Charlotte “Lottie” Diggs Moon served as a Southern Baptist missionary to China from 1873–1912. Each year during the Christmas season, our church receives an offering to commemorate her sacrificial service and to help support almost 5,000 missionaries serving with the International Mission Board (SBC).
Barely five feet tall, she gained a reputation for quick-witted, skeptical debate in matters of religion, once quipping to a group of girls praying for her salvation that the initial “D” in her name stood for “devil.”
So it seemed quite a miracle that while attending the Virginia Female Seminary, Lottie gave her life to Christ—a conversion that came with an immediate burden to take the gospel to those who had never heard. She set her eyes on China and arrived there in 1873.
During her time in China, Lottie often left the safety of the port cities and traveled deep into the interior of China where she found receptive hearts open to the gospel. Lottie labored under an increasingly unstable political environment but never feared for her life. She once told a concerned inquirer “I feel immortal till my work is done.” But instability led to war and war led to famine. In 1912, Lottie died of starvation aboard the ship Manchuria, waiting for safe passage back to the United States. She had served as a Southern Baptist missionary to China for almost forty years.
Today, more than 45,000 Southern Baptist churches join together each Christmas to take an offering that supports almost 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries sharing the gospel and starting new churches in more than one hundred countries around the world. Southern Baptist churches refer to this offering as “The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.” Every penny of this offering goes directly to the foreign field. Total gifts to this offering usually range from 150–175 million dollars, providing half of the annual budget needs for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Each Christmas, Woodlawn joins with other Southern Baptist churches around the country to receive the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in order to share the good news of Jesus Christ in the darkest corners of our world. Join us as we endeavor to know Christ and to make Him known.
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