Some people have referred to Lottie Moon as the “Patron Saint” of Southern Baptist missions.” Nonetheless, the legacy of Lottie exemplifies the “missionary spirit” for Southern Baptists. Moreover, Lottie’s impact on missions has resulted in over 3.5 billion dollars given by church members to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Additionally, Lottie has been a role model for Baptist mission work and sacrifice for almost 140 years.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO MISSIONS AND LEGACY
Advocate for Equal Treatment of Women in Missions
Lottie was an ambitious woman, earning one of the first graduate degrees awarded to a woman in the southern United States. After finishing her degree, she gained success operating schools in Kentucky and Georgia. However, God had greater plans for Lottie. Reluctant Christians called to serve as missionaries can learn from Lottie’s example. According to Lottie, God’s call to serve as a missionary in China was “clear as a bell.” Lottie immediately followed God’s call, and arrived in Shantung China to “go out among the millions.” However, she found herself confined to a school of forty “unstudious” children. As a result, Lottie complained that giving women such assignments was "the greatest folly of modern missions." Lottie pleaded that women missionaries deserved “free opportunity to do the largest possible work.” Thus, she became a pioneer and advocate for “women’s rights within the Southern Baptist Convention.” In addition, she had a lasting impact regarding “female equality in mission work.”
Lottie courageously traveled across more than 10,000 square miles, visiting with women and sharing the Gospel in their homes and on the streets.” She was the first woman from any foreign mission group in China to live unaccompanied among the Chinese people. Lottie’s dependence on God and willingness to spread the Gospel is a valuable lesson for all future missionaries. Lottie had faith to believe that where God guides, He provides. She was also one of the first women to establish a church in China. One of her converts was the famed Pastor Li Shou-ting, who became a highly regarded evangelist and credited with baptizing over 10,000 people.”
Advocate for Keeping Others Current on Missions
Lottie regularly wrote to periodicals and mission leaders in America urging Christians to become missionaries. Likewise, she called on the churches to support missions through prayer and giving. Lottie expertly published articles about “Woman’s Work in China.” Missionaries can follow Lottie’s example today by publishing articles and urging churches to support missions through prayer and giving. Furthermore, she pleaded the need for women missionaries to lead worship and preach due to the lack of men on the mission field. Lottie also led the way with her compassion pleading that the term “heathen” not be used anymore when referring to the Chinese people and their culture. Nevertheless, her most obvious contributions to missions were her...