Just who is "Lottie Moon?" Cornerstone is a Southern Baptist Church, and at Christmas time, you hear a lot about the "Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions." The video above helps you understand that Lottie Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary to China who lived a live of "significance." We can also make a significant difference by giving to support the sharing of the Gospel to the ends of the Earth!
Here's what I wrote in 2009 about Lottie Moon:
With the Christmas Season in our church comes the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Jesus came to give His life for us, but not only for us - for the whole world. Since that is true, it is imperative that we take the love of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!
As a Southern Baptist Church, we choose to be a part of a worldwide missions effort that reaches to all the places of lostness on this earth. The Lottie Moon Offering funds nearly half of what it takes for us to send and keep over 5,000 missionaries across the world. The offering is named after a woman - Lottie Moon - who was a Southern Baptist missionary to China from 1873-1912.
Lottie Moon epitomizes the meaning of sacrifice. She only came back to America twice during her nearly 40 years on the mission field. When she returned from her second furlough in 1904, she found the Chinese people suffering mass starvation. Her love for the people led her to sacrifice herself to meet their physical need for food, even as Jesus gave Himself to save them from sin:
When Moon returned from her second furlough in 1904, she was deeply struck by the suffering of the people who were literally starving to death all around her. She pleaded for more money and more resources, but the mission board was heavily in debt and could send nothing. Mission salaries were voluntarily cut. Unknown to her fellow missionaries, Moon shared her personal finances and food with anyone in need around her, severely affecting both her physical and mental health. In 1912, she only weighed 50 pounds. Alarmed, fellow missionaries arranged for her to be sent back home to the United States with a missionary companion. However, Moon died en route, at the age of 72, on December 24, 1912, in the harbor of Kobe, Japan. Her body was cremated and the remains returned to her family in Crewe, Virginia for burial.That's why the offering is named for Lottie Moon. When we think of how God has blessed us and loved us, and when we think of missionaries like Lottie Moon who need our support to do the work God has called them to do, how can we not sacrifice to be a part of the real reason for the Christmas Season?