Who Is Lottie Moon?
Our Christmas Offering for SBC Foreign Missionaries
Lottie Moon—My Story
My name is Lottie Moon. Actually, my parents named me Charlotte Diggs Moon, but everyone called me Lottie. I was born on December 12, 1840 in a small town in Virginia. I have six brothers and sisters. My parents were wealthy, so we had a very nice life.
My mother was a good Christian. She held church services regularly in our home. But I was not interested in church.
I wanted to be a teacher. So when I got older, I went to Virginia Female Seminary. After that I went to Albemarle Female Institute in Charlottesville.
I used to play tricks on people. One April Fool’s Day, I wrapped the school bells up so they wouldn’t ring. Everyone was late to class. I’m afraid I got in trouble.
One day when I was eighteen years old, some of my school friends invited me to go to church to hear about missions. It didn’t sound too interesting to me. But I liked being with my friends, so I went.
That night I heard a wonderful sermon. The preacher told about God and Jesus. He talked about missions, too. It was very interesting. I decided right then that I wanted become a Christian and follow Jesus wherever he would lead me.
After I became a Christian, I finished college and started to teach. First I taught children at a school in Danville, Kentucky; then in Cartersville, Georgia. But I kept thinking about missions. I wanted to know about the other side of the world. Who was telling the people there about God and Jesus? Should I be a missionary, I wondered?
Finally, in February 1873, when I was 32 years old, I made up my mind. I would become a missionary. Six months later I was appointed to China. China! I was so excited! That’s where my sister Edmonia was a missionary.
In September I boarded a ship for China. I did not know at all what it would be like. But I knew I wanted the Chinese people to learn about God and Jesus.
The rest of the story...
The Chinese called her "Devil Woman," but Lottie Moon was a heroine for today. Lottie Moon is the namesake of the Southern Baptist international missions offering during the Christmas season because she was a woman passionate about a lost world, a woman who didn't hesitate to speak her mind.
As a college student, Lottie chose to follow Christ, having rebelled against Christianity in her early years. When she set sail for China, Lottie was 32 years old. She had turned down a marriage proposal and left her job, home and family to follow God's lead. Lottie labored in China for 39 years. Many Chinese who once feared this foreigner eventually accepted her, and some accepted her Savior.
In 1912, during a time of war and famine in China, Lottie silently starved, knowing that her beloved Chinese didn't have enough food. Her fellow Christians saw the ultimate sign of love: giving her life for others. On Christmas Eve, Lottie died on a ship bound for the United States.
Distribution of the Lottie Moon Offering
Additional Pictures of Lottie Moon
Schoolteachers Ella Jeter (left) and Jessie Pettigrew (right) pose with Lottie Moon in 1907. Jeter and Pettigrew attempted to slip outside of the shot, but Lottie’s insistence brought them back. For years, the widely copied photo was believed to be the only one of Miss Moon in existence.
Books Available about Lottie Moon
These books are available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lifeway.