As our Budget Committee met this past year we had a discussion concerning the investment we give to the Cooperative Program (CP). In that discussion we spoke about the mission trip we were planning for Honduras this summer. It was questioned if we could take some of the money we were giving to the CP and use it for our Mission Team this summer. It was then that I expressed my reasoning for not doing such a thing. With that in mind I want to share my reasons on the blog because it is, I believe, the same reasons that many SBC churches are not funding the CP and Lottie Moon as they have in the past.
Mission Teams are Short Term
The very understanding of a mission team from a local church is that they are going to be there only on a short term basis. While some churches adopt an area or people group and go back year after year, they still are only short term teams. The funding for short term mission trips is something that is very expensive. Take for example, a trip to Honduras. It is believed that we should be able to travel from Charlotte, NC to Honduras for the approximate cost of $1000.00. This trip will cover seven days and the cost covers food, lodging, and air travel. If we have six people go on this trip we will spend $6,000.00 of church funds. For those who do not know, $6,000.00 is what we gave as a church to Lottie Moon. Thus, we have a way to compare the effectiveness of the $’s.
Posted by Tim Rogers on December 4, 2007
Posted in David Rogers • Lottie Moon • Missions | 24 Comments
We had another Special Guest with us this past Sunday morning. Brother David Rogers, serving with the IMB as a Missionary to Spain and a fellow blogger, honored me by accepting my invitation to be with us as we began the week of prayer for Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Brother David did a superb job exegesis of the text and applying it to the lives of our Congregation.
He arrived by himself on Saturday afternoon and Gail, Rebekah and myself went to supper with him. I am sorry that his family was not able to make it with him. I was at a dilemma as to where he would like to eat. With him serving in Spain, I wasn’t sure exactly what his tastes were. He was very agreeable as to where we went to supper. (Dinner is the middle of the day meal) Thus, we went to Cracker Barrel. Brother David ordered as one of his sides “fried okra”. He is a redneck! :^)
After services on Sunday AM we went to K&W Cafeteria. Brother David and I sat an talked after Gail and Rebekah left us. We spoke of our agreements and our disagreements. He is one of the most pleasurable persons I have been around. His attitude is that of humility and his debate is one of grace. As I took him back to his car, we stopped and both prayed for each other. What a blessing it is to serve our Lord with my Brother in Christ.