Lottie Moon


Who was Lottie Moon?

Lottie Moon
Dec. 12, 1840–Dec. 24, 1912
Lottie Moon was a heroine for today–a woman passionate about a lost world, a woman who didn’t hesitate to speak her mind.

Read more of her story:
Part 1: From Southern roots
Part 2: The offering begins
Part 3: Her journey ends

A native Virginian, Lottie Moon was appointed as a Southern Baptist foreign missionary on July 7, 1873; she sailed to China on Sept. 1 of that year. For 39 years she labored chiefly in Tengchow and in P’ingtu. At first, residents of the area distrusted her, calling her names such as “devil woman.” Lottie responded by baking tea-cake cookies: The smell of the cookies began attracting many children; soon her concern for them and their families earned her the name of the Cookie Lady. Later she found that wearing local clothing went far toward gaining acceptance among the Chinese.

She fought many battles on behalf of the Chinese she grew to love: She was a leader in the effort to ban the foot-binding of young girls; She broke down barriers against the education of girls. Also, she was a leader among missionaries: She was among the first to suggest the idea of a furlough. Her influence inspired the formation of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and ultimately it led to that organization’s establishment of the offering that bears her name.

In her greatest act of empathy for the Chinese, as local Christians were facing famine due to floods and war, she stopped eating, giving instead her meager resources to others. On Dec. 24, 1912, she raised her fists together in fond Chinese greeting and met her Savior.


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