Lottie Moon set sail for China in 1873. She had turned down a marriage proposal and left her job, home and family to follow God’s lead. God had gripped her with the Chinese peoples’ need for a Savior. For 39 years, Lottie labored for Christ. People feared and rejected her, but she refused to leave. The aroma of fresh- baked cookies drew people to her house. She adopted traditional Chinese dress, and she learned China’s language and customs. Many eventually accepted her. And some accepted her Savior. Lottie Moon wrote numerous letters home, urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. One of those letters triggered Southern Baptists’ first Christmas offering for international missions – enough to send three new missionaries to China.
In 1887, Lottie said,
“How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.”
On December 11, 2011, let’s do our part in bringing a lost world back to God. Our church’s goal will be to give $2,500 to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Let’s give generously to support the cause of Christ!
By His grace alone,