We often ask you to pray for our students and missionaries serving overseas but rarely are we able to update you on their behalf. During this time of the season every year, the terms Lottie Moon and Christmas Offering ring loud in the Baptist churches around the nation. If we’re not careful, we forget the purpose of this offering… Today, we want to share with you evidence of God’s grace through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
SEBTS alumni writes:
Trying to reach students with the gospel on a college campus can prove to be a difficult task as students are constantly on the move and being pulled in so many different directions. This can be especially difficult when the college is in China and the students have little to no background or interest in Christianity.
During the two years I spent in China, I found myself struggling to convey the hope that new life brings in a context where hope was not something easy to come by. But God is always faithfully working in ways that we are completely unaware of.
One thing I did to try to make connections with students on the campus I was serving in was to set up an English corner with the hope of building relationships and sharing the gospel. One day around Halloween, a student asked me whether or not I was afraid of demons. I answered that I wasn’t because I knew that God was bigger than demons. A different student heard this remark and asked me if I was a Christian. When I told him I was, he told said, “So am I! There is a group of us who try to study the Bible together, but we don’t know how. Can you teach us?”
After that, I was able to meet with them for the remainder of my time there and a fellowship began with that group of students and continued to meet after I left.
When people give to Lottie Moon, they are allowing others to go to places where people are oftentimes unaware of who Jesus is and live without a hope for tomorrow or the future. They serve the allusive gods of money or Buddha or success or family or Shiva and continually worship idols.
Giving to the International Mission Board through Lottie Moon enables people to go where God is already working in people’s hearts with the conviction of Romans 10 driving them to asks, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” God is calling people of every tribe, nation, and tongue, and he has commissioned his church to be the mouthpiece of his message of salvation. Lottie Moon enables this message in the places it is needed most.