What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Renovating a house?
Joining the Army?
Completing medical school?
Getting through physical therapy?
Climbing Mt. Everest?
Running a marathon?

What about planting a church? Not many can say they have. Reaching out to lost people, sharing the hope of Christ and helping them find new life in a new church isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

How do churches start?

A Southern Baptist church begins in prayer. Congregations and North American Mission Board (NAMB) leadership pray over areas of great spiritual need in the United States and Canada. Because statistics show new congregations are often more effective at reaching lost people for Jesus than established congregations, and because most urban areas do not have enough gospel-centered churches per capita, NAMB works strategically to plant new churches.

North American missionaries are prayerfully selected for each church plant. After selection, NAMB walks the missionaries and their families through the process of relocating to a new city. Once in the city, the missionaries get to work planting a new church; meeting new friends, hosting events, finding a meeting place, securing equipment, following up with contacts, cooking food, engaging in genuine relationship-building and hosting people in their home.

While NAMB never leaves church planters totally on their own—a mentor is always a phone call away—it’s hard not to feel alone when starting a church in a new city. Balancing family life with ministry and battling spiritual darkness are real issues missionaries face. As they adjust, equip, serve, love, teach and pray, church planting missionaries need our prayers, love and support.

How can you help?

These North American missionaries are supported by the gifts given to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO). One hundred percent of AAEO goes toward funding missionaries in North America. NAMB uses your investment to provide for North American missionaries and their families, helping them feel secure, appreciated and supported as they do the kingdom’s work. It’s essential we gather around these faithful workers and pool our resources together so they can thrive.

That’s what AAEO is all about: believers banding together and giving to help North American missionaries share the gospel and love the lost in cities all over the United States and Canada.

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