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ANNIE WALKER ARMSTRONG: A RICH LEGACY . . .

ANNIE WALKER ARMSTRONG: A RICH LEGACY . . .
 
The Easter offering for Home Missions is named after Annie Walker Armstrong. She was born on July 11, 1850, in Baltimore, Maryland. She lived at a time when women were not encouraged to publicly participate in activities for the Lord. However, Armstrong argued that it was better to obey God than man.
 
1. Legacy of Loving God.  Annie Walker Armstrong was tremendously influenced by her mother and her pastor. At age 11, she traveled with her mother to meetings of the Woman's Mission to Women. The seed was planted. Her pastor, Dr. Richard Fuller, further influenced her love for missions. Fuller was her pastor and later became the third president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Her pastor led her to the Lord at age 20. Fuller was an ardent advocate for missionary endeavors and urged others to be Great Commission Christians. 
 
2. Legacy of Love for Others. Annie Armstrong was a God-intoxicated woman. She loved the Lord and others. Although her family was wealthy, she was moved to help the less fortunate in rural areas. She reached beyond the bounds of race by organizing missions for African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and indigent women.
 
3. Legacy of Service to the WMU.  In 1882, Annie helped organize and become the first President of the Woman's Baptist Home Mission Society of Maryland. Six years later, she helped women from twelve other states form the Executive Committee of the Woman’s Missionary Society, an auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention. The name was later changed to the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). Armstrong was named its first Corresponding Secretary (now Executive Director).
 
4. Legacy of Indefatigable Service.  Annie Walker Armstrong lived up to the motto "Go Forward." She wrote thousands of letters by hand to create acute awareness of the need for missions. During this time, she led a successful effort to finance an additional missionary to help Lottie Moon, missionary to China. Armstrong served without pay as the first Executive Director of the WMU and traveled extensively using her own funds. She visited numerous missionaries and brought their stories back to the churches. It was due to her efforts that the annual Easter mission offering was established in Southern Baptist Churches in 1895. Every dollar given through this offering supports missions in North America and Canada.
 
5. A Legacy of Honor.  Annie Armstrong's decisive achievements for Home Missions left a rich legacy. She died on December 20, 1938, in Baltimore as the WMU celebrated its 50th anniversary. She was also inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Listen to her challenge:
 
"What a glorious thing it is to be a co-worker with God in winning the world for Christ!" Can I hear an Amen?
 
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’”  Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
 
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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