By: Barry G. Allen- President & CEO
Christmas means different things to different people, but to us Kentucky Baptists it means the Lottie Moon Offering for international missions. It’s a special opportunity during a special season of the year to demonstrate in a special way our desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the nations, those beyond where we can go and what we see.
How fortunate we are to have more than 5,000 self sacrificing international missionaries scattered to the ends of the earth telling the good news of Jesus 24/7. To undergird and facilitate their boldly going, we at home must boldly pray and boldly give. Did you know contributions through the Lottie Moon Offering provide more than half the support for international missions through the International Mission Board, SBC? As a result, it is critical we as individuals continue to enhance our giving through this Great Commission giving channel even as our churches enhance their giving through the Cooperative Program, which is the other major Great Commission giving channel of support for international missions.
The question, “are we there yet?” is the theme for this year’s week of prayer for international missions. The answer to the question is “no,” we are not there yet in reaching the world for Christ. However, the IMB has identified the 6,426 people groups that still need to be reached. So, let’s get busy and start reaching more and more of them before it’s too late.
This year I want to encourage you to consider moving from a transactional to a more comprehensive approach to giving. This will result in you more boldly giving to reach all peoples with the gospel. This would be consistent with the KBC’s More for Christ emphasis. What I mean by a more comprehensive approach is this: in addition to your annual contribution through the Lottie Moon Offering, you consider including in your estate plan a provision(s) to perpetuate your contribution beyond your lifetime.
Call Laurie Valentine or me for assistance in accomplishing such a life-changing legacy. (502) 489-3533 or toll free-1-866-489-3533 (KY only)