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Monday, 27 June 2016

Lottie Moon

On July 7, 1873 after waiting many years for her church to agree that women could be missionaries, 32- year-old Southern Baptist Charlotte Digges "Lottie" Moon  (1840-1912) of Virginia was appointed as a Baptist missionary to China.

Lottie joined her sister Edmonia at the North China Mission Station in the treaty port of Dengzhou, in Shandong, and began her ministry by teaching in a boys school.

A gifted linguist, she quickly picked up the Chinese language and for 40 years "the cookie lady" taught and cared for Chinese children. She also wrote numerous letters back home to America, mobilizing many women to pray, give or to even become missionaries themselves.

Lottie Moon

In her 70s, Lottie gave away all her money and possessions to help provide for the starving Chinese.

Lottie Moon died on December 24, 1912 on board a ship returning home to the States and at her death she weighed barely 50 lbs.

For many years Southern Baptist foreign missions have been supported through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars. It finances half the entire Southern Baptist missions budget every year.

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