Lottie Moon Post Office officially opens on Sunday, December 8!
If you’re not familiar with the Lottie Moon Post Office and what it’s all about, here’s the gist. Lottie Moon is a dearly-remembered Southern Baptist Missionary who served in China in the 1800s. The reason she is so dearly remembered is because of her influence on how the Southern Baptists viewed and supported missionaries. Southern Baptists knew mission work was important, but they didn’t realize how much support missionaries needed from the home base, let’s say, in order to spend their time doing what they were called to do – spread the gospel to the world. They needed money and supplies. Lottie Moon faced hostility from the Chinese but because of her diligence and determination, she continued to serve, regardless of the environment. Through her constant requests and the help of Annie Armstrong, the Southern Baptists finally realized how they needed to support their missionaries, and we became the largest missions organization in the world.
I’ve just given you the story of why Lottie Moon is so important to Southern Baptists, but this doesn’t even begin to explain the person she was. She was a pastor’s daughter who hated church. She made fun of the message he preached and the people who believed what he taught. She was a constant prankster and I would imagine her as being lifted up in the morning prayers of many a teacher.
One day, though, the Holy Spirit got her attention. She gave her life to Him and heard him calling her to a life of service in China. After significant education, she finally boarded a boat to China. As I previously stated, she faced lots of adversity in China because she was different. She was nicknamed the Devil Woman. She wouldn’t back down, though, and eventually led the children to her home by the smell of baking cookies! The children came to love her and this eventually grew into a community-wide love and respect for Lottie Moon. In fact, the armies involved in the Manchu government war once stopped fighting simply so she could pass through safely.
Lottie Moon loved the Chinese people deeply and when famine hit, she quit eating to allow more food for the Chinese. After two weeks of starving herself, her friends and co-workers put her on a boat to head back to America for medical treatment. Unfortunately, on December 24, 1912, she died, never reaching “home.”
This is why we love Lottie Moon.
Please bring your Christmas cards for FBC families and allow our Post Office Volunteers (a.k.a.SWAT Team) to sort for distribution. Then, donate the money you would have spent on postage to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering which supports overseas missionaries.