IMB missionary Brian Harrell visits with a Makhuwa Nahara man in Mozambique. Southern Baptists’ gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering support missionaries such as the Harrell family, who live on the edge of Mozambique’s coastal waters solely to reach the 300,000 Makhuwa Nahara people with the Gospel. IMB Photo

The 2016 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions reached its fourth highest total ever, closing at approximately $153 million, according to data released today (June 7) by the International Mission Board.

The 2016 LMCO was down 7.7 percent from the previous year’s record total, which was collected amid news the IMB was reducing its missionary and stateside personnel due to financial challenges.

This year’s total is within 1 percent of 2014’s $154 million total, the second highest LMCO ever given by Southern Baptists.

The exact 2016 total, which was released to Baptist Press, is $152,982,560.94. That amount approached the offering’s $155 million goal and is approximately 6.2 percent below the IMB’s 2017 LMCO budget projection of $163.1 million, which was stated in the 2017 SBC Book of Reports. The IMB’s LMCO campaign year is not equivalent to its fiscal year, which contributes to slight differences between campaign totals and budget estimates.

Click here to see IMB’s full release.

SOURCE: Baptist Press
David Roach

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