With every fiber of her being, Annie Walker Armstrong threw herself into gospel mission in 19th-century Baltimore. She showed the love of God to her neighbors as she helped people in need. She dug deep into the Bible to better share the good news with others. She cried out to God for the souls of her neighbors and fervently interceded for missionaries all over the world.
But Annie was not content stop there. She had a vision of Christians and churches rising up, all across the country, to give themselves wholeheartedly to the mission of showing and sharing God’s love. She spent many hours writing letters that challenged others to obey God’s call to mission. Many of these notes were long, and they radiated her desire for others to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Annie tirelessly pursued the vision God had given her. She once wrote: “If I get hold of an idea which seems to me to be a good one, I somehow do not feel comfortable until I see it carried out.” Through her persistence, Annie rallied women to give more, pray more and do more to reach people for Christ. Her passion proved contagious, and churches everywhere rose up in response. Annie organized the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and served as its first corresponding secretary.
For more than 125 years, Annie Armstrong’s passion for God’s kingdom has been reflected and multiplied through new generations of believers as we follow her example and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the kingdom-movement in North America. Every year, when we give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American missions, we honor the life and missions impact of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938).