Annie’s Example

Have you ever heard of the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American missions? Have you ever heard of Annie Armstrong? Chances are, if you grew up in a Southern Baptist church you would have heard of her each year at this time. If you are new, this might sound like a distant history lesson:

Annie Armstrong was a lay leader in Southern Baptist life in the 1800s. And guess what? She started out in what we would call today myMISSION. By the age of 31, this single young woman was helping to start a mission organization in her home city of Baltimore. She was soon using her gifts at the state and national levels. At the age of 37, she helped start Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and strategically led it to become the global influence it is today. At the age of 55, “Miss Annie” left the organization in capable hands and focused the rest of her life on grassroots works in her city.

Annie was a young woman who changed her city, state, nation, and world. Are there any “Annies” in your myMISSION group?

What could we be doing today that could change our world in our lifetime?

How can we, as leaders, call out this giftedness and potential in each of our women?

What needs weigh heavily on your heart?

Are there things we can do together, as a community, that would make a greater impact in the world than the sum total of our individual efforts?

Are there God-sized plans He has prepared, waiting on our obedience in faith that could start with our very next myMISSION meeting?

If you are like me, these questions are exciting and daunting at the same time. What a hallowed place to be this Easter. Praying. Trusting. Dreaming. Asking. Opening the door for others to find their next step in missions. Let’s do this together. What are the top three possibilities for your group? Let’s stay in touch. Write me at LHarper@wmu.org. May God bless you as you lead. More soon . . .

Laura Harper is a new ministry consultant at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.

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