This year’s Southern Baptist Convention marked the 100th anniversary of the naming of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Mission Board President David Platt told more than 1,100 Southern Baptists at the IMB dinner June 11 at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
Lottie Moon was a single female missionary who served with the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) in China from 1873 until her death on Dec. 24, 1912, aboard a ship in the harbor of Kobe, Japan. She is among Southern Baptists’ most well-known missionaries, thanks to the passionate letters she wrote to people back home advocating for more workers and more financial resources.
“Why did messengers to the convention make sure that we would remember her name 100 years later?” Platt asked. “Why have we raised billions of dollars in honor of this fiery miniature missionary — a 4-foot, 3-inch woman whose feet didn’t even touch the floor when she sat in a chair?”
The answers to those questions, Platt said, date back to Dec. 12, 1840, when Charlotte (“Lottie”) Diggs Moon was born, and to Dec. 21, 1858, when the intelligent young woman with the fiery personality was born again and subsequently had an urgency to impart her faith through missions.
Referencing an 1849 Foreign Mission Board policy that no single woman could serve as a missionary, Platt said Moon “believed that every person, regardless of gender, had a part to play in reaching every nation … that every church, regardless of size or resources, had a part to play in reaching every nation,” Platt said.
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Source: Baptist Press