Southern Baptists, Lottie Moon, and Christmas

A lot has become about “Giving Tuesday,” and in this season of excess, this is a good thing. That certainly is better than “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.” Actually, for us as Southern Baptists, Christmas has always been a season of giving.

For Southern Baptists, Christmas season and missions are inextricably linked by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. In short, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is the major funding source for our overseas missions effort as Southern Baptists.

Lottie Moon, the missionary to China of the 1880s summed up best our reason for giving to missions at Christmas:

“Is not the festive season when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth?”

As we enter the month of December, we will join with other Southern Baptists in a season of giving specific for international missions.

Please join me in giving to this year’s offering.

As you think about giving, let me suggest to you some specific ways that your gift helps.

In 2015, the last year that we have reporting numbers, through the International Mission Board…

  • 1.9 million people heard the Gospel
  • 175,290 became new believers
  • 15,058 pastors were trained
  • 6,138 new churches were started internationally

There are 3,596 missionaries depending upon our giving.

Since 1845 The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention has had one goal: “Take the gospel of Jesus to the lost people of the world.”

Be a part this year of this incredible endeavor.