Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
    December 3 2012 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    In 2009, I was privileged to preach and promote the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, Va., where Lottie was baptized as a young girl. Lottie was small in stature (4 feet, 3 inches), but powerful in her witness for Christ because she spent time in prayer. She devoted her life to caring for the Chinese people and telling them about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
     
    On Dec. 24, 1912, 72-year-old Charlotte Digges Moon boarded a ship from China that was bound for the United States. She was desperately in need of medical care. Lottie Moon, as we know her today, died aboard that ship after serving 39 years as a missionary. 
     
    This year marks 100 years since the death of Lottie Moon, and I cannot help but reflect on the legacy of this remarkable, godly woman. She was willing to live far away from family and friends in order to serve God. She cared little about material possessions and often gave her food to the poor.
     
    In 1918, the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) named the annual Christmas offering for international missions after Lottie Moon, who encouraged WMU to begin an offering to support missionaries. Since that time, Southern Baptists have given more than $3 billion through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. 
     
    The International Mission Board (IMB) is able to support about 4,900 missionaries through this offering. In 2010, IMB missionaries helped plant more than 28,000 churches, baptized 330,823 new believers and led 442,385 people to Christ.
     
    IMB missionaries serve in many different areas throughout the world, including areas where there are few, if any, believers. About 3,400 people groups are still unreached and unengaged with the gospel. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering helps our missionaries take the gospel to people who have never heard the name Jesus. This year’s offering goal is $175 million and the theme is “Be His heart, His hands, His voice.” Free resources, such as videos, posters and bulletin inserts, are available at imb.org. On this website you will also find a free prayer guide. I encourage you to pray for the missionaries and the various people groups highlighted in this guide.
     
    As followers of Jesus Christ we are commanded to take the gospel into all the nations. Our lives should reflect the glory of the Savior who lives within us. We are called to be God’s heart by loving others and showing them compassion and grace. We are called to be God’s hands as we care for people. We are the voice of our Savior as we tell others about His steadfast, amazing love and mercy.
     
    I pray that as we enter this Christmas season we will give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. When you give, you are investing in our Lord’s Kingdom and making a difference for eternity.
     
    “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:25
    12/3/2012 3:48:30 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments




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