Christmas Traditions

Growing up in Mission Friends, Girls in Action, and Acteens, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know about Lottie Moon or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Giving to this special offering each year is just as much a part of my Christmas traditions as decorating my house, baking holiday treats, and caroling with family and friends!

While Lottie Moon will forever be my “missions hero,” she was very much like the missionaries serving around the world today. She heard God’s call to go to China, and she obeyed. For 39 years, Lottie faithfully lived among the Chinese people and shared the love of Jesus with them.

While there, she wrote numerous letters home asking Southern Baptists for their support through prayer, financial gifts, and missions involvement. As a result, Southern Baptists gave enough money to send three more missionaries to China.

To honor Lottie Moon and her missions efforts, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is collected each year at Christmastime. The entire offering—100 %— directly helps missionaries around the world tell all God’s children about Jesus!

As a missions leader, guide children to learn more about the life of Lottie Moon and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Consider these questions: Who was Lottie? What is the offering? Why should we give? What are the global needs? Encourage children to brainstorm creative, informative, and engaging ways to share this information with your church as they collect funds for this special Christmas offering.

Through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, children support missionaries around the world. They also become instrumental in spreading the good news of Jesus to all nations as they learn what it means to give sacrificially and live missionally. Inspire the children in your missions group to start or continue this Christmas tradition of giving to international missions that will have lasting impacts for years and years to come.

Wishing you all the joys of a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! 

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