About a month ago now I
attended an International Mission Board (IMB) appointment service at Calvary
Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. During this service IMB trustees appointed 57
new missionaries who will serve among people groups with no or little access to
I can’t describe the
wonderful movement of the Holy Spirit or how I was overwhelmed with emotion
during this appointment service when I saw those individuals who are giving all
they possess to Jesus standing before a large audience and committing
themselves to doing whatever it takes, whatever it costs, to get the gospel to
people who desperately need to hear it.
When SBC missionaries answer
God’s call on their life to go and serve on the international field they are
answering a call to leave family and friends behind, to uproot their children,
to move to a foreign place where they may not know the language and, sometimes,
to put their very life in jeopardy for the cause of Christ.
Did you know the IMB reports
there are 6,426 unreached people groups with little or no access to the gospel?
The global snapshot is
really quite overwhelming. Consider for a moment that 22 percent of the world’s
population is Muslim – that equals 1.5 billion people. The Christian witness
among cities in China is less than one percent. In India, 311 people groups
have no known evangelical believers.
While the global picture of
lostness is overwhelming, we cannot give up. We must continue going and telling
the story of how Jesus Christ came to the world to save sinners and to give
them everlasting life.
We must continue to do this
because our Lord has commanded us to do so, and because of that we can be
confident that He will work in and through His people to accomplish His
The Lottie Moon Christmas
Offering is one way you can participate in carrying out the Great Commission
throughout the world. The theme for this year’s offering is “Are we there yet?”
As you can see from the statistics we are certainly not there yet; we need
churches from across this state to join with churches from across the country
to sacrificially give to this offering and to commit to serving in
international missions. The goal is $175 million.
The IMB web site, www.imb.org/offering,
includes many helpful resources for your church as you seek to promote the
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. You can download videos, print materials and
learn more about connecting with unreached people groups.
Ask God how He would have
you participate in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year. Will you pray
and give unselfishly so that many can hear the gospel?
and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;
that thy way may be known
upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O
God; let all the people praise thee.” Psalm 67:1-3