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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions

December is the month Southern Baptists observe a Week of Prayer for international missions and participate in giving to a seasonal missions offering. The International Mission Board (IMB) relies on gifts to this offering to fund 50% of its mission budget for efforts around the world. Gifts are allocated for missionary salaries, special projects such as water wells for villages, radio broadcasts, language materials, pastoral training, and work with children and students.

Free materials are available to help your church promote the offering. Go online to www.imbconnecting.com  for testimonies, videos, and ideas for presenting mission information.  Bulletin inserts, posters, and offering envelopes are available through the Indiana State WMU office.

Here’s How You Can Do It!

Lottie’s Latte Shop

The youth of a nearby church sponsor an annual Lottie’s Latte Shop to raise funds for the Lottie Moon Offering. Sugar cookies (a favorite of Lottie, missionary to China in the 1880s) and lattes are given to church members for offering donations. What a great idea!

Other churches sponsor a Post Office for members giving each other Christmas cards. Youth work the project and the money that would be spent on postage goes to the mission offering. Another great idea!

Some churches provide a Christmas tree and add ornaments as a gifts are given to reach their goal. Wreaths can be displayed and ribbon bows attached to show how much money has been given. Some churches display a world map and mount fabric or color in continents as portions of the goal are given.

Here's How They Did It

Walnut Ridge Baptist Church emphasized international missions in December by participating in giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. They set a goal of $300.00 and members gave $352.86. Pastor Don Hinton and Alene Fisher spearheaded the Christmas emphasis, and Linda Clark brought a missions presentation. Information can touch our hearts, and when hearts are touched, we are motivated to become part of a worthwhile annual emphasis on the work over 5,000 international missionaries do around the world. Congratulations Walnut Ridge for reaching your goal!