Lottie Moon dedicated all she had to spreading the Gospel. At the time of her death, there were thirty-two churches in the Pingtu and Laichow areas. Schools she established became seminaries. The first Southern Baptist missionary hospital in China cared for the sick while the missionaries under Lottie’s direction cared for their souls.
By 1912, Lottie became physically and emotionally spent due to her years of living in primitive circumstances. She passed away on Christmas Eve, on a ship bound to take her home to America.
Lottie has been described not just as teacher or evangelist, but as a diplomat for missionaries and a guardian-friend of unreached nations. Those who worked alongside her admired her intelligence, perseverance and power of persuasion. Those among whom she lived and worked would describe her as teacher and friend.
Monuments to missionaries dot the globe. They usually consist of statues depicting their likenesses, or a plaque detailing their biographies. But, Lottie’s monument was different. Inside the walled yard of the Tengchow Baptist Church in China, a staff was inscribed with her name and the title, “American Missionary.” The inscription simply said, “How She Loved Us.”
There is no doubt that Lottie Moon’s dedication to the Great Commission forever changed missions and how they are funded. Since 1888, the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has raised over $4.8 billion to support missions overseas. Richland Creek is honored to participate in this endeavor.
This year, the Southern Baptist Convention has set a goal to collect $175 million for missions around the world. You can give to this life changing fund through Richland Creek during the month of December.
Write your check and place it in one of the specially designated offering envelopes available in the foyer. Or you can securely give online through the Richland Creek website. Choose Mission Fund, and enter “Lottie Moon” in the memo section. 100% of your gift goes to provide for these dedicated missionaries.