Cedar Creek Baptist Church
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Heflin, Alabama
 
 
The International Missions Offering or Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is named in her honor. Lottie Moon was born Charlotte Digges Moon December 12, 1840 in Albermarle County, Virginia.  She was well educated from a wealthy Southern family. In 1861 Lottie was one of the first women in the South to receive a master's degree. In December 1858 she dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, Virginia. Lottie's sister Edmonia Moon was appointed as missionary to Tengchow, China in 1872. The next year at the age of 32 Lottie was also appointed to missionary work and joined her sister in Tengchow.
 
Lottie served as a missionary for 39 years, mostly in China's Shantung province. She was feared and rejected but she refused to leave. The aroma of fresh-baked teacake cookies drew people to her house. She learned the language, customs and adopted traditional Chinese dress. Eventually she was accepted. Some even accepted her Savior.
 
Frequently writing letters back home Lottie detailed the great spiritual and physical needs of the Chinese. She challenged  Southern Baptists to either come to China to work or give so others could go. By 1888, Southern Baptist women had helped collect $3,315 to send workers to China. In 1918 the Women's Missionary Union named the annual Christmas offering for international mission work after Lottie.
 
Lottie Moon died on December 24, 1912 at the age of 72. She had made sacrifices for decades for her beloved Chinese.
 
"How many million more souls are to pass into eternity without having heard the name of Jesus?"
                                                                                                        quoted from one of Lottie's letters
 
Content taken from "Who's Lottie?" at  www.imb.org
 
For more information about the life and work of Lottie Moon visit www.imb.org