State Missions Offering
How can you participate?
Oklahoma Baptists demonstrate an unwavering commitment to advancing the gospel within our state by engaging in cooperative giving to support missions. With a shared vision of spreading the message of hope, Oklahoma Baptists sacrificially join together to provide the necessary resources and support for various mission endeavors.
Dear Oklahoma Baptists,
heard the Good News of Jesus. As International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood recently stated, “The world’s greatest problem is lostness.” The challenge to advance the gospel in our state and world today can seem like an insurmountable task that could leave a lone individual or a single church feeling overwhelmed.
Thankfully, Oklahoma Baptists believe that we can do more for the Kingdom of God together than we can apart. Advancing the gospel
and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) is the major reason Baptists historically agreed to cooperatively work and give together in the first place and is still the major reason why we partner together today.
As His followers, Jesus has given us the command to “go.” We are called to take the gospel across the street and around the world,
bringing the hope and peace that only Jesus can bring (Acts 1:8). Thanks to your generous gifts through the Edna McMillan Oklahoma
State Missions Offering, we are making a gospel impact in key areas, including disaster relief, encouraging multivocational pastors, global missions, and more. The goal for this year’s State Missions Offering is $ 1.2 million. These funds help us address the world’s greatest problem and do so much to fuel mission and ministry in our state.
I want to invite you to join my wife, Jamy, and me in giving to the Oklahoma State Missions Offering. Together, through the cooperative
generosity of our churches, we can reach our State Missions Offering goal and meet the challenges of lostness and brokenness in our state and beyond. Together, we will take the Good News to our neighbors across the street and to people in need around the
world for His glory.
Serving Jesus with You,
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Give to the State Missions Offering through your local church and support the effort to advance the Gospel in Oklahoma.
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.