State Missions Offering
How can you participate?
Oklahoma Baptists have a long history of stepping into areas of brokenness and meeting needs, all to advance the Gospel. In fact, that is the very heart of this offering. The Missions Offering is a very tangible expression of the common bond we have in Christ and the common mission we have to advance the Gospel in our state.
Dear Oklahoma Baptists,
Every Sunday, thousands of people will gather at their local Baptist church to worship the Lord, hear God’s Word preached, pray, connect in fellowship, and be sent on mission. These people also will participate in an act of worship that goes all the way back to the New Testament times—worship through giving.
The Bible uses the Greek word “koinonia” to refer to fellowship. In Romans 15:26, the Apostle Paul uses that same word to describe believers coming together in giving for an offering, “For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.” That’s a powerful truth to consider.
Each year, Oklahoma Baptist churches come together in fellowship to participate in the Edna McMillan Oklahoma State Missions Offering. These are churches of all sizes, backgrounds, geographic locations, and demographics all coming together for a shared purpose: to worship Jesus and to advance the gospel.
According to research, some 60 percent of Oklahoma is unchurched, which represents more than 2 million people. God has called us to reach the lost and to share the hope and love of Jesus. When you give to the State Missions Offering, you are supporting vital ministry and missions happening right here in Oklahoma; this helps reach many lost people for Christ with the gospel.
These vital missions and ministries include Disaster Relief, reaching displaced refugees with the hope of Christ, coming alongside churches in need of revitalization, and reaching unreached people groups in our state like the Deaf population.
Today I want to ask if you would join me in giving toward the Edna McMillan Oklahoma State Missions Offering. It will take gifts of all sizes, and all of us coming together to reach our statewide goal of $1.2 million.
Please join me in praying for this important Oklahoma Baptists offering, and take time to visit our website www.oklahomabaptists.org/smo to view videos and see how your church can pray, promote, and participate in this offering.
I’m grateful to the Lord for each one of you, as we advance the gospel together.
Serving Jesus with you,
Dr. Todd Fisher
Executive Director-Treasurer Oklahoma Baptists
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Give to the State Missions Offering through your local church and support the effort to advance the Gospel in Oklahoma.
Brokenness is an opportunity for Gospel advance. Pray for the brokenness in your community. Ask the Lord what role you can have in reaching others for Jesus.
While every church cannot meet every need, every church can meet a need. Through the offering, God has an open door for us to enter, shoulder to shoulder, to advance the Gospel. Set a goal to give as we embrace brokenness in our state.
Together, we can increase awareness of opportunities to advance the Gospel. A powerful way to communicate the work Oklahoma Baptists are doing around our state is by sharing mission videos during church gatherings and on social media.
100% of your gift advances the Gospel in Oklahoma. Give to the Edna McMillan State Missions Offering through your church.
About the Edna McMillan State Missions Offering
The State Missions Offering is named for one of its earliest advocates and mission pioneers, Edna McMillan. After graduating with honors from the Huntsville Female College in Alabama in 1890, Edna married a young Baptist man, George McMillan. She respected his quest for Godly character and was inspired when she first met him during a church service where he pledged a generous amount to a special missions offering.
Both of the McMillans became faithful stewards of their time and their resources. George served in church and worked in the oil business. They settled in Muskogee in 1902 and later spent most of their lives in Bristow. Edna held numerous roles in the church and worked diligently and tirelessly for Oklahoma Woman’s Missionary Union. She held many positions in WMU and served as state WMU president for 11 years from 1927 to 1938.
Edna was an effective communicator and consistently challenged Oklahoma Baptists to give generously to state missions. In 1932, she said, “A rich man is one who has enough for himself and enough left over to help others. Though he be possessed of millions, a man is poor, who has only enough for himself.”
The state WMU Board in 1939 met in Muskogee where Edna was surprised to hear the recommendation and later unanimous vote to name the State Mission Offering in her honor. Through her many travels and days away from home to champion mission cause, Edna never accepted a penny for her expenses.
Children have great opportunities in their own neighborhoods and schools to love others and share the Good News of Jesus. The Missions Education Activity Sheets provide engaging activities to open young eyes to missions in their own backyards!
– Edna McMillan
The following videos feature some of the ministries funded by the Oklahoma State Missions Offering. Please feel free to share these videos on your church website and social media accounts.
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