Lottie Moon - the namesake of the international missions offering - has become something of a legend to us. But in her time Lottie was anything but an untouchable hero. In fact, she was like today's missionaries. She was a hard-working, deep-loving Southern Baptist who labored tirelessly so her people group could know Jesus.
Throughout her career, Lottie Moon wrote numerous letters home, urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. One of those letters triggered Southern Baptists' first Christmas offering for international missions - enough to send three new missionaries to China.
Today, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering supports almost 5,000 missionaries. Every penny given to Lottie Moon is used to support Southern Baptist missionaries as they share the Gospel overseas. The offering represents 57 percent of the International Mission Board’s total income. To learn more about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, you can visit the International Mission Board.
Each year, we honor the life and work of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) when we give to the annual offering for North American missions named after her. As a tireless servant of God and a contagious advocate and supporter of mission efforts throughout the world, Annie Armstrong led women to unite in mission endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of Woman's Missionary Union, for which she served as the first corresponding secretary.
Annie believed in Christ with all her heart, but it was her hands that expressed that belief in tangible ways. She spent a great amount of time typing and handwriting letters in support of missions. Many of these letters were quite lengthy and all were filled with conviction that more could and should be done in our mission efforts. In 1893 alone, she wrote almost 18,000 letters! Annie also never hesitated to use her hands to reach out to hug a child or distribute food and clothing and the Word of God to those in need. Her hands held her own Bible as she studied to know how best to share Gods love with others. And, most important, Annie was a woman of prayer, folding her hands in prayer to intercede for the missionaries and for those they were helping discover Christ.
Annie rallied churches to give more, pray more, and do more for reaching people for Christ. As we continue to unite to make her vision a reality in North America today, we can be confident that her legacy will also be ours.
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® is much more than an offering envelope and an annual missions-giving emphasis. When people give to the offering, 100 percent of their gift will be transformed into missionary salaries and ministry supplies. Those missionaries and supplies will help others hear the message of Christ and respond in faith to His offer of salvation. Time and again our missionaries relate how the offering is their lifeblood. They know that behind each penny given, there is a Southern Baptist who believes in what they do and are affirming the need to equip them to share the gospel with those who need a Savior.
To learn more about the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, you can visit North American Missions.
Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
FBC Mesquite participates in Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes each year. To find out more about this ministry, learn how to pack a shoebox, find out where they are delivered and the impact they are making throughout the world for the Kingdom of God, please visit Samaritan's Purse.
An organization which provides benevolent support for those individuals and families in crisis living in Mesquite and Southeast Dallas County, Texas. FBC Mesquite supports Sharing Life through donations and volunteers.
Sharing Life Community Outreach needs our help!
They have hosted massive outreach events and have helped many people in need and their pantry is low. Due to the many people who have been laid off and are unemployed, there is a GREAT NEED FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE. Items particularly needed at this time are:
Peanut Butter, non-perishable meats (canned tuna, ham, etc.), boxed dinners/pasta and of course canned goods (vegetables, fruits, soups, beans, etc.)
Regular services currently offered at Sharing Life:
- Food Pantry
- Clothes Closet
- Financial Needs Assistance
- Holiday Programs
- Back to School Faire
- Addiction Recovery Classes
- Job Skills Training Program/Computer Training
- Financial Literacy/First Time Home Buyer Education