Fairview Baptist Church Dayton, Ohio
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Missions

 

 

 
International Missions 1-800-395-PRAY (imb.org)
 
Recently, an Indian couple, Hari* and Smeeta*, trained believers in a village on how to use audio recordings of chronological Bible stories on SD cards.  The couple returned for a follow-up meeting, and one woman urgently requested more SD cards.  Smeeta* asked why she needed more, and the woman gave a joyful response.
 
"I came alone to the training before because I was the only believer in my village.  After sharing the stories with my neighbors, eight more have believed and are ready to be baptized.  I am asking for the cards for them."
 
Praise God for the way He is working in India as they use audio Bible recordings.  Pray for believers to pass along the gospel story, resulting in thousands more believers and churches.
 
(*name has been changed)
 
  
 
North American Missions 1-800-554-PRAY
 
Pray for Gary Riddle and his family.  Gary is an Alabama Army National Guard chaplain.  My family and I are feeling drawn to full-time chaplaincy within the Active Duty Army.  However, I need a series of waivers in order to progress from a National Guard status.  Please pray that we are content as a family with the decisions the Lord sees fit to open doors.  If the waivers are denied, we ask for wisdom to praise God for the closure.  If they are approved, we ask for the strength to obediently follow the urging of the Holy Spirit.  Military life will be a big adjustment for our three children.  Please pray for excitement and smooth transitions.
 
 
Pray for Nicholaus and Chan'te Ebuen.  Nicholaus and Chan'te are church planters in Vacaville, CA.  Please pray for all the lost families in the city of Vacaville and those struggling in their marriages, finances, parenting and in life.  Pray they find Jesus, Who gives us hope, a future and joy.
 
 
The "Annie" of the Offering

 


 

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.
  

Lottie Moon
 
Who was Lottie Moon?

 

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.

 

 

Why was the offering named for this early China missionary?

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.