“But someone will say, ‘you have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do,” James 2:18. Show-Me Faithful is the theme for Missouri Missions Offering (MMO) emphasis in September of 2010. Now, more than ever before, Missouri Baptists must be “doers of the Word.”
Our culture today is overloaded with words and rhetoric. We have people spending hours sharing their opinion on everything from politics to theology. We have come to understand that although programs are good, they many times lose sight of their original purpose. James said it well when he said; “… I will show you my faith by what I do.” Show-Me Faithful will enable Missouri Baptists to see missions up close and personal. MMO is all about action. The missions dollars received this fall will be put into action beginning in January of 2011. Together Missouri Baptists will show the world that we are Christians by our loving actions: Sharing, sending and starting.
This year MMO will be promoted differently than in recent years. In this time of shrinking budgets and in order to be good stewards of your Cooperative Program (CP) and your MMO gifts, we have elected not to schedule promotional speakers to the churches but rather provide the necessary information to the churches to promote throughout the month of September. Churches can still invite Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) staff and directors of missions to their churches to speak. However, the informational material provided includes a top quality video DVD, a CD that has bulletin inserts and teaching materials, a sermon starter for the pastor to use, and other materials that will allow much freedom in church promotion.
MMO now has its own website, blog and Facebook page. You can find us at www.momissions.org & Missouri Missions Offering on Facebook.
If you would like an MMO speaker, based on specialists’ availability, feel free to contact one of the specialists. You can obtain a list of specialists from your director of missions or through the MBC Stewardship office (ext. 201). The Missouri Baptist Convention’s main switch board number is: 573-636-0400. The toll free number is 800-736-6227.