Annie Armstrong Easter Offering at FGBC
In 1895, the estimated population of the United States was 68.9 million. It was in that year that a special offering was first collected for missions work in North America. In today’s way of looking at things, the offering probably seems small, only about $5,000. But when you measure the value of the dollar in 1895 compared to the value of the dollar as recently as 2009, that $5,000 would equal approximately $4.52 million (based on the relative share of GDP).
Think of the sacrifice that offering required. Believers, seeing the need to support missions work in the United States, worked together to raise money to help. Small amounts of money were sent to the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) by individuals and churches across North America to reach their lost neighbors and friends.
In 1934, the offering was named the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in honor of the first corresponding secretary for WMU.
In 2018, the offering goal is $70 million. Why do we continue to give? Why is the offering so important today? The answer is simple: the offering we give helps our missionary force reach lost people in the United States and Canada for Jesus Christ. While that number is overwhelming, it is even more overwhelming to realize that is three out of four people in North America do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
How will you support North American missions this year? Will you set a personal giving goal? Our WMU at FGBC is planning to promote this program during the month of March 2018 leading to the Annie Armstrong Offering for the Month of April. Our Goal for FGBC is $700.00. A special Annie Armstrong Ladies Luncheon is planned for March 10th at 12:00 Am. All ladies are invited. Please make plans to attend. See flyer with all all the details below. Pass to all the ladies you come in contact with.