IMB kicks off Lottie Moon Focus with week of prayerby Emily Rojas, BSCNC Communications
Since 1888, the Southern Baptist Convention has honored the life of Lottie Moon with a Christmas Offering that bears her name, established to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists.
Moon spent almost 40 years of her life as a missionary in China, making disciples of many there and encouraging others to do the same. Until she died on Christmas Eve in 1912, she encouraged Southern Baptists to make an impact for God’s kingdom by spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Today, the offering continues to grow, enabling more than 3,650 Southern Baptist missionaries to be sent to the nations to make disciples and multiply churches. This year, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering’s (LMCO) national goal is $155 million, and the 2016 offering’s theme is “Resound.”
“All of us, through our praying, our giving, our going — together, we all have a part to play in seeing the gospel spread to the ends of the earth,” said David Platt, president of the International Missions Board (IMB).
Giving to the LMCO is just the start — Southern Baptists can also participate in the LMCO week of prayer and get to know a little more about the missionaries whom their giving supports.
Beginning Dec. 4, the IMB is holding a special week of prayer for featured missionaries serving overseas. This week is a time to pray not only for those who have answered God’s call to serve in the mission field, but also to bring these missionaries’ specific requests before the Lord.
The featured missionaries currently serve in Mozambique, Italy, South America, Ghana, Norway, South Asia, South Africa and Southeast Asia, and their stories are as diverse as the cultures in which they serve. One of the featured missionaries is the daughter of missionaries herself — she’s a high school student who has found her own way to make an impact for God’s kingdom through the art of henna. Another featured missionary family is creating an outreach to a Jewish community in South America. Regardless of the people group they’re serving, each missionary is working to make disciples and meet the specific needs of those whom they serve.
Today, there are still 6.3 billion people on earth who are not Christian, and approximately 1.7 billion people still have no access to the gospel. Those lost people are the reason that missionaries leave their homes and go overseas to share the gospel. As Southern Baptists participate in this week of prayer, they will be taking part in God’s call to make the gospel “resound” to the ends of the earth.
Editor's note: For more information about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, visit www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering.