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Annie Armstrong: A Devoted Life . . .

Annie Armstrong: A Devoted Life . . .

 

"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature . . . So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere.'" Mark 16:15, 19-20a (NKJV) 

 

Southern Baptist churches celebrate the life of Annie Armstrong with an annual Easter offering featuring requests for prayers and money to assist North American missions.  In our early history, the role of women in missions was not encouraged.  Annie Armstrong ignored the nay-sayers and said, "It is better to obey God than men" (See Acts 5:29).  In fact, Armstrong said, "What a glorious thing it is to be a co-worker with God in winning the world for Christ!" (See Bobbie Sorrell's biography).

 

This mission visionary was born on July 11, 1850, in Baltimore, Maryland . . . and died on December 20, 1938, which was the 50th anniversary of the Women Missionary Union (WMU).  Her former pastors said, "Miss Annie was indefatigable."  She was baptized at age 19.  Her biographer, Bobbie Sorrels, described her as tall, stately, out-spoken, and a strong-willed leader.

 

The Bay View Missions for the poor and addicted in Baltimore, Maryland, was her first missions' endeavor.  This effort increased to supporting . . . the Indians, Chinese, immigrants, and helping to establish the WMU.  Miss Annie served as the first Corresponding Secretary (Executive Director) of the WMU, the largest Protestant women's organization in the world.  Armstrong hand-wrote over 18,000 letters to churches in one year . . . advocating support for missions.  She refused a salary because she would never give to the Lord "that which costs me nothing" (See 2 Samuel 24:24).  (See "A Devoted Life," Word Press).

 

Southern Baptists honor Annie Armstrong's life by urging believers to follow her sacrificial example and give to North American missions.  All gifts support hundreds of missionaries in compassionate ministries across North America.  Annie Armstrong continues to serve as an example of a truly devoted life!

 

     

 

          

 

 

 

 Charles Foxworth

 

 Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana

Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana  

 

 

 

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