Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4930 Old Lohman Rd., Jefferson City, Missouri, 65109

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Church Goal for Lottie Moon Christmas Offering - $4,700; UPDATED - GOAL SURPASSED!

CHURCH GOAL: $4,700
GIVEN TO DATE: $4,800+

With the Christmas Season in our church comes the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Jesus came to give His life for us, but not only for us - for the whole world. Since that is true, it is imperative that we take the love of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!

As a Southern Baptist Church, we choose to be a part of a worldwide missions effort that reaches to all the places of lostness on this earth. The Lottie Moon Offering funds nearly half of what it takes for us to send and keep over 5,000 missionaries across the world. The offering is named after a woman - Lottie Moon - who was a Southern Baptist missionary to China from 1873-1912.

Lottie Moon epitomizes the meaning of sacrifice. She only came back to America twice during her nearly 40 years on the mission field. When she returned from her second furlough in 1904, she found the Chinese people suffering mass starvation. Her love for the people led her to sacrifice herself to meet their physical need for food, even as Jesus gave Himself to save them from sin:
When Moon returned from her second furlough in 1904, she was deeply struck by the suffering of the people who were literally starving to death all around her. She pleaded for more money and more resources, but the mission board was heavily in debt and could send nothing. Mission salaries were voluntarily cut. Unknown to her fellow missionaries, Moon shared her personal finances and food with anyone in need around her, severely affecting both her physical and mental health. In 1912, she only weighed 50 pounds. Alarmed, fellow missionaries arranged for her to be sent back home to the United States with a missionary companion. However, Moon died en route, at the age of 72, on December 24, 1912, in the harbor of Kobe, Japan. Her body was cremated and the remains returned to her family in Crewe, Virginia for burial.
That's why the offering is named for Lottie Moon. When we think of how God has blessed us and loved us, and when we think of missionaries like Lottie Moon who need our support to do the work God has called them to do, how can we not sacrifice to be a part of the real reason for the Christmas Season?

I know it has been as hard year economically in our country. But the need of sharing Jesus with the world has not diminished at all. Our church goal is $4,700 this year. Please consider prayerfully what God would have you sacrifice for Him this year so others can hear of His amazing love and grace.