WHY MISSIONS MONTH?
Geaux Global Missions Month in September will help us focus on the mission of God: taking the Gospel to all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues. During the month of September, we have a missions offering goal of $100,000, which will go to international missions through gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, to North American missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, to Louisiana missions through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, and to Baptist Global Response and Global Hunger Relief. During Geaux Global Missions Month, you will be challenged to get your passport and your Life Group will be challenged to choose a Local (Jerusalem) ministry partner with whom to partner, along with a Louisiana (Judea), North America (Samaria), or World (End of the Earth) ministry partner.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
OUR NEWEST MINISTRY PARTNER
Our newest ministry partner in Puerto Rico, Pastor Oscar Ortiz from Iglesia Bautista Esperanza Eterna (Eternal Hope Baptist Church) will be sharing with us on September 5.
WHAT ELSE CAN I EXPECT?
You will also receive daily missionary spotlight emails highlighting our mission partners and heroes of the faith. DVDs and books about missions and the lives of missionaries will be available in the foyer. You will also be able to find out information about how you can join us on our upcoming Geaux Global opportunities, locally, in our state, nationally, and internationally! Begin to pray now for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how you can help the Gospel reach EVERY nation, tribe, people, and tongue.
WHO OR WHAT IS LOTTIE MOON?
Well, Lottie Moon was a person that the International Mission Board named their annual Christmas offering after. So, just in case you were wondering, Lottie is not a missionary sent by FBC Haughton. One thing you need to know is this offering supports international missionaries!
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is an annual offering collected by believers around the world to support international missions. This offering is unique from other mission offerings in that 100% of gifts provide for missionaries all over the world. It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists’ 175-year history of reaching the nations with the gospel and vital to reaching the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9).
Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon. Among Southern Baptists, hers is likely the most recognizable of all missionary names. Lottie, a missionary to China, inspired Southern Baptist women to organize and give so that more missionaries could be sent. When she set sail for China, Lottie was 32 years old. She had turned down a marriage proposal and left her job, home and family to follow God’s lead. Her path wasn’t typical for an educated woman from a wealthy Southern family. God had gripped her with the Chinese peoples’ need for a Savior. For 39 years Lottie labored, chiefly in Tengchow and P’ingtu. People feared and rejected her, but she refused to leave.
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WHO OR WHAT IS ANNIE ARMSTRONG?
Just like Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong is who the North American Mission Board named there annual Easter offering after. This offering goes to fund all of the missionary efforts in North America like church plants in our country and to places like Mexico and Canada!
Annie was born in Baltimore at a time when there was little opportunity for women. Yet, her devotion to Christ led her to a life of service and leadership. She organized women to pray, to give and to meet the needs around them. She challenged pastors and churches to action and rallied vital support for missionaries. Ultimately, Annie was recognized as a national Southern Baptist trailblazer for her visionary leadership that still inspires millions today.
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WHO OR WHAT IS GEORGIA BARNETTE?
As you may have thought by now, the Georgia Barnette Offering goes to support the mission of spreading the Gospel within the State of Louisiana!
Following God’s plan for her life led Georgia Barnette to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was October of 1901 when she arrived at First Baptist Church in New Orleans to do missionary work. She immediately fell in love with the city, its history, its diversity and its needs. Her work as “church visitor” soon included some work with the women as well.
Contact with the recently organized Woman’s Missionary Union of Louisiana opened her eyes to the needs for Christ and for mission endeavors throughout the state. She was elected to be the first full-time, paid executive director/treasurer of WMU in Louisiana. In this role she engaged women in churches with God’s mission that people might come to know the Savior.
Telling the stories of God at work from south Louisiana to north, from east to west, was important to Miss Georgia. Hundreds of hand-written letters to churches and women’s groups effectively led Louisiana Baptists to pray fervently for state missions. She challenged them to give to state missions. She encouraged their personal involvement. The spirit of giving that she inspired planted a groundwork for the Week of Prayer for State Missions and what is now the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. Her example is a model for prayer and giving today.
CHECK OUT HOW THE GEORGIA BARNETTE OFFERING HELPS SHARE THE GOSPEL AT ANGOLA!
This video explains it best!
“A collaboration between the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, Send Relief is here to help you make a difference in your community and the world around you—because compassion ministry opens doors to the gospel.
Sharing the love of Jesus is central to everything we do at Send Relief. Whether it’s responding to natural disasters, caring for refugees and displaced families, fighting human trafficking at home and abroad, supporting adoption and foster care efforts and strengthening communities facing economic and physical crises, our goal is the same.
With your help, we have raised millions of dollars to serve vulnerable people across the globe. By equipping you and your church at ministry centers and working with international partners, you help bring the hope of the gospel to dozens of countries, and, because of your generosity, hundreds of community development projects are completed every year.
But the need is still great! Pray, give and serve alongside us to reach the nations with the hope of the gospel!”
– Bryan Wright (President of Send Relief)