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Here and Now: Mission offering for North American missions

FENTON, MI – During the month of March Southern Baptists will join together in prayer and giving to support our mission efforts across North America. The offering is called the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) and is named after a champion of missions who lived 100 years ago. Here and Now is this year’s theme referencing the urgency of the need. Every gift to the AAEO - 100 percent – goes to train, resource, and send more than 5000 missionaries in church planting and compassion ministries across the United States, Canada and their territories. The cooperative giving of Southern Baptist churches and individuals makes the work possible.

The churches that make up the Baptist State Convention of Michigan (BSCM) gave more than $140,000 to the offering last year. As part of the mission offering emphasis, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) highlights the work of a group of missionaries from around the continent. This year, one of Michigan’s own missionary couples, Travis and Jennifer Whittaker, are two of the featured missionaries. They are a church planter couple at the Mile City Church in South Lyon.

Travis began his life in Christian ministry as a musician until God called him to do more. “I never wanted to plant churches,” Travis says. “Because of my stuttering problem, I wanted to sing for Jesus, not teach. But I heard the call of God challenge me to lead in a new way.” Mile City is helping launch a new church in Grand Blanc this year, and is already planning to help another new church. To see the video of their story just click here.

NAMB provides a wide range of resources to prepare churches to give and pray for the AAEO. Check out the various resources with multiple language translations, videos for your church, social media package and printable resources. To view all the available resources, visit


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