America: the dark continent
Africa was been called "the dark continent" because it was such a dark mystery to the Europeans who explored it. They knew little about the vast expanse of the continent, but they understood the land to be dangerous, harsh and challenging. Only the brave dared to enter.
Has North America become the new dark continent? The spiritual darkness is heavy. The challenges of church planting, evangelism and disciple-making are immense. Only the spiritually brave are embracing the assignment.
This weekend Southern Baptists will launch the annual offering that is designed to confront the spiritual darkness of our homeland. Your church will be distributing the prayer guide for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO) for North American missions. When you receive your prayer guide Sunday, don’t lay it aside. Please read it every day to learn how your gifts to this offering are impacting lostness in North America.
In his column in this week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder, Milton Hollifield said North Carolina Baptists gave $5.8 million to missions through AAEO last year. This is outstanding!
My editorial this week is titled, The problem with missions. Please take a few minutes to read it and share it with someone else. North Carolinians are heavily invested in doing missions in North America. We are sending laborers into the harvest like Tanner Turley and Dennis Conner, who I mentioned in the article. We must step up the pace if we want to see the gospel impact our nation and Canada.
You can count on the Biblical Recorder to deliver stories about our missionaries like this story about Patrick Coats in this week’s edition. Please give generously to AAEO.
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