‘It’s all about you’ is a myopic view
by Douglas E. Brooks
Woodland Trails Baptist Church supports the following missions organizations:
Southern Baptists send missionaries from their churches, through IMB (International Mission Board), to go into the world making disciples in the name of Jesus. In that partnership, Southern Baptists provide the funding to send and support these missionaries and their ministries. The more resources they provide, the more missionaries can be sent.
“As the body of Christ, we’re like an orchestra … each member is so vital, is so important for making beautiful music. So just like your giving is so important in us coming to Sweden, we can work together … through sharing his love with others,” church planter/musician Anissa Haney says.
Your giving has a place in God’s story!
Southern Baptists’ faithful giving undergirds the thousands of missionaries sent from our churches, through IMB, and all for a single, eternal purpose: making disciples in the name of Jesus. This is what it means that all of us, together, are part of one sacred effort.
Here are some numbers to celebrate! Last year your nearly 4,900 missionaries reported:
Nearly 1,700,000 heard a Gospel witness
More than 235,000 became new believers
141 new people groups were engaged
Those numbers represent changed lives with new hope and purpose, lives redeemed.
(The figures above are taken from the 2012 Annual Statistical Report; data as of 12/31/11. Learn more at public.imb.org/globalresearch.)
Every year we honor the life and work of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) when we give to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American missions. As a tireless servant of God and a contagious advocate and supporter of missions efforts throughout the world, Annie rallied churches to give more, pray more and do more for reaching people for Christ. The Annie Armstrong website provides a wealth of resources for promoting the offering in the local church, including supplemental materials available only online.