Some Southern Baptist churches are confused about where their Christmas offering funds should go this year. Because the 1997 International Mission Study focused on hunger relief, some have asked if monies being collected now should go to hunger funds rather than to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions. The answer is no. The International Mission Board depends on money collected during the Christmas season to fund and undergird its entire missions program. Only through gifts for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions and regular Cooperative Program support can IMB missionaries be in place to provide the care expressed through hunger relief programs. Churches should designate missions offerings collected during the Christmas season for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions.
International Mission Board editorial department