Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China – Ten-year old Lottie Moon had seen too much bitterness and gossip among churchgoers to want anything to do with religion or God. In fact, if there was a single way to waste a life, Lottie told herself, being a missionary was it.
In a twist that only God could orchestrate, this spirited young girl who grew up to become the most educated woman in the American South would ultimately find her calling as a missionary to China. As Lottie watched her fellow missionaries fall to disease, exhaustion, mental breakdowns, and death, she became just as dedicated to educating Christians about the often preventable tragedies of missionary life as she was to educating Chinese people about the Christian life.
The sacrificial service of the unforgettable Lottie Moon has inspired and enabled countless others to give their all for the dream of seeing the whole world reached with the gospel.
When I was growing up, the church I went to would collect the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. So when I saw that there was a YWAM bio for her, I was curious to find out more about who she was. I think one of my favorite parts of Lottie’s biography was how she passed out freshly baked sugar cookies to reach out to the people in the village she was ministering in. Kind of a precursor to “cookies for a question”… sweet treats do speak a universal language!
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I felt really challenged thinking about the life and opportunities she gave up to go to China, having been educated, she could have pursued a lot of things that she wanted. It was so personable reading how she had to struggle with being called “foreign devil,” or how she didn’t want to wear Chinese clothes at first but realized it softened people’s hearts. I also was challenged through the different ways she would love people and like sharing whatever she had, or committing not to use power to get people to do what she wanted so that she could be a blameless witness.
Lottie’s early life as a skeptic of Christianity was very interesting to hear about, especially the logical flow she went through to come upon the conclusion that indeed, God does exist and it matters what she does with her life for him. The kinds of stress she was under from all the dying and suffering missionaries around her were hard to hear, but the zeal she still had for the Chinese was inspirational. Made me want to try harder with the kinds of opportunities I get here in school, where the problems are much less severe if I received backlash from others.