RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--It’s a new record that’s reaffirming an old commitment. $137,939,677.59 -- that’s what Southern Baptists gave to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions in 2005, making it the single most successful year in the offering’s history.
The $137.9 million marks a 3.03 percent increase over 2004’s $133.9 million Lottie Moon offering, not to mention a 1.28 percent gain over the old record set in 2003 -– $136.2 million. More than 5,100 International Mission Board missionaries depend on the annual offering, of which every penny is used to support their work sharing the Gospel around the world.
“This historic level of giving will enable us to send an increasing number of God-called missionary candidates moving toward appointment,” IMB President Jerry Rankin said.
|IMB missionary Cherry Faile treats a woman suffering from a high heart rate in a village south of Niamey, Niger. Faile is a medical nurse serving West Africa’s Fulani people; she is able to devote all of her time to ministry because the Lottie Moon offering helps provide 100 percent of her financial support.Photo courtesy of IMB|
“It will enable us to push forward in fulfilling the vision of bringing all peoples to saving faith in Jesus Christ. At a time of economic uncertainty, and a year in which massive amounts of funding have been directed toward hurricane relief and recovery, it is gratifying to see God prove His faithfulness through Southern Baptists.”
Clyde Meador, IMB executive vice president, echoed Rankin’s sentiments and acknowledged the critical role of the Woman’s Missionary Union in the offering’s success. Read More