As the time came this year when most Southern Baptist Churches promote Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, I decided to share with the congregation the shortfalls the IMB has endured over the past 12 months with funding to send out Southern Baptist international missionaries.
I did go into some detail about why there is a shortage, but I stressed that there has never been a more important time than now to support our missionaries by giving through the Lottie Moon offering, since the entirety of this offering goes to the International Mission Board.
Additionally, since the time has never been greater and the need financially it tremendous (we have Southern Baptist Missionaries approved and ready to go but not enough money to send them), we ought to set as our goal the highest contribution we have ever given in our church history.
So we did some research to find out what the highest Lottie Moon Offering was in our short history as a local church and found the previous high to be $8,663. So this year’s goal was set to exceed this amount.
I am so happy to report that as of this past Sunday, we have collected $8,894.49. Considering the financial downturn this past year has been for many, I truly am awed by God’s movement in our congregation to accomplish this goal, but also proud to be apart of this family even more here at Westwood.