Lottie Moon offering: $145.6 million in 2010
That's a lot of money but the offering for 2010 is down about $3.2 million from the previous year. Nobody should feel good about that.
The average cost of keeping an individual missionary on the field is said to be $47,600 so the decline translates into 67 less missionaries, other things being equal.
Even though everyone is saying the right things, I don’t see anything that will make a big difference in the funding going forward.
Money is short for a lot of things here, paychecks and other expenses, but our church made it a point to give a tiny bit more to Lottie Moon than last year.