The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Week of Prayer for International Missions begins on December 2, 2012. It’s not too early to think about how you can support the work of nearly 5,000 IMB missionaries around the world.
Donations to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering allow missionaries to be freed to concentrate their time and efforts on engaging the unreached with the Gospel. Consider giving online.
Consider these other ways to support the work of missionaries:
- Commit to pray. Commit to pray daily for the work of IMB missionaries and unreached people in South Asia. Sign-up for monthly prayer updates via email, including a day of prayer and fasting: southasianpeoples.imb.org.
- Encourage a missionary. Do you know a missionary personally? Send him or her a note of encouragement by email during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season. (Some workers live where the Internet is slow, so please be careful not to send e-mails with attachments over 1 MB in size unless you check with the worker first and he/she agrees).
- Follow ASAP. Stay informed year-round about God’s work among South Asian peoples: Follow us on Facebook (South Asian Peoples) or Twitter (@imbsouthasia). Sign-up to receive monthly updates on the work in South Asia through an e-newsletter. Your contact information will not be given to third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time. To sign-up, please enter your information online: southasianpeoples.imb.org
- Embrace the unreached. South Asian peoples make up the greatest concentration of lostness on earth. Some of those people are still unreached and unengaged (UUPG – unengaged unreached people groups). The Ends of the Earth describes peoples who have no known church planting work among them. Learn. Pray. Embrace. Start here: http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/embrace/.
- Give a Bible. Make a donation to the South Asian Bible fund so that South Asians can read the Bible in their own languages. ( Donate online.)
- Adopt a country. Choose a South Asian country: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or the Maldives. Pray for this country everyday during the holidays. For guides on praying for each country and the ends of the earth, http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/resource/printables/.
- Give 10 days. Who cares about South Asian peoples? More unreached people groups are among South Asian peoples than in all the rest of the world combined. From California to Calcutta, London to Lahore, God is calling people to share the Good News with a vast multitude still living without the knowledge of the Most High God. (http://willyoucare.org/)
- Make a friend. Do you know South Asians who are away from their families? Include them to be part of your holiday dinners. Share your home and the story of Jesus.
- Seek the Lord. During this season of gift-giving, ask God to show you how much He would have you give in offerings to support IMB mission work overseas. If your Southern Baptist church does not have offering envelopes available especially for this offering, you may specially designate your offering to “Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.” You are strongly encouraged to give your offering through your local church, but if you are unable to, you may also give online. ( Donate here.)
- Give calories. Bake cookies for South Asian neighbors, co-workers or friends. Or gather nonperishable food items with your Sunday school or cell group for a refugee community near you.
10 Days of Sacrifice
The peoples of the world who are least reached with the Gospel? South Asians. They are, perhaps, the world’s greatest collision of spiritual and physical need. Yet, historically the global Church offers the least of its resources and time to this greatest need. What can you sacrifice for the sake of the lost?
Take the 10 days of sacrifice challenge.
It will make a difference in you and in the lives of South Asians. WillYouCare.org
Order an ornament
These ornaments are more than just a great decoration for your Christmas tree. Display them in your church as you work toward your LMCO goal or give them as gifts. Order at IMB Resources.