By Staff, Baptist Message
STATEWIDE – Southern Baptist Missionary Lottie Moon died of malnutrition Dec. 24, 1912, on a ship named the Manchuria.
She had given everything, including her own food, to her beloved Chinese people. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is named in her honor.
The “Manchuria” level of giving to the offering is the highest of four given for per-capita giving, based on average Sunday morning worship attendance.
The other levels: Cartersville, Moon’s home town, for churches with a per-capita giving of $25-$49.99; Tengchow, where Moon started her work in China, for churches with a per-capita giving of $50-$74.99; Pingtu, the last town where Moon ministered, for churches with a per-capita giving of $75-$99.99. The Manchuria level is for churches that give $100 or more, per-capita.
The following list of the 29 Manchuria-level churches in Louisiana starts with the highest per-capita giving churches, in 2011, according to the IMB.
Fairview Coushatta, Kingston Frierson, Woodridge Shreveport, Sharon Dubach, Bayou Des Glaises Moreauville, Sweetwater Quitman, Emmanuel Shreveport, Belcher in Belcher, Pilgrim Rest Eunice, Woodlawn Iowa, Indian Mound in Greenwell Springs, First Moss Bluff in Lake Charles, First Mansfield, First Baton Rouge, Gloster in Gloster, First Minden, First Kentwood, Vernon Ruston, First Pearl River, First Bastrop, Kisatchie in Provencal, Choupique Sulphur, Temple Ruston, Broadmoor Shreveport, Emmanuel of Hurricane Community in Acadia, Kingsville Ball, Haynes Avenue Shreveport, Judson Walker and Pelican in Pelican.
The 771 churches nationwide that met the Manchuria challenge represent 2 percent of the SBC’s 45,000 churches. This group gave more than $29.4 million, or 20 percent of the 2011 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
“Your generous and faithful gifts provide the resources needed for our 4,919 missionaries and their 4,000 children to live, function and evangelize the unreached peoples of the earth,” wrote Dave Clippard, IMB’s director of development, in his thank you letters to the ‘Manchuria’ churches.
The 2012 Week of Prayer for International Missions and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering emphasis is set for Dec. 2-9. The national goal is $175 million.