Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Resources

Yesterday, we linked to a Lottie Moon testimony from two of our SEBTS students serving in South Asia. Today, we’re following up by pointing you to some helpful resources related to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). Remember that the 2012 goal is $175 million. 100% of the LMCO goes toward supporting Southern Baptist missionaries who are proclaiming the gospel among unreached and underserved peoples all over the globe.

If you want to see a variety of LMCO resources provided by the International Mission Board, check out this website.

If you want to learn more about the LMCO, including suggested ideas for promoting the offering in your local church, check out this website.

If you want to read a short online biography of Lottie Moon, check out this one on the IMB website. The Wikipedia entry is also helpful.

If you want to hear a biographical sermon on the life of Lottie Moon, we’d recommend Danny Akin’s sermon “The Power of a Consecrated Life Lived Out in the Ministry of Lottie Moon” from Romans 12:1. You can listen to the audio, read the manuscript, or download the outline at DanielAkin.com.

If you want to read a revised version of Akin’s sermon manuscript in book form, take a look at chapter four of his book Ten Who Changed the World (B&H, 2012). This is a great collection of published biographical sermons on ten influential evangelical missionaries.

If you want to read a book-length biography of Lottie Moon, you’re best bet is Catherine Allen’s The New Lottie Moon Story, 2nd ed. (WMU, 1997). The book is out of print, but used copies are widely available. Avoid the more scholarly studies published in recent years, most of which are exercises in speculative feminism.

If you want to read some Lottie Moon’s letters and shorter writings, take a look at Send the Light: Lottie Moon’s Letters and Other Writings (Mercer University Press, 2002), edited by Southeastern’s own Keith Harper.

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A Lottie Moon Testimony from South Asia

The Missions at Southeastern blog has just posted an encouraging video from two of our students serving in South Asia. We would encourage you to go their website and watch the video.


These students are supported by the Cooperative Program and by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our national goal for the LMCO this year is $175 million. We would urge all Southern Baptists to give sacrificially to the LMCO during this Christmas season. 100% of your money goes toward supporting missionaries like Matt and Heather who are making Jesus famous among unreached and underserved people groups all over the globe.

If you want to learn more about our master of divinity in international church planting, where students spend two years at SEBTS and then finish their degree while laboring in a foreign mission field, then check out this FAQ page or email the staff at the Center for Great Commission Studies.


Southeastern Family Gives Over $60,000 So That “All Peoples May Know Him”

Southeastern family gives over $60,000 so that ‘all peoples may know him’


by Lauren Crane

Southeastern Seminary students, faculty and staff were blessed this week to be able to donate money and gifts in excess of $60,000 to support the International Mission Board in a time of economic hardship.

The school, under the leadership of President Daniel Akin, was challenged to give to the International Mission Board during a special time of offering. On Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, August 27, the Southeastern family gave financially to support the work of foreign missions, hoping to provide some relief to a nearly $30 million dollar giving deficit.

The most poignant gift to appear in the offering plates was a diamond engagement ring, a matching wedding band, and a note, featuring a picture of Lottie Moon, with the words, “For Lottie.” The ring set, which is being appraised, was only one example of the sacrifice students made to make sure that all people who have been called may have the chance to go to the nations, so that all the nations may have the chance to hear of salvation in Jesus Christ.

“I have always known that Southeastern is a Great Commission seminary that has the nations on her heart. Still, I underestimated the sacrifices this family is willing to make to see that the unreached peoples of the world have the opportunity to hear the gospel of King Jesus,” Akin said.

In June, Akin announced his intentions to host a special offering during the convocation service at Southeastern, and the opportunity to give to the IMB was extended into Thursday’s chapel service. During Tuesday’s service, which was led by David Nelson, senior vice president for academic administration, those gathered gave $22,410. On Thursday, the giving amounts increased, with the offering buckets being filled with $24,735. Additionally, more than $11,000 was given to Southeastern by donors and designated for the offering.

“The fact that gifts to reach the lost included an engagement ring and wedding bands caused me to weep tears of joy. I am still rejoicing!” Akin said. “I do not have the words to express my thanksgiving for what happened this week on our campus.

“God is doing something wonderful among his people as we refocus on His glory and the good of the nations,” Akin said. “My prayer is this spirit will spread like a wildfire across our nation and around the world – that all may know of a savior whose name is Jesus.”