The faith commitments of three young women born between 1840 and 1867, each in December, eventually led to the transformation of thousands of lives in China, Africa, and India.
Lottie Moon (Born DECEMBER 12, 1840)
Lottie’s name became synonymous with foreign missions for an entire denomination.
The Southern belle, born on a Virginia plantation, gave up plenty to serve God. She didn’t submit her life to God until in college. Afterwards she served as a school teacher in Kentucky and Georgia. Hearing a sermon from John 4:35 about the fields being “white already to harvest” persuaded Lottie that God had called her to the mission field.
Lottie arrived in China in 1873. It was a far cry from the comforts of home. She befriended those around her by wearing Chinese clothing and baking cookies for all who visited her. She won converts. A few. Then many.
She suggested to the home missions board that an annual Christmastime offering be received for missionaries. They liked and implemented her idea. Her death in 1912 brought an end to almost 40 years of faithful service in China. Seven years later, the Southern Baptist Church renamed their special, missionary offering the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.