Focus on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

While some adults in your church may not know who Lottie Moon was or understand what the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) is all about, we can remedy that for the next generation by making sure the children and students of your church take part in the offering this season.

Help kids understand that the offering is named after Southern Baptist missionary Charlotte "Lottie" Moon from Virginia. She served in Northeast China from 1873 until her death in 1912. While in China, Lottie wrote many letters back to the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) and to Baptist women asking for help. This led to Southern Baptists collecting the first Christmas offering for international missions—enough to send 3 new missionaries to China!

In 1918, Annie Armstrong suggested that the annual missions offering be named after Lottie. Today, it is known as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

One hundred percent of the money collected is used to support the International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries overseas. It is used for things like salaries, housing rental, transportation expenses, field training, missionary kid (MK) education, language learning, and evangelism supplies.

The greatest benefit of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to IMB missionaries is that they do not need to raise their own support; it is provided by the LMCO and the Cooperative Program. This saves valuable time, effort, and worry for the missionaries because they can count on a regular salary check each month.

The 2019 LMCO national goal is $165 million. While that is an enormous amount, it isn't enough to do everything that needs to be done. Hopefully, by educating our kids now, we'll continue to have LMCO supporters in the future.


by Rick Boyne


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