Lottie Moon

 

Are we there yet?
More than 6,400 unreached people groups would say no. But there is promising news – for the first time in history, researchers can identify the people groups that remain untouched by the Gospel. What does this mean? We could conceivably reach the rest of the world in our lifetime! Yet, because offering receipts are down, Southern Baptists haven’t been able to send as many people as God’s calling out. Let’s start to reverse that trend! This year, let’s give as much as we can to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® so more workers can carry a witness to those waiting to hear. 

What can our church do that all might know Him?
The anticipated and beautiful vision of all peoples knowing and praising God comes closer to being realized as Christians seek unreached people groups to tell them the story of Jesus. Are we there yet? Not yet. But now that we know who the remaining unreached people groups are and where they live, we can get there in our generation. It will be costly, however. What can our church do? We can own the Great Commission as never before. We can pray. We can serve. And we give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® so those called to invest their lives sharing the Gospel can go. 

Your giving matters!
Think your gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® won’t make a difference? Every penny given to Lottie Moon is used to help support more than 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries serving overseas. Last year, those missionaries reported 506,019 baptisms and 24,650 new churches. The lost are believing because you give! 

Give so they can share
Southern Baptist missionaries can’t carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth without our support. How much will you give to reach the remaining lost? Think about what you are spending on Christmas gifts. Then consider giving your biggest gift to God – through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®. The 2010 goal is $175 million. Our church’s goal is ____. 

Fast facts about lostness
Now is the time to take a fresh look at the challenges ahead and be ready to finish the task of reaching all peoples. Here’s a global snapshot of the work ahead of us: 

• 4,743 people groups not engaged at all with the Gospel
• 6,426 unreached people groups (those with less than 2 percent of people who profess to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ)
• 1.7 billion with little or no access to the Gospel
• 1.5 billion Muslims – 22 percent of the world’s population
• 950 million Hindus in the world 

There is much work to be done. With 45,560 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, the task is doable, but it will take all of us, starting with our own church! 

Who is Lottie Moon?
Born into privilege on a Virginia plantation, Charlotte Digges Moon was a smart, forceful woman who could have achieved most any goal. But God’s call focused Lottie’s life on sharing Christ’s love with China’s lost masses. For 37 years she endured hardship and danger in a land oppressed by famine, disease and war. In the end, she loved the Chinese people more than life itself, giving her own food to starving neighbors – eventually dying of starvation herself. 

Why is Southern Baptists’ international missions offering named for this early missionary? Throughout her career, Lottie wrote numerous letters home urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. One of those letters, excerpted below, triggered Southern Baptists’ first offering for international missions in 1888 – enough to send three more missionaries to China. 

“How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.” 

Lottie Moon, Tengchow, China, Sept. 15, 1887 

(Want to learn more about Lottie and read more of her letters? Go to imb.org/Lottie) 

Missionaries serve ‘the forgotten people’
“We are the tips of the fingers for the Southern Baptists in America that are reaching out all over the globe to take the message of Jesus Christ to the people,” says missionary Alan Dial, who serves with his wife Babs among the Basotho of Lesotho. Many Basotho are infected with HIV and AIDS. “Without your help and without your giving [to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®], we wouldn’t be here.” Join us this (Sunday, Wednesday, etc.) for a powerful testimony of the work the Dials and their stateside partners are doing among a people group the world has forgotten. 

‘I am not afraid!’
Ever wonder if your giving really changes lives for Christ? This (Sunday, Wednesday, etc.) join us to learn about the Kabyle Berbers of North Africa who, even as they are persecuted, grow stronger in their faith and bolder in their witness! 

How much, on average, does it cost to support a missionary?
• $43,845.86 a year
• $3,653.82 a month
• $843.19 a week
• $120.13 a day
• $5.01 an hour
• $.08 a minute
(Reported April 2010. Support includes housing, food, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement and more.)

Week of Prayer

May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You (Psalm 67:3, NIV). 

It’s a beautiful vision: People who speak Kirmanjki and Kabyle, Thai and Tatar, and use sign language in Czech—all knowing and praising God. It’s a vision that comes closer to being realized every year as Christians seek unreached people groups to tell them the story of Jesus. 

Nov. 28-Dec. 5 our church will join thousands of Southern Baptist churches to celebrate how God has responded to the faithfulness of His people. We will also pray for our missionaries as they partner with national Christians to take the Gospel to the remaining unreached. Look for your Week of Prayer guide in your (church bulletin, pew rack, etc.). 

Lottie Moon celebration
Our church members’ dollars in the offering plate translate to souls saved for the kingdom of heaven. It’s the biggest reason to celebrate the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®. Join us on (date) at (time) as we celebrate our offering with a (dinner, festival etc.). We’ll have (video, drama, music, testimonies, etc.) as we witness God’s hand at work around the world.

As you give, more can hear

We know who the last unreached people groups are and where they live. We can reach them in our lifetime! 

But it’s going to cost. 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
National Goal: $175 million

 
100 percent of the offering goes to support missionaries and their work 

 

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