DURHAM, N.C.—Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear thinks Southern Baptists can exceed their $160 million goal for this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. So he's offering a lighthearted incentive to encourage a challenge goal of $170 million.
Does reaching East Asia seem like too big a task? One Tennessee church took a budget surplus and turned it into a radical commitment to send an IMB couple there and continue funding them.
IMB missionaries Scott and Joyce Pittman have a big map of their city's needs, and members of a Kentucky church can't get it out of their mind. They know they're a vital part of the Pittmans' work to reach São Paulo, Brazil, with the Gospel.
As I rode in this Lottie-provided SUV, I could not help but thank God for the thousands upon thousands of Southern Baptists who have given sacrificially to send missionaries all around the world. I was amazed, yet again, by the reality that we really can do more together than we can by ourselves. Every Southern Baptist church which gives through Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is truly sending thousands of missionaries all around the globe.
PIKEVILLE—Matt Flanagan, discipleship pastor and student minister at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, has joined the Kentucky Baptist Convention to serve as a consultant to the state's churches in ways to improve ministry to children, adolescents, teenagers and their families.
This time of year, the Sunrise team is often asked, "What do the Sunrise kids want for Christmas?" Actually, it's not what you think. Many are not thinking about Christmas presents much. They have bigger wishes and dreams. This is what some of our Sunrise kids want, in their own words.