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Will Rogers is famous for saying,

I never met a man I didn’t like.

(In fact, he was speaking in a Baptist church when he first said these words that stayed with him the rest of his life.)

Most folks cannot honestly share the same sentiment about absolutely everyone we have met. However, I can say that I have never met a person I did not like who was included in one special category of people: Southern Baptist International Missionaries.

Children in our Wednesday Night Mission Organizations receive an “I Met a Missionary” patch when they meet a missionary in person. While I do not have patches to show for it, over the span of my life I personally have met scores of missionaries ministering in places like Africa, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia. Many others I have met through stories about their work. Again, I can say that I have liked them all! (Of course, among our church family, the missionaries we know the best are our own Chris, Lori, Marcus, and Fisher Heil. They are currently living in our Mission House before returning to Brazil next month. We do not just “like” them. We “LOVE” them.)

Without exception these missionaries are folks whose devotion and high calling are worthy of admiration. I am doubly honored because I know that our gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering enable them to serve the Lord in these international settings. As a result, the Gospel is shared annually with more than 1.5 million people, with 266,000 new believers baptized and 24,000 churches started each year.

The International Mission Board’s largest resource for funding missionaries is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. This year our church is striving to give $22,500.00 to this good cause. Will you make an “above and beyond” sacrificial gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering? Will you help support missionaries like the Heil’s serving around the world?

Overall, it requires about $140.00 per day or $981.00 per week to support an individual missionary. Between now and Christmas give generously to enable a missionary to minister internationally. I challenge you to join me in considering a gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering as your Christmas Gift to Jesus and to make it your largest gift of the season.

I look forward to our worship this Sunday morning as we continue our series on beloved Christmas Carols. Jay

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