The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
Every year around Christmas, Southern Baptist Churches, like Rocky Creek, take time to focus on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. In the 1800’s, a missionary named Lottie Moon (her real name was Charlotte Digges Moon) wrote letters from China to churches in the US pleading to send funds for more missionaries. Lottie died from malnutrition because she gave away her food to the starving people around her in China. She died on a ship returning from China on Christmas Eve. In 1918 Southern Baptist decided to use her name to help promote an annual offering to fund International Missions. An important fact about the LMCO is that 100% of the money given will be spent overseas to help carry the Gospel to a lost world.
To find out more about the history of the person Lottie Moon, CLICK HERE and it will take you to an International Mission Board website about her life.
The national goal for the 2018 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $160 Million. In the past 6 years, Rocky Creek has sent nearly $225,000 to the LMCO; over $100,000 in the past 2 years alone. All of those funds have gone to help support International Mission work all around the globe. To see some ways your LMCO gift may be used, CLICK HERE. It will take you to the IMB website for giving which lists many special projects.
During the month of December, you will have opportunities to learn about and pray for several different missionaries. You will also be able to learn more about how your LMCO gift can impact lives. On Sunday, December 16, Rocky Creek will be encouraged to bring an offering for Lottie Moon. There will be special LMCO envelopes in the worship center or you can use a regular envelope. Your check should be made out to Rocky Creek but be sure to identify on the memo section “LMCO”, or put it in one of the special LMCO envelopes, like this one on the right.
Begin praying now about how you and your family will be able to participate in the offering to support international missions. Rocky Creek has connections with several missionaries who are partially funded through the Lottie Moon Offering. Also, some of the future work that Pastor Travis has mentioned from his trip to Senegal may be partially funded through the Lottie Moon Offering. God has a plan to reach the un-reached people throughout the world, and we can be a part of that plan through our giving.