RICHMOND — Southern Baptist church members gave $156.6 million to support international missionaries in 2018-2019, the third-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions ever received. Tennessee Baptists gave $10,389,109 to the 2018-19 offering, according to the TBMB accounting office.
“Because you and your church gave through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, you are a part of reaching the unreached in every nation,” said IMB president Paul Chitwood.
“When you make LMCO a priority in your church, by God’s grace, we see the numbers rise exponentially of those who meet Jesus for the first time,” he said.
IMB closed the books for the 2018-19 offering Sept. 30, and the Lottie Moon offering exceeded by $2.2M the 174-year-old organization’s 2018-19 LMCO budgeted goal of $154.4 million, reported Rodney Freeman, IMB’s treasurer and chief financial officer.
The LMCO supports nearly 3,700 full-time missionaries, who are sharing the gospel in towns, villages and cities around the world. This year’s offering accounts for nearly three-fourths of IMB’s overseas budget.