Missouri Missions Offering tops goal

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Baptists dug deep and gave generously in 2013 to the Rheubin L. South Missouri Missions Offering (MMO). As a result, they surpassed the MMO goal for the second straight year.

Receipts for 2013, which are disbursed in 2014, totaled $719,649, exceeding the goal of $700,000 and surpassing last year’s giving by four percent.

“Thank you, Missouri Baptists,” said John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention. “Your faithfulness in stewardship and your sacrificial giving impact lives for Christ throughout our state.”

MMO supports statewide missions projects that help fulfill the Great Commission. The annual offering focuses on four areas: sharing Christ’s love; sending missionaries; starting churches; and strengthening churches.

MMO-funded projects complement Cooperative Program ministries but are not fully funded by CP. In this respect, MMO helps Missouri Baptists roll up their sleeves and become personally engaged in making disciples.

Examples of MMO projects funded for 2014 include:

• The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, which receives 17 percent of the offering

• Disaster relief efforts

• Christian Women’s Job Corps

• Missouri partnership missions

• Collegiate summer missionaries

• Preschool/children’s ministries

• Missouri hunger relief

• Sports evangelism

• Youth evangelism and missions

• New church initiatives

• Baptist Builders

• And associational partnerships; 10 percent of the offering from each of the state’s 61 associations is sent back to that association.

“Without MMO, these vital projects that advance the kingdom of God in Missouri would be severely limited,” said Yeats. “Thanks to the generous financial support of Missouri Baptists, these ministries are strengthened.”

About 780 Missouri Baptist churches participated in MMO in 2013.

Missouri Baptists have approved a 2014 MMO goal of $700,000. The MBC will announce the 2014 theme and provide churches with MMO resources this summer.