Annie Armstrong (1850-1938) was born in Baltimore at a time when women were not expected to lead. She served, challenged churches to action and rallied support for missionaries. Ultimately, Annie was recognized as a national Southern Baptist trailblazer renowned for visionary missions leadership.
“What a glorious thing it is to be a co-worker with God in winning the world for Christ.”
- Started Bay View Mission for Baltimore’s poor and addicted
- Served as the first executive of Woman’s Missionary Union, the largest protestant women’s organization in the world
- Led the formation of missions’ organizations for children
- Raised support for missionaries to Italian and Jewish immigrants
- Hand wrote over 18,000 letters in one year advocating for missions
- Refused a salary because she would never give to the Lord “that which costs me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)
- Initiated fund-raising “brick cards” to build churches in Cuba
- Gained support for the first black, female missionaries
- Secured funds to relieve China missionary, Lottie Moon, who had served for 11 years without a furlough
- Advocated for Native Americans and impoverished mountain people
- Honored in 1934 when The Home Missions Offering was re-named for her to encourage more to follow her sacrificial example
Today, over $1 billion has been given through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®. All gifts—100%—support more than 5,000 missionaries in church planting and compassion ministries across the U.S. and Canada.
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