The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

(That all peoples of the earth may know Him)

What is Lottie Moon?  It’s not a phase of the lunar calendar or a new drink at Starbucks. The question should be: who is Lottie Moon?  Lottie Moon is the namesake of the international missions’ offering taken annually at Christmas time in Southern Baptist Churches (SBC) around the world to fund the work of Southern Baptist missionaries.

Lottie Moon was a hard-working, deep-loving, young lady who left America in 1873 to do missionary work in China so that all the people might know her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Why was the offering named for this early missionary to China?  Throughout her career, Lottie Moon wrote numerous letters home urging Southern Baptists to make great their mission’s involvement and support. One of those letters triggered Southern Baptist Churches to take an offering in 1888 for international missions at Christmas time – thus the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) was born.  That first offering of $3313 was enough to send three new missionaries to China. From that point on Southern Baptists have been collecting the LMCO for the past 130 years. Today there are about 5000 SBC missionaries serving overseas whose salaries are funded primarily through this offering.

And that is the reason I am writing to you today. We are privileged at North Wake to have commissioned and sent over 45 missionaries in the past 20 years through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, the LMCO is providing funding for 20 of our Far-Flung Friends who are working diligently in some hard places around the world sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Every penny of your gift to LMCO goes to support them.

Once again, during the Entermissions weekend, you will have two opportunities to contribute to the LMCO.  During our Saturday, Auction for the Nations, all the proceeds from the silent auction and 6 items from the live auction will go directly to Lottie Moon.  On Sunday morning, separate from our regular offering, we will be collecting an offering at the end of each service that will go directly to Lottie Moon.  So come to the auction on Saturday night, bid wildly during the silent auction, and then on Sunday, if you are able, plan to give to the LMCO at the end of the services.  You won’t find a better eternal return on your money!

To the Glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ,


Rob Craig
Outreach Pastor

Loving Your Neighbors at Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The message of the incarnation is in many of our Christmas traditions.  It is in the inflated nativity in many yards around town. It is in the Christmas carols we hear, sing and stream. The grand story of God and sinners reconciled is mixed in with Rudolph and Frosty.  Signs of the true meaning of Christmas is still there, we just have to look harder to find them.
Christmas time is also a great time to reach out to our neighbors.  Amy Lively has written a short but helpful article with some ideas about how to use this wonderful time of the year to love on our neighbors.  Enjoy!

The 3-Circle Life Conservation Training Video

At Sunday’s night’s prayer meeting I demonstrated how to use the 3-Circle Life Conservation to make a Gospel presentation.  Here’s a link to a more in-depth training video that will help you more effectively share the Gospel.

https://vimeo.com/97258323

There will also be a 3-Circle Conversation training this weekend (Saturday, Nov 11th) at Southeastern Seminary here in Wake Forest for anyone interested in learning more about how to effectively witness and disciple using the 3-Circles Conversation tool.  Follow this link to learn more details about the training:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gospel-conversations-training-tickets-39249647753

I’m praying for the opportunities the Lord is going to provide us all to share our faith in the coming weeks.

Blessings,

Rob Craig

Hurricane Harvey – How to Help

We have just witnessed what might become the worst natural disaster in American history in Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of parts of Texas and surrounding states. Rescue efforts continue as flooding has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced the families that live in them. We live in an era where we can learn so much about the far away disaster and yet feel so helpless to offer relief. Here are a few ways to support those who are hurting and those who are helping.

Give

Southern Baptist relief was on its way before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has sent supplies to the hardest hit areas. To add financial support to NAMB’s work visit:

You’ll find a secure place to give on that page.

At the state level, North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM) has mobilized their mobile kitchens, shower units, laundry units, bunk units, generators and will be providing 30,000 meals a day to feed those affected by Harvey. If you’d like to support the  NCBM work you can make a contribution. Please make your checks payable to …

  • N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists On Mission
  • Designated for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Mail to … 

NCBM, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
P.O. Box 1107
Cary, NC 27512

You can also give online towards this work at …

http://baptistsonmission.org/Missions/By-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Harvey/Donations

Go

Volunteers will be needed to help. If you’re interested in going to Texas to help with the relief work, you can visit www.baptistsonmission.org/hurricaneharvey to learn more about the needs and sign up to volunteer.

Pray

This is not the last option, but rather an important, necessary option. Take some time to pray for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by this storm. Pray for all those who have volunteered to go and serve. Pray for their safety as they minister and witness in these hard hit areas. Pray for the witness of ALL the churches in those affected areas; pray that in this darkest hour of human pain, that God’s love would shine forth to all those who are hurting. Your prayers matter. As you pray, ask the Lord to show you how you might respond. I’m sure that He will show you and prompt you for how you might help.

If you have other ideas for how the Church might respond and help with the relief effort, please email or call me at robc@northwake.com or 919-556-1546 (ext. 506).

For the Lord,
Rob Craig