If you recall, ‘Tis the Season on the blog for ‘Throwing Out There’ a Whole Lotta Lottie!
Every Christmas, Southern Baptists talk about this woman a bunch and why we should give her TONS of money.
Before I get to the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of the Christmas offering, let me ‘Throw Out There’ a brief summary of the ‘WHO’ of Lottie Moon.
Charlotte (Lottie) Digges Moon was born on December 12, 1840, in Albemarle County, Virginia. While in college, in December 1858, she dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, Virginia.
In 1873, Lottie joined her sister as a missionary in Tengchow, China. Lottie served 39 years, mostly in China’s Shantung province. She taught in a girls’ school and made several trips into China’s interior to share the good news with women and girls.
Lottie frequently wrote letters to the U. S., detailing the great physical and spiritual needs of the Chinese people. She challenged Southern Baptists to go to China – or give so that others could go. By 1888, Southern Baptist women had organized and helped collect $3,315 to send workers needed in China.
Lottie died aboard a ship in the Japanese harbor of Köbe on Dec. 24, 1912. She was 72 years old.
[Information from IMB website.]
Lottie Moon gave away her temporal life so that others could have it eternally. Notice the date she left this life to be with her Lord: Christmas Eve. That’s a hint as to why the offering that bears her name is the ‘Christmas’ Offering.
More on that next time. . .
Another GREAT (and cheap!) resource with a very interesting summary of Moon’s life can be found in chapter 4 of Danny Akin’s Ten Who Changed the World. It’s $2.99 on Kindle right now. He also preached a sermon a on Lottie’s life. I highly recommend both resources.
Quick: Somebody ‘Throw it Out There’: How did Lottie die and why? (How’s THAT for a teaser for next Thursday?)