Our Lottie Moon story
    February 9 2016 by BR staff

    The Biblical Recorder is sharing some of the stories about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) from churches across the state. The money raised goes to support the International Mission Board (IMB) and its missionaries around the globe.
     

    Northside Baptist Church, Burlington

    Pastor Dale Steele said, “We are a small church of missions-minded people, many are my age or beyond. I am 82. The church averages 35 in attendance on Sunday morning.” Northside’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in the past seven years hovered around $2,000 each year. This year the congregation agreed to match the total amount of the LMCO from the church’s savings account.
     
    Keeping a goal of $2,000 the church members gave $4,000 on the first Sunday of the offering. “We finished with $5,795 which we matched with another $5,795 and sent an offering of $11,590,” Steele said. “The Lord both challenges and rewards graciously all who trust Him, love Him and love the challenge of missions, ‘to pray, to go, and to give.’ Thank you for allowing us to thank God for His grace and love.”

     
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    Temple Baptist Church, Fayetteville

    Temple’s 2014 LMCO goal was $15,000. In 2015 the church increased the goal to $20,000. Pastor Kelly Bullard said although Temple gathers the offering during December, they also budget a percentage of the year’s receipts for the international missions offering. The December LMCO offering was $21,757.34, surpassing the goal. They added $14,613.68 from the percentage of regular offering receipts throughout the year. The total amount Temple sent to IMB for the LMCO is $36,371.02.
     
    Bullard said in July the church commissioned one of their own families to serve in Bulgaria through IMB. That was a major factor in the increased offering, he said. “The Lord really used this family to put a face to missions for our church. Temple has always been a giving church, but when you become a sending church it really changes the church’s perspective on missions and giving.”
     
    One Sunday in December the church arranged a live Skype call with the couple in their new field assignment. Bullard added, “As their sending church we desire to support their ministry in every way possible, and we believe the best way we can do that is through our prayers and by giving sacrificially to the LMCO. It really makes a difference when you have a personal connection to a missionary family.”
     

    Dublin First Baptist Church and The Lake Church, White Lake

    The mission strategy at Dublin FBC and the second campus at the Lake Church is “Here, There and Everywhere,” based on Acts 1:8. Although the church has been strongly involved in mission work in New York and Moldova, the Lottie Moon offering has not increased, “For the past decade we hovered around the $5,000 per year mark in LMCO gifts,” said pastor Cameron McGill. “However, this year God moved in a great way upon the hearts of our people.”
     
    It began when they partnered with Temple Baptist in Fayetteville to commission the Williams* family as IMB missionaries to Bulgaria.
     
    “This commissioning service was a powerful time of reflection and a turning point in the life of our church,” McGill said.
     
    “Sheila Williams* said to our congregation, ‘We are going. ... But how long we will stay is up to God and the faithfulness of God’s people.’ We committed that Sunday morning to get serious this year about the Lottie Moon offering and international missions.”
     
    The connection to the Williams family coupled with the “heartbreaking stories of so many of our missionaries coming home prematurely,” led the people at both campuses to dig deep and give sacrificially. The churches gave more in 2015 than the last seven years combined. The total of their offering is $34,685. *Name changed
     

    First Baptist Church, Cary

    Jay Huddleston, pastor of First Baptist in Cary, reported this year’s total LMCO gifts are $154,246, an increase of almost $50,000 above the 2014 total gifts of $105.882.47. He said the church has always been a strong missions-giving church.
     
    “We communicated to the church the IMB shortage which was reported in September and the immediate impact this would have on our missionary personnel of losing 700+ missionaries,” Huddleston said.
     
    “Our people sacrificed and reached much deeper this year in an attempt to make up the difference. I believe the feeling throughout the congregation was that if everyone in all of our Southern Baptist churches will sacrifice and cooperate together, then we can make up the difference.”

    2/9/2016 11:59:20 AM by BR staff | with 1 comments
    Filed under: Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, missions, N.C. churches




Comments
Carl Goodman
We experience the same this year. Our goal has increased each year but this year we met our goal of $10,000 in the first two weeks. Our total was over $13,000 dollars -- the most given in the 170 year history of our church. Praise the Lord on this good news from other churches. I cannot wait to see the final total for national giving and hear that many of our missionaries will continue on the field.
2/11/2016 6:36:10 PM

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