness, freeing people from illness. Evil spirits and disease fled at the name of Jesus Christ, the resurrected King. Even Simon the magician — a feared sorcerer who practiced witchcraft — turned to Jesus and was baptized. The Spirit of God swept through Samaria and, Scripture says, there was “great joy in that city.”
Today, 2,000 years later, the Church is still preaching the same name that saves lives: Jesus. The same Holy Spirit that transformed people in Acts 8 transforms people today. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and the same power that raised Jesus from the grave lives inside His people. In Jesus’ name and with His Spirit’s power, the North American Mission Board (NAMB), partnering with thousands of Southern Baptist churches, sends missionaries to unreached cities — the “Samarias” of North America. NAMB missionaries preach, baptize and make disciples together, for His kingdom.
Your prayers and financial support through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering are critical provisions for our missionaries.
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is the primary funding channel for NAMB’s church planting strategy. One hundred percent of gifts given to AAEO are used to support Southern Baptist missionaries serving in the United States and Canada. Here’s how NAMB uses AAEO dollars:
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Author: Shirley Pittenger
Shirley Pittenger was the Executive Assistant, Office Manager, and Digital Communications & Social Media Manager at Bixby’s First Baptist Church from 2009 to 2017. Shirley is married to Bob Pittenger who is the Community Groups Pastor at the Church at Battlecreek in the Tulsa Metro area. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Baptist College of Florida. She enjoys teaching in the youth group, singing, reading, studying God’s Word, and spending time with her family.