The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, in millions, for the last 13 years.
The goal has been kept the same, $175,000,000, for the past four years in spite of the fact that receipts have been nowhere near the goal, not even in the neighborhood.
I think we are in a mode where lowering the goal (something that was done last in the year 2000 when it was dropped from $125m to $115m making it attainable) is seen as failure. It is not.
I admit to a bit of statistical persnicketiness in regard to goals and achievements. A goal becomes meaningless when it is unattainable. Our present LMCO goal is unattainable. It is therefore meaningless. At the current rate we will make another LMCO goal in about 25 years, assuming we do not raise the goal from its present $175m figure.
A considerable jump in LMCO receipts will likely come one of these years. I don't see it on the horizon for 2012 but, who knows? I would be pleased if we hit the $150m threshold for 2012, something that was last done before the economic meltdown.
Any way you look at it, the LMCO provides a lot of funds for international missions about 46% of the IMB's total budget.
I support it wholeheartedly.
Maybe it would help if the IMB used the "stern" Lottie Moon photograph below. One can hear Lottie saying, "Write the check! Make it large! People are dying here!"
...instead of the ridiculous "school girl" photograph that Lottie herself asked the board not to use: