If you are a Southern Baptist, then you are familiar with the International Missions Board– the organization that takes care of and facilitates our missionaries’ efforts all over the world. During the month of December Southern Baptist Churches give towards the Lottie Moon Christmas offering ( which provides the major support of those IMB missionaries.)

Who is Lottie Moon?

Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon (December 12, 1840 – December 24, 1912) was a Southern Baptist missionary to China with the Foreign Mission Board who spent nearly forty years (1873–1912) living and working in China. As a teacher and evangelist she laid a foundation for traditionally solid support for missions among Baptists in America.(LM, Wikipedia)

   Having been a Southern Baptist all my life, I know the importance of giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. And obviously, when my son joined the ranks of this missionary organization, I got up close and personal with how my donations to the December offering affected our missionaries personally. From the vehicle they drive, the house they live in, the salary they are paid, the provision for my daughter in law when she gave birth to my grandson, to being able to arrange the complicated logistics for a pilot to fly into the remote area where my son and his family live to take the antibiotic my grandson desperately needed, my perspective on the importance of my giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering now finds its origin deep within my heart. 

   I pray Southern Baptist individuals, especially, but all who read this blog, will take to heart this mother’s plea to support the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. With all the sacrifices my son and his family (as well as their families in the States) have had to make in order for them to take Jesus to the nations, my heart is encouraged and comforted because I know from experience that because you give my son and his family will be provide for as they join with other IMB missionaries in making this sacred effort to share the gospel message.

And that’s worth every effort!