Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lottie Moon

"What we want is not power, but simply combination in order to elicit the largest possible giving."
Lottie Moon
Tungchow, China
Sept. 15, 1887

We had a wonderful visit from Lottie Moon yesterday! Interesting, isn't it? Especially if you knew that she passed away on Christmas Eve, 1912. Well, we had a wonderful monologue depicting the life and ministry of Lottie Moon.

Growing up in a Southern Baptist Church, I was well aware of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, but now I know so much more about this great woman of the faith. For one thing, she was not a woman of great stature! In fact, we have a few life-size photos of her around campus, so we thought we'd share just how tall she is compared to the kids.

Matthew is preparing to go to the nations!

I always knew that we took up a special offering this time of year for missions, but now I realize just how important that offering is. The first Christmas offering was taken up in 1918, six years after her death. Sadly, at the time of her death, there were 273 missionaries on the field and the Foreign mission board was in debt! Lottie Moon had a vision of how a combined effort could make a greater impact for the sake of the lost, and we now take up a Christmas Offering in her name to help provide for our international missionaries around the world. As you can imagine, that's a subject near and dear to me. I challenge you to read more about her life at IMB Connecting, and then pray about how you can support international missions!

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