Above: Pastor Thomas Abgemeh from Grace Baptist Church in Pakro, Ghana, baptizes a new believer in the Densu River outside of Nsawam, Ghana. One of the IMB’s key goals is to see Gospel belief that results in lives transformed among the nations. Each baptism an IMB missionary is a part of is another example of God’s work in transforming lives through our missionary presence. IMB Photo

“Addressing lostness as the world’s greatest problem requires the world’s greatest resources,” International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood recently told Southern Baptists. For this reason, IMB invites all Southern Baptists to participate in the 2022 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® (LMCO) and Week of Prayer for International Missions.

Southern Baptists send IMB missionaries to be steadfastly present among those who have never heard the Gospel—people in cities, people in hard-to-reach places and people who are dispersed around the world.

But this missionary presence is only possible through fervent prayers and faithful gifts.

By praying for IMB missionaries and those who have yet to hear and believe the Gospel, Southern Baptists can help solve the world’s greatest problem—lostness. The Week of Prayer will be observed, Dec. 4-11.

Those who give to the Lottie Moon offering make it possible for IMB missionary presence to cultivate Gospel access, Gospel belief and Gospel multiplication. Southern Baptists are invited to support the work of IMB missionaries not just during this Christmas season but 365 days a year.

This year’s Week of Prayer and Lottie Moon offering downloadable resources are available now on the IMB’s website (imb.org/lottiemoon). In addition to stories, full-color photos and videos, the IMB is offering a global impact guide, social media graphics, presentation graphics, kids’ resources, goal posters and a bulletin insert.

Resources are also available in Spanish, Korean and Chinese. These resources are designed to invite Southern Baptist church members—all ages—to actively participate in the task of praying for missionaries and raising awareness of God’s work around the world. The stories and other materials will unite individuals and churches in meeting this year’s $196 million LMCO goal.

Through the LMCO, Chitwood said, the IMB and Southern Baptists can remain on task to address one problem that rises above every problem—lostness. There are 157,690 people dying daily without Christ, and more than 3,000 people groups remain unengaged.

This work can be accomplished through the cooperative work of Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention exists for the purpose of praying, giving, going and sending, together.

“Together, we get to share the Good News of Jesus with people and places where that news has never been heard,” Chitwood said. “Together, we send, sustain and support missionaries to be steadfastly present around the globe. We must reach the nations, together.”

Those interested in hearing from Chitwood, senior leadership and missionaries about how the generosity of LMCO supporters is making an impact on lostness and find out more about IMB’s 2023 vision can visit imb.org/presidents-call to secure a spot in the exclusive video call (registration required) on Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Find all resources at imb.org/lottiemoon. Additional materials will be available leading up to Week of Prayer, Dec. 4-11.

Resources are also available through the Oklahoma Baptists missions and women’s ministry office. Email surton@oklahomabaptists.org to order.


The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® is a registered trademark of Woman’s Missionary Union.