Please take a moment each day this week to watch the day's video and prayer for our missionaries and the people to whom they minister.
Each year, Crossroads partners with the Southern Baptist's North American Mission Board to send missionaries and church planters across North America to share the gospel message of Jesus, both through monthly giving from our budget and through special offerings at Easter.
Our church's goal for this year's offering is $21,000.
The offering was started in 1895 by Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) to benefit the work of the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board). In 1934, it was named in honor of Annie Armstrong, a bold missions advocate and WMU's first national executive leader. Today, more than $1 billion has been donated by Southern Baptist churches and individuals to support thousands of missionaries in church planting and compassion ministries. Because of this sacrificial giving, millions of lives have been and continue to be transformed by the power of the gospel.
This offering is unique from other mission offerings in that 100% of gifts provide for missionaries in North America. It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists' 175-year history of reaching the nations with the gospel and vital to reaching the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9).
Amount of NAMB budget provided by Cooperative Program: 35%
Amount of NAMB budget provided by Annie Armstrong Easter Offering: 50%
Year offering started: In 1895 by WMU
Amount given in 1895: $5,000 +
Year offering named after Annie Armstrong: 1934
Total offering gifts to date: Over $1 billion