If you are Southern Baptist, then Lottie Moon is a name you should know. She may have been small in stature, just over four feet tall, but she left a huge legacy. Lottie served as a international missionary for 39 years in China in the late 1800s. During that time, she became a champion for missions support. What started as her initiative of encouraging women back at home to raise annual support funds for overseas work has turned into the biggest annual missions offering in the world.
Each year Southern Baptists remember Lottie and their commitment to the nations by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). In 1888, the first offering collected was $3,315. Since that time, the annual LMCO has become the major source of funding for overseas Southern Baptist missions. Every cent of the monies collected go directly to support missionaries overseas as they engage in planting churches, discipling national believers, giving out Bibles in indigenous languages, ministering to the needy and many other gospel-centered tasks. None of the money is used to pay for operating costs or administrative expenses. To date, over $3 billion has been given since the offering’s inception.
Southeastern dedicates the last two chapels each Fall semester to highlight the LMCO and give an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to give. We do this as a sign of solidarity with all Southern Baptists during this time of year, as a sign of our support for our Southern Baptist entities like the IMB, and as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to the nations. Our hope is that men, women and children would have the opportunity to hear the life changing message of the gospel in their own language no matter where they may be found. As a Great Commission Seminary, Southeastern is honored to support the LMCO.
Stay tuned to the blog over the next week to see testimonies from field missionaries about the impact of the LMCO.
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Courtlandt Perkins is a Masters of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Courtlandt and his wife live in North Carolina where he also serves with Kingdom Diversity at Southeastern. He is passionate about making disciples and has aspirations to pastor full time in the future.