Annie Armstrong was unstoppable in her passion for missions.

Annie Armstrong (1850-1938)

Annie was born in Baltimore at a time when there was little opportunity for women. Yet, her devotion to Christ led her to a life of service and leadership. She organized women to pray, to give and to meet the needs around them. She challenged pastors and churches to action and rallied vital support for missionaries. Ultimately, Annie was recognized as a national Southern Baptist trailblazer for her visionary leadership that still inspires millions today.

“What a glorious thing it is to be a co-worker with God in winning the world for Christ.”

Annie’s Contributions

  • Started Bay View Mission for Baltimore’s poor and addicted
  • Served as the first executive of Woman’s Missionary Union, the largest protestant women’s organization in the world
  • Led the formation of missions’ organizations for children
  • Raised support for missionaries to Italian and Jewish immigrants
  • Refused a salary because she would never give to the Lord “that which costs me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)
  • Initiated fund-raising “brick cards” to build churches in Cuba
  • Gained support for the first black, female missionaries
  • Secured funds to relieve China missionary, Lottie Moon, who had served for 11 years without a furlough
  • Advocated for Native Americans and impoverished mountain people
  • Honored in 1934 when The Home Missions Offering was re-named for her to encourage more to follow her sacrificial example

Today, over $1 billion has been given through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®. All gifts—100%—support thousands of missionaries in church planting and compassion ministries across the U.S. and Canada.