Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

One of the many benefits of the Southern Baptist Convention is its Cooperative Program. This program allows churches to work together in providing funds for the mission field. In this program missionaries do not have to return home every year to raise their own funds, but they are permitted to continue doing the work on the mission field un-interupted while the SBC, through the giving of local churches, provides them with the funds they need.

Every year there are also two special offerings taken up. The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. These offerings honor two influential women from history who were highly invovled in missions and raising support for missions. The Annie Armstrong offering is for North American missions and the Lottie Moon for International missions. Each is important.

I am writing today to encourage those of you who are members of SBC churches to be sure and give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. 100% of this offering goes to those on the Mission field. It is used for the support of 5, 122 missionaries, many of whom greatly depend upon this giving. God has called all of us to be concerned about the Great Commission. And we must either go into the world or we must stay behind and, to quote Anderw Fuller, hold the ropes for those who are going. That is we either go or support those going through prayer and giving. The Lottie Moon Christmas offering is one way to do that. Give generously for the glory of God and knowing that it will be used to keep missionaries on the field. It is a real blessing to be a part of such a ministry.


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