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Mission Strategy > Mississippi Baptist State Missions
Each year in September, Mississippi Baptists focus on praying for the Margaret Lackey State Mission Offering. However, the MLSMO has
now become a year-round mission endeavor that is helping Mississippians learn about missions, pray for missions, give to missions, and
participate in missions.
Unexpected!!! In 2012, we received more than what was expected through the Margaret Lackey State Mission Offering.
Total gifts were $2,103,665! That exceeds the goal by more than one hundred thousand dollars, and ends a four-year decline in giving
that began in 2008. We celebrate the goodness of God and the generosity of believers in participating churches all across our state.
Thank you for your faithfulness.
Just as the Apostle Paul was surprised by the Macedonians’ generous response to his appeal for an offering in the New Testament (2
Corinthians 8:1-7), we should be surprised by Mississippi Baptists’ response this year. When we first chose the theme:
unexpected for the 2012 Margaret Lackey State Mission Offering, it had a nice ring to it. And the supporting text from
2nd Corinthians carried a classic biblical appeal for generous giving. But I must confess that I had no idea it would result
in the largest state mission offering ever given in Mississippi. The national economy has struggled under the burden of stifling
unemployment and dire predictions of fiscal collapse from Washington. Mississippi has never ranked high in wealth among the other
states. Nevertheless, Mississippi Baptists have always been generous, and our churches have always been faithful. The commitment of our
people to “…first give themselves to the Lord” (vs 5) makes a remarkable difference in the outcome of our offerings.
The unexpected result is a renewed sense of confidence in the power of God’s grace to enable us to accomplish more
than we thought was affordable or reasonable given the economic circumstances. It’s good to be surprised by God! He reminds us that
missions is not just a dollars-and-cents enterprise, but also an experience of His unexpected presence among us. Let’s
see that we continue, as the Scripture encourages us, to “…excel in this grace of giving” (vs 7).
The Margaret Lackey Offering is the primary funding stream for key missional emphases like volunteer missionary mobilization and
in-state church planting. Community evangelism projects, disaster relief training, and cross-cultural ministries also benefit from state
mission gifts. Our two state mission camps provide year-round leadership training opportunities as well as exciting residential summer
experiences for youngsters. Margaret Lackey is like the Cooperative Program’s little sister and adds value to what Mississippi Baptists
are doing together in missions, Christian education, church leadership, and benevolence. The offering helps position us to fulfill the
Great Commission appeal of Acts 1:8.
The theme for 2013 state mission emphasis is UNLIMITED. Our experience from last year should give us confidence to
know that our potential for effective ministry in Christ is UNLIMITED. The Apostle Peter reminds us that God’s manifold
grace empowers us to become generous servants in His Kingdom, and His Kingdom reaches to all generations (1 Peter 4:10). Let’s begin
praying now for another demonstration of His UNLIMITED grace in this year’s offering.
Servants of the manifold grace of God. I Peter 4:10
For your convenience in making suggestions regarding offering promotion or reporting unique ideas your church has used successfully
in obtaining your offering goals, please write us at
Please encourage appropriate partners in your congregation to work with you in conducting this effort. Do not hesitate to share the
needs which Mississippi has for the gospel of Jesus Christ or apologize for asking God’s people to give. Use the links below to learn
more about the Season of Prayer for Mississippi Baptist State Missions and the Margaret Lackey State Mission Offering and how you can be
involved in promoting and giving to the offering.
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