This time of year means Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the IMB in all Southern Baptist churches. It's a push to raise funds that go solely to IMB work rather than through the general fund filtering process.
We watched a video in church from Jerry Rankin, congratulating FBC Bolivar for being the #4 largest giver to the Lottie Moon fund last year. I was stunned. The church averages less than 800 in attendance, yet they're the #4 giver in America? (This was going to look like a different blog post at that point).
The pastor later recounted the cool story: Edna Wright was a long-time church member and cook at the SBU cafeteria. She saved money in a retirement account, didn't touch any of it, and lived to be 99. By the time she died, her account had accumulated a hefty sum which she left in her will for the furthering of God's kingdom.
That meant a sum of over $500,000 from her estate to the IMB last year as part of the church's offering. Wow! Just thought I'd share it as a reminder that you can't take it with you but it can still do great things after you're gone.