Annie Armstrong- Will you give?
    April 11 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    In just about two weeks North Carolina Baptists will join with believers all across the nation and the world in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

    Without His birth, Resurrection Sunday would not be possible, but without His bodily resurrection, His birth into this world would have had no meaning.  

    I challenge you to pause and remember that there are many, many people who will not join us in celebrating Resurrection Sunday because they have never even heard about Jesus.  

    Some of these people live right here in North Carolina and in communities throughout this nation.   The North American Mission Board (NAMB) tells us that about 259 million people in the United States and Canada do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

    NAMB is working with churches, state conventions and associations to try and get the gospel to these people. NAMB recently held a commissioning service for 81 newly appointed missionaries.

    These missionaries are leaving their homes and family in order to go tell others about Jesus Christ. They will be serving in efforts such as church planting, chaplaincy, college ministry, youth ministry, and many types of intentional evangelism ministries.  

    In 2010, through partnerships with state conventions, associations and churches, NAMB saw 1,271 new churches started in the United States and Canada.  

    NAMB began in 1997, and since that time, Southern Baptists have started more than 20,000 churches — an average of more than 1,500 new churches every year.  

    In addition to married adults, NAMB also involves high school and college students in short-term mission efforts.  

    Last year more than 1,600 students got involved in such mission efforts.  

    Gardner Webb University was recently recognized by NAMB for providing many of these students. What makes all of this possible?  

    Our gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This year’s offering goal is $70 million and the theme is “Start Here.”  

    To “Start Here” means that each of us examines our own heart and prays about what God would have us do when it comes to being obedient to the Great Commission.  

    To “Start Here” also means that each of us begins to consider how we can impact those around us with the gospel.  

    NAMB has many excellent resources available for you and your church to use at This web site is also a good place to read testimonies from NAMB missionaries about how God is working through them and the ministry to which He called them.

    Please pray about how God would have you support the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  

    I hope you will join me in giving a generous love gift to help support this important missions offering so that many others will individually hear the story of Jesus and accept Him as Savior.  

    “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15

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    4/11/2011 8:18:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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