100 years after Lottie Moon’s death, IMB missionaries still risking it allcomment (0)
November 29, 2012
Nepalese pastors brave threats and bombs to see Christ’s name glorified in the Himalayas.
Believers in West Africa bury a Christian woman, uniting in a strong witness to the Songhai community that refused her a proper burial. In Central Asia, an International Mission Board (IMB) doctor’s greatest concern isn’t for safety but that his ministry will make a difference for the Kingdom.
In war-torn Somalia of the ’90s, an IMB worker knew he’d have to be willing to die for Jesus — an experience that led him to spend years learning how and why believers in persecution grow unimaginably strong in the faith.
This year’s Week of Prayer stories remind Southern Baptists that engaging people groups in the world’s hard places comes with risk and sacrifice, not just for missionaries but also for all who obediently choose to be His heart, His hands, His voice.
Most of us aren’t threatened because of our faith, but we need to be in prayer for those who are — not that persecution will end, but that believers in persecution will stay courageous and bold.
This December is the 100th anniversary of the death of Lottie Moon, the namesake of Southern Baptists’ offering that supports global missionaries.
The emphasis celebrates her life and looks to her as a portrait of obedience — a single woman who went to China despite the risks and persisted through war and famine because the Chinese needed to know her Lord. Lottie wrote home to the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB): “Please say to the missionaries they are coming to a life of hardship, responsibility and constant self-denial,” she warned.
But she acknowledged, “If the joy of the Lord be their strength, the blessedness of the work will more than compensate for its hardships.”
Giving also is a call to obedience and sacrifice. Gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) enable IMB missionaries — going just as boldly as Lottie — to live and work at the forefront of lostness and to extend a witness through their full-time ministry.
Each individual and church is called to be His heart, hands and voice and to continually take the next step in obedience so that Christ is glorified, even to the ends of the earth.
The core question is, then, “What am I doing and what is my church doing to be obedient, to BE His heart, hands and voice, no matter the cost?”
Every penny given to the LMCO for International Missions is used to support nearly 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries as they share the gospel overseas.
Give to the offering through your local Southern Baptist church or online at imb.org/offering, where there are resources for church leaders to promote the offering.
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