Every year, Valley Life takes part in an annual Christmas offering for international missions called the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Knowing only the title, however, if you aren’t familiar with this offering you could have some unanswered questions. In order to serve you well, we would like to share the history of this offering, its purpose, and why we think it’s important.
Who Is Lottie Moon?
Lottie Moon, born Charlotte Digges Moon, has become quite a legend in the Southern Baptist world. But in her time, Lottie was a passionate, humble missionary who gave her life to sharing the gospel with the people of China. Beginning at age 32, Lottie spent 39 years learning the language and traditions of the people she served in order to identify with them. While serving, she began writing letters challenging American Christians to send more workers and support to the mission field. After her death, Southern Baptists’ support of missionaries was formalized by the creation of the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
What Is the Offering For?
With Lottie’s life serving as a reminder of why we give, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering continues to this day with 100% of funds raised going toward missionaries. The International Mission Board keeps none of this money for administration needs but rather sends it all to the mission field. By giving, we are helping real missionaries in hard places have the resources they need to share the gospel with those around them. And with the support of the IMB, missionaries can spend less time fundraising and more time serving in the mission field.
Why We Give
As we give through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, every person at Valley Life has a real opportunity to make disciples and plant churches throughout the world. The theme of Lottie Moon this year is simple: Every Church. Every Nation. At the core of this offering is the belief that every church—and every church member—has a critical role to play in bringing the gospel to the world. And we hope that as members of Valley Life, you will consider contributing toward this cause this year.
How to Give
Giving is simple. If you would like to donate to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this December, simply visit valleylifegive.com, select your church, and follow the instructions. Thank you for giving joyfully and sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and helping take the gospel to unreached peoples around the world.