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“As Southern Baptists learn how God is at work around the world, they GIVE of their resources and offer more informed prayers for those who have committed their lives to following the Great Commission into all the world so the gospel will be proclaimed among all people.” —Wanda Lee, National WMU executive director/treasurer, emerita

WMU believes in the importance of stewardship and giving to missions. WMU actively promotes giving to the two missions offerings which supply approximately half of the annual budgets for the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. 

In 2015,* WMU helped raise $165.8 million—the highest total in the offering’s 127-year history—for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Since initiating the first offering in 1888, WMU has helped raise more than $4.2 billion through this effort. Also in 2015,* WMU helped raise $58 million for missions work in North America through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Since 1907, when official reporting began for the home missions offering started by WMU, receipts total more than $1.6 billion through 2015. All of the funds raised through these two missions offerings go directly to the mission boards to support field personnel as they share the gospel. WMU also continues to actively promote giving through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention.

All offering and week of prayer resources are distributed through state WMU offices. See wmustore.com for additional resources related to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong.

*Final 2016 totals for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering will be available in 2017.


Cooperative Program

Purpose: The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.

In a variety of ways, I've seen firsthand how gifts to the Cooperative Program meant people had the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel of Christ."—Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director/treasurer, national WMU

The Cooperative Program is the foundational means of supporting Southern Baptist work in each state, nationally, and around the world. Without the Cooperative Program, missions offerings such as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions are simply inadequate. 

This unique plan supports all our work as Southern Baptists. Percentage giving allows churches of all sizes to have a part in everything we do. Wouldn't you like to help your church further the kingdom? Participate in the work of the church and denomination through the Cooperative Program.

Learn more about the Cooperative Program


Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Purpose: In 1918, Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) named the annual Christmas offering for international missions after the woman, Lottie Moon, who had urged them to start it.

Why this strange indifferences to missions? Why these scant contributions? Why does money fail to be forthcoming when approved men and women are asking to be sent to proclaim the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’ to the heathen? — Lottie Moon, October 3, 1887, Pingtu

Starting in 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering was established to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists. After more than a century, the annual offering continues its steady growth. The National Goal this year is $155 Million. Your giving enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.

Did you know every dollar of your generous gift to the LMCO goes directly to support missionaries on the field. Learn more about Lottie Moon or give online today at imb.org/LottieMoon


Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Purpose: To support the efforts of the North American Mission Board missionaries and church planters as they push back lostness in the United States and Canada.

In 1895, the first missions offering to benefit the work of home missions (now known as North American missions) was promoted and taken up by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The Home Mission Board (now known as the North American Mission Board) asked for $5,000 toward its work. WMU efforts exceeded that goal. Today, more than $1 billion has been raised since the beginning of the offering, for North American mission efforts. Every dollar of the offering (named after missions advocate/WMU leader, Annie Armstrong, in 1934) goes to missionaries and their work of sharing the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the United States, Canada and their territories.

The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering changes lives forever by empowering North American missionaries to bring the gospel to the lost. With over 269 million lost people, North America and its major cities are some of the most spiritually dark places in the world. Join us on the mission to equip every missionary and reach every lost person in the United States and Canada.

Learn more about the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, hear the missionary stories, and see how AAEO gifts are put into action. 

 

Remember, your gifts through the Cooperative Program, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering send and support missionaries around the world. It's more than just giving though. As IMB president, David Platt, nicely stated, "The goal is not merely more missionaries. The goal is not even a multitude of new missionaries. We're not mobilizing for the sake of numbers; we're mobilizing for the sake of our God's glory among the nations. His glory in the world is the bottom line of what we do, and why we do itand it's worth giving out lives for it." The question becomes—h\ow are you and your church furthering the kingdom of God? You CAN be an active part of missions work when you support missions by giving. Together, we can equip missionaries around the world.

 

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