RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Living in a hut in West Africa might cost $12 a month. But the monthly rent for an apartment in Moscow can run about $2,000.
Dollar examples of how the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions provides for Southern Baptist missionaries around the world are featured at a new website, Lottie Moon @ Work, at imb.org/lottieatwork.
The website includes 19 stories geared toward adults, students and children and also grouped by world region — from the Australian outback to the coffee plantations of Venezuela, from the glaciers of Iceland to the jungle rivers of the Amazon Basin.
With the Lottie Moon national offering goal set at $170 million, the Lottie Moon @ Work website can help churches support missions through promoting the Christmastime offering as well as using the examples to teach about missions.
“We have been looking for several years for ways to help Southern Baptists know more about how their Lottie Moon dollars are used,” said Clyde Meador, International Mission Board executive vice president. “We also want them to realize what a strategic part they play in sharing the Gospel around the world when they give to the offering.”
Many of the dollar examples on the website range from $1 to $100. Though gifts to the offering cannot be designated to individual missionaries, teams or projects, the website’s examples can help encourage Sunday School classes of all ages, missions groups and congregations to increase their giving goals based on the needs of a missionary or on multiple units of an item that missionaries use on the field.
Downloadable videos, photos and bulletin inserts accompany each story. Extra features include Lottie Moon children’s sermons, plus tips on holding a coffee/prayer fellowship at home, songwriting using Scripture and using sign language.
Churches can register their Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal on the Lottie Moon @ Work site. They also are encouraged to share how they’ve used the site in their planning, promotion and fundraising.
Provided by the Richmond bureau of Baptist Press.