Originally published at Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org
Cadiz—The Girls in Action group of Liberty Point Baptist Church in Cadiz is raising money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and being missionaries from the fellowship hall of their church.
The “Latte” Moon Café is open every Sunday morning, and it’s “employees” are girls in grades 1-6.. The money they receive through their café goes toward reaching Liberty Point’s $6,500 Lottie Moon Offering goal.
Dianne McNichols, an associational WMU leader, former GA and mastermind behind the endeavor got the idea for the café from Pinterest.
The girls bake cupcakes, brownies and Lottie Moon sugar cookies—similar to the “tea cakes” that Lottie Moon used to bring to houses in China to start gospel conversations—with the help of their mothers and bring them on Sundays.
“They actually work the cafe, make hot chocolate, and put syrup, whipped cream and chocolate on people’s coffee. I just sit there and watch them,” McNichols commented.
“The girls love it. You can see their excitement every Sunday. They are always excited to come in, get their little aprons on and just be ready to serve. They’ve even had a few little brothers who have helped out with it,” said Anthony Jolly, pastor of Liberty Point Baptist.
To date, the church, which averages 125-150 on a Sunday morning, has raised $2,000 for the LMCO. A large portion of this is a result of the café.
“I have been pastor here for two years and our Lottie Moon giving hasn’t been great. Part of that was from lack of promotion and lack of understanding the importance of it,” Jolly said.
“God, how can we give more this year than we have ever before?” he prayed.
“I heard Danny Akin speaking at a chapel, and he said there were 6,500 unreached people groups. As a bold goal for our church, we decided that we wanted to give one dollar for every unreached people group to send the gospel out,” Jolly said.
“In GAs they learn about missionaries from all over the world. They learn about missionary kids their age, but it’s sometimes hard for them to see themselves as a missionary,” McNichols said.
She continued, “One of the elders in our church, Bob Lester, told them, ‘You are missionaries today because of what you are doing this morning, people in other countries are going to come to know Jesus because of your being a missionary here.’ That just says it all.”
“The giving is important and we want to be able to send that good offering, but the most important thing is for my church and my congregation to realize that $6,500 is a big number, but that’s an attainable number,” Jolly added.
“If we’re willing to go, there is no reason those unreached people groups can’t be reached and can’t hear and experience the grace and gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. (WR)