Chinese Government Designates Missionary Lottie Moon’s Church as Historical Site

The Chinese government has designated Lottie Moon’s home church — Wulin Shenghui Church — a nationally protected historical and cultural site. China Christian Daily photo

The name, “Lottie Moon,” is known by Southern Baptists far and wide. From the Woman’s Missionary Union’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to movies, books and documentaries detailing her life of service, Lottie Moon is often hailed as a “missionary hero.”

Lottie Moon’s legacy will now be preserved beyond the Southern Baptist realm. Wulin Shenghui Church of Penglai in Shandong province, where Lottie Moon was a member during her time in Dengzhou, China, has been designated as a nationally protected historical and cultural site by The State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the China Christian daily reported Nov.14.

The announcement came just before Southern Baptists observe the Week of Prayer for the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions. This year’s offering goal is $165 million. The Week of Prayer is Dec. 1-8.

Woman’s Missionary Union executive director and treasurer Sandy Wisdom-Martin is thankful for the continuing impact of Moon’s legacy.

“We celebrate the decision to protect this location of historical significance,” Wisdom-Martin said. “More than a century later, we still feel the impact of Lottie’s legacy that helped shape our global missionary enterprise. Her sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel continues to inspire new generations to fulfill His Commission.”

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Source: Baptist Press