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October 9, 2015, 10:10 AM

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering


Church Family,

As many of you know or have read about our International Mission Board (IMB) is bringing home at least 600 missionaries from the field and laying off 200 employees because of budget shortfall. For the past several years the IMB has ended the years in the red and has tapped into its reserve account.  Basically, the IMB is about to run out of money. It breaks my heart to think about this. I believe God has given Dr. David Platt a vision on how to get the IMB finances corrected so we can in the years to come support many more missionaries as Southern Baptist. Remember we are still the largest mission organization in the world.  Please know other mission organizations are struggling as well.

My purpose for this brief letter is to ask you to pray about giving something to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for the next three months. Yes, would you give something extra in October, November and December to help keep our missionaries on the field?  Please know that 100 percent of the offering supports our missionaries. 

Some may ask how much does it cost to send a missionary around the world?  Glad you asked! Here is the answer (based on averages).  The cost per year is $51,400 …per Month $4,283 …Per Week $988 …Per Day $141 a day. This support includes housing, salary, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement and more.

I want to challenge you to consider basing your Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Family Goal on the cost of sending a missionary for a month, a week, or even a day. Yes, that may mean not eating out once or twice during the next three months, so you can support a missionary for a day. 

Our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal is $4,000.  To date our church has sacrificially given $360 towards our goal.  That is awesome but I believe we can exceed our goal if each one of us gives something extra for the next three months.  What are you willing to sacrifice so someone else can go and tell people about Jesus?


All for Jesus,

Bro. James

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