All proceeds from Following The Star 5K go to support Southern Baptist Missionaries through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Currently 4800 missionaries are serving all over the world. This offering is their sole means of support, allowing them to focus fully on their work and not fundraising. Their work ranges from agriculture to medicine, but they all have the goal to share Jesus’ love through meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs to the local people they work with. For more information visit www.imb.org.
Some specific examples of work our missionaries are doing:
Run shelters for immigrants and refugees.
Orphanages for AIDS orphans.
Adoption agency for abandoned babies.
Airplane pilots to transport missionaries to hard to reach places.
Medical doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists to provide care for those in need.
Veterinarians to care for and teach locals to care for their farm animals.
Why Christmas Eve?!
Lottie Moon, the namesake of the international missions offering, was a hard working, deep loving missionary who labored tirelessly so the Chinese people could know Jesus. Dec. 24, 2012 marked 100 years since the death of Lottie Moon. She died aboard a ship in the Japanese harbor on December 24, 1912. Lottie Moon is a portrait of obedience who influenced thousands to follow her in the last 100 years, going just as boldly, obediently and sacrificially.