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Grove Avenue Baptist Church is a church with missions on its mind. The Richmond, VA, congregation increased their Cooperative Program giving from 2 percent to 10 percent, and in that same time frame, increased their Lottie Moon offering from $15,000 to $90,000.
"I believe the difference was exposure," says Nema Westmoreland, a member of the church's missions committee. "It was God's hour. This is not a wealthy church, but it does have a number of sacrificial givers." The exposure involved inviting current and former missionaries to speak at the church, where they gave testimonies about how missions offerings had provided for them in the past and the types of things those offerings could help with in the future.
Westmoreland says these testimonies created a lot of excitement, so the missions committee began encouraging more testimonies from church members involved in short term missions. "We began recognizing these people by calling them up in front of ...