In 1888 Southern Baptist churches were introduced to a new offering for international missions, named after a woman called Lottie Moon. She had tirelessly and selflessly given her life not just to share the Gospel with the people in China, but especially with her relentless appeal to American churches to send and support more missionary workers in China.
“Why should we not…do something that will prove that we are really in earnest in claiming to be followers of Him who, though He was rich, for our sake became poor?”
Lottie Moon, Sept. 15, 1887, Tungchow
Today, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering represents 59 percent of the IMB total annual support. Every penny you give to the offering goes directly to support missionaries overseas. The national goal this year is $160 Million.
The IMB reported in February, 2016 that the cost of supporting a missionary is $58,200 a year (average cost includes housing, salary, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement, and more.) Last year Rocky Creek gave $64,249.76 (a record amount) to Lottie Moon, and over the past 4 years combined, our Rocky Creek family has given over $152,000.
On Sunday, December 10, Rocky Creek will have an opportunity to partner with the International Mission Board in helping to support missionaries. Begin now to pray about what you and your family should give.
To help you pray and prepare, each Wednesday starting November 8 until December 27 there will be a web post that highlights a different missionary or mission opportunity through the IMB. This is normally done as a Week of Prayer, but this year we will take our time and spread it over 2 months to allow our church family to learn about and pray for these different mission opportunities.