The foundation of giving to missions is biblical tithing and sacrificial giving through the church. Giving to missions work is not only a blessing but also an honor and a privilege. WMU actively promotes giving to the 2 missions offerings, which supply about half of the annual budgets for the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, and giving through the Cooperative Program, the foundational means of supporting Southern Baptist work in each state, nationally, and around the world.
I spoke in 3 Kentucky churches in December 2015 during their Sunday morning services, encouraging their missions giving through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. One particular church, which ran about 50 in Sunday School with 75–80 in worship, had a goal of $5,000—a lofty goal for a church that size, I thought. As I spoke, I expressed my appreciation for the church’s missions heart and sacrificial goal for the offering.
The first week in January 2016, I received an email from a church member. He wrote:
“You seemed surprised at our Lottie Moon offering goal of $5,000 when you were here in early December. We are proud to let you know that as of today (December 30, 2015), we have collected $12,233 and expect that to go up a little more.”
He added, “Praise God and all of the people that support missions.”
I believe that God is speaking to the hearts of His people and they are listening and responding.
Linda Cooper is president, national WMU.
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