It’s Christmas time, and that’s the time of the year when Oklahoma Baptists celebrate the birth of our Savior which is Good News for the Whole World! As the scripture says:
“But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David” (Luke 2:10–11).
There are many celebrations and traditions observed by churches at this time of year, but one of the most important ways for Oklahoma Baptists to show our thankfulness for our Savior is though our giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering (LMCO) to support the advance of the Gospel around the world through the ministry of the missionaries of the International Mission Board (IMB).
I am delighted to report to you that because of the generosity of Oklahoma Baptist churches, giving through the Cooperative Program (CP), 100 percent of gifts given to the LMCO go straight to the mission field. Together the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering make missions a year-round emphasis.
Just as Paul was thankful for the financial gifts from the Philippians delivered to him by a brother in Christ named Epaphroditus, I know our missionaries would also want thank you similarly for your faithful giving through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
“But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Phil. 4:18-20).
Let the Baptist Messenger and the Messenger Insight Podcast keep you up to date with missions news! We know that missions is a year-round emphasis for Oklahoma Baptists, and with that in mind, the Baptist Messenger and the Messenger Insight Podcast works to keep you informed about what’s going on with the IMB.
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2021 Missions Podcast Playlist
Below you will find all the international missions podcasts from the 2021 season. Do yourself a favor and listen to them again. We think you will be encouraged by and informed about how God is using your financial partnership in ministry to His glory.
Messenger Insight 455 – What Does An IMB Trustee Do?
Doug Melton, pastor of Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, talks about his experiences as a trustee for the International Mission Board (IMB).
Messenger Insight 448 – Exploring the IMB Journeyman Program
Missionaries discuss how God uses the two year IMB Journeyman Program to advance the Gospel around the world.
Messenger Insight 442 – IMB Extending the Mission of the Church to the Nations
Hear Pastors Chris Wall and Doug Melton talk about how their congregations are partnering with the International Mission Board (IMB) to advance the Gospel.
Messenger Insight 431 – IMB Advancing the Gospel Among European Peoples
Hear IMB missionaries talk about how, through ministries like Send Relief and MedAdvance, they are seeing not only restoration, but also repentance among the peoples of the European continent.
Messenger Insight 429 – Oral Communication Strategies for Missions and Ministry
IMB Director of Orality Strategies Grant Lovejoy talks about how missionaries and ministry leaders are advancing the Gospel by using an approach to communication that works with non-literate people groups.
Messenger Insight 417 – Family Ties Mission-Wise
How missionary families cope with separation – Brian & Jill Goree (parents) and Ryan & Michelle Tankersley (IMB Missionaries in Japan)
Messenger Insight 415 – The Deaf Way of Missions
Hear missionaries to the Deaf Mark and Vesta Sauter and Oklahoma City Deaf Church pastor Danny Bice talk about ministry to deaf culture peoples in Oklahoma and around the world.