Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
    December 5 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    In 1873, Charlotte Digges Moon (we know her as Lottie) was appointed a missionary to China. She devoted the next 39 years of her life to serving in China and to sharing the gospel. Lottie Moon grew to care deeply for the Chinese people. She often deprived herself so that she had more to give others. Lottie died on Christmas Eve in 1912, on a ship headed back to the United States.
     
    The Christmas offering that Southern Baptists support each year is named after Lottie Moon. Her life of love and sacrifice paved the way for so many other missionaries. The offering theme this year is: “His heart, His hands, His voice – I am Southern Baptist missions.” The offering goal this year is $175 million. I pray that you will give sacrificially to this offering, and by doing so give a gift that will make a difference for all eternity.
     
    The International Mission Board has available on its website, imb.org, many helpful promotional resources for your church. On this website you will find videos, photos, and prayer resources. I also hope you will take some time to read the stories of all the many different ways your offering dollars are making a difference.
     
    North Carolina Baptists, God has called each of us to be about His purposes, and our God wants people to hear the gospel and to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Scripture commands all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior to tell others about Him – and to do so locally as well as globally.
     
    Yet, I want to remind us that serving God and sharing our faith is also a tremendous privilege. God has chosen His people, His church, to take His message to the nations of the world.
     
     In cooperation with the SBC International Mission Board, our Convention Board of Directors recently approved a recommendation that calls for this state convention to serve as a catalyst for the engagement of 250 unengaged, unreached people groups over the next 10 years by North Carolina Baptist churches. We are praying for God to do great and mighty things among the unreached people of the world.
     
    Please pray about how you can support this special missions offering – both with your giving and with your prayers. Pray that God will burden our hearts like never before for a world that desperately needs the hope of Jesus Christ. As Southern Baptists our churches have been challenged to give more money to help reach the 1.7 billion people in this world who have little or no access to the gospel. If this is your desire, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering provides an excellent opportunity for your church to give more to help reach the nations with the gospel.
     
    “... The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2
    12/5/2011 1:56:29 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments




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