Lottie Moon support makes eternal difference

by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC Executive Director-Treasurer

Friday, December 1, 2017

For more than a century, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has served as a vehicle through which Southern Baptists have supported international missions.

I’m proud that North Carolina Baptists have historically ranked at or near the top in support of this special offering year after year. At our Annual Meeting last month in Greensboro, we reported and celebrated the fact that North Carolina led all state conventions in support of the Lottie Moon offering last year, contributing more than $13.6 million to international missions through this special offering. To God be the glory!

I am both grateful and thankful for your continued generosity. Your financial gifts help support more than 4,000 Southern Baptist missionaries who are serving around the world by sharing the gospel, making disciples and planting churches among unreached people groups in hard-to-reach places.

Your prayers and financial support are making an eternal difference. In 2015, which is the most recent year of data reported on by the International Mission Board (IMB), more than 1.9 million people outside of North America heard the gospel, and more than 175,000 of them trusted Christ as Savior. Additionally, more than 15,000 individuals were trained as pastors, and more than 6,100 new churches were started.

Despite these positive numbers, we still have much work to do in order to get the gospel to every tribe, tongue, people and nation. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, remember that there are millions of people around the world who have not even heard His name. That’s why I urge you once again to pray and support this year’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

The national goal for this year’s Lottie Moon offering is $160 million, and 100 percent of everything that’s given goes directly to support the missionaries who are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ all around the world. I hope that North Carolina Baptists will rise to the occasion once again this year and be among the top contributors to Lottie Moon.

The International Mission Board has a number of resources and videos available for your church to use in promoting the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. You may find these resources and learn more online by visiting imb.org/lmco. The website also includes several missionary spotlights and daily prayer points for the week of prayer for the Lottie Moon offering, which runs from Sunday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 10.

You can also pray for the missionaries that you and your church support through the Cooperative Program and other means by using the 52 Sundays resource, available for free at ncbaptist.org/52sundays.

The 52 Sundays resource includes PowerPoint slides, bulletin inserts and more that spotlight a different missionary each week of the year. I encourage you to download and use this resource in your church, Sunday School class or small group to pray for a different missionary every week of 2018.

Once again, thank you North Carolina Baptists for your continual prayers, generosity and support of missions and ministries through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the Cooperative Program, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and more. You are making an eternal difference that will only be measured when we get to heaven.

“And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” — Romans 10:15a