Week of Prayer for North American Missions 2021 is now in the history books. But churches can still give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.
The 2020 offering fell $20 million short of the $70 million goal. It fell below last year’s total of $61.4 million.
The initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the middle of the season when most churches would have been collecting their AAEO. Instead of gathering in person to worship on Easter, churches had to navigate health and safety protocols. Pastors and church members had to face the economic impact of shutdowns and job losses.
“For the last three years in a row [2017-2019], Southern Baptists broke the record for giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®,” said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. Giving to the 2020 AAEO was down, “but I am humbled and even more grateful for what was given. To me it is the greatest Annie Offering ever. For Southern Baptists to have so sacrificially given during a time when most churches were not even meeting for worship is nothing short of a miracle.”
You can still pray for missionaries who were featured during Week of Prayer 2021. Read more at https://www.anniearmstrong.com/week-of-prayer/
Day 1: Shahid and Maroofa Kamal, Delta, British Columbia
Day 2: Ryan and Tricia McCammack, Avondale Estates, Ga.
Day 3: Victor and Ludmila Moura, Somerville, Mass.
Day 4: Anders and Jessica Snyder, Nampa, Idaho
Day 5: Joshua Valdez, Farmington, N.M.
Day 6: Bobby and Lakeisha Williams, Slidell, La.
Day 7: Jacob and Francine Zailian, Sanger, Calif.
Day 8: Steadfast on Mission — When missionaries answer the call to the mission field, they expect to encounter challenges, but no one could have planned for a global pandemic that radically altered everyday life.
Your North American missionaries are displaying courage and vision. They are changing course, innovating and discovering ways to continue sharing the gospel, making disciples and bringing hope.
(This story includes reporting by Baptist Press.)