About 269 million people in North America are living without a relationship with Christ.
That’s why this time of year, national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) encourages churches to turn their focus to the annual offering that funds North American missions efforts.
Every penny collected through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) goes to support people taking the gospel to the lost in the United States, Canada and Mexico through church planting and compassion ministries.
The offering is named after Annie Armstrong, the first corresponding secretary (executive director) of WMU, who developed a heart for missions, helped plant churches and assisted those in poverty.
The Week of Prayer for North American Missions, observed March 4–11 this year, is often a time churches use to kick off AAEO season.
Considering promoting the offering in your church? The offering’s website, anniearmstrong.com, offers the following resources:
• A planning guide with accompanying DVD of promotional videos, including missionary stories.
• A prayer guide for the week of prayer.
• Posters, bulletin inserts and social media promotion kits.
• Studies and sermons for Bible study leaders and pastors to use during AAEO season.
• A video story for each missionary featured during the Week of Prayer for North American Missions.
This year’s offering theme is “On Mission: Here and Now.” To kick it off, national WMU is hosting a celebration and worship experience March 8, 10–11 a.m. at its offices in Birmingham. For those who can’t attend, the service will be streamed on Facebook live at facebook.com/nationalwmu.
For more information or resources to help your church promote the annual offering, visit anniearmstrong.com. (TAB)
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