Christmas Mission Offering
The Christmas Offering will be split between three very worthy missionary efforts: Global Missions of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, National Capitol Area Missions Offering of the D.C. Baptist Convention and the International Ministries of American Baptist Churches. Our goal is $1500, which we hope that we exceed.
The CBF Global Missions offering is the primary way CBF fields personnel spreading the Gospel and meeting physical needs in the world. CBF's goal is $6.1 million and by giving to LRMBC's Christmas Offering you can be a vital part of these ministries.
The NCAMO helps local Baptist ministries in our international city of Washington. For example, it assists in starting new churches among immigrant groups, trains tutors for teaching Adult Reading and English as a Second Language.
American Baptist International Ministries was organized in 1814 and is the oldest Baptist Mission agency formed in North America. Our donations will support mission partnerships with 76 different countries in abolishing human trafficking, creating economic opportunity and building futures, promoting health in an HIV-AIDS world, leading people to faith and starting new churches.
Going to India in 2010 -- How can you help?
In January of 2010, Pastor Connie, along with several members and friends of our church, will escort students and faculty from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri to India to work in various aspects of Leena's ministries (see below).
Multiple vitamin pills are being collected to take over. They are distributed to lepers, AIDS victims and orphans and can mean the difference between life and death. Please bring bottles of multiple vitamin pills by the church and place in the basket designated "Multiple Vitamins for India."
Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church supports the missions and ministries of specific personal friends in several different countries. These friends and their respective countries are as follows:
- the Freese Family in Guinea in western Africa
- Pastor Remberto Ortiz and his church in Cuba
- Leena Lavanya in India
- certain Baptist orphanages influenced by Emile Sam-Peale in Liberia.
Gregg Freese is the son of Luther Rice member, Mary Freese. Gregg, Amy and their children are administrative missionaries. They ask that we pray for the newly baptized believers that they will grow strong in the Lord as they live out their faith daily. The Susa New Testament is very close to publication. It should be in the hands of the Susu soon.
Although it has been many years since we were able to visit the church in Cuba, we still send financial support to them on an annual basis.
Our pastor Connie Stinson introduced us to Leena Lavanya from India, and to Emile Sam-Peale from Liberia. She knows Leena and Emile through their active affiliation with the Baptist World Alliance. Both Leena and Emile have spoken in our church. In 2009, Connie visited Leena and presented a financial gift from us to Leena, which helped support her ministry build a school for the children of the rock crushers. And for the last two years, we have collected school supplies for Emile's orphanages in Monrovia.
How are they supported?
In addition to receiving financial support provided through our own annual church budget, most of these international servants will receive a portion of our special Christmas offering to be collected this year during November and December at Luther Rice. Having these international, personal friends and supporting them through our prayers and offerings, remind us of a truth our church has come to celebrate often: IN CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST OR WEST.