Who is Annie Armstrong?

Draper, UT- The impact of Annie Armstrong has lasting effects, especially here in Utah and Idaho. Communities’ across our two states have benefited greatly over the years as funds from the offering bearing her name. It has fueled ministry and helped plant churches across Idaho and Utah.

Over the past few years, we have distributed evangelism grants through gifts specifically given to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO). These have fed service members at Hill Airforce Base in Utah, supported outreach events at churches and church plants in both states, supported pregnancy care centers, and funded a collegiate evangelism tailgate trailer that is used to share the gospel on a college campus on a weekly basis. AAEO also fuels ministry through disaster relief ministries. We could not do ministry in our two states as effectively without the funds we receive from the offering bearing her name. Every Easter season, we are grateful for the faithfulness of SBC churches around the world that give to the AAEO.  If your church would like to give to the AAEO, you can designate your gifts to AAEO at uisbc.org/give 

Annie Armstrong was born in Baltimore in 1850, at a time when women were not expected to lead. Yet, her devotion to Christ led her to a life of service and leadership. She organized women to pray, to give and to meet the needs around them. She challenged pastors and churches to action and rallied vital support for missionaries. Ultimately, Annie was recognized as a national Southern Baptist trailblazer renowned for visionary missions leadership right up until her death in 1938.

Highlights of Annie’s life contributions:

  • Started Bay View Mission for Baltimore’s poor and addicted
  • Served as the first executive of Woman’s Missionary Union
  • Raised support for missionaries to Italian and Jewish immigrants
  • Initiated fund-raising “brick cards” to build churches in Cuba
  • Gained support for the first black, female missionaries
  • Secured funds to relieve China missionary, Lottie Moon, who had served for 11 years without a furlough
  • Advocated for Native Americans and impoverished mountain people
  • Traveled across America in the late 1800s encouraging missionaries and inspiring churches to pray, give and act
  • Honored in 1934 when The Home Missions Offering was re-named for her to encourage more to follow her sacrificial example

Today, more than $2 billion has been given through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®. All gifts—100%—support thousands of missionaries in church planting and compassion ministries across the U.S. and Canada.

If you would like to watch a video that shows you more about this missions trailblazer, visit anniearmstrong.com/who-is-annie/ . This same site includes Annie’s story in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean languages.