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February 2016 Women On Mission

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A FOCUS ON NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS
BY LAURA HARPER

WHO WAS ANNIE ARMSTRONG?
OUR OFFERING FOR NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS IS NAMED FOR ANNIE ARMSTRONG, A LAY LEADER IN SOUTHERN BAPTIST LIFE IN THE 1800S.  BY THE AGE OF 31, THIS SINGLE YOUNG WOMAN WAS HELPING TO START A MISSIONS ORGANIZATION IN HER HOME CITY OF BALTIMORE.  SHE WAS SOON USING HER GIFTS AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS.  AT THE AGE OF 37, SHE HELPED TO START WMU AND LED IT STRATEGICALLY TO BECOME THE GLOBAL INFLUENCE IT IS TODAY.  AT THE AGE OF 55, “MISS ANNIE” LEFT THE ORGANIZATION INCAPABLE HANDS AND FOCUSED THE REST OF HER LIFE ON GRASSROOTS WORKS IN HER CITY.

HOW DID SHE FIND GOD’S PLAN FOR HER LIFE?  SHE STUDIED HER BIBLE TO LEARN HOW TO SHARE GOD’S LOVE WITH OTHERS; PRAYED FOR MISSIONARIES AND THOSE THEY WERE HELPING TO DISCOVER CHRIST; RALLIED CHURCHES TO GIVE MORE TO MISSIONS; AND DID MISSIONS, DISTRIBUTING FOOD, CLOTHING, AND BIBLES TO THOSE IN NEED.  FLOWING FROM HER DEEP PRAYER LIFE AND INVOLVEMENT IN HER CHURCH, SHE GAVE OF HERSELF— ALL THAT GOD HAD PUT INTO HER.  SHE COMBINED HER PASSION FOR GOD, HER LOVE FOR PEOPLE, HER GIFTS FOR STRATEGY AND COMMUNICATION, AND, PERHAPS MOST OF ALL, HER DETERMINATION TO SERVE WITH EVERY OUNCE OF ENERGY SHE HAD.  SHE LET GOD SHOW HER ONE STEP AT A TIME AS SHE CONTINUED TO TRUST IN HIM.

WOMEN ON MISSION WILL MEET MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH AT 6:00 PM AT THE HOME OF BARBARA BURNS, 2657 SARATOGA DRIVE.  ALL OUR LADIES ARE INVITED TO JOIN US.

OAKHILL MISSION RECEIPTS FOR 2015

 

MISSION CLUB

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

TOTAL

NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS
(ANNIE ARMSTRONG)

$4,334.35

$4,574.30

$8,908.65

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
(LOTTIE MOON)

$11,410.82

$7,817.47

$19,288.29

STATE MISSIONS (C E WILEY)

$2,211.40

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$2,211.40

LIFE CHANGE CENTRAL (OAKHILL)

$2,211.40

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$2,211.40

HIGHLAND LAKES CAMP

$1,946.03

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$1,946.03

WORLD HUNGER

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$2,374.46

$2,374.46

COMBINED MISSION GIVING $36,880.23

IN ADDITION $56,280.47 WAS GIVEN THROUGH THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM TO THE
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 73% OF WHICH GOES TO THE SUPPORT OF MISSIONS, AS WELL AS OUR SEMINARIES AND OTHER ENTITIES.

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February 2016 Student Ministry

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March 4-6

$95

 

Our winter retreat is almost here. This is many student’s favorite retreat as we get to spend a few days getting away and focusing on the Lord and having a blast together. This retreat has a special place in my heart as it was the first major event we did together 3 years ago (The ‘IN ME’ Retreat).

 

This year’s theme is extremely important for each student in our ministry. We have been working hard on finding a way to train our students in apologetics (forming a reasonable defense for our faith) while still engaging the student’s hearts. Our world is growing in hostility toward Christians and we must train our students how to engage this hostility with grace and reasoned thought. At the same time, we want to be careful not to merely give them good arguments for the faith and only engage their mind, but we want them to grow in their love and affection for Christ through this event. We have landed on three main topics: one God, one Word, one Way.

 

During the first talk we will examine why it is reasonable to believe in the existence of the creator God, the God of the Bible. We will also discuss how we experience and have a relationship with God. The second talk will consider the trustworthiness of the authoritative Word of God and how it should bear weight on our lives personally. The final talk will examine the life of Jesus and why we should follow Him. There will also be break out sessions where students will be able to examine topics they are interested in.

 

Please do not allow your student to miss this great opportunity to learn about and experience God.

 

Sign up today by clicking here!

 

A note on the cost: The $95 is a total and final cost. Your student will not need to bring an additional $10 for dinner Friday night. This year we will be taking a different route to Highland Lakes that will not take us through Terra Haute where we usually stop for dinner, so we will be providing dinner for the students. Please know that we are keeping costs as low as possible.

 

 

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Much Love,

Mark

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