Annie Armstrong gifts top $58 million in 2008
    January 14 2009 by Baptist Press

    TALLADEGA, Ala. — Southern Baptists contributed more than $58 million to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American missions in 2008 — 98 percent of the 2007 total, according to North American Mission Board (NAMB) President Geoff Hammond.

    "It's been a tough year," Hammond told Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) leaders meeting in Talladega, Ala., where he made the announcement.

    "We were raising Annie Armstrong funds in the middle of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices,” Hammond said. "To raise $58 million in a recession was a miracle and we praise God for that.”
    North Carolina Baptists contributed $6,064,763 to the offering, down $418,000 over 2007, according to Baptist State Convention Comptroller Robert Simons. Presenting a large thank you board signed by NAMB staff, trustees and missionaries, Hammond expressed a special thank you to WMU, which promotes the offering nationally.

    "We don't do it on our own and we can't do it without you," Hammond said. "Thank you for what you have done."

    Wanda Lee, executive director of WMU based in Birmingham, Ala., called the Annie Armstrong results "significant because they show what the partnership between WMU and NAMB can do in a difficult year.

    "I pray in 2009 all of our cooperative efforts will continue to bring in the resources that our missionaries need to reach the United States and Canada for Christ," Lee said. "We pledge to do our part, although we're having significant changes in our own budgets." The 2009 goal for the Annie Armstrong offering is $65 million. This year's Week of Prayer is March 1-8. Its theme will be "Live with Urgency: Sowing Together for Harvest."

    The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering accounts for 46 percent of NAMB's budget. The other key channel of funding is Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program by which churches' gifts support state, national and international missions and ministries. The national missions offering was established in 1895 by Woman's Missionary Union to support Southern Baptist Convention missionaries in the United States. In 1934, the offering was named in honor of Annie Armstrong, WMU's founder and tireless champion of missions.

    Offering materials were sent to churches in December. For quick service, call (866) 407-6262. Posters, prayer guides and offering envelopes are distributed by state WMU offices. Churches should contact WMU-NC directly to order.

    1/14/2009 9:58:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
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