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Guest Blog from the Missions Team - Who Was Lottie Moon?

Who Was Lottie Moon?

Lottie Moon - the namesake of the international missions offering, has become something of a legend to us. But in her time Lottie was anything but an untouchable hero. In fact, she was like today’s missionaries. She was a hard-working, deep-loving Southern Baptist who labored tirelessly so her people group could know Jesus.


Lottie was born Charlotte Diggs Moon on December 12, 1840, in Albemarle County, VA.


Lottie rebelled against Christianity until she was in college. In December 1858, she dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, VA.


Lottie 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.

Missionary Appointment

Lottie was appointed to Tengchow, China in 1873.

Missionary Work

Lottie served 39 years as a missionary in China’s Shantung province. She taught in a girls school and often made trips into the interior villages to share the Good News with women and children.

Letters Home

Lottie frequently wrote letters home detailing Chinese culture and the great physical and spiritual needs of the people. She challenged Southern Baptists to go to China or give so others could go.

Lottie’s Death

Lottie died aboard a ship on December 24, 1912. She was 72 years old.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

In 1918, Women’s Missionary Union named the annual Christmas offering for International Missions after the woman who had urged them to start it.

The Church on Cypress gave $8,025 from The Great Offering 2017 to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year.

Linda Gonzalez, Missions Team

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