Pray for North American missions March 1-8by Milton A. Hollifield, Jr.
Every year, many professing Christians come together during the Easter season to celebrate Jesus’ triumphant resurrection from the grave. It is also during this time that Southern Baptists are challenged to pray and support North American missions. We are challenged to give sacrificially in support of a special offering called the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO).
As we approach Easter Sunday on April 5, I am asking you to join other Southern Baptists for a week of focused prayer during the first week of March for North American missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. During the week of March 1-8, please take time to pray specifically for those who are lost in North America and all who are working to reach them with the gospel.
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, which helps financially support North American missions, was started by the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) in 1895 and named after Annie Armstrong in 1934. Through prayer, personal involvement and giving to this offering, we can make an impact to help reach the lost in this continent for Christ.
In North Carolina alone, more than half of the population has not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. Following our state convention’s strategy to make disciples who make disciples, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering will equip God’s servants to reach and disciple more people who are lost in North America.
Traditionally, North Carolina Baptists have been some of the strongest supporters of this special offering. In 2014, North Carolina Baptist churches gave $5.8 million to support the AAEO. The North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) overall goal for this year’s offering is $60 million, all of which goes to help fund missions in North America.
Specifically, 54 percent of the funds will go toward evangelism and church planting personnel and projects, which will help support and establish mission work in spiritually destitute areas of this continent. Additionally, 33 percent will be devoted to raising up a new generation of missionaries under the farm system – a system that supports and trains student missionaries and church planters as they live out and spread the gospel on their mission field. The remaining 13 percent will be used to help provide health care benefits for NAMB missionaries.
As we approach this Easter season, will you join me in fervent prayer for North American missions, NAMB president Dr. Kevin Ezell, his staff and all of our missionaries as they labor in advancing God’s Kingdom in our continent? Give to God above your regular tithe in support of this special offering. Help spread the message of God’s love and grace to all peoples in North America.
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” – Luke 24:47 (NKJV)