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FBC Cary among top ‘Annie’ givers
Tobin Perry, North American Mission Board
July 01, 2011
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FBC Cary among top ‘Annie’ givers

FBC Cary among top ‘Annie’ givers
Tobin Perry, North American Mission Board
July 01, 2011

PHOENIX (BP) — The North American Mission Board (NAMB)

honored more than 160 representatives of small and large churches who were

among the top givers to the 2010 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North

American Missions during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention.

NAMB invited the top givers in each Southern Baptist

association, in terms of both total and per capita giving.

“One of the great blessings of being the president of the

North American Mission Board this past year is the opportunity to go to

different states and see our missionaries,” NAMB President Kevin Ezell told the

luncheon guests June 14 at the Phoenix

Convention Center.

“My eyes have been opened to their impact. You have every

reason to be very proud of the missionaries you support,” Ezell said.

“They are sacrificially serving. We know they are doing it

on the Lord’s behalf, but it’s an incredible testimony to your faithfulness.”

First

Baptist Church

in Cary, whose pastor, Jay

Huddleston, attended the luncheon, demonstrated that faithfulness by surpassing

their offering goal by $20,000.

“We are an Acts 1:8 church,” Huddleston said. “We believe in

not only reaching the area where God has planted us — but Judea, Samaria and

the ends of the earth. … (W)e know that our nation needs the gospel. That’s why

we put such an emphasis on the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.”

Also among the pastors whose churches were honored by NAMB

was a bivocational pastor whose missions roots go back to his own conversion as

a young “military kid.” Steve Thompson, pastor

of Birmingham Baptist

Church in Birmingham,

Mo., was saved through the ministry of a

Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) missionary in the Philippines.

“Missionaries — whether they’re international or North

American — have always been special to me,” Thompson said. “Although I’m a

product of IMB’s ministry, that bleeds over into support for missions in

general.”

The luncheon attendees were introduced to two of NAMB’s

church planting missionaries in challenging assignments in North

America.

The missionary stories seemed to make their mark on many of

the pastors in attendance, bringing some to tears.

“I’ve been to many, many luncheons and banquets, but this

one I think has blessed me more than any,” Huddleston said. “This isn’t

theoretical. This is real life. These are testimonies of lives that have been

touched and changed.”

Southern Baptists gave more than $54.3 million to the 2010

Annie Armstrong offering. Ezell announced that Alabama churches had once again

given more than any other state to the offering. North

Carolina churches gave the second most to the

offering.