About the offering
Thank you Southern Baptists! You gave $149.3 million to the 2012 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. It surpassed the previous year’s offering of $146.8 million by more than $2.4 million and marked the third-highest amount given in the offering’s 124-year history. Read more about the 2012 offering.
In 2013 Southern Baptists celebrate 125 years of annual giving to support international missionaries. More than 3.5 billion has been given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, whose namesake inspired the first collection of gifts in 1888 so the world might know Christ. Then, as now, every penny you give to Lottie Moon supports missionaries as they share the Gospel overseas.
Learn more about how your church funds Southern Baptist missions.
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Why should we give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
“May I have a heart that refuses to give to the Lord a sacrifice that costs me nothing,” said a missionary among Central Asian peoples.
No less than all our heart, soul and mind is what’s required of us as believers. Missionaries commit their lives. Will we support them with our dollars? The world’s population is now 7 billion, and more than half live among people groups still considered unreached, some having absolutely no Gospel sharing going on.
So no longer can this be your average give-a-few-bucks-on-Sunday-morning, pray-every-now-and-then kind of challenge. This is giving your everything, all you have — so that people can know the love of Jesus. That’s what being totally His requires: pouring ourselves out completely to be His heart, hands and voice — individually, as a church, as Southern Baptists working cooperatively to reach all the nations.
Remember, every penny given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes directly to support missionaries and their ministries.
It’s an investment with eternal impact!
What happens because you give?
Southern Baptist churches partner with their associations, state conventions and the SBC to do more through the Cooperative Program than they could ever do alone. It provides of IMB’s total income.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering provides the largest portion of IMB’s income — — and gives Southern Baptists a chance to support their missionaries through 100 percent of their gifts.
Hunger and relief funds, field-generated funds, investment returns and other income constitute the remaining of IMB’s income.
Find a funding chart plus your own state’s Cooperative Giving chart.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
Southern Baptist churches collect the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the sole purpose of supporting international missions. Every penny of the offering goes to the International Mission Board’s overseas budget, thus supporting our missionaries and their work.
What is the goal for this year’s offering?
The goal for the 2013 offering is $175 million.
What is the 2013 theme?
The 2013 theme is "Totally His … heart, hands, voice,” based on Matthew 22:36-39. Totally committed to God, first to love Him, then love others. No less than all of our heart, soul and mind is what’s required of us as believers in Christ. All believers, all of the church, all Southern Baptists — totally His.
What planning materials are available to help church leaders prepare for the offering?
WMU provides Lottie Moon Christmas Offering posters and envelopes plus Week of Prayer brochures to churches by Nov. 1. Contact your state WMU office to check on your supply.
IMB has sent churches a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering media kit including:
• Planning guides for pastors and missions leaders offering suggestions for using video on the enclosed DVD, plus more video on the Web. Both provide fast facts, funding information and Web links to stories that illustrate what happens when Southern Baptists give.
• A handy inspirational card leading students to imbstudents.org/all for resources calling them to be “all … or nothing.”
• Leader guides for children offering Web resources and kid-sized stories for these specific audiences, plus an enclosed DVD with video.
Can I find dollar examples of how the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is used to support missionaries?
Yes. Check out Lottie Moon @ Work for resources to help pastors and missions leaders promote the offering. The stories give specific costs associated with missionaries sharing the Gospel – expenses that your church members help provide when they give to the offering. Each story package includes viewable and downloadable videos and photos.
What materials can I order for my congregation?
FREE resources for your church to promote the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering include:
• The 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Media Kit with DVD
• CommissionStories tabloid, winter edition (coming this fall)
Visit our online catalog as these and more Lottie Moon offering materials become available.
Week of Prayer questions
What and when is the Week of Prayer?
The Week of Prayer, Dec. 1-8, encourages churches to pray daily for the international missions work and missionaries the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering supports.
Who is featured during the Week of Prayer?
During 2013 Week of Prayer, your church will discover what it means to be totally His — and totally His heart, hands and voice. During Dec. 1-8, learn about missionaries who connect churches to people groups and churches serving as God’s hands to reach them, workers reflecting His heart in dangerous or lonely places and believers crossing oceans to be His voice.
How do churches obtain Week of Prayer resources?
Your Woman’s Missionary Union state office distributes free Week of Prayer guides and posters. Churches should receive their quantities by Nov. 1. Besides English, the prayer guide and poster also are printed in Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.