In 1895, the first missions offering to benefit the work of home missions (now known as North American missions) was promoted and taken up by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The Home Mission Board (now known as the North American Mission Board) asked for $5,000 toward its work. WMU efforts exceeded that goal. Today, more than $1 billion has been raised since the beginning of the offering, for North American mission efforts. Every dollar of the offering (named after missions advocate/WMU leader, Annie Armstrong, in 1934) goes to missionaries and their work of sharing the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the United States, Canada and their territories.
The North American Mission Board supports 5,684 missionaries in multiple categories. NAMB’s annual report provides missionary count information, as well as a summary of missions efforts. Visit namb.net/annualreport
Offering envelopes, prayer guides and posters are free, and each state WMU and convention office has a supply to distribute to the churches in their state. For contact information for the WMU in your state/convention, click here
. A promotion guide with DVD is available from the North American Mission Board, and a copy is mailed to each church in January. If you do not receive your church’s copy by January 15, email email@example.com
, and a copy will be sent to you. Artwork can be downloaded from the website, as well as the North American Mission Study lesson plans for adults, youth and children. Videos in English, Spanish and Korean are available in the Resources section of the website.
Individuals can give online at AnnieArmstrong.com
or can mail checks to North American Mission Board, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368 (note on your check this is for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering). You can also give through your church. Churches can send gifts to their state convention office for recording purposes. State conventions combine gifts from other churches and forward the total to the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, which then sends them to the North American Mission Board.
Annually, in January, the North American Mission Board provides one-hour study outlines for adult, youth and children’s leaders to assist them in helping small groups learn about missionaries who are recipients of Annie Armstrong Easter Offering funds. Study plans are available in the Resources section of the website.
The Southern Baptist Convention calendar sets a Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® as running from the first Sunday of March to the second Sunday of March. Thus, the dates for 2017 are scheduled for March 5-12. Many churches may use this week to kick off a one- or two-month long focus on North American missions. People can give to AAEO throughout the year through their church or through direct gifts to NAMB. Offering gifts are not limited to the Easter season. Churches use the promotion material and can have an offering/missions emphasis at any time. To find out how your church can be involved outside of the Easter season, contact NAMB by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1 800 634-2462.
The future dates for Week of Prayer are as follows:
- March 5-12, 2017
- March 4-11, 2018
Technology-related questions about the site should be sent to email@example.com
or call 1-800-634-2462.
– Purpose: To support the efforts of the North American Mission Board missionaries and church planters as they push back lostness in the United States and Canada.
– Amount of AAEO used to support missionaries and their work: 100%
– Amount of NAMB budget that comes from AAEO: 49%
– Amount of NAMB budget that comes from Cooperative Program: 38%
– Year offering started: WMU started it in 1895
– Amount given in 1895: $5,000 +
– Amount given to AAEO fiscal year Oct 1, 2014 – Sept 30, 2015: $58 million
– Year offering named after Annie Armstrong: 1934
– Offering Goal for 2017: $70 million