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(With Three Months Remaining!)

Southern Baptist giving to the 2006 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions has been so generous that the offering set a new record with three months remaining in the giving period.

Carlos Ferrer, interim chief operating officer for the North American Mission Board, announced the record giving at the opening session of the Woman's Missionary Union national missions event September 27 at the LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, North Carolina.

"Thanks to the sacrificial giving of Southern Baptists and the dedicated support of Woman's Missionary Union, we have already received in the first nine months of the year nearly $55 million for the Annie Armstrong Offering," Ferrer announced.

"That is more than we have ever received in an entire year, and we still have three months to go. It is an honor and a privilege, on behalf of our missionaries, staff, and mission partners, to say thank you to WMU and all our mi...

Bob Reccord compares the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) first year to changing a tire while the car is traveling at sixty miles per hour. "It's an exciting ride, but very challenging," said the mission agency president.

"When the North American Mission Board was created last summer, there were literally thousands of ongoing activities that had to continue," Reccord explained. "We did not have the luxury of starting from scratch, to stop everything until we could develop a new direction for assisting Southern Baptists to reach North America for Jesus Christ. We had missionaries on the field to support, programs and projects already scheduled that had to be planned, and publications to be produced. All without a real sense of how we were to be different than the three predecessor agencies."

NAMB has been called the centerpiece of the Covenant for a New Century, which restructured the SBC by reducing the number of na...

It was a historic day for Southern Baptists Nov. 5 when Bob Reccord was inaugurated as the first president of the North American Mission Board. More than 700 people and a number of guest speakers joined together at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta to commend and encourage Reccord as he leads Southern Baptists' coordinated efforts at reaching their own continent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reccord admits it is a God-sized task, making him dependent on our Lord and the prayers of all Southern Baptists. "Please pray for me," he told the crowd. "I am the most inadequate of anyone to be in the role and only God can help us do what needs to be done."

He also asked for "the grace to fail. Some decisions I make will be wrong, but if we are going to make a difference in North America for Jesus Christ, we must find out what doesn't work in order to implement what does work."

The North American Mission Board was formed la...