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2010 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal Announced

Posted by Rick on November 4, 2010

The International Mission Board has announced that the 2010 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal is $175 million!  Our church goal is $1000.00.

The 2010 theme is “Are We There Yet?

The following is taken directly from the IMB website:

Are we there yet?

When it comes to reaching a lost world for Christ, some may wonder how far we’ve come and how much farther to go.

Today, we can identify the people groups that remain untouched by the Gospel. For the first time, it is conceivable that all people groups can be reached in the coming years with a Gospel presence. According to IMB’s 2009 statistical data* there were 506,019 baptisms, 204,192 churches. Church membership overseas was at 10.7 million, and there were 24,650 new churches.

Yes, there is still a long way to go, but progress is being made every day.

Now is the time to also take a fresh look at the challenges ahead and be ready to finish the task. With 45,560 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, there is much work to be done.

Here’s a global snapshot of the work ahead of us:

* 4,743 people groups are not engaged at all with the Gospel

* 6,426 unreached people groups (those with less than 2 percent of people who profess to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ)

* 1.7 billion with little or no access to the Gospel

* 1.5 billion Muslims – 22 percent of the world’s population

* 950 million Hindus in the world

* Christian witness among China cities less than 1 percent

* 3 percent evangelical believers among Ethiopia’s 82 million people

* 355 million in South America do not know Christ

* Less than 1 percent Christian among more than 270 million living in the Central Asia region

* 650,000 Lezghi in the Causcasus Mountains fear evil spirits

* 97 percent of all Palestinians are Muslim

* 89 percent of North African and Middle Eastern people groups are unreached

* 311 people groups in India have no known evangelical believers

* Only 1,600 believers among 1.6 million Muong of Northern Vietnam


A little overwhelming isn’t it?

he task is doable, but it will take all of us – our churches, our missionaries, our national partners, our Great Commission partners.

Are we there yet? Not quite. But we’re on our way.


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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on December 7, 2009

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s message, “Silent Night, Holy Night” based on 2 Corinthians 8:9 for the second Sunday of Advent:

  • It was a huge sacrifice for Jesus to come to Earth.
  • It was a sacrifice for all who would believe.
  • It was a willing sacrifice.
  • We should bow before Jesus as Lord now willingly, before we will be forced to after we die.

You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

You can also listen to Sunday evening’s message, “Who’s Missing? Whose Mission?” based on Romans 10:13-15 which is the theme for the 2009 IMB Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, here or by clicking on the audio player below:

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2009 Lottie Moon Goal Announced

Posted by Rick on December 2, 2009

The 2009 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal has been announced by the International Mission Board.  The 2009 goal is $175,000,000.00.

100% of this offering goes to support missions efforts overseas.  It makes up approximately 40% of the annual IMB operating budget.

Immanuel Southern Baptist Church’s 2009 Lottie Moon Offering Goal is $1500.00.  We will collect the offering through the month of December and send it to the International Mission Board.

Pray about the amount you give; it is extremely important to our mission efforts.

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Missions Giving During Econcomic Crisis

Posted by Rick on October 1, 2009

During the Great Depression, George Beverly Shea was offered a career in popular music. But an inner voice whispered a greater purpose. The answer came in a poem Shea later set to music, I’d Rather Have Jesus. As we face one of the most difficult economic challenges since the Depression, this hymn reminds us that choosing Christ “rather … than silver or gold” is the most reliable investment advice we will ever find. As markets fluctuate, Christ is a solid rock.

Another line sings of favoring “His dear cause” over worldliness. Just as Shea has stayed faithful to glorify God in song around the globe, Southern Baptists have long been faithful to give time and money to help accomplish the worldwide missionary task.

Economic uncertainty affects your families and your church. It also affects every missionary family on the field. Their work cannot go forward without your continued sacrificial giving.

May God bless you in your ever-faithful obedience to our Great Commission task.

Jerry Rankin, president
International Mission Board

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Muskogee Baptist Association Mission Trip

Posted by Rick on May 26, 2009

(From the Muskogee Baptist Association newsletter)

Muskogee Baptist Association Mission Trip
A team is needed to go to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.
You need a valid Passport
Cost is approximately $1,200 per person
We will be working with IMB Missionaries in the area for Gospel Saturation and Prayer Walking.
We will leave September 12 and return on the 19.
Please call Claudio (918-683-2875) if you feel led to participate in this mission opportunity.
We need to know by Monday, June 30, 2009 if you are going to San Miguel.

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A Life of Significance

Posted by Rick on November 26, 2008

What will your life count for?

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Lottie Moon Video

Posted by Rick on November 25, 2008

What will YOU give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year?

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Mission Quote of the Week

Posted by Rick on November 25, 2008

“How many there are…who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing…” – Lottie Moon, September 15, 1887

Lottie Moon

Give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions

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2008 Lottie Moon Goal

Posted by Rick on November 17, 2008

This year, our church’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) goal is $1000.00.  100% of the LMCO goes to the International Mission Board to fund overseas missions efforts.  Our “Halelujah” goal is $1250.00  Last year, we collected just a little over $1000 and met our Halelujah goal.

The National LMCO Goal is $170,000,000.00.

The offering begins November 30 and will be collected through the month of December.

Click THIS LINK to read more about Lottie Moon.

2008 LMCO

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IMB Appointment Service

Posted by Rick on June 30, 2008

Last Friday night, my family had the privilege to attend an appointment service of the International Mission Board for new missionaries.  It was at Southern Hills Baptist Church in OKC.  I have posted about this event and added pictures on my personal blog.  You can click here to see it.

I hope to be able to take folks from our church the next time we have an appointment service in Oklahoma.  It is truly a wonderful event to witness!

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