Lottie Moon support points to ‘a great multitude’

November 27, 2020

One of my goals when I became executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina was to involve more people in missions and evangelism. By God’s grace, I believe that we have been able to see that vision coming to fruition through North Carolina Baptists supporting missions through the Cooperative Program and special offerings and also through increased participation of churches and individuals in practicing evangelism, disciple-making and embracing a variety of mission partnerships and projects both locally and globally.

One of the great ways we can all be a part of helping take the gospel to the ends of the earth is by supporting the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) for international missions.

This annual offering was named for Southern Baptist missionary Lottie Moon in 1918, and it remains a valuable part of Southern Baptists’ efforts to reach the nations with the gospel. All of the gifts received through the LMCO — 100% — go directly to support the work of international missionaries.

This year’s offering theme is “A Great Multitude + You” based on Revelation 7:9 which depicts the future scene in heaven when throngs of saints from every nation, tribe, people and language will gather around God’s throne in worship. The national offering goal is $175 million.

I want to thank you for the way many of you give to support this offering each year. Our North Carolina Baptist churches and individuals have been the leading supporters of the LMCO for several years. Will you join me in praying for the work of our Southern Baptist missionaries? Will you give unto the Lord not until it hurts, but rather until it feels good as you lead and motivate your individual family members to pray for and support this special offering during the Christmas season? Parents and grandparents, teach your children and grandchildren to support missions in this way.

During these challenging times, the world is desperately searching for hope, and we have the answer through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many Southern Baptist missionaries are building relationships and sharing the gospel with people who have never heard the name of Jesus. You can help them reach more lost people through your giving. Give to this offering as a special way to celebrate the coming of the Christ child during this joyous season.

The International Mission Board has developed a number of free resources to help you and your church promote this offering and encourage others to give. These resources, as well as daily prayer points, are available at imb.org/lmco. Nov. 29 to Dec. 6 has been designated as a special week of prayer for the offering.

It’s been estimated that if just 25% of Southern Baptists gave $100 each, we could raise more than $400 million for international missions. Please join me in praying that Southern Baptists will give bountifully this year and pray that many more lost people will understand their need to ask Christ to forgive their sin so they too can receive Him as Savior and Lord.

“After these things I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and the Lamb!'” — Revelation 7:9-10 (NKJV)

by Milton A. Hollifield Jr.  
/  Executive Director-Treasurer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

15 vital things you can give your pastor

October is pastor appreciation month. As a pastor for 25 years, here are some ideas for things your church can give your pastor:Give him a place.Give him a place where he is free to preach the gospel.Give him a place where he is accepted for who he is, not compared to who he...

Why I’m excited about this year’s Pastors’ Conference

The past year has been difficult. The world we live in today looks quite different than it did just 18 months ago. Many things we were accustomed to doing have either disappeared, been restricted, or have changed, for better or worse. One of the biggest changes was the separation...

The local school: A great place for church ministry

For the most part I really enjoyed school. However, there were some aspects of the time that I enjoyed more than others. I enjoyed the learning, the socialization, and of course, the sports. I found most of the assignments manageable with the exception of writing papers. Sitting...

Ready or not, here they come! Evaluating your church with fresh eyes

Is your church ready for guests who may visit your church after first watching online? Are you ready for members who may return after an extended COVID-19 break? What steps can you take to make a great first impression and reintegrate those who want to reengage with your...

Why personal evangelism is a key ingredient for turnaround churches

Many pastors and churches today are struggling. Pastors are discouraged, and some are leaving the ministry altogether. It’s been estimated that more than 80% of churches are plateaued or declining. Yet, some churches are seeing a turnaround. A fresh wind is blowing. These churches...

Looking forward to being on mission together

In late August, a series of organizational changes were unanimously approved by our state convention’s executive committee aimed at advancing all of us forward as a movement of churches on mission together. We’ve been working toward implementing these changes, and I hope that our...

Fostering and adoption: Why forever matters

“Which one is my mommy now?” I never imagined a child asking someone to point out who their mother was. However, the little blonde-haired girl named Ally, who I was holding that day, had already lived with three different families in the span of 15 months since she and her sister...

10 principles for leading in church revitalization

Many churches in our world today are in deep need of revitalization. In order to lead your church in revitalization, there are some basic principles you must follow. Here are 10 principles for a revitalizer: Be humble. You must swallow your pride, humble yourself and love even...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!