In Acts 8:26-31 we read about a divine encounter that leads to a spiritual rebirth in Jesus Christ. In this text we read that God sent Philip to meet an Ethiopian eunuch. When Philip met the eunuch he was reading from the prophet Isaiah. He wanted to know more about God, but he needed someone to help him understand the truths of scripture.
These verses are the theme scripture passage for the 2013 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This year’s offering theme is “Whatever it takes…Reaching the one.” The offering goal is $70 million.
It was in May 1934 when a man in North Carolina prayed that God would raise up someone to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. God answered that prayer of Vernon Patterson during a crusade conducted on borrowed farmland in Charlotte.
A traveling evangelist named Mordecai Hamm shared the gospel and a young man who later became known as Evangelist Billy Graham accepted Christ as Savior. Who could have imagined the impact when someone prayed to reach one person for the Kingdom?
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) reports that about 260 million people in the United States and Canada do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We need Christians to stand up for Christ and be ready to go. We must be willing to do whatever it takes to reach people – even if just one – for the sake of the gospel.
Your giving to this offering helps support North American missionaries who are starting new churches, engaging students on college campuses, serving as church planting catalysts, and helping meet physical and spiritual needs through ministry evangelism.
Sunday, March 3, begins the Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. I encourage you to visit anniearmstrong.com for resources that will help you and your church promote this offering.
Also available on the website is a prayer guide to help you pray specifically for our NAMB missionaries.
You can pray for missionaries serving from Chicago and Philadelphia to San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia. Our missionaries are serving in unchurched neighborhoods among homeless women and children, ethnic communities, and in many urban areas of great influence.
During our annual meeting last year, North Carolina Baptists were blessed to participate in a North American Mission Board commissioning service. I was encouraged by the testimonies of those committed to serve our Savior in some of the most unchurched areas of North America. They expressed their desire to do whatever it takes to reach even just one person for Christ. Are you willing?
As we approach the Easter season, please pray for God to work through these missionaries for His glory. Please also ask God what He wants you to give in support of the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
“I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
Visit the Biblical Recorder’s special Annie Armstrong page for the 2013 Week of Prayer.