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Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
December 16, 2013

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
December 16, 2013

For five years a Baptist church in Arkansas prayed that the Bedia people of South Asia would come to know Jesus Christ. Among this people group of more than 100,000 there were no known believers.

The congregation prayed, sent teams and trusted in the power of the gospel. After five years, the first Bedia believer came to faith in Christ and was baptized.

When a Baptist church in southern California decided to embrace an unreached, unengaged people group they didn’t have to go more than 20 miles down the road.

The church began engaging a people group in southern Mexico and soon learned that in a town near their church lived about 700 people from the same people group who had migrated from Mexico to work in the Central Valley.

These stories and many more are featured in the Week of Prayer materials for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO).

Through this offering the International Mission Board (IMB) is able to support about 4,800 missionaries. In 2011, IMB missionaries gave 1.4 million gospel presentations, helped plant more than 24,000 churches and baptized 266,000 new believers.

Missionaries also engaged 133 new people groups with the gospel.

Unreached, unengaged people groups (UUPGs) are people groups without continual access to the gospel through any evangelical church planting efforts, and with a population that is less than two percent evangelical.

This special offering also helps IMB missionaries share the gospel through evangelism and discipleship training, medical outreach and meeting physical needs.

Since 1918, when the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) named the annual Christmas offering for international missions after Lottie Moon, Southern Baptists have given more than $3.5 billion through the LMCO.

This year’s offering goal is $175 million and the theme is “Totally His … heart, hands, voice,” based on Matthew 22:36-39. Free resources, such as videos, posters and bulletin inserts, are available at www.imb.org. On this website you will also find a free prayer guide, and I encourage you to pray for the missionaries and the various people groups highlighted in this guide.

Last year Southern Baptists gave $149.3 million to the LMCO, marking the third-highest amount given in the history of the offering. Thank you, North Carolina Baptists, for giving sacrificially. You led the Southern Baptist Convention in your support for the LMCO in 2012. The churches of this state convention led all state conventions in gifts to this special offering.

With nearly 3,400 UUPGs still waiting for someone to come and tell them about Jesus we must increase our missions giving, and we must continue going wherever God calls us in order that more people will have an opportunity to hear about our Savior’s love.

I pray that as we enter this Christmas season we will each commit to giving sacrificially to the LMCO.

When you give you are investing in our Lord’s Kingdom and making an eternal impact.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matthew 22:37

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
December 03, 2012

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
December 03, 2012

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

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
December 05, 2011

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Please support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
December 05, 2011
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