According to information from the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention:
Have you ever wondered what the average cost of keeping a missionary on the field is?
- $46,700 per year
- $3,890 per month
- $900 per week
- $128 per day
- $5.30 per hour
- $0.09 per minute
In 2009 there were 753 missionary appointments to the international harvest fields. In 2010 there were only 381 missionary appointments to the international harvest fields. That represents a 49.1% decrease. The shortfall is not the number of potential candidates but in the funding. We are left one overarching question when it comes to our missions giving …
“Are you doing more for the cause of missions than ever before?“
According to information from the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention…
- There are approximately 11,600 people groups that make up the world’s population. Of those, almost 3,800 of them are considered to be UNENGAGED, which means there is no known evangelical witness nor any church planting strategy for these people groups. This means that 32% of the world’s population does not have access to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- As of July 26, 2010 there were 5,296Field Personnel serving around the world.
- As of September 14, 2011 there were 4,922 Field Personnel serving around the world.
That is a DECREASE of 7.3% in our missionary personnel in just one year.
According to the IMB, Southern Baptist missionaries on the international field …
- Were engaging 964 people groups as of May 3, 2010.
- Are engaging 763 people groups as of September 14, 2011.
At this rate it will take 24,700 more missionaries to engage the remaining 3800 unengaged people groups of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We must give MORE, go MORE, share MORE and send MORE so that we can push back the darkness and engage the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Every year Southern Baptists have a special focus on international missions during the Christmas season with the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. I want to share two numbers with you …
1. 5110 – Number of International Mission Board personnel under appointment.
2. 6426 – Number of unreached people groups in the world.
There is a common bond between these two numbers. That bond is explained in one word … MORE! As Southern Baptists we must get more of the gospel to more of the people by sending more missionaries. Each year the cry for missions is that we should do more than we have done in the past. One way to do more is to give more than ever before to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. But how? How can each of us do more? What are some realistic plans for doing more by giving more? Chuck Lawless has tweeted a few ideas (#1-4) that I include in the list that follows.
1. Give to God’s mission the equivalent of $$ spent for Christmas presents.
2. Give 25¢, 50¢, 75¢, or $1.00 per unreached people group (@ 6000 groups).
3. Give the amount needed to cover one week’s costs to send a missionary — @ $845.00.
4. Give Lottie Moon Christmas gifts in honor of someone you love. Most of us need little else; the world needs the gospel.
5. Since we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, make sure that the birthday boy doesn’t receive the smallest gift.
6. Plan ahead for missions giving. This means planning missions giving into your monthly budget. This way you are setting money aside all year and prepared to give your best gift rather than giving what is left over … because there usually is little to nothing left over. I believe this is the best way for God’s people to be able to do more. If we plan for it we are more likely to do it.
7. Have a missions yard sale and give all of the proceeds to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
8. If your church has a Wednesday fellowship meal … consider dedicating the proceeds (or at least a percentage) from one of the December meals to your church’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.