2024 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal: $205 million
WHY THE CHRISTMAS OFFERING IS NAMED FOR LOTTIE:
While living in China, Lottie wrote letters to the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) and to Baptist women. She asked for more missionaries and for money to grow her work among the Chinese.
Because of Lottie’s determination, WMU collected a Christmas Offering to give to the Foreign Mission Board. In 1918, at Annie Armstrong’s suggestion, WMU named the offering for Lottie Moon.
Today, we still give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in honor of her work and sacrifice to keep our missionaries on the field.
One hundred percent of the offering goes to the missionaries, none to administration.
10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LOTTIE MOON:
- Lottie was born in Virginia on December 12, 1840.
- Her name was Charlotte Digges Moon, but everyone called her “Lottie.”
- She was 4’9” tall.
- Before she became a Christian while in high school, Lottie missed required chapels 26 times.
- Lottie loved to pull pranks on others. Once, when asked what the “D” stood for in her middle name, she replied, “Devil.”
- Lottie was appointed to China as a missionary at age 33 and served there 39 years, primarily in Tengchow and Pingtu.
- She wore Chinese clothes and lived like her Chinese neighbors.
- Lottie had several nicknames in China—foreign devil, foreign lady teacher, heavenly book visitor, and the cookie maker. (Lottie baked cookies to win the hearts of the children and families who were frightened of her.)
- Lottie led in the campaign to end the practice of bound feet. The Chinese believed small feet made a woman more beautiful, so girls’ feet were bound tightly with cloth. Girls with bound feet could hardly walk, and infections, gangrene, and even death were common side effects of this practice.
- In 1912 at the end of her career, famine, flood, and war encircled her China. Her friends were starving. In a final act of empathy, Lottie stopped eating and gave all her food away. When her friends realized the depth of her sickness, they put her on a boat to return to the United States. Lottie died on Christmas Eve while en route to the U.S.
For Southern Baptists, the name of Lottie Moon is always connected with the annual Christmas offering. Do your preschoolers know about Lottie’s amazing life and missionary work in service to God? This leaflet tells her story and explains the Christmas offering. Fun, hands-on missions activities for preschoolers are included to enhance your preschoolers’ learning experience.
Discover how the missions work of Lottie Moon inspired Southern Baptist Women, through WMU, to begin one of the most influential giving and prayer networks known to the modern missions movement. This leaflet is affordably priced so the entire congregation can learn more about how the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering started.
Imagine yourself sitting at the feet of the legendary Lottie Moon, listening to her tell stories of her amazing missionary adventures. Make a nice warm batch of Lottie Moon tea cakes and join three young sisters gathered in “Aunt Lottie’s” sitting room as Lottie shares with them how she saw God at work in China. Written primarily for older children, this story reaches all who are young at heart.
This model of Lottie Moon (1840-1912) is a charming illustration of our spiritual heritage.
Lightweight and easy to carry, this craft from Thai Country Trim makes a perfect display piece. A touchstone to remind us to serve as we’ve been served.
Measures 5.25 inches tall.
Encourage people in your church to support missions by giving to missions offerings. Use these colorful fold-out banks for collecting coins for regular missions giving, or for special missions offerings such as the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, or your state missions offering. Ten banks included in each set.