Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Written By Eddie Duke

3 John 1:3-4 reads

“For I was very glad when fellow believers came and testified to your fidelity to the truth—how you are walking in truth.  I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth.”

Born Charlotte Digges Moon, December 12, 1840, in Albemarle County, Virginia.  “Lottie”, as she became affectionately known, attended Albemarle Female Institute, female counterpart to the University of Virginia. In 1861, she was one of the first women in the South to receive a master’s degree. She stayed close to home during the Civil War but eventually taught school in Kentucky, Georgia and Virginia.  Edmonia Moon, Lottie’s sister, was appointed to missionary work in Tengchow, China, in 1872. The following year, Lottie was appointed and joined her sister there. Lottie served 39 years as a missionary, mostly in China’s Shantung province. She taught in a girls’ school and often made trips into China’s interior to share the good news with women and girls that Jesus loves them. 

I have always liked the name “Lottie Moon”.  It kind rolls off your tongue as you say it.  When I think of Lottie Moon, it reminds me of Moon Pies.  A box of 12 Moon Pies are on sale at Tractor Supply right now for $7.99.  Did you know that if every family at Panther Creek Baptist gave $7.99 this week to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, we would make our goal that we set as a church to support missionaries, like Lottie, around the world?  Missionaries that are in places to tell others that Jesus loves them. 

Lottie once said, “Surely there can be no greater joy than that of saving souls.”  That is why we give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering every year.  We give because of Lottie’s heart.  We give because there is no greater joy than to see people come to know the truth of Jesus’ love for them.  Think of Moon Pies and give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

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