Southern Baptists continually pray for, participate in, and give generously to North American mission efforts. Read what some of the Week of Prayer missionaries have to say about the blessings that came from those gifts:
Brothers and Sisters,
It is a joy to be able to say thank you for what you have given to the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. The beautiful verse of John 3:16 begins with the simple phrase, "God so loved that he gave..." I want you to know that the people we are reaching here in Cincinnati and now an unreached people group on the other side of the globe are loved because of what you gave. We are never more like our Father in heaven than when we give of ourselves to others. So thank you so much and know that this church plant has been deeply blessed (as in the OT sense of that word, not the gee that was nice sense of that word) by your giving and we are now seeking to be a blessing to others.
Grace and Peace!
Joshua LenonRed Door Church, Cincinnati, OH
I want to thank the North american Mission Board along with all the Southern Baptist Churches who sent letters, cards, and emails of encouragement to us during the past year. It as been an absolute blessing to be apart of the out pouring of love from our friends in other churches around North America. Our church family as been able to do so much and we credit that to the work of the Holy Spirit and prayers lifted up on our behalf. Words can not express our gratitude towards all of you. Thank you from my family and church to yours.
Derek OsburnLead Pastor, The Vine Community Church, Clovis, NM
I was thinking about the freedom I have to meet with unchurched people at starbucks, celebrate birthdays with apartment managers, and coach guys who are passionate about fulfilling their ministry purpose by leading a church. Then I realized very little of that would happen without you and your church giving through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Your gifts afford me the living and thus the time to invest in these people's lives. You are helping me give back and develop the next generation of leaders. I want to take this time to personally thank each of you who has missions so deeply embedded in your soul that you give your dollars to support a work you may never see. People are being changed for eternity, hope for the hopeless, peace for the restless, and Jesus is being lifted up because you are cooperating together with us in the field. Thank You!!!
Louis SpearsChurch PlantingValley Rim Baptist Association1235 E. EvergreenMesa, Arizona 85203
We deeply express our gratitude to North American Mission Board for featuring us and our ministry in the missionary week of prayer, 2009. We are thankful to NAMB for their prayer and financial support. We know all of our Southern Baptist churches in North America will be praying for us and NAMB is acting as a channel of blessing for us. We praise God for NAMB and all of its stuffs for their great encouragements. We hope NAMB will continue their support to us for our frontiers missions work in New England.
Paul and Elizabeth BiswasChurch planting missionary in New England129A Brown StreetWaltham, MA 02453
I wish to take this opportunity to thank Southern Baptists for your prayers, and gifts through the Cooperative Program, and through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. These offerings and prayers enable me to do what the Lord has called us to do in the way we do it. It is indeed my privilege to serve the Lord in this way!
Lamar and Dolly DukeState director of missionsBaptist Convention of New York