Baptist and Reflector
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Kevin Ezell announced Oct. 19 to the North American Mission Board staff that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096.
“We are grateful for every dime we get from Southern Baptists,” said Ezell, NAMB president. “We are thankful for churches, pastors, and denominational leaders who encourage their people to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.”
“We’re primarily concerned about doing the very best we can with every dime that we receive, but any time we hit a new high like this, we want to celebrate.”
NAMB welcomed several missionaries to the meeting, including Trent DeLoach, Send Relief Hub coordinator in Clarkston, Ga., and his wife Elizabeth. Several Atlanta-area church planting missionaries also attended.
After expressing gratitude to the NAMB staff, Ezell told the missionaries in attendance, “You are why we do what we do. What you do is why Southern Baptists give.”
As of Oct. 31, Tennessee Baptists have given $3,795,546. to the Annie Armstrong offering. The AAEO year in Tennessee runs from March 2017 through February 2018.
Gifts from Tennessee are down from last year. In 2016-17 Tennessee Baptists gave $4,603,917 to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.